Statement from the Irish Universities regarding UK Students and fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In the period of uncertainty following the recent UK referendum to leave the European Union, the Irish universities collectively wish to reassure all UK students currently enrolled in an Irish university that they will continue to enjoy the same conditions as other EU students regarding fees and contributions, for the duration of their degree …” (more)

[Irish Universities Association, 27 June]

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Future funding for third-level colleges linked to having minimum number of women in senior positions

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Future funding for third-level colleges will be linked to having a minimum number of women in senior positions. The radical move arises from recommendations of an expert group headed by former EU Commissioner Dr Maire Geogheghan Quinn, carried out in behalf of the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 27 June]

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Consent Classes in UCC

Posted in Teaching on June 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Recently our newsfeeds have been dominated by the Stanford rape case; Brock Allen Turner, a young white male attending Stanford University, sexually assaulted & attempted to rape an unconscious girl behind a dumpster after a party. Turner’s defence used the girl’s alcohol intake as their reasoning for this heinous crime …” (more)

[Katie Quinlan, UCC Express, 27 June]

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NUIG nominious

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A Gender Equality Task Force has recommended mandatory gender quotas for the appointment of senior academics in NUI Galway to combat a legacy of discrimination against women. While concern has been expressed about the use of quotas, it is evident that a ‘silent gender quota’ has been in operation in NUIG for some time …” (more)

[Deirdre Curran and Shivaun Quinlivan, Village Magazine, 27 June]

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The nature of judicial deference to academic judgment

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The US Supreme Court, though depleted at present to eight Justices after the death of Antonin Scalia, can still muster majorities in controversial cases. One of the most controversial issues regularly before the Court (up there with abortion and guns) is affirmative action, especially in college admissions …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 27 June]

Higher Education Institutions Will Risk Funding Penalties if They Fail to Address Gender Inequality

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Higher education institutions will risk funding being withheld if they fail to address gender inequality in the coming years. That’s one of the outcomes of a report published today (27.06.16) on gender equality in higher education. The report was compiled by the Expert Group commissioned by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to undertake a national review of gender equality in higher education institutions. The Expert Group was chaired by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn …” (more, download)

[Higher Education Authority, 27 June]

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The great divide: why are there so few senior female academics?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Are women in academia about to get a fair crack of the whip? Today, a national review of gender equality in Ireland’s third-level institutions, chaired by former EU commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, is due to be published. It is widely expected that it will call for major changes to bring about gender equality in Irish universities …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 27 June]

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Government expected to keep financial emergency legislation

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Government is expected to insist this week that financial emergency legislation, which was used to underpin cuts to public service pay and pensions following the economic crash, should remain in place. The Government has to provide a report to the Oireachtas by Thursday on the future of the financial emergency known as Fempi …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 26 June]

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Third-level institutions face targets for women in senior posts

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Third-level institutions will be required to ensure more women are promoted to senior academic posts as part of a major report on gender equality to be published today. The national review carried out by an expert group commissioned by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) shows women are significantly under-represented in the senior ranks of most colleges and universities …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 June]

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Over exposed: where are the EU students?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 27th, 2016 by steve

UK“It is hard to see how student recruitment from the EU can be stable until the final exit agreements have been made. Prospective students will need to know, at the very least, about the fee levels and visa requirements which will govern their studies in the UK …” (more)

[Wonkhe, 26 June]

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With NUIG Taking Strides Forward, Trinity’s Relative Inaction on Refugee Admission is Highlighted

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The announcement of a new scholarship programme in NUI Galway (NUIG) this week highlights the noticeable lack of action taken by Trinity when it comes to the inclusion of asylum seekers and refugees …” (more)

[University Times, 26 June]

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Why the Brexit vote result has UK scientists terrified

Posted in Research on June 27th, 2016 by steve

UK“The United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union — is raising urgent questions for the future of the UK. Among the many communities gobsmacked by Thursday night’s voting results is UK scientists — who depend heavily on EU membership for research funding, collaboration, and recruitment of top talent …” (more)

[Brian Resnick and Julia Belluz, Vox, 24 June]

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‘There Have Been Days and Weeks When I Have Not Had Any Money Left for Food’

Posted in Life on June 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In 2014, I was accepted to my dream course – nursing in Trinity. This offer came after some very difficult years, where I struggled with extremely poor health and lost my partner to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome. But I was determined to move forward and progress in life. I accepted the offer and started my course in September 2014 …” (more)

[Tara McCormack, University Times, 25 June]

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Brexit vote brings uncertainty for British universities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 26th, 2016 by steve

UK“A momentous vote in the United Kingdom’s EU referendum in favour of leaving the European Union – popularly known as Brexit – has been greeted with consternation in British universities with many concerned about what it will mean for research funding, staff and students from the EU and the general standing of UK research in the world …” (more)

[Yojana Sharma, University World News, 24 June]

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Irish students studying in the UK fear price hike in fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Irish students studying in the UK could face a price hike in fees and problems with visas as a result of the Brexit. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) fear the Brexit will have ‘a negative impact’ for Irish students …” (more)

[Catherine Devine, Independent, 25 June]

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Irish students in UK could face hike in fees after Brexit vote

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“There are fears that thousands of Irish students who study in the UK and Northern Ireland could face costly non-EU fees as result of the Brexit vote. Up until now, Irish students in Britain and Northern Ireland, as well as British and Northern Irish students in the Republic, have been able to study in both jurisdictions under EU rules …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 June]

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Teachers face financial penalties from next week in schools dispute

Posted in Teaching on June 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Second-level teachers will face new financial penalties from next Thursday if they do not agree to continue working a controversial 33 additional non-teaching hours per year, the Government has warned. Members of the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI) voted several weeks ago to withdraw from working these hours …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 24 June]

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Trinity’s Northern Irish Students on Brexit: ‘I can safely say I don’t know what the future holds’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Today’s stunning Brexit decision leaves Northern Ireland not only in the same uncertain state as the rest of the UK, but with added speculation about everything from an enforced border to a referendum on Irish reunification …” (more)

[University Times, 24 June]

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Higher Education Institutions Expenditure

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2016 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to provide a breakdown of the amount of funding allocated by his Department to each third level institution in each of the years 2006 to 2016 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 June]

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Higher Education Courses Provision – Estimated Demographic Increase

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2016 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated costs in terms of both current and capital spending, to provide for estimated demographic increases over each of the ten years for the higher education sector, assuming that service remains at an equivalent level to the current level of provision; if he has included this figure in the €500 million in additional spending under the programme for Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 June]

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