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University Libraries – European Investment Bank and the University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2014 by steve

IrelandDeputy Patrick O’Donovan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the agreement between the European Investment Bank and the University of Limerick regarding the library extension at the university; when works will commence; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 23 October]

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There are too many second-rate colleges in Ireland with ‘Mickey Mouse courses’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Ireland has too many substandard third-level schools that are putting students through three-year degrees that ‘aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on’, one entrepreneur says …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 24 October]

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Bullying in academia: ‘Professors are supposed to be stressed! That’s the job’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2014 by steve

UK“Bullying is rife in academia – and it is tolerated to an extent that wouldn’t be acceptable in other areas. I’ve seen careers wasted in academia just by bad management and bad practice. My story is an illustration of what can go wrong …” (more)

[Guardian, 24 October]

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Education Minister leads trade mission to China

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, today embarked on an important trade visit to China. The Education in Ireland mission, organised by Enterprise Ireland, is an important step in deepening the strong education ties between Ireland and China, particularly in the third level sector …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 24 October]

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Why Ireland’s postgrad funding squeeze has forced me to become an academic exile

Posted in Fees and access on October 24th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“As a young humanities scholar at the beginning of my PhD, my experience with the Irish postgraduate research funding system has left me disillusioned. So much so that I have joined the list of emigrants from Irish academia …” (more)

[Niall Flynn, The Conversation, 24 October]

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University of Ulster: Possibility of more student flats for Belfast campus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2014 by steve

UK“Two developers are considering submitting planning applications for another 1,000 student flats in Belfast city centre. Plans have already been submitted by a number of firms seeking to develop accommodation next to the University of Ulster’s new Belfast site …” (more)

[John Campbell, BBC News, 24 October]

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Beyond the points race?

Posted in Fees and access on October 24th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The entry into the debate on university entrance criteria in Ireland of the dean of admissions at Harvard University Dr William R Fitzsimmons (October 22nd) illustrates one of the fallacies that dog this debate. Harvard is a private institution with an endowment of more than $36 billion …” (more)

[Paddy O'Flynn, Irish Times, 24 October]

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Waterford IT ‘cannot apply alone to become university’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Further meetings with Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan are planned for Waterford Institute of Technology management after she told them they could not apply on their own to become a university …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 24 October]

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Hartnett hits out at lack of suitably qualified graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“John Hartnett, the effective lord mayor of the Irish-American tech glitterati, fired off a few home truths in the Doubletree Hotel in Dublin on Wednesday at the inaugural Ireland Inc Summit … (yes, yet another ‘summit’ … doesn’t anybody hold conferences any more?) …” (more)

[Mark Paul, Irish Times, 24 October]

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Managing your career in HE administration

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2014 by steve

UKManaging Your Career in Higher Education Administration, Michelle Gander, Heather Moyes and Emma Sabzalieva. Palgrave Macmillan 2014, ISBN 9781137328328. Managing Your Career in Higher Education Administration is possibly the first book in the UK covering careers in higher education administration …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, wonkhe, 24 October]

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The attempt to make Trinity an apartheid-free campus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Ciarán O’Rourke, TCD graduate and leader of the recently launched, Apartheid Free TCD, campaign wants a campus with a long history of taking a stance against apartheid to take the final step …” (more)

[Áine O'Connell, Campus.ie, 23 October]

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Trinity College Dublin to take courses online

Posted in Teaching on October 24th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) plans to increase its online learners from nil to 1,000 in the next five years to keep up with the rise of online courses in Irish higher education institutes …” (more)

[Leanna Byrne, Business Post, 23 October]

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FG WIT University pledge: ‘Isn’t that what you tend to do during an election?’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“FG WIT University pledge: ‘Isn’t that what you tend to do during an election?’ Today it is important to remember the promises made by both government parties to voters in the South East …” (more)

[University of the South East Campaign, 23 October]

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Waterford IT told it will not get standalone university status

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has told Waterford Institute of Technology that it will not achieve university status unless it resumes talks with IT Carlow on a planned merger …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 23 October]

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Northern Irish universities warned over major cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

UK“Universities in Northern Ireland have been warned that funding from the Stormont executive could be cut by up to 15% next year – triggering suggestions that thousands of student places may have to be axed. Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster have already been forced to make multi-million pound savings during this financial year …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 23 October]

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Art students send letter of complaint over facilities at Grangegorman

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Fine Art students say that they are unhappy with the new campus facilities in Grangegorman and demand solutions from DIT. A group of Fine Art students submitted a letter of complaint …” (more)

[Barry Lennon, The Edition, 23 October]

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Schools to get free access to Dictionary of Irish Biography

Posted in Research on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Royal Irish Academy is making its Dictionary of Irish Biography available to all schools online free of charge as part of the Decade of Centenaries commemorations. The dictionary, a collaborative project between the academy and Cambridge University Press, was first printed in nine volumes in 2009, involving 700 contributors and spanning over 9,700 lives …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 23 October]

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Department urged to reinstate language programme at primary level

Posted in Teaching on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Modern Languages in Primary School Initiative closed due to concern about ‘curriculum overload’. Calls have been made for the Department of Education and Skills to reinstate a modern language programme at primary level that was shut down two years ago …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 23 October]

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Don’t let immigration policy push students and academics away from the UK

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

UK“The UK has taken a bad turn in its attitude towards foreigners. I am a Portuguese national doing biomedical research for the NHS and King’s College London in collaboration with very talented staff from all over the world …” (more)

[Filipe Gracio, The Conversation, 23 October]

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‘Surprised and disappointed': IT Carlow isn’t happy about Waterford pulling out of a planned merger

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The President of IT Carlow has said she’s ‘surprised and disappointed’ at the decision by Waterford IT to pull out of a planned merger …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 23 October]

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