60 GMIT staff face chop in cutbacks

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Up to 60 staff of GMIT face the chop in a ‘downsizing’ plan to save money, the Galway City Tribune has learned. Confusion reigns on the Dublin Road campus as to the exact number of employees of the college whose contracts will be terminated or not renewed over the next 12 months …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Galway City Tribune, 29 April]

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Development plan to transform DCU will cost €230m

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) is unveiling an ambitious €230m capital development plan today that will physically transform the fast-growing university …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 April]

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O’Sullivan to appeal directly to teachers in exam reform row

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan has delivered a stinging attack on the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) over how it does its business with members …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 April]

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Accountancy exam paper dispute referred to EU court

Posted in Legal issues on April 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Supreme Court has unanimously agreed to ask the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to determine whether a man’s accountancy exam paper counts as personal data …” (more)

[Irish Times, 28 April]

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Department of Education warns teachers about rejecting extra hours

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of secondary schools will close and teachers face losing thousands of euro in pay if the biggest teachers’ union votes to cease working agreed hours, the secretary general of the Department of Education has warned …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 April]

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JobBridge and creating employment

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Impact report on the discredited JobBridge scheme gives us food for thought on what the role of the State should be in ending unemployment (‘JobBridge scheme out of control, warns union’, April 25th). The State tends to be portrayed as having a merely facilitative role in creating jobs …” (more)

[Osal Kelly, Irish Times, 29 April]

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Who is Lynn Ruane? One of the Seanad’s new faces

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“President of Trinity College Students’ Union, Lynn Ruane, has been elected to the university’s third Seanad seat. Ruane was declared victorious on the 15th count, beating incumbent senator Sean Barrett by 116 votes …” (more)

[Jane O’Faherty, Independent, 28 April]

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Students chasing honours maths bonus risk being out of their depth

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on April 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students who take higher-level maths in a bid to get bonus points for college are at risk of being out of their depth, a major new report warns. ShareSome students who made the jump to ‘honours’ maths in the Leaving Certificate took the wrong decision, according to the State Examinations Commission (SEC) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 April]

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Concern at ‘basic skills’ of many Leaving Cert maths pupils

Posted in Teaching on April 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert examiners have expressed concern at the lack of basic skills of some students sitting the higher level maths paper. In a report published on Thursday by the State Examinations Commission, it says a significant minority of candidates are struggling to complete simple procedures …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 April]

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Has the way universities teach economics changed enough?

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 28th, 2016 by steve

UK“In the years following the global financial crisis, the academic study and teaching of economics has come in for a bashing. In fact, it has faced the kind of fundamental criticism rarely directed towards entire disciplines. The apparent failure of economists to predict, let alone prevent, the 2008 crash has led to accusations that conventional economic teaching cannot adequately explain the complex dynamics and risks of modern economies …” (more)

[Daniel Cullen, Guardian, 28 April]

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Lynn Ruane Defeats Barrett on Fifteenth Count to Secure Third TCD Panel Seat

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

Ireland“In a hotly contested race, current President of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU), Lynn Ruane, has been elected in the University of Dublin constituency of Seanad Éireann. Ruane secured the third and final seat on the 15th count with 3,344 votes, beating her nearest rival, incumbent Senator Sean Barrett, by just 116 votes …” (more)

[Charlotte Ryan, University Times, 27 April]

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Ivana Bacik Re-Elected to Seanad TCD Panel on Thirteenth Count

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

Ireland“Incumbent Senator and Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology Ivana Bacik has been re-elected to the University of Dublin panel of Seanad Éireann with 4,144 votes. During the campaign, Bacik, who has served as senator on the panel since 2007, highlighted her history as a legislator and her connections to Trinity …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker and Charlotte Ryan, University Times, 27 April]

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Gender quotas and universities

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

Ireland“Sir, – Higher Education Authority (HEA) figures show that of the seven universities, NUI Galway has the lowest representation of women at senior levels. Ireland also has the second poorest record in Europe for the representation of woman at senior academic levels …” (more)

[RM Hilliard, Irish Times, 27 April]

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More information sought on student complex proposal

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

Ireland“City planners have sought extensive clarification on proposals to convert an office block in Bohermore to accommodation for up to 90 students. Concerns have also been expressed about a roof terrace being in close proximity to neighbouring homes …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 26 April]

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The sweet and sour of the pick’n’mix degree

Posted in Teaching on April 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Undergraduates at many Irish third-level institutions can now mix core modules with subjects outside that sphere. Is this broadening-out process the future of third level? In 2002 I graduated from UCD with a bachelor-of-arts degree. In hindsight it was a relative doddle …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 26 April]

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Remembering John Byrne

Posted in Life on April 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In your obituary for Prof John Byrne (‘The father of computing in Ireland’, April 22nd), you rightly referred to his generosity in giving of his time ‘to assist the growth of computing education and research in the other universities’ …” (more)

[James Browne, Irish Times, 27 April]

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Norris Re-Elected to Seanad TCD Panel on First Count

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

Ireland“Incumbent Senator David Norris has been re-elected to the Seanad’s TCD panel on the first count having exceeded the quota. During the campaign, Norris, who has served as independent senator on the panel since 1987, highlighted his past political successes as well as his connection with Trinity …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 27 April]

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Trinity to Defend Discrimination Claim from Former Lecturer in European Court

Posted in Legal issues on April 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dr David Parris, a retired Trinity lecturer, is bringing the college before the European Union’s Court of Justice, claiming that Trinity has discriminated against him in relation to his pension rights, based on his sexual orientation and his age …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 26 April]

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Would we be Better Off Specialising as Graduates?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“For every Irish student, the CAO represents a confusing and mildly terrifying set of choices, determining the rest of your life. ‘What’s your first choice?’ was the refrain of sixth year as we all struggled to fit our futures into a ten-point list. Some of us based it on course preference, others on college, some on what they thought was a realistic estimate of their Leaving Cert results …” (more)

[Aisling Curtis, University Times, 26 April]

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UCC receives over €1.2 million in exam repeat fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) received over €1.2 million euro in exam repeat fees during the 2014/15 academic year, the University Observer can reveal. Information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows that UCC collected €1,257,871 during the academic year …” (more)

[Patrick Kelleher, University Observer, 20 April]

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