NUIG president backs divestment of university’s €3.4m fossil fuel shares

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students at NUI Galway (NUIG) have welcomed a commitment by the university’s president, Dr Jim Browne, to back divestment of €3.4 million worth of fossil fuel shares held by the college …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 7 December]

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USI: Student loans place unfair burden on students

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Student loans for university fees are not the best way to fund higher education. The representatives of over half a million students will address the Oireachtas committee on Education and Skills today, on the need for government investment in the sector …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 8 December]

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Feeder schools list reveals scale of social inequality as pupils from fee-paying schools dominate high-points courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The annual list of feeder schools shows the number of students who are progressing to higher education from individual secondary schools. As a measure of academic performance, it is a blunt instrument …” (more)

[Irish Times, 7 December]

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The Judicial Appointments Commission Bill: guiding principles and the eligibility of academics

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice has today published the Scheme of Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2016 to deliver on the commitments in the Programme for a Partnership Government to reform the system for judicial appointments …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 6 December]

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University employee jailed for explosives found ahead of Prince Charles’ visit

Posted in Legal issues on December 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A man arrested on explosives charges in the run-up to the State visit of Prince Charles has been jailed for five and a half years. The Special Criminal Court previously heard evidence that gardai found explosive device components in Donal Ó Coisdealbha’s locker at his workplace, Maynooth University …” (more)

[Independent, 7 December]

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Gender gap emerges in maths and science in Irish secondary schools

Posted in Teaching on December 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The gender gap is widening when it comes to science and maths in secondary schools, with boys performing significantly better than girls in the subjects …” (more)

[Joyce Fegan, Irish Examiner, 7 December]

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If Students Want Christmas Exams, They Should Make it Known

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on December 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“When it comes to change, Trinity is probably a lot like other 400-year old universities with a collegiate ethos. Sometimes very complicated things can be done relatively quickly, because nobody ever thought to define them …” (more)

[Chris Morash, University Times, 6 December]

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Student considered moving university over way her sexual assault allegation was handled

Posted in Legal issues on December 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A student from University College Dublin has spoken out about student safety after gardaí said they were investigating an alleged sexual assault on campus. The student, who is not the focus of this investigation, said she was sexually assaulted in October 2015 …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 6 December]

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New figures point to culture of ‘have’ and ‘have not’ in third-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Should the day arrive when attendance at third-level is not quite so easily predicted based on which school a student went to, it may be easier to say with confidence that all children are educated equally in Ireland …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 6 December]

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UK universities seek legal advice to protect EU staff members

Posted in Legal issues on December 7th, 2016 by steve

“There has been a ‘large spike’ in immigration law related inquiries from UK universities and colleges, who are seeking to reassure anxious staff members concerned about the impact of Brexit, an employment law expert has said …” (more)

[Out.law.com, 6 December]

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Irish degree gets you more bang for your buck than anywhere else

Posted in Life on December 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Amid plummeting university rankings, reduced funding and constrained employment prospects, the Economist has come out with a figure that might still convince of the merits of a college education: the net benefit of having a university degree in Ireland is far greater than any other OECD country …” (more)

[Fiona Reddan, Irish Times, 6 December]

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PISA findings a major endorsement of Irish teachers and students – TUI

Posted in Teaching on December 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has described the findings of the PISA 2015 study as an endorsement of the high quality work of Irish teachers and students at a time of hugely damaging cuts to education. In all three areas which were examined, the scores of Irish students were significantly above the OECD average …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 6 December]

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Class action

Posted in Legal issues on December 6th, 2016 by steve

UK“Here’s a thing to gladden the hearts of my lawyer friends. Let’s say you’re a student and you’ve just got your exam results. You didn’t do as well as you were expecting. But you’re made of tough stuff and get on with your life. Some years later you think, hang on, if my result had been a little better I’d be a lot richer now. So why not sue the university and let them make up the difference in money …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 6 December]

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Geography and third-level education: the strong link

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Young people who live in more affluent parts of the city and county – predominantly south Dublin and certain parts of north Dublin such as Clontarf, Howth and Portmarnock – have a higher chance of going to college than those in more disadvantaged parts of Dublin. On a county by county basis, Limerick and Galway also do well, while Longford doesn’t do so well …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 6 December]

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Private schools tighten grip on top university places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Pupils from private schools are tightening their grip on places in high-points third-level courses, despite millions of euro being spent on programmes to widen access to higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 December]

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Analysis: What the feeder tables tell us

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The percentage progression rates of past pupils of 677 second-level schools in Ireland, published in the feeder tables in the following pages, do not solely reflect the success of this year’s Leaving Cert class in securing college places through the CAO …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 6 December]

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The unglamorous life of an international student

Posted in Life on December 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Studying abroad is something most students dream of. But for Ivan, it was a situation he never saw coming. Upon finishing high school at eighteen, Ivan Chafardeth was determined to go straight into university …” (more)

[Zainab Boladale, Independent, 5 December]

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Sharing creative multimedia education resources

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Although I don’t expect to see student loans as an essential part of the third level system in Ireland before I retire from it in 1105 days, I fully anticipate co-signing a loan to help my under-10s attend the higher education institution of their choice …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 5 December]

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NUIG drops requirement for president to be fluent in Irish

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has dropped its long-standing requirement that the president of the university must be fluent in Irish. At a recent meeting of the college’s governing authority, Údarás na hOllscoile, a majority of members voted to change the recruitment criteria on the basis that it was limiting the pool of potential candidates …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 December]

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Third-level loan scheme a bad idea

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Danny McCoy, of the employers’ group Ibec, advocates a loan system as the best of a bad lot to address the problem of third-level funding (‘Funding crisis in higher education must be tackled’, Education Opinion, November 29th). This would discriminate against those students from less affluent backgrounds …” (more)

[Marie Humphries, Irish Times, 5 December]

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