Are universities inflating points?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The basic argument is this: (i) universities cynically restrict their intake to courses, (ii) the CAO is a supply and demand system, (iii) points go up, (iv) prestige of institution is enhanced. But it’s wrong …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 29 August]

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The revival of polytechnics

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2016 by steve

International“As African countries prepared to gain independence in the 1960s, each one started to establish a national university. Mauritius, a small island with a population then of barely three quarters of a million, was no exception. But there was one major and fundamental difference …” (more)

[Goolam Mohamedbhai, University World News, 26 August]

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Universities hiding educational funding crisis, says Martin

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges are covering up a major crisis in education in order to protect their reputations, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said. He claimed that presidents of the country’s universities and institutes were unwilling to fully expose the ‘elephant in the room’ because it could affect applications …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 29 August]

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Colleges hike student rents by up to €760

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Universities across Ireland are hiking up the prices of on-campus accommodation for the new academic year. The price increases come as students across the country are hit by the housing crisis, which has seen an enormous under-supply of available and affordable housing …” (more)

[Patrick Kelleher, Independent, 29 August]

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Reforming the Leaving Certificate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – Clive Byrne draws an important distinction between ‘being educated’ and ‘getting an examination grade’ (‘Leaving Cert reform should focus on “real world” skills’, Opinion & Analysis, August 26th). Since the meanings of such examination grades have not been defined in terms of student learning outcomes, it is hardly surprising that students see them in terms of CAO points’ values …” (more)

[Jim Gleeson, Irish Times, 29 August]

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Irish-funded scientist under investigation over his research

Posted in Legal issues on August 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A Scottish-based scientist who was awarded grants worth almost €500,000 from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is under investigation amid allegations that he falsified and duplicated research into new treatments for cystic fibrosis …” (more)

[Peter Geoghegan, Irish Times, 29 August]

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For Student Accommodation, Private Companies Cannot be the Only Solution

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The accommodation crisis in Dublin has long left policy-makers in government scratching their heads for a solution, with long-term strategies providing little comfort to students entering college in September …” (more)

[University Times, 28 August]

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John Morrissey, ‘Regimes of performance: practices of the normalised self in the neoliberal university’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 29th, 2016 by steve

IrelandAbstract: Universities today inescapably find themselves part of nationally and globally competitive networks that appear firmly inflected by neoliberal concerns of rankings, benchmarking and productivity. This, of course, has in turn led to progressively anticipated and regulated forms of academic subjectivity that many fear are overly econo-centric in design. What I wish to explore in this paper is how, emanating from prevailing neoliberal concepts of individuality and competitiveness, the agency of the contemporary academic is increasingly conditioned via ‘regimes of performance’, replete with prioritised claims of truth and practices of the normalised self. Drawing upon Michel Foucault’s writings on governmentality, and Judith Butler’s subsequent work on subjection, I use findings from a series of in-depth interviews with senior university managers at National University of Ireland, Galway to reflect upon the ways in which academics can respond effectively to the ascendant forms of neoliberal governmentality characterising the academy today. I contemplate the key task of articulating broader educational values, and conclude by considering the challenge of enacting alternative academic subjectivities and practices.

Morrissey, John. (2015). Regimes of performance: practices of the normalised self in the neoliberal university. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 36(4), 614-634.

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University rankings ignore teaching

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Over the past decade, the major and unhelpful intrusion into both the national and the international worlds of higher education has been the advent of university rankings. Surprisingly, despite the enormous activities these rankings have generated in universities and in their international associations worldwide …” (more)

[John Kelly, University World News, 19 August]

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New DCU, old discrimination

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on August 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The newly formed DCU Institute of Education caused controversy only days into its existence. The faculty has been formed following the full incorporation of three educational institutes into the university, namely St Patrick’s College, Mater Dei and the Church of Ireland College of Education (CICE) …” (more)

[Brion Hoban, The College View, 27 August]

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Evaluating the EU’s Horizon 2020 and designing FP9

Posted in Research on August 28th, 2016 by steve

EU“As input to the work programme of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 for the period 2018-20 and the next framework programme – FP9 – Norwegian and Danish authorities have published their recommendations …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 26 August]

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The University of Chicago is made of safe spaces

Posted in Life on August 28th, 2016 by steve

USA“This letter to incoming students from the University of Chicago’s dean of students is getting a lot of discussion (eg) ‘Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called “trigger warnings”, we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial …'” (more)

[Crooked Timber, 27 August]

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Colleges creating ‘elite courses with small numbers’ says Limerick principal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Increased demand for courses is ‘reflective of the ongoing recovery of the economy’, according to local third level institutions, in light of the CAO figures this week. A significant increase in demand for programmes relating to environment, science, technology and business were seen at University of Limerick and Limerick Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 26 August]

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Sexual harassment is rife in universities, but complaining means risking your career

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 27th, 2016 by steve

UK“Sexual harassment in universities is real, it is ugly, and it is well known about – certainly in my departments. Yes, plural. I have heard about it, seen it and experienced it myself, throughout my career. It usually comes from nice, affable, older male academics who are all hot on equality and feminism until they’ve had a few drinks at the pub, or, worse, when we’re away for a conference …” (more)

[Guardian, 26 August]

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‘Sales of ebooks are not rising fast enough to match the decline of printed textbooks’ via @cg_williams

Posted in Teaching on August 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Following yesterday’s post about ‘Can Books Survive the Digital World’, I was chatting to a College Librarian about eBooks for one of my modules. I was surprised to find that access to one of the books was very restricted – it is available to only one student at a time for only two hours. Not much use when I have two classes with over 60 students needing this book. …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 26 August]

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Mary McAleese says Maynooth should be ‘gay-friendly’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The current controversy about a gay culture at Maynooth is misplaced and the church authorities should be focusing on why so few young people are seeking to join the priesthood rather than seeking to make seminaries gay-unfriendly places, according to former president Mary McAleese …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 27 August]

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NTA says planned expansion will improve uptake of Galway public bike scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on August 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The National Transport Authority has admitted that a lack of docking stations is to blame for the poor uptake of the Galway City Public Bike Scheme. It’s singling out the lack of a station at NUI Galway as a particular factor in Galway’s poor performance when compared to other cities nationwide …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 26 August]

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Sexual harassment of students by university staff hidden by non-disclosure agreements

Posted in Legal issues on August 26th, 2016 by steve

UK“Universities’ use of non-disclosure agreements (NDA) in sexual harassment cases involving staff and students is allowing alleged perpetrators to move to other institutions where they could offend again, according to academics, lawyers and campaigners …” (more)

[Sally Weale and David Batty, Guardian, 26 August]

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Religious identity a determining factor in DCU primary school teaching courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on August 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University will offer two alternative pathways to students wishing to enter a primary school teaching course this year, with a determining factor in the review process being whether or not an applicant is of a Catholic, Protestant or other religious background …” (more)

[The College View, 26 August]

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Student accommodation crisis requires more than soundbites from government ministers – Nolan

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education and Skills, Teachta Carol Nolan, has called on the government to act to resolve the accommodation crisis facing thousands of students. Teachta Nolan said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 26 August]

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