Overqualified and under-employed – our young people face an uphill battle

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

Ireland“Are you one of the many Irish workers who are overeducated for their jobs? One in three of us is, according to new research. Maybe your first in philosophy led to a first-class position cleaning cars, or your master’s in Anglo-Irish literature landed a day job in sorting fish. If so, you’re not alone …” (more)

[Mary Feely, Irish Times, 1 April]

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Science is in crisis and scientists have lost confidence in Government policy

Posted in Research on April 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Government university funding has fallen dramatically and the rules by which SFI funds individual research scientists have drastically altered. Readers may have seen the letter now signed by about 1,100 Irish scientists and engineers asking the Government to restore confidence in the Irish scientific research system …” (more)

[David McConnell, Irish Times, 2 April]

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Trial date set for alleged Trinity Gate crasher

Posted in Legal issues on April 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A 66-year-old Dublin man has been sent forward for trial accused of wrecking the historic wooden front gate of Trinity College Dublin …” (more)

[Tom Tuite, Irish Times, 1 April]

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REF 2014: impact element cost £55 million

Posted in Research on April 2nd, 2015 by steve

UK“The impact element of the research excellence framework was almost as costly to institutions as the entire 2008 research assessment exercise. That is one of the findings of Rand Europe’s assessment of institutions’ and panellists’ experience of the inaugural inclusion of impact in the 2014 REF …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 2 April]

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€3.5m deal brings 40 jobs and first centre for research on student assessment

Posted in Research, Teaching on April 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A US company that specialises in exams is expanding its Irish operation as well as providing funding for research into new and better ways of assessing Irish students, in a €3.5m deal …” (more)

[Independent, 2 April]

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Universities Worldwide Face Increasing Pressure to Drop Fossil-Fuel Investments

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

International“Student activists in the United States and worldwide are ramping up pressure on universities to drop fossil fuel holdings from endowments, garnering support from alumni and faculty as they organise sit-ins and other forms of protest …” (more)

[Mary Beth Marklein, Chronicle of Higher Education, 1 April]

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Completion of €70m Business School Delayed by 18 Months

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

Ireland“The completion of Trinity’s new €70 million business school is to be delayed by at least 18 months, at an estimated cost of €150,000 per month, because of planning permission issues …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 1 April]

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Third Level Staff Remuneration

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

IrelandDeputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of persons employed in third level educational institutions who are paid in excess of €100,000, €150,000, €200,000 and €250,000; the names of the institutions employing them; the numbers in each institution earning above that figure; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 1 April]

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Third Level Data – National College of Art and Design

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 2nd, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of students registered as attending the National College of Art and Design during each year since 2006, in tabular form, showing full-time and part-time registrations …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 1 April]

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Man (66) facing trial charged with ramming historic Trinity College gates

Posted in Legal issues on April 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A man has been sent for trial charged with damaging the historic front gates of Trinity College in a car ramming incident …” (more)

[Andrew Phelan, Independent, 1 April]

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Incentivising Thinking

Posted in Teaching on April 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“It is well known in the medical world that patients will be compliant, ie, will take their prescribed medication, if they perceive a direct benefit from taking that medication …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 1 April]

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ESSDE: Joint report and declaration on Supporting Early Career Researchers

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

EU“Dear colleagues, Please, find attached the final report from our recent joint project with the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE) within the European sectoral social dialogue in education …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 1 April]

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Questionnaire ‘overdone’ – NUIG president

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

Ireland“NUI Galway President Jim Browne has acknowledged that media coverage of a medical questionnaire that asked employment candidates about their periods did ‘terrible damage’ to the university …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 1 April]

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Easter breaks at Third-level College

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

Ireland“Coming up to the Easter weekend I, along with everyone else, am looking forward to a long weekend with both Good Friday and Easter Monday giving a nice break at this time of year …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 1 April]

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Private colleges lodge complaint over ‘unfair practices’

Posted in Legal issues on April 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A new group representing private colleges has lodged a formal complaint against State bodies for alleged ‘unfair and anti-competitive practices’ in regard to English language education courses. The Private College Network (PCN) chairman David Russell said it was bringing a case on behalf of its members to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission …” (more)

[Rachel Flaherty, Irish Times, 31 March]

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Richard III: The University of Leicester expected to change name to King Richard University

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

UK“The University of Leicester is planning to change its name to capitalise on its discovery of the bones of Richard III. The proposal will be debated by the university’s senate next month …” (more)

[Mathew Moore, Independent, 1 April]

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Teachers warn schools are not ready for Junior Cert changes

Posted in Teaching on April 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Schools are lacking basic facilities, such as properly equipped science laboratories, that will be essential for the proposed new Junior Cert, teachers have warned …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 1 April]

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College Students Are Robots?

Posted in Teaching on April 1st, 2015 by steve

USA“You hear it everywhere today: higher education needs massive disruption; the traditional model of education is dead; a third or more of higher education institutions will be closed a decade from now. And some of the disruption is coming in the form of MOOCs and other screen-based technologies …” (more)

[Philip Yeagle, Huffington Post, 31 March]

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‘Identify other students willing to take action’ – NCAD protesters at TCD

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

Ireland“The organisers of this month’s protests at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) have urged Trinity class reps to pursue direct action against college management following the passing of new and increased student charges last week …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 31 March]

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Investment in IT Sligo puts it on the international map

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

Ireland“IT Sligo is investing €2.5 million of its own capital into two key areas of learning, in a bid to stay ahead of national and international competitors …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 31 March]

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