Primary teachers vote to accept Lansdowne Road pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Primary school teachers have voted to accept the Lansdowne Road Agreement on restoring public sector pay by a margin of nearly two to one. The result of the ballot of 34,000 Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) members, announced on Thursday afternoon, was 64.7% in favour and 35.3% against …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 2 July]

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Job security for early career researchers is a significant factor in helping research make an impact

Posted in Research on July 2nd, 2015 by steve

UK“Doctorate holders’ careers are increasingly diverse and research funders have a strong interest in exploring how their investment has contributed to the career paths of the researchers supported and how their work benefits society. Funders are also looking to understand the challenges, bottlenecks and opportunities at different career stages in order to tailor policies and activities to researchers’ needs …” (more)

[Siobhan Phillips and Rhona Heywood-Roos, Impact of Social Sciences, 30 June]

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NUIG Boys Club

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Of sixteen women who applied for senior lectureship in NUIG during 2009, only one was promoted. As the resulting verdict of Dr Sheehy Skeffington’s discrimination case reverberates at NUIG, Simon Price dives into the murkier side of the Corrib university and asks what’s changed in 2015? …” (more)

[rabble, 2 July]

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‘Harry Potter’ creator’s charity to fund research at NUI Galway

Posted in Research on July 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“An international charity founded by Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is teaming up with NUI Galway on a project aimed at ending institutionalised care of children. Lumos, named after Harry Potter’s light-giving spell, has commissioned the Unesco Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway to conduct research into understanding why 80% of children in orphanages have living parents, and how families can be reunited …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 2 July]

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UCD Students, Staff, and Stakeholders Say Gender Equality NOW

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“On the 22nd of May 2015 the Irish people voted for the most progressive change in equality of law in Irish history, the ‪#‎MarRef. Although 3rd level education is legitimately presented as a public good and the Irish state’s efforts since the 1990s to make 3rd level education affordable has contributed to this progressiveness in Irish society, there has not been significant and sustainable progress in the promotion of equality at institutional level within and supported by our universities themselves …” (more)

[Change.org, June]

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Degree classifications must change to stop students ‘coasting’, says minister

Posted in Teaching on July 2nd, 2015 by steve

UK“The universities minister, Jo Johnson, has called for changes to degree classifications, claiming that 2:1s are now so common that they allow some students to ‘coast’ and still get one …” (more)

[Sally Weale, Guardian, 1 July]

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Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she will address concerns that the combination of rising rental prices and lack of supply of accommodation for students attending third level institutions will prohibit a large proportion of students from living within a reasonable distance of their campus next year; and her plans to address the lack of supply of student accommodation …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 30 June]

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Third Level Staff – NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 1st, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills in view of the damage to the reputation of the National University of Ireland by recent high profile discrimination against female academic staff and applicants at the National University of Ireland Galway, if she will back the Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union’s call for an independent equality review …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 June]

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Institutes of Technology – Recent Survey

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she is aware of the results of a survey of academics in institutes of technology commissioned by the Irish Federation of University Teachers and the Teachers’ Union of Ireland that shows that lecturers are spending time on language and writing skills with students to the detriment of actual teaching time and that many international students are being recruited to courses despite not meeting course requirements; her plans to address this matter; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 June]

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Minister expects more English language school closures

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said she expects more English language schools in Ireland to close as reform of the sector continues. The Labour Party Minister said she and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald of Fine Gael had jointly brought proposals to Government to ‘clean up’ the system …” (more)

[Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 1 July]

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Donations to the University of Limerick up to €13.5m

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Gifts and donations to the University of Limerick Foundation increased by 90%, rising to €13.5m in 2014. The latest accounts filed for the company, which has raised in excess of €200m in philanthropic funding to support the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 30 June]

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Half of CAO applicants change mind about college course choices

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“About half of this year’s CAO applicants have changed their mind about their college course choices. Applicants have until have until 5.15pm today to add to, remove or change the order of their chosen courses …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 1 July]

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Man arrested after shooting of Christy Keane in UL carpark

Posted in Legal issues, Life on June 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A man has been arrested by gardaí investigating the attempted murder of convicted gangland criminal Christy Keane in a carpark on the grounds of the University of Limerick. The suspect, who is in his 30s, was arrested on Monday night in Limerick and is being detained for questioning at Henry Street Garda Station …” (more)

[Kathryn Hayes, Irish Times, 30 June]

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Dimbleby resigns from UCL in protest at ‘disgraceful’ treatment of Sir Tim Hunt

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2015 by steve

UK“Broadcaster and writer accuses London college of rush to judgment in forcing Nobel prize-winning scientist to quit over remarks about women …” (more)

[James Meikle, Guardian, 30 June]

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GMIT probe ‘raised more questions than answers’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has agreed to probe further the expenditure of €436,000 by Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) on a plagiarism investigation. Fianna Fáil TD, John McGuinness said it was ‘incredible’ …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway City Tribune, 29 June]

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Doing it in style?

Posted in Life on June 30th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“Most academics get to where they are without receiving professional advice. By that I mean, they may have mentors, departments heads, supervisors and all such helpful folk; but they won’t tend to turn to a professional consultant in planning or developing their careers …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 30 June]

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Limerick drug dealer Christy Keane stable after shooting

Posted in Life on June 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The attempted murder of convicted drugdealer Christy Keane in Limerick yesterday took place just weeks after gardaí expressed fears of a re-emergence of gangland criminality which blighted the city for years. The 54-year-old brother of murdered crime boss Kieran Keane was shot a number of times shortly before 6.45am after he was ambushed in one of the car parks on the grounds of the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Kathryn Hayes, Irish Times, 30 June]

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UK gains its first-ever female black university leader

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2015 by steve

UK“The UK has gained its first-ever female black university leader in the form of Baroness Valerie Amos. In its most recent statistical report, the Equality Challenge Unit found almost 70% of senior academic managers are white males – with nearly 16% of this group at professor level …” (more)

[Aftab Ali, Independent, 29 June]

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Students’ union calls for youth vote to be taken seriously

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Political parties have been urged to take the youth vote much more seriously. ‘Young people do vote, so you need to represent them’, Union of Students in Ireland (USI) president Laura Harmon said as the union launched its proposals to improve the voting registration system …” (more)

[Anthea McTeirnan, Irish Times, 29 June]

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Appeal after man shot as he ran from masked men in University of Limerick car park

Posted in Legal issues on June 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí investigating a shooting in at a University of Limerick car park this morning are appealing for anybody with information to come forward. A man in his 50s is currently in a serious condition in hospital after the attack at around 6:50am …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 29 June]

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