Number of international students here growing

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of international students in third-level colleges in Ireland is growing. The figure is expected to rise even more rapidly post-Brexit, when, apart from Malta, Ireland will be the only English-speaking country in the EU. There were 23,127 foreign students in publicly-funded colleges in the last academic year, up from 19,679 two years earlier, according to data from the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 December]

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Leaving Cert students can gain CAO points with new PE subject

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Second-level pupils entering fifth year in September will be the first to get marks in the Leaving Certificate – and CAO points – for performance in sport, dance or other physical activity. The long-awaited Leaving Cert subject of Physical Education (PE) is being introduced, initially to about 50 to 60 schools next autumn, and will be examined for the first time in 2020 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 December]

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Are returned emigrants not Irish enough for free university fees?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The consequences may have been unforeseen, but the outcome is still hard on some Irish who go abroad. A rule made by the Department of Education to limit the number of foreigners availing of ‘free fees’ at Irish universities means that Irish people living outside the EU for as little as three years can face high costs to pursue second or post-graduate degrees at an Irish college. It should be changed …” (more)

[Colum Kenny, Irish Times, 11 December]

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Modern languages strategy offers exciting blueprint

Posted in Teaching on December 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – One of the most important and far-reaching documents in late-modern Ireland was launched on December 4th, 2017 (News, December 4th). To almost universal indifference. This is an immense pity as Languages Connect: Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education offers an exciting blueprint for the repositioning of Ireland in the wider world …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 11 December]

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University of Limerick Students’ Union’s war of words with editor over paper’s future

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A bitter war of words has erupted between the University of Limerick Students’ Union and the campus newspaper, after a decision was made to change An Focal to a monthly publication. A spokesperson for ULSU said that the decision was made in response to ‘the particular experience’ it had with its outgoing editor Seamus Toomey, who held the position since August …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh and Aisling O’Connor, Limerick Leader, 9 December]

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Universities win permission to charge £2,000 premium for two-year degrees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 10th, 2017 by steve

“Universities will be allowed to charge students almost £2,000 a year more in fees in return for allowing them to complete a degree over two years instead of three, ministers have revealed. The decision to allow universities to charge a 20% premium for so-called “accelerated degrees” is the latest attempt to encourage more institutions to offer the option …” (more)

[Michael Savage, Observer, 10 December]

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Marketisation of HE is failing students – Audit report

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 10th, 2017 by steve

“The United Kingdom’s National Audit Office has published a damning report on the effectiveness of the government’s increasing reliance in recent years on delivering higher education using market mechanisms, particularly student choice, to improve quality and value for money, and reduce social inequity …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 8 December]

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Dáil votes to accept bill requiring future NUIG presidents to be fluent in Irish

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Dáil has voted to accept a bill which requires all future presidents of NUI Galway to be fluent in Irish. The bill was introduced by Galway West Deputy Eamon O’Cuiv to guarantee all future presidents are capable of doing business in both Irish and English …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 8 December]

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UK universities accused of complacency over sexual misconduct

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2017 by steve

“UK universities have been accused of a complacent and inadequate response to sexual harassment and gender violence after a Guardian investigation found inconsistencies in the support and services offered to victims across the country …” (more)

[David Batty, Helena Bengtsson and Sally Weale, Guardian, 8 December]

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Germany edges towards brink in dispute with Elsevier

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on December 9th, 2017 by steve

“With less than a month to go until some of Germany’s biggest universities and research institutes sever their contracts with the Dutch publishing giant Elsevier, there is still no sign of a deal to allow continued access to the publisher’s research. The publisher has said that although a deal was still ‘possible’, the two sides are divided over how German institutions should pay …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 6 December]

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Solidarity visit by the former General Secretary of IFUT on behalf of ETUCE to Istanbul/Attendance at Court case against Turkish Academics

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2017 by steve

“The first of the court cases involving academics who have been charged with the ‘crime’ of signing a petition criticizing the policies of the Turkish government regarding the treatment of Kurdish people particularly in the South-East of the country opened in Istanbul on Tuesday 4 December 2017 …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 8 December]

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University of Limerick lecturer issues apology after sending out ‘misogynistic’ email

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A member of University of Limerick’s governing authority has issued an apology to campus staff after he wrote an e-mail that was labelled as ‘misogynistic’ and ‘laden with thinly veiled sexual innuendo’ …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 8 December]

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PhD candidates and postdoctoral status

Posted in Life on December 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Sorcha Pollak writes of the difficulties and ‘darkness’ that come with undertaking PhD research (‘”I don’t think there’s anything darker than doing a PhD”‘, December 5th). I would agree but like to emphasise that much of the burden and stress comes from insufficient funding and exploitative working conditions …” (more)

[David Cichon, Irish Times, 8 December]

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Galway TD clashes with Education Minister in Dáil over NUIG Irish language requirement

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Galway TD has challenged the Education Minister in the Dáil over legislation to ensure all future presidents of NUI Galway are fluent in Irish. It’s after management at the university recently decided to change recruitment criteria …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 7 December]

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DITSU Leadership Bungles USI Referendum Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A bid by senior officers in Dublin Institute of Technology Students’ Union (DITSU) to hold a referendum on membership of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) failed on Thursday night, after a vote of the students’ union council …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 8 December]

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Improving universities’ image is not just about education

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2017 by steve

“The headline-grabbing resignation last week of University of Bath vice-chancellor Dame Glynis Breakwell after intense opprobrium over the size of her salary was another sign of how far UK universities have slipped in public perception in recent months. So, what can we do to redress the situation? …” (more)

[Matthew Andrews, Times Higher Education, 7 December]

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Today’s #solidariTEA to support the women lecturers a huge success!!

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Today’s #solidariTEA event at NUI Galway supporting the women taking court cases had over 300 participants and raised a lot of money, we hear. It was organised by the University Women’s Network along with the Students Union, Fem Soc, Gender Arc and others …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 7 December]

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Third Level Education – Graduate Employment

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which third level education requires ongoing assessment and updating in line with best practice internationally in order to ensure the ability of graduates to compete internationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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Gender Equality – NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the scheme, as identified as necessary by NUIG’s gender task force, to address the gender imbalance among administrative staff grades will be implemented; the reason for the delay in its implementation; the number and grade of persons tasked with its formulation and implementation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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Third Level Education – Medical Professions

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which he remains satisfied regarding the inadequate stream of third level graduates to meet the demands of the workplace with particular reference to the medical professions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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