Should lecturers have to have a formal teaching qualification?

Posted in Teaching on March 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The short answer is “I don’t know” because I haven’t yet taken the time to look at the evidence. It would be hard, though, to argue against lecturers undergoing some sort of ‘teacher’ training since, after all, a major part of our job is ‘teaching’. But what sort of things would it be useful for us to learn? …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 27 March]

Council’s ‘Not in my Back Yard’ Stance Over DIT Treats Students as Wind Turbines

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The concerns expressed this week by Dublin City Council regarding two proposed student accommodation developments near the Dublin Institute of Technology’s (DIT) Grangegorman campus are disappointing and troubling for students. The council seems less than enthusiastic about two planned developments on Prussia St and the North Circular Road which would house between them almost 1,000 students …” (more)

[University Times, 26 March]

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Report says public staff earn 40% above those in private sector

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Public sector workers in Ireland earn 40% more on average than their counterparts in the private sector, and that is before any allowance for their pension entitlements and job security is made, new research has found …” (more)

[Ciarán Hancock, Irish Times, 27 March]

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LYIT Student Union survey shows large number rely on Bus Eireann services

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A survey of 100 LYIT Students taken in January by LYIT Student Union, shows that 62% use Bus Eireann services for getting to and from college.The Union of Students in Ireland President, Annie Hoey, has joined in calling on Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, to intervene in the ongoing national strike …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 25 March]

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Trinity’s Academic Promotions to be Linked to College Finances, Under New Reforms

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The promotion of academic staff to senior positions in Trinity will in future be determined by what College can afford, the latest sign of the financial constraints placed on the university by the funding crisis in higher education. The number of senior academic staff in Trinity were previously pegged to staff numbers …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 25 March]

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Unite Attacks New Policy on External Contractors, as Dispute with College Continues

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Unite, one of the two trade unions threatening strike action in Trinity, has denounced College’s new policy on the employment of external contractors, as revealed by The University Times this week …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 24 March]

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DIT reverses decision on Garda vetting for Access Foundation Programme students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In response to this week’s controversy over new Garda vetting requirements for DIT’s Access Foundation Programme (AFP), the institute yesterday decided to revoke the new policy. In a statement issued on his behalf by a DIT spokesperson, Head of Admissions Frank Costello has said: ‘there will not now be a requirement for Garda vetting at application stage’ …” (more)

[The Edition, 24 March]

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Revealed: Inside the accommodation where 60 students share four fridges, toilets are blocked and rent increased by 38%

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students at a Dublin university claim they are living in squalid conditions despite seeing their rent increase by 38% this academic year. An undercover investigation reveals that 60 students are sharing each of four houses at St Patrick’s College in Drumcondra, on Dublin city’s northside …” (more)

[Hayley Halpin, Independent, 25 March]

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Research and Development Funding

Posted in Research on March 24th, 2017 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if she is satisfied with the level of funding allocated to the programme for research in third level institutions on an annual basis in 2017; and the amount of funding that has been ring-fenced for research and frontier research in 2017 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 March]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 24th, 2017 by steve

IrelandFiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the similar third level courses (details supplied) in different universities that are not both eligible for SUSI; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 March]

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DIT drops demand for Garda vetting on course

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has abandoned a controversial move to make Garda vetting a condition for adults applying to a ‘second-chance education’ course.The introduction of the requirement provoked criticism from those who said it would act as a deterrent to education …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 March]

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Students Vote to Accept Levy for €7m Student Centre, with 88% in Favour

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is one step closer to a new student centre, after 88% of voters chose to accept an annual levy of €30 to contribute to the construction of a €7 million purpose-built student centre.On a turnout of 1,304, only 11% voted to not support a new student centre …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 23 March]

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WIT to review arrangements relating to spin-off research firms

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A review is being undertaken by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) into arrangements relating to spin-off research companies based there. The situation was outlined at the Dáil Public Accounts Committee, which heard that the Department of Education expects to hear shortly about the findings …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 24 March]

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Trinity professor expresses concern over possible fee increases for NI students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Trinity professor has expressed her ‘horror’ that Northern Irish students, following Brexit, may have to pay non-EU fees in order to study at a third level institution in the Republic of Ireland and vice-versa. Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern Irish History, and Chairperson of the Irish Research Council, Jane Ohlmeyer spoke of her concern at an Oireachtas Education Committee meeting on Tuesday …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 24 March]

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Dublin City Council orders redesign of DIT Grangegorman student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Development plans to increase student accommodation near the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Grangegorman campus have been criticised by Dublin City Council (DCC). The council has rejected two development plans and requested their redesign, arguing they could cause disruption for residents and commuters in the area …” (more)

[Conn de Barra, Trinity News, 23 March]

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What I’m really thinking: A working class student from the country

Posted in Life on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“When I was in Montessori school, my teacher sold me the ‘Disney’ line that I could be whatever I wanted to be and I believed her. I went home and did some digging in the back garden with my dad and decided I was going to do that for a living because it was fun …” (more)

[Stacey Wrenn, Trinity News, 23 March]

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Implications of Brexit for the Irish Educational System: Discussion

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2017 by steve

IrelandFiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): Everybody is in situ. This part of the meeting involves a discussion on the possible impact of Brexit on the Irish educational system. We will have the opportunity to listen to the views of stakeholders in this very important area. I took the opportunity over the weekend to look at statistics regarding Irish students abroad. In 2016, 12,000 Irish students studied in the UK while 2,000 studied in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills, 21 March]

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GMIT ‘Peeping Tom’ faces teaching ban under new vetting policy

Posted in Legal issues on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A lecturer at GMIT – previously the subject of a student toilets ‘Peeping Tom’ investigation – could be banned from teaching under Garda vetting policy introduced at the college. At the time, the investigation did not determine that the lecturer had been responsible for drilling holes in student toilet cubicle walls, or that he had used them as peep holes. He continues to work there …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 24 March]

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DIT vetting procedures amount to discrimination – Byrne

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD says he is alarmed by the decision made by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) to require students participating in access programmes to undergo mandatory Garda vetting. Deputy Byrne has called on management at DIT to clarify why they introduced the new procedures …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 23 March]

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Student Accommodation: Private Purpose Built Units

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the disparity between rents being charged in private purpose built student accommodation (details supplied) and the average rent which DIT estimate students currently pay, which is €348 per month; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 March]

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