Threat to university course for people with intellectual disabilities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 24th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“‘I was upset at first – from happiness. I was proud when I heard I was coming.’ Such was the response of one participant in a pioneering university course for students with intellectual disabilities which now faces an uncertain future due to funding difficulties …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 24 December]

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Valuing arts and humanities graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on December 24th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Something is rotten in the state of Ireland. We’re well on the way to having a labour force comprised exclusively of IT geeks and financial bean counters. While universities promote recruitment fairs for IT, science, engineering and business studies students, they do virtually nothing for their arts and humanities students …” (more)

[Michael McCabe, Irish Times, 24 December]

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Trinity is top Irish university for employability, says global index

Posted in Governance and administration on December 24th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is the only Irish university to appear in the 2014 Global Employability University Ranking. The index ranks the world’s top 150 universities in terms of their graduates’ employability …” (more)

[Gavin McLoughlin, Independent, 24 December]

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Irish universities give 22 staff pensions payoffs over €200,000

Posted in Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“New figures show 22 staff at Irish universities have enjoyed lump sum pension payoffs in excess of €200,000 over the past two years. Figures supplied by the universities in response to Freedom of Information requests …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 23 December]

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A Boolean Christmas in Cork, 1850

Posted in Life on December 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“George Boole did not always manage to spend Christmas with family during his time in Cork. Often the College holidays did not allow enough time for the long journey back to Lincoln …” (more)

[Crónán Ó Doibhlin, The River-side, 22 December]

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Former Tory universities minister slams Theresa May’s plan to curb overseas student numbers

Posted in Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2014 by steve

UK“The former universities and science minister, David Willetts, blasts the Home Secretary’s proposal for a student visa overhaul …” (more)

[Anoosh Chakelian, New Statesman, 23 December]

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Retiring professors’ ‘crocks of gold’ payoffs slammed

Posted in Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The chief executive of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises association yesterday hit out at what he described as the ‘crocks of gold’ received by retiring university dons …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Examiner, 23 December]

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In this game is the REF to blame?

Posted in Research on December 23rd, 2014 by steve

UK“Anyone working in and around higher education in the United Kingdom will have obsessing about the ‘Research Excellence Framework’ (REF) over the past week …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 23 December]

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Ibat college in deal with private education provider Global University Systems

Posted in Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Ibat, the Temple Bar-based independent third-level college, has reached a student recruitment agreement with Global University Systems, one of the biggest private education providers in the world …” (more)

[Tom Lyons, Irish Times, 23 December]

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Business case presentation a step forward for the expansion of Magee

Posted in Governance and administration on December 22nd, 2014 by steve

UK“Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has welcomed the presentation of a business case for the expansion of Magee to the Minister of Employment and Learning Stephen Farry. Ms McLaughlin said, ‘The expansion of Magee is central to the economic regeneration of the entire North West region …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 22 December]

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Time for student gardaí to train on a regular third-level campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A tough year for An Garda Síochána: The Garda Inspectorate Report recommends that the foundation education and training of student gardaí should be radically changed …” (more)

[Tom Clonan, Irish Times, 22 December]

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Brain drain: Increase in college graduates going abroad for work

Posted in Life on December 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The numbers of college graduates emigrating is continuing to rise, despite improving job opportunities at home …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 December]

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Computer scientists snapped up for jobs while arts graduates struggle

Posted in Life on December 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Computer science students are most likely to be snapped up by employers after graduation, and also to earn more, the Higher Education Authority’s annual survey of graduate prospects shows …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 22 December]

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Opinion: Are we devaluing degrees?

Posted in Life on December 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Twenty-five years ago, a degree was a ‘big deal’. Fifteen years ago, a master’s degree was a ‘big deal’. In 15 years’ time, will having a PhD be the norm? …” (more)

[Gary Keogh, TheJournal.ie, 21 December]

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Higher education sector is developing global graduates

Posted in Life on December 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The publication of the First Destination Return (FDR), a survey of graduates carried out by higher education institutions in Ireland, continues to show improving employment for graduates in courses such as Level 8 honours degrees, graduate diplomas, master and doctoral degrees …” (more)

[David Foster, Independent, 22 December]

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One in four graduates who found work had emigrated

Posted in Life on December 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Strong evidence of a brain drain has emerged from a survey of Irish graduates showing new entrants to healthcare and teaching are especially likely to emigrate …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 22 December]

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Junior Cert row set to spill over into 2015

Posted in Teaching on December 20th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The row over changes to the Junior Certificate between Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan and teacher unions looks set to spill into 2015 with no talks arranged. The independent chair of talks that collapsed last month had an initial meeting yesterday …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 December]

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Greater co-ordination needed to ensure university gender equality, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Following the recent gender discrimination award to a lecturer in NUIG, Joan Donegan, deputy general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for co-ordinated action by all universities to ensure equality for women at senior lecturer and professorial level …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 18 December]

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Game-playing of the REF makes it an incomplete census

Posted in Research on December 19th, 2014 by steve

UK“Research assessment is only partly reliable as an indicator of the real quality of the work going on in higher education. It has a dual character. On one hand it is rooted in material facts and objective methods …” (more)

[Simon Marginson, The Conversation, 19 December]

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NUIG president fails to agree to 3 conditions and informs women that the university is seeking legal advice

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“On the morning of Dec 16th the petition and the signatories up till that date were presented to the governing body of NUI Galway. It seems they had an extended discussion on the matter of gender balance in senior posts and the problems with the last two promotion rounds …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 18 December]

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