Mount Charles wins €10m catering contract at Maynooth University

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Outsourcing group Mount Charles has picked up an estimated €10 million contract to provide food and drink services to Maynooth University. The deal will add to the Belfast-based company’s significant client portfolio in the Republic, which includes RTÉ, the Abbey Theatre, the Customs House, the Public Appointments Service, Ordnance Survey Ireland, the National Aquatic Centre and Griffith College Dublin …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 18 February]

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Nine colleges sign up for anonymous online system for students to report sexual assaults

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Nine colleges across the country have signed up to an online system for students to report sexual assault. The new service will allow victims of assault and harassment to report their cases anonymously. The aim is to provide a space for people to feel comfortable in coming forward, and to collect accurate data …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 18 February]

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Students Protest Rent Increase and Interrupt University Management Meeting

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Various student groups have protested the recently announced rent hikes on campus. On Tuesday, February 18th, over one hundred students marched to UCD’s Tierney’s building. The protest coincided with a meeting of the University Management Team (UMT), who made the decision to increase the on-campus accommodation by 4% year on year for the next three years …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 18 February]

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UCD students protest planned rent hikes at ‘most expensive on-campus accommodation’ in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Up to 100 students at UCD have held a protest over prospective rent hikes on the college campus. They are set to go up 12% over the next three years …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 18 February]

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Irish colleges to develop €80,000 online system for reporting sexual assault and harassment

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Nine Irish Colleges have signed up to an €80,000 online system that allows students to anonymously report experiences of sexual assault. Some of Ireland’s largest colleges, including Trinity College Dublin, NUI Galway and Maynooth University, have signed up to the system, which is funded by the Department of Education …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 February]

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Our university promotions system is designed by men for men

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The purpose of the 20 posts approved under the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative created by Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor was to improve the representation of women in senior positions in the Irish higher educational system …” (more)

[Pat O’Connor, Irish Times, 18 February]

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Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin Hits Out at University Rent Increases

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has written to university presidents seeking a meeting over ‘deeply disappointing’ rent increases that he says ‘are not recognising the spirit’ of new laws introduced to curb the price of student accommodation …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 17 February]

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What the flip? The case for and against flipped classrooms

Posted in Teaching on February 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“During the general election, a suggestion by the Green Party caught the attention of many hard-pressed parents: getting rid of homework. The case against homework is strong, with research consistently showing it is, at best, pointless and, at worst, damages children by eating into their play time. Could the flipped classroom be a third way? …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 18 February]

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Seanad elections and graduates

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Constitution originally permitted only TCD graduates and graduates of the three NUI colleges to take part in the Seanad ‘university panel’ election. Since 1979, after a referendum to amend the Constitution, this is no longer the case. However, in practice, for over 30 years Senators and TDs have refused to draft the required legislation …” (more)

[John Hughes, Irish Times, 18 February]

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