No Mention of Higher Education Dept in Draft Programme for Government

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Despite a public appeal by more than 1,700 academics, as well as an intervention from Provost Patrick Prendergast, higher education is unlikely to get its own department under the next government …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 15 June]

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The Deal Is Done: End to Direct Provision, Changes in Higher Education and Greener Policies

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A deal for a Government programme has been finalised by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and The Green Party, with Micheál Martin set to take on the role of An Taoiseach before it is rotated to Leo Varadkar in 2022. The programme for government includes the abolishment of the Direct Provision system and changes in governance for the Higher Education sector …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 15 June]

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New Government to Bring ‘Renewed Focus’ to Third-Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s next government will put a ‘renewed focus’ on higher education funding, but college fees will remain the same, Fianna Fáil’s education spokesperson has said …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 15 June]

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‘We need a landlord NCT system’: Authorities step in to curb lockdown parties in Cork’s student areas

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Forty landlords with 200 properties have been contacted by Gardaí, City Hall and the HSE following a spate of ‘lockdown parties’ that have angered local residents in college areas of Cork. A letter to landlords was signed by a public health specialist, a Chief Superintendent, and the Chief Executive of Cork City Council …” (more)

[EchoLive, 15 June]

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Trinity Business School ranks 27th in Europe in Financial Times Global MSc in Finance

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity Business School ranked 27th in Europe this year, according to the 2020 Global Masters in Finance rankings produced by the Financial Times (FT), and secured first place in Ireland for its MSc in Finance. University College Dublin’s (UCD) Smurfit Business School featured on the list at 41st place …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 15 June]

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Universities and world rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir Prof Kathleen James-Chakraborty is quite right to note the distorting impact upon Irish universities of their current fixation with world rankings (Letters, June 11th). It has resulted in efforts to game the system in various ways …” (more)

[Eunan O’Halpin, Irish Times, 15 June]

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At Kavanagh Court, Trinity Gets Caught Between Shareholders and Students

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“When it comes to managing its accommodation, it seems Trinity simply cannot stop getting itself into trouble. Dozens of students who left Kavanagh Court in a hurry in March – when Trinity erroneously told them they had to leave, before a startling volte-face the following day – have been offered rent refunds that don’t cover the full period of time that they spent out of the complex …” (more)

[University Times, 14 June]

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Should Colleges Fear a Cynical Government Using Ranking Jumps Against Them?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Five months ago, if you had told Trinity’s top officers that June would bring a seven-place rankings jump for the College, they’d likely have bitten your hand off. Then, all the talk at College level was about the importance of putting in place workable strategies, with little expense spared, to change a narrative about rankings that was fast becoming a genuine risk to Trinity’s reputation …” (more)

[University Times, 14 June]

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Denied Full Refunds, Kavanagh Court Residents Slam Complex – and College

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Former student residents of Kavanagh Court are furious with the complex’s management – and with Trinity – after they were offered only a partial rent refund despite being ‘basically left with no option’ but to leave their accommodation in March when the pandemic hit …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 14 June]

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The Ivory League

Posted in Life on June 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I hope I’m far, far away when the Irish universities’ EDI bonfire becomes an inferno. Because when it does it will be Dante-esque. For now though, there’s absolutely no sign that we’ve read any of the warnings on the box – Pandora’s …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 14 June]