UCC hit by €110,000 attack from cyber gang

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Cyber criminals mounted a major attack to steal €110,000 from University College Cork (UCC), the Sunday Independent can reveal. The revelation comes as a global cyber attack struck a number of Irish businesses last month …” (more)

[Mark O’Regan, Independent, 23 July]

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Student bed crisis in Cork as accommodation is already snapped up

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More purpose built student accommodation is needed for students as frantic searches get underway in the City. Student accommodation in Cork is currently fully booked for September, more than one month before the first round of college places are offered to students …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Evening Echo, 22 July]

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Women and academia

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The recent coverage of the under-representation of women among the senior ranks of the State’s colleges and universities is a sobering reminder of how much ground still needs to be covered in levelling the playing field for women academics (Carl O’Brien, ‘Too few women at top levels in colleges, report shows’, News, July 20th) … (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 22 July]

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Students Voice Concern, as IT Tallaght Announce Closure of Créche

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students have questioned the closure of the créche in Tallaght Institute of Technology (ITT), a move they say will place serious pressure on the college’s student parents …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 21 July]

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23,000 students left without a place to stay as year begins

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is short of 23,000 purpose-built student bed spaces to meet the demand from college-goers this autumn, according to a new report that outlines plans to tackle the deficit up to 2024. While demand for student beds is put at 57,075 this year, only 33,441 spaces are available in dedicated student complexes, whether on campus or developed by private providers …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 July]

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Munster technological university would result in top honours

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Back in March 2011, the programme for government agreed between the Labour Party and Fine Gael contained a commitment to examine the idea of a technological university split across multiple campuses in the South-East region. This commitment was intended to clearly demonstrate a commitment to the South-East, but also reflected Labour’s view of how the higher education landscape could develop …” (more)

[Seán Sherlock, Irish Examiner, 21 July]

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Summer students ‘afraid’ of Dublin city centre after dark

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“International students studying English in Ireland have expressed concern about the city centre’s safety, following the news that gardaí are investigating the rape of an 18-year old Spanish student in Dublin on Saturday. Jane Wanj is a Brazilian foreign student in her late teens studying English in Dublin this summer …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 20 July]

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Massive plans for University of Limerick’s sports campus

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is proposing to significantly add to its already state-of-the-art sports campus, with the construction of three GAA-sized pitches and a large number of extra facilities. Plans received by Limerick City and County Council’s planning authority show that UL intends to develop three GAA pitches — one natural grass field and two all-weather pitches — at the Maguires Field 22 acre site …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 21 July]

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College applicants ‘cannot afford student accommodation’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Student unions have warned that the vast majority of college applicants cannot afford newly-built student accommodation. The warning comes as higher education authorities estimate there will be a shortage of more than 20,000 beds for students in the coming academic year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 July]

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Bacik expresses support for gender quotas in Academia

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Labour Senator Ivana Bacik has said the third level sector needs to dramatically up its game and take positive action measures to increase the number of women in senior academic positions in Irish universities. It comes after new figures from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) revealed that while over half of all lecturers are women, the numbers in more senior roles fall significantly …” (more)

[Labour Party, 20 July]

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Government Launches Accommodation Strategy Promising 21,000 Student Beds by 2024

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“With a target of providing 21,000 student beds by 2024, the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, launched the government’s plan to address a student housing crisis that has for years tested the resources of universities and students’ unions …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony and Dominic McGrath, University Times, 20 July]

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Ministers launch the National Student Accommodation Strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The development of the first National Student Accommodation Strategy is a key action in the Government’s Rebuilding Ireland: Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness.  It has been developed by the Department of Education and Skills (DES), together with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPCLG), as well as key stakeholders to introduce measures to support the delivery of an increased level of supply of Purpose Built Student Accommodation …” (more, download)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 July]

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We’re Down €400m Without A University

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Waterford city is missing out on an annual spend of €400 million per year, which includes €70m of direct spending, given the ongoing absence of a University headquartered here …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 20 July]

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Blow for AIT as merger requirement retained in Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“On Monday, Minister for Education Richard Bruton and Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, announced amendments to the Technological Universities Bill, which do not include the possibility of an institute of technology gaining university status without merging with another educational institution. It is now intended that the revised Bill will be re-introduced at Committee stage early in the next Dáil session …” (more)

[Robert Grace, Athlone Advertiser, 20 July]

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University gender bias: ‘Mediocre men outperform outstanding women’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Jane Ohlmeyer, a senior academic at Trinity College Dublin, is hugely conscious of the acute lack of women in senior roles across the university sector. ‘It’s not good for colleges, it’s not good for the country – we’re missing out on a huge talent pool’, she said. ‘Mediocre men are outperforming outstanding women because of the nature of the system …'” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 July]

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Third-level colleges face funding cuts if they fail to tackle gender gap

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Third-level institutions face funding cuts if they fail to introduce mandatory gender quotas to increase the number of women in senior positions over the coming years. While men and women are equally represented within universities and colleges in Ireland, women are significantly under-represented in senior roles …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 July]

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Colleges are criticised for having too few women in senior roles

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has criticised third-level colleges for a continuing ‘significant lack of representation’ of women in key senior roles. There were only ‘small improvements’, of less than 2%, between 2015 and 2016 in addressing the under-representation of females in academic and decision-making roles in higher education, according to a HEA report …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 20 July]

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Too few women at top levels in colleges, report shows

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Women are hugely under-represented in the senior ranks of most of the State’s colleges and universities, new figures show. While just over half of all of lecturers in the seven universities are female, these numbers fall dramatically at higher grades such as associate professor (29%) and professor (21%). There has never been a female president since the establishment of the first Irish university about 425 years ago …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 July]

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Do we already have comprehensive universities?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

“Today’s HEPI Occasional Paper on ‘The Comprehensive University’ is an important addition to the growing debate around meaningful change within a system that continues to favour the socially privileged and the well tutored …” (more)

[Edward Peck, Wonkhe, 20 July]

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As Ireland Waits on Repeal Referendum Date, Students’ Unions Are Planning their Campaigns

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In the run-up to the academic year, students’ unions around the country are getting into gear to push for a referendum on the eighth amendment.With hopes for a referendum in spring 2018, students’ unions are starting to organise themselves for large-scale involvement in the national campaign …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 19 July]

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