College places shortage looms unless new funding system found

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of school-leavers will face a dramatic shortage of college places every year if higher education does not urgently get more funding, a new report warns …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 January]

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Two-thirds of students report hazardous drinking

Posted in Life on January 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Two-thirds of students are drinking hazardous amounts of alcohol every week, according to a university study. The study carried out by researchers at University College Cork found that about 66% of students responding to a questionnaire reported hazardous alcohol consumption …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 30 January]

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Universities (Development and Innovation) (Amendment) Bill 2015: Second Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 30th, 2015 by steve

IrelandSean Barrett (Independent):: I move: ‘That the Bill be now read a Second Time.’ I welcome the Minister. I thank the Bills Office, the Leader’s office, the Cathaoirleach’s office and my research assistants, Dr Charles Larkin and Ms Ursula Ní Choill, for their help in preparing the Bill. We are dealing with the role of the university and the contribution it will make in the future to the development of Ireland …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 28 January]

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Clock is ticking down on CAO application boom

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The maths are simple – CAO points will rocket if we don’t provide more college places for the growing number of Leaving Certificate students in our schools …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 30 January]

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Jan O’Sullivan and teachers’ unions to discuss compromise

Posted in Teaching on January 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has signalled a willingness to make further concessions to teacher unions in talks today to avert a third strike date. Secondary schools were closed last Thursday in what was the second one-day strike action by teachers over planned junior cycle reforms …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 29 January]

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Teachers’ group calls for equality review at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers has added its voice to demands for an independent external review of gender equality in NUI Galway (NUIG). The federation issued its call ahead of today’s special meeting of NUIG’s governing body on Friday …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 29 January]

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Is ‘academic citizenship’ under strain?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2015 by steve

UK“A wide range of essential under-the-radar tasks sustain academic culture, but who will perform them in an increasingly careerist academy? …” (more)

[John Morgan and Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 29 January]

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Universities and Economic Growth

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2015 by steve

Canada“If you read the OECD/World Bank playbook on higher education, it’s all very simple. If you raise investments into higher education and research, growth will follow. At the big-picture national level, this is probably true. But it’s maddeningly unspecific …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 29 January]

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St Mary’s University College: Restoration of Special Funding Premia to Prevent its Imminent Closure

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2015 by steve

UKJennifer McCann (Sinn Féin): Go raibh maith agat, a Phríomh-LeasCheann Comhairle. Let me say at the outset that I will not be taking the 15 minutes because I am very conscious that, given that this is such a serious debate, a number of my colleagues want to speak on it. So, I will try to get through what I have to say as quickly as possible …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 27 January]

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Jan O’Sullivan and teachers’ unions to discuss compromise

Posted in Teaching on January 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has signalled a willingness to make further concessions to teacher unions in talks today to avert a third strike date. Secondary schools were closed last Thursday in what was the second one-day strike action by teachers over planned junior cycle reforms …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 29 January]

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Irish researchers to urge EU-wide policy on data at Brussels seminar

Posted in Legal issues, Research on January 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Irish delegation to call for framework to balance privacy concerns against innovation. Irish data researchers are proposing a European Union ‘magna carta for data’ that would create a new a new policy and legislative framework for data ethics and use across the bloc’s member states …” (more)

[Mic Moroney, Irish Times, 29 January]

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Jobs recruiting hampered by lack of IT grads

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Skills shortage worse in Ireland than in other countries, according to one chief executive: ‘In general, colleges aren’t as quick as they should be to update curriculums’. A shortage of skilled IT and engineering graduates is limiting the ability of companies to expand their operations in Ireland, according to the chief executive of US software firm Kemp Technologies …” (more)

[Pamela Newenham, Irish Times, 29 January]

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A first: Scots university plans fees refund for UK, overseas students who fail

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 29th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“Fee-paying students at a Scottish university will be the first to have their costs waived if they fail to graduate under radical proposals …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 29 January]

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European Court of Human Rights underused in Irish law – lecturer

Posted in Legal issues, Research on January 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Dr Conor O’Mahony says Louise O’Keeffe’s victory helped highlight importance of ECHR. Louise O’Keeffe’s victory in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has helped highlight the potential of the Strasbourg court to enrich the Irish legal system and Irish lawyers should make more use of ECHR judgments in domestic courts, a leading law lecturer has said …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 28 January]

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How the other half studied: Trinity College Dublin in the 1960s

Posted in Life on January 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Anne Leonard’s Portrait of an Era captures how different Trinity was just two generations ago – in images taken by students themselves. I arrived in Trinity from England as a shy seventeen-year-old in October 1959, the beginning of the World Refugee Year …” (more)

[Colin Smythe, Irish Times, 28 January]

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Has the Research Excellence Framework been drowned out by its own noise?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2015 by steve

UK“When 25 university departments can each prove that they came in the top three, rankings are over. ‘How do you feel about your department’s REF performance?’ ‘Very good, as a matter of fact. We were fourth by research concentration on outputs.’ ‘That’s odd. This table has you 27th.’ …” (more)

[Jonathan Wolff, Guardian, 27 January]

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Experts urge speedier merger between colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The institutes of technology in Cork and Tralee should merge sooner for their planned application to become a technological university, say experts who evaluated their proposal …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 28 January]

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A whole lotta cheatin’ going on? REF stats revisited

Posted in Research on January 28th, 2015 by steve

UK“The rankings produced by Times Higher Education and others on the basis of the UK’s Research Assessment Exercises (RAEs) have always been contentious, but accusations of universities’ gaming submissions and spinning results have been more widespread in REF2014 than any earlier RAE …” (more)

[Derek Sayer, coastsofbohemia, 27 January]

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WIT expands university partnership in Brazil

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“During the Enterprise Ireland led education mission late last year, Brazil announced that it is more than doubling the number of undergraduate scholarships to Ireland this year …” (more)

[Munster Express, 28 January]

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With academia moving in a digital direction, sustained investment in media training would benefit all

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2015 by steve

UK“The dilemma facing many universities today is that distributed, external communication involves risk, but having a limited presence means the scholarly community is vulnerable to complete disregard …” (more)

[Kevin Anselmo, Impact of Social Sciences, 28 January]

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