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Irish Govt launches plan to woo more second and third-level students into STEM

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

“A new three-year strategy for Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) Smart Futures initiative aims to increase the uptake of science, technology, engineering and mathematics STEM subjects at second and third level by 10% by 2016 …” (more)

[Colm Gorey, Silicon Republic, 17 April]

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Udacity Will No Longer Offer Free Certificates

Posted in Teaching on April 17th, 2014 by steve

“Udacity hopes the certificates it offers to people who complete its massive open online courses are worth something. Now the company plans to charge students accordingly. The company, one of the big three MOOC providers, said on Wednesday that …” (more)

[Steve Kolowich, Chronicle of Higher Education, 17 April]

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The Future of Third Level Education in Ireland – 3. Duration

Posted in Teaching on April 17th, 2014 by steve

“I think we need to reduce the average time that students spend at third level. This is one area where I have been accused of elitism in the past, but my basic thesis is this: far too many students are spending too much time struggling through college in an attempt to get an honours degree …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 17 April]

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NUIG research building wins architectural award

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

“The Hardiman Research Building at NUI Galway has won the title of Architectural Project of the Year at this year’s CMG Awards Ceremony …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 17 April]

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Debate over branding at Trinity College Dublin

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

“It has been called ‘bland’ and ‘corporate’, its colors ‘anemic’ and its design drained of meaning. For Trinity College Dublin, a major overhaul of its official logo has not gone entirely to plan …” (more)

[Naomi Powell, Inside Higher Ed, 17 April]

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Are UK policies preventing humanities research from reaching an international audience?

Posted in Research on April 17th, 2014 by steve

“Report points to ‘serious dangers for the international standing of UK research’ in humanities and social sciences. Today marks the launch of another report on open access, a topic area that is rapidly becoming saturated …” (more)

[Martin Paul Eve, Guardian Professional, 17 April]

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Quinn to propose Leaving Cert with new system of grading

Posted in Teaching on April 17th, 2014 by steve

“A new system of Leaving Certificate grades — each 10% apart — is the most likely to be formally proposed to Education Minister Ruairi Quinn soon as part of a plan to ease pressures on students chasing points for college …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 17 April]

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‘Good’ degree awards not always in line with intake

Posted in Teaching on April 17th, 2014 by steve

“A report has revealed which universities are awarding more first and upper second class degrees than would be expected based on their students’ backgrounds, raising fresh questions about the comparability of exam standards across the sector …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 17 April]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Posted in Fees and access on April 17th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Anthony Lawlor: I thank the Ceann Comhairle’s office for giving me the chance to raise this issue. Student Universal Support Ireland, SUSI, has been working well in this, its second year. There have not been too many problems. However, nationality and immigration status pose an anomaly in terms of selecting people for grants …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 16 April]

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What use are PhDs? What future do they have?

Posted in Life on April 16th, 2014 by steve

“A picture attached to a tweet I received from @mocost (and others) is profoundly depressing. It plots the number of PhD students in the US (86,000) against the average time to completion (7 years) against the current number of postdocs (estimated at between 37,000 and 68,000) …” (more)

[Shane O'Mara's Blog, 16 April]

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Sixty foreign students lose thousands as college shuts

Posted in Fees and access on April 16th, 2014 by steve

“Up to 60 foreign students have been left out of pocket by thousands of euro following the sudden closure of a Dublin city language school …” (more)

[Cormac Murphy, Herald, 16 April]

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Language skills and the need for them

Posted in Teaching on April 16th, 2014 by steve

“The Guardian has lately been running pieces on the subject of language studies and language learning both outside and inside the university structure. The UK has a particular problem in this respect …” (more)

[IT and Data Musings..., 16 April]

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A quality education: the third-level funding crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on April 16th, 2014 by steve

“Over the past number of years, Ireland’s universities have been dropping in various world rankings. Since the beginning of the recession, government funding for Ireland’s third-level sector has been cut a considerable amount …” (more)

[Aoife Mullen, The College View, 16 April]

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The Future of Third Level Education in Ireland – 2. Duplication

Posted in Fees and access, Teaching on April 16th, 2014 by steve

“The Minister has mentioned the problem of duplication on a number of occasions and has confused it with the proliferation of courses available through the CAO system …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 16 April]

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Why banning the Sun on university campuses is wrong

Posted in Governance and administration on April 16th, 2014 by steve

“Just before Christmas my students’ union removed from sale the national newspaper with the second largest circulation in the country. Surprisingly, this was a decision that was taken with relatively little opposition …” (more)

[Rehema Figueiredo, Guardian, 16 April]

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Schools do not have capacity for Minister’s Junior Cycle changes, say 89% of teachers – Millward Brown survey

Posted in Teaching on April 16th, 2014 by steve

“Only 11% of second-level teachers believe their school has good capacity to implement the Minister’s new Framework for Junior Cycle in September 2014, a survey by Millward Brown has found …” (more)

[ASTI, 16 April]

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Sixty per cent of teachers ‘feeling continuously stressed’

Posted in Teaching on April 16th, 2014 by steve

“Job satisfaction among secondary school teachers has dropped sharply in the past five years, with administrative work and school evaluations among the biggest gripes. Only 44% of respondents in a survey published today said they were quite satisfied or very satisfied with their work …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 16 April]

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There Is An EdTech Tool for That #ictedu

Posted in Teaching on April 16th, 2014 by steve

“At next month’s ICT in Education Conference, 100 teachers from around Ireland and the UK will share tech tools that work for them. I’m culling through a list that will percolate over to the conference website next week …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View from Ireland, 16 April]

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Digital humanities and the future of technology in higher ed

Posted in Research on April 16th, 2014 by steve

“It’s no secret that the humanities — literature, history, philosophy, the foreign languages — are suffering from a precipitous plummet in higher education. But hark! Digital humanities are here to rescue the field — or maybe just kill it off for good …” (more)

[Rebecca Schuman, Slate, 16 April]

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Council in Solidarity with Marking Boycott

Posted in Governance and administration on April 16th, 2014 by steve

“Queen’s University’s Student Council has voted to uphold a motion of solidarity with staff members affiliated with the University and College Union (UCU), in the eventuality of a marking boycott this summer …” (more)

[Tara McEvoy, The Gown, 15 April]

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