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Another English language school has closed, days after it said it wouldn’t

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Another college catering for international students has closed, making it the seventh in then last five months. Language school ‘English in Dublin’ announced that it is to go into liquidation just a week after informing students that it was on ‘temporary holiday’ to allow for a relocation …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 2 September]

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Students from closed colleges must be in education for immigration reasons – Minister

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“International students affected by college closures must now be in full-time study to comply with their immigration requirements the Minister for Justice has said today …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 2 September]

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Seventh English language school closes

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“A seventh college catering for international students has announced its closure. ‘English in Dublin’ on Merrion Square in Dublin, said on its Facebook page it was going into liquidation ‘with great regret’ …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 2 September]

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Student hardship fund: Stephen Farry criticised for £1.3m cut

Posted in Fees and access on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Money made available to the poorest students in Northern Ireland’s six further education colleges has been cut by over a third, the BBC has learned …” (more)

[Peter Coulter, BBC News, 2 September]

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Tighter regime for issuing of student visas announced

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“A tighter regime for the issuing of student visas is the cornerstone of the Government’s new plan for regulation of the international education sector in Ireland …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 2 September]

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O’Sullivan ‘committed to reform of junior cycle’

Posted in Teaching on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan says she is determined that reform will happen at junior cycle level in Ireland’s secondary schools. However the minister said she is also keen to work with teachers on the issue …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 2 September]

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7,000 students return to school with digital schoolbags

Posted in Teaching on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“It appears that some 7,000 fewer students will be plagued by back problems caused by carrying heavy bags full of books. Education tech provider Wriggle says it has kitted out 7,000 Irish schoolkids with digital school bags …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 2 September]

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Ignore scare-mongering: independent Scotland will attract top researchers

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Fears that Scotland will lose leading academic researchers in the event of a Yes vote do not stand up to scrutiny …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Guardian Professional, 2 September]

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Is it time to restructure our universities?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“A federal approach could help tackle the divisive brand wars and class-bound hierarchies that dog our current system. The pattern of higher education institutions has remained remarkably stable for half a century …” (more)

[Peter Scott, Guardian, 2 September]

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State targets operation of English schools

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“The Government will today outline measures to prevent abuse of the student immigration regime which was highlighted by the abrupt closure of several English language colleges this year …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 2 September]

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Stemming the brain drain

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Sir, – The current medical brain drain and the large number of unfilled consultant and GP positions in Ireland make it clear that this is not an attractive place for medics to take up work …” (more)

[Steven Maloney, Irish Times, 2 September]

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McGuinness committment to Magee expansion welcomed by Derry Mayor

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Mayor of Derry councillor Brenda Stevenson has welcomed Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness’ commitment to Magee University following his statement last week that he intends to meet with the Minister for Employment and Learning Stephen Farry …” (more)

[Andrew Quinn, Derry Journal, 1 September]

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MOOCs and online learning – moving beyond the silly hype

Posted in Teaching on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“A year or two ago a number of people who wanted to grab a bit of public attention in higher education claimed loudly that MOOCs (‘massive open online courses’) were the future, and that all universities would have to go down this route …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 1 September]

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UCD introduces smoking ban

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“The first policy change in plans to make UCD a smoke-free campus are in force from today. The initiative, which was passed in a referendum held last October …” (more)

[Megan Fanning, University Observer, 1 September]

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Medical research would be ‘eroded and lost’ by Scottish independence

Posted in Research on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Experts fear independent Scotland would lose billions of pounds of UK funding as yes campaign says government would fill gap. More than 60 Scottish medical experts specialising in areas such as cancer, neuroscience and genetics have signed an open letter …” (more)

[Severin Carrell, Guardian, 1 September]

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Scottish independence: Tussle looms on question of free tuition for our students

Posted in Fees and access, Legal issues on September 1st, 2014 by steve

“European Union rules will force an independent Scotland to offer free university places to Northern Ireland students, senior politicians here believe …” (more)

[Liam Clarke, Belfast Telegraph, 1 September]

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Scientists criticise new ‘open access’ journal which limits research-sharing with copyright

Posted in Research on September 1st, 2014 by steve

“Restrictive copyright licenses and expensive submission fees have led to a significant number of scientists to criticise Science Advances, a new journal due to launch next year, for failing to live up to its open access principles …” (more)

[Fiona Rutherford, New Statesman, 29 August]

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Trinity College Dublin Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted in Life on September 1st, 2014 by steve

“Over 100 people including Trinity College’s leading lights in MND research, College staff and politicians, gathered in Trinity’s Front Square to collectively take on the Ice Bucket Challenge watched on by many supporters …” (more, video)

[YouTube, 1 September]

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New innovation strategy required says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on September 1st, 2014 by steve

“New innovation strategy required to preserve teaching standards, assist graduate employment and promote economic recovery, says IFUT. The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for implementation of a five point strategy to develop third-level education …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 31 August]

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Public Sector: the insider story

Posted in Governance and administration on September 1st, 2014 by steve

“As of this week, both my children are in secondary school. Time flies and in no time they will be finished school. If they were to ask me (which they don’t) what they should do after school, what should I say? If they ask, ‘Dad, what should I do for a living?’ or, ‘Where should I work?’ what would you tell your children? …” (more)

[David McWilliams, 1 September]

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