State inquiry into NUIG whistleblower allegations

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

Ireland“Allegations of malpractice at NUI Galway, highlighted by a whistleblower, are now being investigated by the State’s spending watchdog. Education Minister Richard Bruton has confirmed that a ‘procurement issue’ at the university is being brought to the attention of the Office of the Comptroller & Auditor General …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 27 May]

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Final Report of the Gender Equality Task Force, May 2016

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

Ireland“This report is the Final Report of NUI Galway’s Gender Equality Task Force, established by Údarás na hOllscoile in February 2015. The remit of the Task Force is: ‘To consider the University’s present gender mix among staff, including academic and support staff, and advise the University what measures it should take to develop effective gender equality’ …” (more)

[NUI Galway, 27 May]

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University examiners stage mass resignation over pay offer

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

UK“More than 1,000 academics have resigned from their roles as external examiners in universities across the UK, in an escalation of this week’s industrial action over pay. The mass resignation threatens to disrupt exam marking in universities this summer when boards meet to discuss challenged marks …” (more)

[Sally Weale, Guardian, 26 May]

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Top talent won’t come here because taxes are too high, says TCD dean

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

Ireland“International academics have expressed interest in joining the faculty at Trinity’s new business school, but have been put off by the ceiling on professors’ salaries and the high rate of personal income tax, the school’s dean has said …” (more)

[Colm Kelpie, Independent, 26 May]

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What I have learnt about sex at University

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

Ireland“UCD 200 scandal may be a hoax but sexual harassment in endemic on campuses. The unfortunate fact is we live in a world in which people assume feminism has reigned victorious and is programmed into modern society …” (more)

[Anna Joyce, Irish Times, 26 May]

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Wanted – a minister for science

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

Ireland“Sir, – It is hugely disappointing that our new Government will contain neither a minister nor a junior minister with a recognised responsibility for science. There is barely a mention of science in the new programme for government and no mention at all of the vaunted Innovation 2020 strategy for developing the sector …” (more)

[Kevin Mitchell, Irish Times, 26 May]

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John Walshe on Education Journalism and Politics

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

Ireland“Presented and produced by Seán Delaney. On this week’s programme I bring you the second part of my interview with John Walshe who after spending 4 decades as an education journalist was appointed special adviser to education and skills minister Ruairí Quinn. He wrote about this experience in An Education: How an outsider became an insider – and learned what really goes on in Irish government …” (audio)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 25 May]

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Which universities would lose out from Brexit?

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

UK“Eighteen UK institutions face the prospect of more than half their research funding from competitive grants being wiped out if the country votes to leave the European Union, new data show …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 25 May]

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Chinese student market: can the West weather a perfect storm?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 26th, 2016 by steve

China“In the late 1970s, Marguerite Dennis was a young admissions officer at Georgetown University in Washington DC. At the time, Iranians were the most populous group of international students on campus …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 26 May]

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Institutes of Technology – Deficits

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

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein):To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of institutes of technology which are running a deficit in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 May]

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Institutes of Technology Expenditure – Waterford IT

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

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the percentage of its budget that Waterford Institute of Technology spends on salaries …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 May]

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Technological Universities

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

IrelandRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to reintroduce the Technological Universities Bill; the number of technological universities that will be created as a result of this legislation and the timeframe for this; if he will amend the mandatory requirement for a merger; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 May]

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Third Level Institutions – NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 26th, 2016 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he is aware that a staff member at the National University of Ireland, Galway has sought protection under the whistleblower legislation after making a series of disclosures to the Higher Education Authority involving alleged wrongdoing and irregularities where a central feature of the complaint relates to the appointment of persons to positions within the National University of Ireland, Galway and to the use of consultants …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 May]

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Institutes of Technology – Waterford IT

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

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the staff retention levels in Waterford Institute of Technology; his plans and timescale for completing the engineering block on its grounds; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 May]

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Coveney wants modular homes for students

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Modular housing for students and purpose-built communities for the elderly could free up more accommodation for families, Housing Minister Simon Coveney has said …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn and Barry Lennon, Independent, 25 May]

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Union slams NUIG gender equality report

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Staff of NUI Galway – past and present – as well as student representatives, have criticised the recommendations of a gender equality taskforce which reported to the university’s governing body. In a pre-emptive move, trade union IFUT, NUIG Students Union and campaigner Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington issued a joint statement …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 24 May]

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Some staff at Queen’s and Ulster University to go on two-day strike

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2016 by steve

UK“Some staff at Queen’s University and Ulster University are going on a two-day strike over pay. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at both universities are taking part in the action …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 25 May]

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Charity calls for more student accommodation to ease housing crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students should be rapidly taken out of private rented homes countrywide to help ease the accommodation crisis, a leading housing charity has said …” (more)

[Independent, 24 May]

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The spacing effect and semesterisation

Posted in Teaching on May 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“There is a well-established phenomenon in learning science and it is known as the spacing effect. This effect is illustrated schematically in the figure below. Basically, it is something we all intuitively know, namely the more times we revise material the more it sticks in our memory …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Faculty Diary, 23 May]

Cutbacks have left Waterford IT seriously underfunded – Cullinane

Posted in Governance and administration on May 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“David Cullinane, Sinn Féin TD for Waterford, said today that successive government cutbacks have left Waterford Institute of Technology seriously underfunded, with only 15% of its budget now available for non-payroll issues …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 23 May]

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