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Time to take the stress out of academic life?

Posted in Life on October 20th, 2014 by steve

Scotland“Out there in what some still call the ‘real world’, there are many who will profess to believe that an academic’s life is full of relaxed days and pleasant comforts …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 20 October]

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NUIG steps up drug patrols on campus

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 20th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway authorities have stepped up security patrols on the campus, following reports of heroin addicts openly using the drug. The college is working closely with Gardaí in an effort to prevent drug use on the lands …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Galway City Tribune, 20 October]

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University of Ulster may cut intake by 3,000: Stormont funding crisis could see campus slash student numbers

Posted in Fees and access, Governance and administration on October 20th, 2014 by steve

UK“The University of Ulster is considering plans to cut its student intake by 3,000 places, it can be revealed. The planned slashing of numbers comes as the university’s funding from Stormont is cut due to the financial crisis caused, in part, by the refusal to implement welfare reforms at Stormont …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 20 October]

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University of Ulster cuts: Bulk of enforced savings will come from staffing budget

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2014 by steve

UK“The University of Ulster plans to make £2m savings in its staffing budget to help meet the demand of significant cuts. UU bosses were told in August that they must make £3.15m of savings – 4% of its overall annual budget of £78.8m …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 20 October]

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Third level Limerick students struggling to stay in education

Posted in Fees and access on October 20th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Just a month into the new academic year, some third level students in Limerick are already struggling to stay in education. According to Sinn Féin councillor for City East, Séighin Ó Ceallaigh, college students are already in financial difficulty …” (more)

[Alan Jacques, Limerick Post, 20 October]

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Galway has ‘first class potential’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Galway West TD Derek Nolan has hailed Galway’s potential in the wake of a €7 million funding allocation for a new human biology building in NUI Galway’s medical school, as part of Budget 2015 …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 18 October]

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Growing Impact of Non-Elite Journals

Posted in Research on October 20th, 2014 by steve

USA“From a news perspective, the recent report by Google researchers that more highly-cited papers are found in non-elite journals is about much more than the distribution of citations …” (more)

[Phil Davis, The Scholarly Kitchen, 20 October]

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€245m of funding for new research centres planned

Posted in Research on October 20th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Government has announced details of five new world class scientific research centres, into which €245m of State and industry funding is to be invested. The six-year investment will directly support the jobs of 700 existing and new researchers …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 20 October]

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Changes to Junior Cycle

Posted in Teaching on October 20th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – To resist unsound changes to the Junior Cycle being imposed by Government, ASTI and TUI members have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action, up to and including strike action if necessary …” (more)

[Philip Irwin, Irish Times, 20 October]

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College to build 2,000 student residences

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“College is expected to announce the building of 2,000 student residences over the next five years at Wednesday’s launch of the Strategic Plan 2014-19. Provost Patrick Prendergast named Windmill Lane and Sir John Rogerson’s Quay as possible sites …” (more)

[Clare Droney, Trinity News, 20 October]

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Campaign calls for end to TCD ‘complicity’ in apartheid

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A new student campaign is calling on College to cut its links with institutions and companies that support the Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 18 October]

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Making higher education financially sustainable

Posted in Fees and access, Governance and administration on October 19th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The biggest issue facing Irish higher education may not be the level of national investment but the mix of public and private funding. Ireland has a modest level of public investment when compared to other OECD countries and a very low level of private investment in the form of privately paid tuition fees …” (more)

[Art Hauptman, University World News, 16 October]

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Open access for multi-disciplinary journals

Posted in Research on October 19th, 2014 by steve

International“A Polish entrepreneur and data scientist, Marcin Wojnarski, has launched what he says is the first multi-disciplinary aggregator of open access journals and papers. Wojnarski says that his firm, Paperity, will connect authors with readers, boost dissemination of new discoveries and consolidate academia around open literature …” (more)

[University World News, 15 October]

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Access to Higher Education

Posted in Fees and access on October 19th, 2014 by steve

IrelandDeputy Noel Coonan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the criteria that allow for the provision of an access officer in a third level institution or college; the reasons an access officer is not available in all colleges including smaller colleges, bearing in mind the crucial financial assistance provided by an access officer to students; if she will provide a list of the colleges that have an access officer and those that do not; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 14 October]

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College funding per student falls 24% to €9,000

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The amount of money third-level colleges receive for each student will drop to €9,000 next year, down 24% from €11,800 in 2007/08 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 October]

Irish medical college in Bahrain inspected for abuses

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 18th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“An Irish Medical Council delegation has visited the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) campus in Bahrain, following criticism from human rights groups about alleged abuses in the country’s medical facilities …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 18 October]

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Over 1,000 extra teachers needed to reduce pupil-teacher ratios at second-level

Posted in Teaching on October 18th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“More than 1,000 additional second-level classroom teacher posts are needed next year to reduce the pupil-teacher ratio to pre-austerity levels, according to figures from second-level teachers’ unions …” (more)

[Leanna Byrne, Business Post, 17 October]

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HEA chief Tom Boland fires funding warning

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority has warned that Ireland is at risk of moving from a low cost system of higher education with high quality outcomes, to a low cost and low quality system that will not be able to meet demand …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 October]

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Expert finds AIT audiology degree to be on a par with international programmes

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s first degree in audiology, offered by Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), is on a par with the standards of similar UK and other international programmes, according to a report …” (more)

[Sorcha Corcoran, Business and Leadership, 17 October]

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Was It For DIT?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Are you in the Dublin Institute of Technology? Read on. Thomas writes: ‘It has not been reported in the media about the disaster that is DIT Grangegorman. The new DIT campus was opened up in September 2014 …'” (more)

[Broadsheet.ie, 17 October]

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