Teacher unions agree to put junior cycle plan to ballot

Posted in Teaching on May 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A compromise reform plan for the junior cycle will “deliver the best of both worlds” for secondary students, Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan has said. Rejecting suggestions of a climbdown, she said the revised plan would herald improvements that ‘have been a long time coming’ …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 22 May]

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Junior cycle reform deal contains enough for both sides

Posted in Teaching on May 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In the weeks before he was reshuffled out of cabinet last July, former minister for education Ruairí Quinn said of his much-vaunted junior cycle reforms: ‘I would hope to have pushed the boat out so far that it can’t be recalled’ …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 22 May]

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Students to do extra written tasks for new Junior Cert

Posted in Teaching on May 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Students will have to do an extra written task as part of the compromise junior cycle deal hammered out by teacher unions and Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 23 May]

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Teacher unions may put junior cycle deal to ballot without endorsement

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The unions representing secondary teachers are holding separate meetings today to decide whether to accept a new deal on junior cycle reform. The agreement was brokered earlier this week by the leadership of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) and the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 22 May]

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A year on, vastly different education reforms are agreed

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“There is a gaping distance between whatever level of reform teachers are likely to vote on in September and what was being proposed a year ago. After more than a year of industrial action …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 22 May]

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PhD: is the doctoral thesis obsolete?

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2015 by steve

UK“Should the foundations of a 21st-century academic career still be built on the traditional model? Earlier this year, Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, examined a PhD candidate at Imperial College London. Although the student ‘sailed through’ …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 21 May]

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UCC emerge as leading scientific research university in global ranking

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has been recognised as one of the leading universities worldwide for scientific research. The university has topped the ranking in Ireland, and now holds the 16th position in Europe and 52nd worldwide.The CWTS Leiden Ranking 2015 ranked the 750 universities worldwide …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 21 May]

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Chancellor George Osborne to sell off 1998-2012 student loan book now Vince Cable gone

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2015 by steve

UK“Almost a year after his first attempt was torpedoed by Vince Cable, Chancellor George Osborne is having a second go at privatising 14 years’ worth of student loans …” (more)

[Oscar Williams-Grut, Business Insider, 21 May]

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Equality Issues: NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2015 by steve

IrelandJonathan O’Brien (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she is aware that SIPTU has advised its members on the National University of Ireland Galway campus not to co-operate with the university’s gender task force, as it was not engaged in consultations regarding its establishment; that there are concerns that the taskforce lacks transparency, and was not independently constituted, and no assurances have been provided with regard to confidentiality; and her plans to urgently address these matters …” (more)

[Dáil Eireann Written answers, 19 May]

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‘Cyberattack’ shuts down virtual learning platform

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2015 by steve

UK“London centre that hosts Moodle environment affected. A cyberattack on the University of London Computer Centre left millions of staff and students at 150 higher and further education institutions without access to their virtual learning environment this morning …” (more)

[Chris Parr, Times Higher Education, 21 May]

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AHELO: Universities Behaving Badly

Posted in Teaching on May 21st, 2015 by steve

International“So there’s some excitement being generated this month with respect to the OECD’s Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO). Roughly speaking, AHELO is the higher education equivalent of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 21 May]

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UCC staff eye strike support

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Staff at University College Cork’s main campus could go on strike in September in support of colleagues at a research centre in a long-running pay equality dispute. The ballot in solidarity with staff of the Tyndall National Institute will be sent to around 800 Siptu members at UCC, it was decided by stewards yesterday …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 21 May]

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TUI and ASTI committees to meet on junior cycle deal

Posted in Teaching on May 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The executive committees of the two secondary teachers unions are meeting on Friday to decide whether to recommend acceptance of a new deal on junior cycle reform. The agreement was reached after intensive talks this week between union leaders and the Department of Education …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 20 May]

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High Court orders assets of director of Eden College to be frozen

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The High Court has ordered that the assets of a director of a third level college which ceased trading last year be frozen. The order was sought by Anthony J Fitzpatrick, the liquidator of Eden College in Dublin …” (more)

[Independent, 20 May]

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Is teaching profession being casualised?

Posted in Teaching on May 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In response to the question posed by Kevin P McCarthy as to the casualisation of the teaching profession (May 20th), my career to date is proof positive that this is a reality for many teachers. I’ve been qualified since 2009 …” (more)

[Niall Cooper, Irish Times, 21 May]

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Teachers agree to mark classroom work but not for Junior Cert grade

Posted in Teaching on May 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Teachers are set to call off all industrial action after the Government watered down plans for Junior Cert reform. The idea of teachers assessing their own students as part of the Junior Cert exam has effectively been taken off the table …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 May]

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€300m offer to restore pay ‘will not be enough’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Union officials in public-sector pay talks have strongly indicated that the €250m-€300m on offer for pay restoration will not be enough …” (more)

[Niall O’Connor and Emma Jane Hade, Independent, 21 May]

Provost’s Lack of Respect at College Board Reflects Issues with his Chairing, say Board Members

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Division and disenfranchisement in Trinity, arising from the Provost’s lack of respect for debate among Board members, has led to comments that the Board is ‘barely functional’ …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 20 May]

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Teachers win wide concessions in Junior Cert row

Posted in Teaching on May 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Teachers appear to have been given further concessions in the ongoing row over Junior Cycle reform …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 20 May]

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Who Wins and Who Loses in the ‘Top 100 Under 50′ Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2015 by steve

International“The annual Times Higher Education ‘Top 100 Under 50′ universities came out a few weeks ago. Australians were crowing about their success, and a few people in Canada noticed that Canada didn’t do so well – only four spots: Calgary 22nd, Simon Fraser 27th, UQAM 85th, and Concordia 96th. So, today, we ask the question: why do young Canadian universities not fare well on these rankings? …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 20 May]

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