University of Limerick president says UL housing situation is ‘better than at any other university’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick president Dr Des Fitzgerald has told staff and students that the current accommodation situation in the university is ‘better than any other university in Ireland’ and has pledged that the university ‘will do more’ to address the issue. In an email issued earlier this Thursday, he said …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 27 February]

Tags: , , , , ,

UCC students protesting against rent hikes believe they’ll be camped for another week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students camping out day and night in protest at proposed incoming rent hikes at accommodation owned by their university believe they will remain in their tents on-campus for at least another week …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 27 February]

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Invitation to Make a Submission to Public Consultation on Mature Student Participation in Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Indecon International Consultants have been appointed by the HEA to undertake research on the issues and challenges associated with first-time mature student participation in higher education and to make recommendations for how access to, and participation in, higher education by mature students can be supported in the future. The full terms of reference can be downloaded here …” (more)

[Mari Tighe, Higher Education Authority, 27 February]

Tags: ,

‘Students can’t take this anymore’ – college grounds occupied in protest at campus accommodation rent hikes

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students are ramping up their protests against rent increases for on-campus accommodation. There has been a furious reaction to the decision by the majority of universities to hike rents in September, by 3-4%. Under recent legislation, 4% is the maximum allowable …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 27 February]

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Limerick students who travelled to coronavirus-affected areas asked to consider attendance at ball

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Students’ Union has asked people to ‘consider their attendance’ at a ball in Limerick if they have travelled to coronavirus-affected areas. An official with Mary Immaculate College Students’ Union issued an email to students this Thursday morning in relation to the MIC Ball that is taking place in Limerick city this Thursday evening …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 27 February]

Tags: , ,

Beamish and Crawford site student accommodation to cost €1k a month

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Residents of Cork’s newest private student accommodation will pay rents of around €1,000 a month. Strong interest has been reported in the 420-bed Lee Point complex, which has been developed on the former Beamish and Crawford brewery site on South Main Street, and which opens for viewings this weekend …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 27 February]

Tags: , ,

The Moral Problem of Grading: An Extended Analysis

Posted in Teaching on February 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Grading is the bane of most academics’ lives. Several times a year the working academic will be required to grade the students in their classes. Academics often complain about this process – begrudging both the time it takes and the mind-numbing nature of the task – but rarely think about its ethics …” (more)

[John Danaher, Philosophical Disquisitions, 27 February]

Tags:

UCD students pitch tents on college grounds in protest over on-campus rent hike

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCD students are pitching tents at the main gate of the campus as they fight a rent hike in on-campus accommodation. They say the increases are locking young people out of access to higher education and must be reversed immediately …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 27 February]

Tags: , , , ,

Minister McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor announce extension of 1916 Bursary Scheme for a further three years

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor announced today that the 1916 Bursary Fund is being extended to new applicants for another three years from 2020. To date the scheme has already supported 600 students. The expansion will double the number of people on the programme by supporting an additional 200 students to access higher education in each of the next three academic years …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 27 February]

Tags: , , ,

The Problem with Problem-Solving

Posted in Teaching on February 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Everyone, it seems, is talking about problem-solving these days. The subtext is nearly always that business and industry needs problem-solvers more than ever because … well, the 21st century and climate change and stuff. There wasn’t much of a need for problem-solving back in the good old 20th century. The ‘factory model’ of education was fine then because nothing much happened in the 20th century and when it did, it happened at a snail’s pace. Apparently …” (more)

[Education and other Things, 27 February]

Even ‘Valid’ Student Evaluations Are ‘Unfair’

Posted in Teaching on February 27th, 2020 by steve

“Student evaluations of teaching reflect students’ biases and are otherwise unreliable. So goes much of criticism of these evaluations, or SETs. Increasingly, research backs up both of those concerns. On the other side of the debate, SET proponents acknowledge that these evaluations are imperfect indicators of teaching quality …” (more)

[Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, 27 February]

Tags:

Trinity to Splash €16m on Old AIB Building, After Four Years of Leasing It

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is set to spend €16 million purchasing the former AIB Trade Centre in the IFSC – a building it has leased since 2016 – but plans to sell the property on again within five years, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Katy Amos, University Times, 26 February]

Tags:

Do universities matter in post-Brexit Britain?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2020 by steve

“Universities have been in the firing line again. A new Policy Exchange report claims that universities are ‘out of touch’ and have ‘lost the trust of the nation’ in some critical areas. There is a gap, argue the authors, between how the sector sees itself and how others see the sector …” (more)

[Chris Husbands and Natalie Day, Wonkhe, 27 February]

Tags:

Irish Traveller elected to NUI Galway governing body for first time

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An Irish Traveller has been elected to NUI Galway’s Údarás na hOllscoile for the first time. Owen Ward, a Professional Master of Education student, was elected by postgraduate students at the university, and is the first Traveller to be elected to a university’s governing body in Ireland …” (more)

[Michael Malone, Galway Daily, 26 February]

Tags:

CIT Students’ Union launch investigation into ‘fake news’ coronavirus email

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“CIT Students’ Union have launched an investigation into a fake email circulating that claims the coronavirus has been detected on college accommodation …” (more)

[Michael Hayes, CorkBeo, 26 February]

Tags: ,