UCD response to National Sexual Experience Survey

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Many universities from across the country have issued responses following a recent survey highlighting the prevalence of non-consensual sexual experiences among university students. In light of the report, several representatives of University College Dublin’s staff and Students Union have acknowledged the universities acute awareness of this issue, and the importance of working to tackle it …” (more)

[Gemma Farrell, College Tribune, 30 June]

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Tributes paid following death of Jack Daly, former Chancellor at the University of Limerick

Posted in Life on June 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Many tributes were paid this week to Jack Daly former Chancellor at the University of Limerick and chairman of the Shannon Development Company, who has passed away. ‘He played a major role in the development of the Mid-West region through his role with Shannon Development and at the university where he was both Chancellor and the first chairman when it received university status’, said Deputy Willie O’Dea …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 30 June]

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Trinity Business School ranked best in Europe for gender balance

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In the 2020 Executive MBA rankings produced by the Economist today, the Trinity Business School has risen to 11th in Europe and 4th across the UK and Ireland. The business school ranked first in Ireland, and scored in the top five places for gender diversity …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 29 June]

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Colleges have ‘no record’ of sexual violence despite alarming survey results

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Colleges and universities in Ireland do not know how much sexual violence is happening on their campuses, despite evidence that one in three female students has been forced or coerced into having sex …” (more)

[Ellen Coyne, Independent, 30 June]

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Further Education to be Under Remit of Higher Education Minister, says Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Further education will be under the remit of the Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris, the newly appointed minister announced today. In a tweet this morning, Harris said he was looking forward to creating a Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science that will ‘drive inclusion and equality in further and higher education’, dispelling speculation over whether further education would be included in his responsibilities …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 29 June]

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Will the new Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science make any difference?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The decision by the Taoiseach and Tánaiste to create a new Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science has been universally welcomed across the higher education sector. The view seems to be that this decision is evidence that Government is finally taking the sector seriously and many are hoping for more funding not, just for education but also for research, especially ‘basic research’ …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 29 June]

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IFUT welcomes new Cabinet Minister for Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has warmly welcomed the creation of a new Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science in the new government. Joan Donegan, General Secretary of IFUT, said the creation of the new Department reflects a decision by the government to address the fact that, over the past decade, higher education and research had very much become the ‘cinderella’ within the overall education system …” (more)

[IFUT, 28 June]

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New Higher Education Department Will Have an ‘Economic Focus’, says Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The new department of higher and further education, innovation and research will have an ‘economic focus’ and will ‘drive investment to our country’, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 29 June]

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Limerick college condemns ‘vile video containing racist slurs’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Mary Immaculate College has condemned a ‘vile video’ that has appeared on social media and are investigating if any of their students have been involved. This Sunday, the college issued a statement: ‘A vile video containing racist slurs has been brought to our attention. Mary Immaculate College regards the content as despicable and will proceed to determine if there has been MIC student involvement’ …” (more)

[Donal O’Regan, Limerick Leader, 28 June]

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Universities Have Been Too Slow to Tackle Sexual Misconduct on Their Campuses

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This week, the results of a survey conducted by NUI Galway and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) showed us what many students unfortunately already know – sexual harassment and assault are scarily common on campuses …” (more)

[University Times, 28 June]

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It’s Time for Trinity to Re-Evaluate How It Shares Out Its Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The pandemic means that now, more than ever, nothing is being taken for granted. From healthcare to economics, social distancing to social justice, it seems that the list of topics up for debate has rarely been longer. And with a new government newly instated, this is likely to be amplified again in the coming months …” (more)

[Ella Connolly, University Times, 28 June]

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Students need a sense of home not found on a screen

Posted in Life on June 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Despite overwhelmingly positive advancements with regards to the easing of Ireland’s lockdown restrictions, uncertainty about the future still remains a huge issue weighing on the minds of students in Trinity and beyond. Between the choice students face regarding Erasmus, and uncertainty surrounding housing and accommodation, the idea that all possible outcomes could culminate in working from a screen at home is becoming all the more plausible …” (more)

[Laura Galvin, Trinity News, 28 June]

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A Third-Level Department Represents Big Progress – But Does Not a Funding Model Make

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In July 17th, 2019, in the basement of the Alex Hotel in Dublin city centre, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin promised Ireland’s higher education leaders a new department, just for them. It was easy at the time to be cynical about the pitch: Martin, who wasn’t in government, was speaking at a conference organised by universities, for universities, and addressing a sector starved of both funding and political attention …” (more)

[University Times, 28 June]

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New higher education minister position praised by USI and IUA

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This evening, both the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and the Union of Students’ in Ireland (USI) have welcomed the appointment of Simon Harris to the new position of Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation. In a statement, IUA expressed their ‘warm welcome’ to Simon Harris as Minister for Higher Education, Innovation and Research …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 27 June]

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IUA welcomes the announcement that a new independent Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science is being formed

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The IUA warmly welcomes the announcement by Taoiseach Micheal Martin that a new independent Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science is to be formed. Reacting to the announcement Jim Miley, Director General of IUA said: ‘This key change in government clearly recognises the central importance of universities and other third level institutes as producers of the talent pipeline for the economy and as hubs of research and innovation …'” (more)

[IUA, 27 June]

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Provost Hails ‘New Beginning’ as Higher Education Department Set Up

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

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has welcomed a new government decision to create a specific department for higher education and research, hailing it as a move with ‘the potential to be a new beginning for the third level sector after a decade treading water’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 27 June]

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Simon Harris Becomes Minister for Higher Education, Innovation and Research

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

Ireland“Fine Gael’s Simon Harris has been appointed minister for higher education, innovation and research, according to reports, in a move that seems to indicate the creation of a new, specific department with responsibility for third-level – a major development for the sector …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 27 June]

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Experimentation in higher education must become the norm

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

International“Not all universities will survive the COVID-19 crisis. Many niche institutions will alter their models to stay afloat. Other vulnerable higher education institutions without effective safety nets may downsize, consider mergers or declare bankruptcy. New institutions with new solutions will come to replace them …” (more)

[Dara Melnyk and Daniel Kontowski, University World News, 27 June]

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EU students to pay higher fees, same as non-EU students

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

“The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be charged the same tuition rates as domestic students …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 26 June]

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Some advice for the Minister of Education

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

Ireland“1. Positive action to eliminate the postcode effect with respect to access to third level education. (Resource dependent.) 2. Massive expansion of the ‘apprenticeship’ system so that students can access the professions without having to go to university. Find a word other than ‘apprenticeship’! …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 27 June]