Without Investment in Third-Level, Ireland’s Long-Term Prosperity is in Danger

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Politicians in Ireland need to start thinking long-term about how we deal with the third-level sector. While politicians are happy to talk about the reduction of fees, or improving access to education, they rarely talk about investing in the institutions themselves …” (more)

[Stephen Donnelly, University Times, 13 February]

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‘I feel like I have zero protection on campus’ – Alleged rape victim slams response of Irish universities to sexual assault cases

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A third-level student has come forward to criticise the response of Irish universities in sexual assault and rape cases. The university student, who wishes to remain anonymous, claims that she was raped by a former student and that the college’s response has been ‘very bad’ …” (more)

[Clare Cullen, Independent, 13 February]

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Revenge Porn

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on February 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Marian is joined by technology writer Roisin Kiberd, Jack Power of the UCD College Tribune and Fergal Crehen of the HIT Team to discuss circulating inappropriate photos of women, more commonly known as ‘revenge porn’.” (mp3)

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[RTÉ – Marian Finucane, 13 February]

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UCD journalist defends report after investigation dismissing ‘revenge porn’ allegations

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The student journalist who wrote the article about a private Facebook ‘revenge porn’ group has defended his story, following an investigation by the university dismissing the allegations …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 13 February]

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Gardaí have ‘zero tolerance’ plan for Galway’s Rag Week

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí have said a ‘zero tolerance’ approach will be taken as part of its policing plan for Galway’s Rag Week, which starts on Monday. The event has been the scene of a number of high profile public order incidents in the last few years …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 13 February]

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UCD inquiry finds ‘no evidence’ of explicit image sharing

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An investigation by University College Dublin has found ‘no evidence’ of an alleged Facebook group in which male students were reportedly sharing explicit images of women with whom they had sexual relations. In a statement, UCD said its investigation did not uphold the allegations in the College Tribune newspaper …” (more)

[The report is here]
[Áine McMahon, Irish Times, 12 February]

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UL whistleblowers: ‘I think we are owed an apology’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The three whistleblowers who assisted the review into financial and HR matters at UL describe their feelings after a very stressful experience …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 13 February]

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The rules ahead of UCC RAG Week are very strict, according to this student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Next week is RAG (Raise and Give) Week in a lot of Irish third level institutions, aka many students’ favourite week of the year …” (more)

[Colm Boohig, JOE.ie, 12 February]

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UCD chat page claims raise concerns over ‘lad’ culture on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Like most students at UCD, Darragh Miller contributes to the daily hive of smartphone activity on campus.There are dozens of helpful Facebook groups for various classes where he can ask other students for help and clarification on deadlines …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Willie O’Dea ‘100% certain’ UL case will go to PAC

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Having read the HEA’s reaction, serious charges have been made against the University of Limerick, which is very concerning, as public money is involved. There is a fear, as I understand it, that this practice had been pretty widespread, and a lot of that public money will never be recovered, and that’s very serious indeed …” (more)

[Willie O’Dea, Limerick Leader, 12 February]

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Archaeology scholar dedicated to teaching

Posted in Life on February 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Michael Herity, professor emeritus of archaeology at University College, Dublin, who has died aged 86, was a scholar of great breadth, sharp intellect and indefatigable energy …” (more)

[Irish Times, 13 February]

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TUI calls off strike threatened in second-level schools on February 24

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has called off the threatened one-day strike that would have closed more than 350 second-level schools two days before the General Election …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 February]

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‘Vindicated’ staff await UL’s decision on their jobs

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The solicitor representing two whistleblowers who remain suspended from by the University of Limerick, has said that while his clients have been ‘vindicated’, it is their belief that the review into their allegations regarding financial practices and their treatment by the university ‘does not go far enough’ …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 12 February]

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Green Party Commits to No Increase In Student Contribution if Elected

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Green Party has pledged to prevent any increase in the student contribution if elected to government after the election. In their manifesto, launched today at the Molesworth Gallery, the party outlined a broad range of proposals for higher education, including reducing the student–staff ratio, dealing with the cost of living for students and increasing mobility within universities …” (more)

[Christopher McMahon, University Times, 12 February]

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Inappropriate conduct by UCD students dismissed

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An internal investigation at UCD does not uphold the student newspaper’s allegation of inappropriate conduct on a Facebook group chat. Last week, the university newspaper College Tribune stated that …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 12 February]

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Higher Education Needs To Be Talked About By Party Leaders

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In the aftermath of the first televised debate between party leaders yesterday evening, discussion and analysis is plentiful as the nation tries to make sense of the whirlwind of campaign slogans and vitriol that characterise such events …” (more)

[Christopher McMahon, University Times, 12 February]

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Casual contracts are ruining universities for staff and students

Posted in Life on February 12th, 2016 by steve

UK“‘If you don’t put a value on yourself, no one will.’ This was the advice I received from my friend this week about my latest offer of a casual university teaching job. It’s for one term and it pays by the hour …” (more)

[Guardian, 12 February]

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NCAD Student Action view appointment of new director with ‘absolute scepticism’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“NCAD Student Action have criticised the appointment of Bernard Hanratty, a former managing director at the Citigroup Bank, as the acting director of the National College of Art and Design (NCAD). Speaking to Trinity News, the group said that …” (more)

[Caoimhe Brennan, Trinity News, 11 February]

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Gardaí seize €8k worth of ecstasy headed for Rag Week

Posted in Legal issues on February 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“More than €8,000 worth of ecstasy powder, which was destined for Galway’s unofficial Rag Week, has been intercepted by gardaí. Officers stopped a car on the M6 motorway on Wednesday evening carrying an estimated €8,400 worth of MDMA …” (more)

[Caroline Crawford, Independent, 12 February]

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UCD Porn Ring Just Another Blow to Equality

Posted in Life on February 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“I wasn’t shocked. I wasn’t even that upset. I simply felt numb, and I still do. There’s a point in any battle worth fighting when even the most valiant feel they cannot go on. When women’s bodies are yet again disrespected, humiliated, shamed, and objectified, the question must be asked: will the struggle ever prove it’s worth? …” (more)

[Paige Reynolds, University Times, 11 February]

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