RCSI given green light for €90m Dublin city centre development

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons has been given the go-ahead for the development of a €90 million education and research building in Dublin city centre, despite opposition from local residents and An Taisce. An Bord Pleanála has upheld the decision of Dublin City Council to grant planning permission to the RCSI for the new third-level education facility …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Stop making graduate students pay up front for conferences

Posted in Research on February 13th, 2020 by steve

“As I write this, I have two academic trips coming up in the next month. Together, they will cost just over US$1,300. This not-so-hidden expense of academia is generally accepted in every field that I’m aware of. To be considered successful, scientists have to give conference presentations, network and collaborate with similar researchers around the world …” (more)

[John Malloy, Nature, 13 February]

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UKRI wants monographs to be open access by 2024

Posted in Research on February 13th, 2020 by steve

“Academic monographs will need to be made freely available within 12 months of publication if authors are supported by public research funds, according to new open access proposals from the UK’s main research body …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 13 February]

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How the market is producing higher education spaces

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2020 by steve

“The expansion of university estates over the last ten years is connected to the massification of higher education. But expansion is also linked to marketisation – as HEIs compete for students in an environment where income depends on student numbers …” (more)

[Rob Smith, Wonkhe, 13 February]

Higher Education is Being Sold to the Highest Bidder

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education (HE) is at the core of Irish economy and an excellent promoter of growth, but the reduction of state funding and the increased reliance on non-Exchequer funds is deeply undermining the sector. Over the past years, HE has encountered extreme budgetary pressures due to the financial crisis of 2008 and has yet to recover from it, although UCD is doing financially well …” (more)

[Alessia Mennitto, College Tribune, 12 February]

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Donegal Tuesday brings massive crowds to Eyre Street for day long drinking

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Donegal Tuesday, the ‘highlight’ of the unofficial Rag Week for students in the city, is back again with big crowds at the Hole in the Wall. Students have turned out in massive numbers on Eyre Street today, as they do every year for Donegal Tuesday, filling the street with Donegal jerseys as they wait to get into the pub …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 11 February]

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TCDSU plan direct action to oppose rent increases

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) have tonight established working groups to work towards opposing proposed rent increase of 4% to all College operated accommodation, due to be considered by Trinity’s finance committee …” (more)

[Finn Purdy and Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 12 February]

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University Club Runs €1.3M Under Budget

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University Club has run €1.3 million under budget. UCD’s University Club, the construction of which was marred by vocal staff and student opposition, was originally budgeted at €13.7m. The College Tribune can now confirm that the total cost landed at just under €12.4m …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 12 February]

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DCU campus accommodation rent set to increase next year

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“DCU campus accommodation is set to increase the cost of rent by 4% for the academic year 2020/2021. According to DCU Chief Operations Officer, Declan Raferty: ‘The pricing structure for DCU’s students residences is reviewed annually and for the next academic year… the prices will be increased by 4% …'” (more)

[Áine O’Boyle and Róisín Phelan, The College View, 12 February]

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