Trinity College granted permission to host tourists during summer

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College has been given permission to host tourists in its students halls during summer time. Despite objections, Dublin City Council approved changes to planning rules which will also mean any third-level student can apply to live in its Halls of Residence …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 19 October]

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Hopes for Funding Report Report by Christmas, Says Higher Education Minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor, the Minister of State for Higher Education, said she hopes to have a report on funding from the Oireachtas committee considering the sector’s future before Christmas. Speaking on RTÉ Radio One this morning, Mitchell O’Connor said she was waiting on the much-anticipated report from the Oireachtas Education and Skills Committee …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 19 October]

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Airport proximity ‘key factor’ for university rankings rise

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

International“Universities that are looking to improve their position in global rankings might make efforts to increase their research output or boost their student-to-staff ratio. But such institutions could be better off simply relocating close to an international airport, suggest the findings of a study …” (more)

[Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education, 18 October]

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RCSI opens new €80m high-tech building in Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has opened its new high-tech €80 million building in Dublin, which will be used for educating and training medical professionals. RCSI says the new building on York Street is the largest and most modern facility of its kind in Europe …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 18 October]

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GMIT welcomes €200m announcement of investment in Institutes of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The President of GMIT, Dr Fergal Barry, and the Chief Executive of the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA), Dr Joseph Ryan, have welcome the announcement of a major capital investment in higher education …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 19 October]

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Universities ‘could face fines or de-registration’ if they fail to uphold freedom of speech

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 19th, 2017 by steve

“Universities that use ‘no platforming’ and ‘safe spaces’ to shut down free speech could face action from the new higher education regulator, the Government has announced. Jo Johnson, the universities minister, said young people and students need to ‘accept the legitimacy of healthy vigorous debate’ as he outlined plans …” (more)

[Arj Singh, Independent, 19 October]

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Don’t Expect Funding Agreement from Education Committee, Says Fianna Fáil

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fáil’s Education Spokesperson, has cast doubt on the idea that a consensus can ever be reached on a new funding model for higher education. Responding to a question from The University Times at a post-budget analysis event by the Dublin University Business Society (DUBES), Byrne said it was highly unlikely any agreement could be reached …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 18 October]

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Hurricane Ophelia damage in DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There was minor damage to a building and two trees down across the three campuses in DCU after hurricane Ophelia passed through Dublin on Monday. A tree fell and hit the side of the Bea Orpen building near the postgraduate residences on the Glasnevin campus, damaging part of the roof and gutting …” (more)

[Fionnuala Walsh, The College View, 18 October]

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Study suggests overhaul of how maths is taught at primary level

Posted in Teaching on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Children’s progress in maths at the age of nine has a major influence through to Junior Certificate preparations and suggests a need to overhaul how it is taught at primary level, a leading education researcher says …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 October]

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Arts degrees: Can universities save them?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“They’ve always been an easy target. And nowadays, jibes about arts degrees and low-paying jobs provide plenty of material for meme-makers online. ‘Oh, you have an arts degree?’ says a self-satisifed Willy Wonka in one. ‘Yes, I would like to upsize my combo meals, thanks.’ The stereotype may not be new or accurate, but …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 16 October]

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The crisis in student accommodation continues

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It goes without saying that students who are not from Dublin or the surrounding area must avail of student accommodation if they want to attend DCU or any other university in Dublin such as UCD or Trinity. This necessity is already over-priced, but are the living conditions students receive worth the extremely high amount charged? For some people yes, but for many students this is not the case …” (more)

[The College View, 18 October]

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Irish Research Council Appoints Peter Brown as Director

Posted in Research on October 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Peter Brown has been appointed as the new Director of the Irish Research Council (IRC), one of Ireland’s most important funding bodies. Brown, who has been Interim Director of the IRC since May 2017, will take up the role with immediate effect. He’ll replace Dr Eucharia Meehan, who left the position to become chief executive of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) …” (more)

[Kilian Tscherny, University Times, 18 October]

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More Irish women than men have third-level qualifications

Posted in Life on October 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More Irish women than men had third-level qualifications in 2016, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO). Women represented 52.2% of all third-level graduates in Ireland in 2016 …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 October]

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Magee University agrees to work with agencies to address flooding at Dunvale

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2017 by steve

“The University of Ulster at Magee has confirmed that it’s working to find a solution over drainage issues which have affected homes in Dunvale Park. It follows flooding there in recent months with homes bordering the playing fields at the University site on the Duncreggan Road particularly affected …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 17 October]

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Professors’ Productivity Declines With Age, Right? Maybe Not.

Posted in Research on October 18th, 2017 by steve

“A typical career for a tenure-track professor might look like this: Publish early and often, hit a peak after a few years, get tenure, then watch productivity decline until retirement. Given this popular perception of the scholarly arc, professors of all stripes have been evaluated at a young age by the number of published papers they produce. But a study from the University of Colorado at Boulder suggests that this assumed trajectory is mistaken …” (more)

[Julia Martinez, Chronicle of Higher Education, 17 October]

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The UK’s Cautionary Tale of Teaching Excellence

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on October 18th, 2017 by steve

“Higher education in the UK, and in England in particular, has undergone more than two decades of continuous reform, in its governance, structures, funding and quality assurance mechanisms. Among these reforms has been the imposition of research assessment as a mechanism for distributing research funds, which has acted as a huge and successful incentive to improve the quality of research …” (more)

[Bahram Bekhradnia, University Times, 17 October]

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The University Is Not a Technology

Posted in Research on October 18th, 2017 by steve

“Andrew Piper and Chad Wellmon observe that a small subset of elite universities are disproportionately represented in the most prestigious journals in the literary humanities. This ‘epistemic inequality’, they write, ‘would surely be as undesirable as economic inequality. In fact, most of us would presume a relationship between the two’. No doubt they are closely related …” (more)

[Sam Fallon and Len Gutkin, Chronicle of Higher Education, 17 October]

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Business School Hopes for Accreditation by 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity Business School has ambitions to achieve triple accreditation for its courses by 2019, when it’s due to open its doors formally to students. The school is currently only accredited under the Association of MBA (AMBA), which is just one of the three main global accreditation bodies in business education …” (more)

[Grace Darcy, University Times, 17 October]

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How could Macron’s ‘European universities’ work?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2017 by steve

“Setting out his grand vision to reinvigorate the European Union at the end of last month, Emmanuel Macron made clear he had big plans for the continent’s universities. By 2024, the French president said, Europe should have ‘at least 20’ of what he called ‘European universities’, offering students the chance to ‘study abroad and take classes in at least two different languages’ …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 15 October]

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UCD to Risk Industrial Dispute Over Doubling of Permit Parking Cost

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD’s plan to double the cost of parking permits for next year could lead to another major labour dispute with some of Ireland’s biggest Trade Unions. The University wants to increase their price to €100 for the 2018/2019 academic year, then follow up with further increases to €125 in 2019/2020, and €150 in 2020/2021 …” (more)

[College Tribune, 17 October]

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