Minister Bruton announces a further competitive Call to Higher Education providers for course proposals which will be funded under Springboard+ 2017

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) which manages Springboard+ on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills has issued a competitive Call to all Higher Education providers for course proposals which will be funded under Springboard+ 2017. Springboard+ forms part of the Action Plan for Education, our plan to make the Irish education and training system the best in Europe within a decade …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 27 February]

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Israeli ambassador and TCD

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The members of Academics for Palestine have read with incredulity ‘Trinity condemns “unacceptable attack” on free speech’ (February 21st). The declarations of Israeli ambassador Ze’ev Boker, whose speech at Trinity College Dublin was cancelled after a student protest, and those of Trinity provost Patrick Prendergast, are a striking reversal of reality …” (more)

[Conor McCarthy, Irish Times, 27 February]

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Students cross a picket line every day

Posted in Life on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“I grew up surrounded by trade unionists. I distinctly remember seeing a news report about an industrial action on the news when my mother said: ‘If I ever crossed a picket line, my father would turn in his grave’. Her father, my grandfather, was born in inner-city Dublin, and having helped build the ESB coal burning station in Ringsend, went on to work there for decades as a turbine driver …” (more)

[Daire O’Driscoll, Trinity News, 25 February]

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In Defense of the Lecture

Posted in Teaching on February 27th, 2017 by steve

“Few have savaged lecturers as brutally as the Enlightenment-era printmaker William Hogarth. In Scholars at a Lecture, the presenter reads from his prepared text, his eyes down, indifferent to his audience. The budding academics are no more impressive; those in thrall to the lecturer’s nonsense have slack faces with lolling eyes and open mouths. The others don’t offer any critique but yawn, doze, or chat idly among themselves …” (more)

[Miya Tokumitsu, Jacobin, 26 February]

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Teachers face first forced redundancies in years

Posted in Teaching on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Are we about to see the first forced redundancies in the public sector in years? It certainly looks that way – and a small number of members of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) may well be in the firing line …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 February]

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Students applying to study in UK drop 20% since Brexit vote

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of Irish students applying to study in the UK has dropped by about 20% since the Brexit vote last year. Uncertainty surrounding fees is making continental Europe a more attractive proposition than Britain for Irish students looking to study abroad …” (more)

[Aine McMahon and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 February]

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Horror at Irish university as deadly superbugs are found on laptops, mobile phones and door handles

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Deadly superbugs including MRSA have been found on mobile phones, laptops, ATMs and door handles in an Irish university. Despite looking clean to the naked eye, everyday surfaces like elevator buttons, trays and bin lids were riddled with the killer germs …” (more)

[Ruairi Cotter, Irish Sun, 26 February]

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Number of engineering degrees may be reduced

Posted in Teaching on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A possible reduction in the number of engineering degrees offered in Irish colleges is to be considered in a review for the Higher Education Authority. The effectiveness of current engineering education is to be examined, with recommendations about new apprenticeship models, professional development for working engineers, and teaching methods …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 27 February]

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Slashing of 3rd Level research funding risking Ireland’s future economic prosperity

Posted in Research on February 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Innovation, and Enterprise, Niall Collins has said that the future health of the Irish economy is being put at risk by the failure of Minister Mitchell O’Connor to adequately fund 3rd level research …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 26 February]

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Complex Metrics and Rankings Committees: The Measurements Taking over Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In light of Trinity’s revised position in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, which saw Trinity placed at just 131st, the discussion surrounding rankings and their reliability has come under increasing pressure …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 26 February]

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The peer-review system for academic papers is badly in need of repair

Posted in Research on February 26th, 2017 by steve

International“Peer review, or scientific refereeing, is the basis of the academic process. It’s a rigorous evaluation that aims to ensure only work which advances knowledge is published in a scientific journal. Scientists must be able to trust this system: if they see that something is peer reviewed, it should be a hallmark of quality …” (more)

[Michael Rose and Willem Boshoff, The Conversation, 26 February]

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Ireland’s colleges pull on the green jumper for EcoCampus scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Many of us are familiar with the Green Schools flags flying above schools across Ireland. But did you know that third-level colleges are now getting involved in this environmental education programme? Ireland leads the way in the Green or EcoCampus programme across Europe, according to Daniel Schaffer, the head of the Foundation for Environmental Education …” (more)

[Sylvia Thompson, Irish Times, 25 February]

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Cork events centre site to see more student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Planning permission has been granted for extra student accommodation on part of the former Beamish brewery site earmarked for Cork’s €65m events centre. However, it is unclear if BAM Property intends to begin work soon or will have to await the outcome of a possible planning application for changes to the concert and conference venue …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 25 February]

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Failure to Recruit Top Academics Sees Trinity Develop a New Method for Strategic Hires

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s University Council approved a proposed new method for strategic hires, following the College’s disappointing recruitment of only one of five targeted professors under the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Targeted Professors initiative …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 25 February]

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Internationalisation of HE may be accelerating

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 25th, 2017 by steve

International“Over the past months, since the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States – in particular after the transition – many articles have been published about the negative impact of these two events on the internationalisation of higher education in the United States and the United Kingdom and beyond …” (more)

[Hans de Wit, University World News, 24 February]

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Whose values is internationalisation of HE promoting?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 25th, 2017 by steve

International“With xenophobic sentiments reaching a feverish pitch across parts of the globe, some scholars are prescribing a heavy dose of internationalisation as a potential strategy for counteracting the social, political and economic ramifications of recent developments in the United States and parts of Europe …” (more)

[Abu Kamara, University World News, 24 February]

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Trinity’s Total Income Rose to €355 million in 2015/16, a 7% Increase from the Previous Year

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Figures from Trinity’s Financial Services show that the College’s total consolidated income increased by 6.9% from last year to €355 million, a significant increase compared to a 1.8% increase in the year 2014 to 2015 …” (more)

[Daniel O’Beirne, University Times, 24 February]

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Downgrading plans for GMIT Castlebar revealed

Posted in Teaching on February 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Plans to scrap four courses currently on offer at GMIT Castlebar were announced yesterday (Monday). Staff at the campus were informed yesterday afternoon while local councillors and Oireachtas members met with GMIT management at Breaffy House Hotel yesterday evening …” (more)

[Edwin McGreal, Mayo News, 21 February]

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Third Level Funding – Demographic Growth

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 24th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount his Department has provided for demographic growth in the higher education sector for the next five years; the amount provided in budget 2017; if the figure provided is taken into account when calculating the fiscal space; the number of staff who have been hired over each of the past five years specifically to address demographic growth in the higher education sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 February]

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Modern Language Teaching

Posted in Teaching on February 24th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an estimated cost of the re-establishment of the modern languages in primary schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 February]

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