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]

Student Accommodation for Carlow Town receives Green Light

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

Ireland“A proposal for purpose built student accommodation in Carlow town has received the green light from planners. The project would see an office building on Green Lane, Carlow converted into accommodation for at least 20 students …” (more)

[Michael Tracey, Carlow Nationalist, 26 June]

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University ordered to pay €60,000 to employee with OCD who had fear of using toilet

Posted in Legal issues on June 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A university here has been ordered to pay €60,000 for discriminating against an employee who had significant anxiety over contamination from using work toilets. The woman has been diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) Adjudication Officer, Maria Kelly has found that the university failed to make reasonable accommodation for the woman’s disability and that she was discriminated against on the grounds of her disability …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Examiner, 26 June]

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All made up: It’s the shiny new 2020 fictional universities ranking

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

International“League tables are renowned for realistic assessments of university performance to give wholly convincing rankings of institutions based on thoroughly credible criteria. And of course all the top rankers are renowned for their steady eye and firm grip on reality. Which is why, from time to time, we need a bit more creativity in league table creation …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Wonkhe, 26 June]

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Major apartment scheme in Cork city to accommodate 280 students

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

Ireland“The developers of a major student apartment scheme in Cork city centre are aiming to have the new complex operating by September 2022. Revised plans for the redevelopment of the former Square Deal building on Washington Street have been lodged with An Bord Pleanála. Developers are now proposing a 50 apartment plan, accommodating some 280 students …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 26 June]

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Spring Exchanges ‘Proceeding As Planned’ For UCD Students – Subject to Review

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

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) cancelled their outgoing exchanges for the first semester of the 2020/2021 academic year on May 15th due to uncertainty as to when international travel restrictions would be lifted. The university stated that it as a result it would not be feasible for students to adequately plan their exchange activities. UCD Global stated that ‘cancelling the outgoing exchanges was the best option for students in terms of ensuring their health and safety and avoiding disruption to their academic programmes’ …” (more)

[Ahmed Jouda and Aine Burke, College Tribune, 26 June]

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School closures affected disadvantaged students much more severely, study shows

Posted in Teaching on June 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“School closures have had a much more severe impact on students’ learning and motivation in disadvantaged secondary schools, a new ESRI study indicates. The research says school leaders fear a key outcome of the Covid-19 lockdown will be a widening of the gap between less well-off and more affluent students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 26 June]

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Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals Don’t Really Do Their Job

Posted in Research on June 27th, 2020 by steve

“The rush for scientific cures and treatments for Covid-19 has opened the floodgates of direct communication between scientists and the public. Instead of waiting for their work to go through the slow process of peer review at scientific journals, scientists are now often going straight to print themselves, posting write-ups of their work to public servers as soon as they’re complete …” (more)

[Simine Vazire, Wired, 25 June]

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