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University Status Applications – WIT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Jonathan O’Brien (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her plans to address WIT’s preference to become a university outside the terms of her proposed technological universities Bill and the breakdown in talks with IT Carlow …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 November]

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Technological Universities in the South-East

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2014 by steve

IrelandCharlie McConalogue (Donegal North East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the way she plans to advance proposals for a technological university in the south east; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 November]

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Student Grant Scheme Administration

Posted in Fees and access on November 28th, 2014 by steve

IrelandJonathan O’Brien (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she has reviewed the proposal put forward by the Society of St Vincent de Paul to have the Student Universal Support Ireland application process reconfigured alongside the Central Applications Office process so that students will know whether they have financial support before beginning third level courses …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 November]

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Data Protection Commissioner Informed of Law School Student Data Leak

Posted in Legal issues on November 28th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Data Protection Commissioner has been informed of a personal data breach in the Trinity College Dublin School of Law. Personal information from Erasmus applications made in 2013/14 was mistakenly uploaded to a Blackboard folder visible to all senior freshman law students …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, University Times, 27 November]

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Too much focus on degrees – economist

Posted in Life on November 28th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Not all school-leavers need to get a degree, according to a leading economist. There are a very large number of jobs currently waiting to be filled that do not need higher education, said Dr John Sweeney …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 November]

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Minister rejects idea teachers too corrupt to mark pupils

Posted in Teaching on November 28th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan has strongly condemned a suggestion that corruption is so endemic in Ireland that teachers cannot be trusted to grade their own students in a reformed Junior Cert …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 November]

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The University in Society

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“In the information age we live in, the university has become the centre of the knowledge economy, making it a more powerful institution than ever before. In many cities and regions the university has become a social, cultural, and economic force …” (more)

[Ciar McCormick, University Times, 27 November]

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Jan O’Sullivan says teachers’ strike ‘serves no one’s interests’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Next Tuesday’s planned strike by second-level teachers over junior cycle reform has been described as ‘disappointing and disproportionate’ by Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan, Irish Times, 27 November]

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O’Brien calls Minister’s Junior Cert assessment plans a money-making exercise

Posted in Teaching on November 27th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Speaking in the Dáil today, Deputy Jonathan O’Brien called on the Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan, to outline her rationale for imposing internal school assessment on the new junior cycle system …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 27 November]

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Number studying for honours degrees up 10,000 in a decade

Posted in Fees and access on November 27th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A remarkable 10,000 extra students a year are now starting on honours degree programmes in third-level colleges than was the case a decade ago …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 27 November]

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Budget cuts ‘threaten pupils’ third-level hopes’

Posted in Fees and access on November 27th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“One of Ireland’s most successful ‘feeder’ schools has warned that repeated Government funding cuts are hampering pupils’ paths to third level …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 27 November]

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Archive of human rights activist to be unveiled at NUI Galway

Posted in Research on November 27th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A visit to Detroit inspired Kevin Boyle to found the North’s civil rights movement. When a young Co Down student visited Detroit at the height of the US civil rights movement in the early 1970s, he was struck by the treatment of black communities and close comparisons with home …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 27 November]

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A golden era and the end of an era for Trinity

Posted in Life on November 27th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“It was exotic and unique – like nowhere else on earth. The decade was a golden era. The Trinity College of the 1960s is praised and eulogised using these words in new volume of photographs by Anne Leonard. Portrait of an Era: Trinity College Dublin in the 1960s provides a remarkable visual insight into undergraduate life …” (more)

[Peter Henry, Trinity News, 26 November]

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20,000 new student voters registered ahead of Equal Marriage referendum

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland says it has registered more than 20,000 new student voters on electoral registers around the country. A campaign to get students to register to vote forms part of the student movement’s plan to take an active role in next year’s referendum campaign to secure the right of people to marry, regardless of their gender …” (more)

[Anthea McTeirnan, Irish Times, 26 November]

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The micro-institutional dynamics of entrepreneurship in the university

Posted in Research on November 27th, 2014 by steve

IrelandAbstract: This study explores how micro-institutional dynamics shape the entrepreneurial propensity of academics in the university context. The study was motivated by the need for greater understanding of the micro-foundations of the entrepreneurial university, and the potentially significant role of micro-level dynamics in the emergence and proliferation of entrepreneurial behaviour in academia … (more)

[NUI Galway Theses (Phd Theses), October 2014]

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Reducing entry routes to third level

Posted in Fees and access on November 26th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Some time ago the IUA set up a task group to examine the broad issue of entry to third level education. One of the numerous stated aims of that group is to reduce the number of denominated programmes in the CAO system …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 26 November]

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‘Trinity Gates man’: Further charge of endangering life

Posted in Legal issues on November 26th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin man accused of damaging the historic front gates of Trinity College in a car ramming incident has had a further charge of endangerment of life brought against him …” (more)

[Andrew Phelan, Independent, 26 November]

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25% of Dubliners Have More than Two Legs!

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Sunday Independent this past week published an article whose headline claimed: 25% of university academics earn more than €100,000. This is what we in the academic business refer to as a lie …” (more)

[Ernie Ball’s Blog, 26 November]

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Unpaid bills complicate EU science budget crisis

Posted in Research on November 26th, 2014 by steve

EU“A political impasse and a mounting pile of debts pose a threat to research in Europe. Just as the European Commission unveiled a €315 billion plan to spur investment and economic growth, science funding in the European Union (EU) is on the brink of a crisis …” (more)

[Quirin Schiermeier, Nature News & Comment, 26 November]

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No, Mary Lou did not avoid a Trinity Sinn Féin event because of a Maíria Cahill protest

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The party has dismissed reports McDonald cancelled her appearance at an event last night in the wake of a protest …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 26 November]

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