Student hostel plan refused for Dublin Georgian House

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Plans to use an empty Georgian house on Dublin’s Parnell Square for student accommodation have been refused by Dublin City Council because of the lack of open space and poor communal facilities …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 3 September]

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Group set up to tackle student housing crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“An inter-departmental working group is being set up to tackle the student housing crisis. Three Government departments – Education, Environment and Finance – will be represented on the group, as well as the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 September]

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Ulster University confirms jobs and student places cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2015 by steve

UK“Ulster University has confirmed a series of cutbacks following an £8.6m cut in the subsidy received from the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) in June this year. 1,250 student places across the four university campuses will be lost as will over 200 staff posts …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 2 September]

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Trinity professorship for McWilliams

Posted in Teaching on September 3rd, 2015 by steve

IrelandIrish Independent columnist David McWilliams will join Trinity Business School as a professor on global economics. Recently ranked the UK and Ireland’s most influential economist by London’s CityAM, Mr McWilliams is credited with predicting a credit bubble during the boom …” (more)

[Independent, 3 September]

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Academics in the minority at more than two-thirds of UK universities

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2015 by steve

UK“Support staff are in the majority at 71% of UK higher education institutions, analysis by Times Higher Education has revealed. Universities’ 2013-14 returns to the Higher Education Statistics Agency on staff numbers reveal that support staff were the majority at 111 out of 157 institutions …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 3 September]

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Minister vows action on student housing shortage

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Work is to begin at Government level to find ways to remove more than 25,000 students from the private rental market, five months after the Department of Education was alerted to the campus accommodation shortfall …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 September]

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Multinationals ‘exaggerated’ research activity to lower tax bills

Posted in Research on September 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Several multinational firms have been found to be aggressively and improperly claiming tax credits for research and development to lower their corporation tax bills. A Government scheme gives firms up to 25% of their expenditure on R&D in the form of cash or a credit against their corporation tax …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 September]

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German abolition of tuition fees ‘cannot be model for UK universities’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 3rd, 2015 by steve

Germany“The abolition of tuition fees in Germany cannot be a model for the UK because the two countries’ higher education systems are so different, a report has concluded. The last of the seven German states that formerly charged fees for university study abolished them last year, leading campaigners to call for England to follow suit …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 3 September]

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Student Accommodation crisis

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

Ireland“A new report from the Higher Education Authority has found an unprecedented demand for student accommodation with a shortfall of 25,000 student bed places across the country. We heard from students affected and spoke to USI President, Kevin Donoghue …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 2 September]

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Unions outraged at NUI Galway refusal to attend LRC to discuss equality taskforce

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

Ireland“SIPTU and IFUT have expressed outrage at the refusal by management at NUI Galway to attend a meeting at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) to discuss an equality taskforce it has appointed …” (more)

[SIPTU, 2 September]

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Lack of student accommodation highlights depth of housing crisis

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin Councillor Cathleen Carney Boud has expressed concern at the growing problem of lack of student accommodation in her constituency of Dublin North West, which takes in the Drumcondra and Glasnevin areas around St Patrick’s College and DCU …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 2 September]

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University of Glasgow mulls turning away from Turnitin

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

Scotland“A Russell Group university is considering cancelling its Turnitin licence owing to long-running ‘operational difficulties’ with the plagiarism detection service. California-based Turnitin counts 98% of the UK’s higher education institutions among its subscribers, but the University of Glasgow is the first in the country to sign up with Urkund, a Swedish rival …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 2 September]

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Modern languages school at University of Ulster Coleraine campus to close

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

UK“The University of Ulster is set to close its School of Modern languages at its Coleraine campus due to budget cuts. Students who are due to begin their modern language degrees later this month will be able to complete them – and likewise existing students will be able to finish their degrees …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 2 September]

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Student accommodation tax breaks should be ‘considered’

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

Ireland“An inter-departmental steering group has been set up to examine proposals aimed at tackling the student accommodation crisis, including a possible new tax relief for developers …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 2 September]

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Minister O’Sullivan publishes HEA report on Student Accommodation

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education & Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, today welcomed the publication of the Report on Student Accommodation: Demand & Supply. Commenting on the publication, Minister O’Sullivan said ‘There have been clear concerns over recent times regarding the availability of accommodation for students in certain areas, and that’s why I asked the Higher Education Authority to report on this issue …'” (more, download)

[Department of Education and Skills, 2 September]

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Universities must bear consumer law in mind when marketing courses on social media, says expert

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

UK“As universities adopt increasingly innovative tactics to recruit new students, they must be careful not to ignore their obligations under consumer protection law and must comply with regulatory guidance …” (more)

[Tara Hepworth, Out-law.com, 2 September]

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Tory cuts impacting on education and jobs

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

UK“Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has said that local political parties need to stand together against continued Tory cuts to the Executive’s budget. Maeve McLaughlin was speaking after news that cuts to jobs and third-level courses are to be announced at the University of Ulster …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 2 September]

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Ulster University: Modern Languages school at Coleraine campus to close

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

UK“The BBC learns that Ulster University is to close its School of Modern Languages at its Coleraine campus in response to budget cuts …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 2 September]

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Accommodation report raises serious questions

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

Ireland“Just because students are less likely to complain is no excuse to build accommodation for them that is of any lesser quality than for the rest of the population. Housing for anyone should be of a certain standard – full stop …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 September]

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Universities, not government, must act to resolve the student-housing crisis

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

Ireland“This September, as it has every year since I started at Trinity, the Dublin housing crisis looks set to disproportionately threaten students. The market trends remain widely observed but insufficiently addressed; demand for housing outpaces supply at an ever-growing rate …” (more)

[Daniel O’Brien, University Times, 1 September]

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