Trinity College the highest entrant on FT’s business school rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is the highest new entrant on the FT’s European business schools ranking for the year. This marks the first time TCD has returned to the prestigious table since 2007. It is in 60th place in the ‘rankings of rankings’, a list covering a wide number of academic programmes including MBAs …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 9 December]

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Dublin City University announces new president

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has announced the appointment of Prof Dáire Keogh as its new president. Prof Keogh, who is currently deputy president of DCU and a professor of history, will succeed Prof Brian MacCraith whose term of office ends in July next year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 December]

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Mary McAleese inaugurated as new chancellor of Trinity College

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Former president of Ireland Prof Mary McAleese has been inaugurated as the new chancellor of Trinity College Dublin. She succeeds another former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, who was elected as first woman chancellor of TCD in 1998 and has held the post until now …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 December]

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Lecturer on separate precarious contracts and low pay – until IFUT secured full-time lecturing status

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“I have been working for one of the large universities in Ireland for almost a decade, holding year-to-year hourly-teaching contracts, without summer pay, payment for meetings, and the extensive preparation required for delivering high-quality lectures …” (more)

[IFUT, 6 December]

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President of University of Limerick confirms university’s restructuring plan is ‘paused’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of UL has confirmed that the current restructuring plan of the university is now ‘paused’ and acknowledged that ‘mistakes were made’ in the formulation of the plan. In an email addressed to colleagues in relation to the restructuring plan of the university’s schools and departments, Dr Des Fitzgerald said …” (more)

[Ryan O’Rourke and Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 6 December]

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Third Level Institutions Governance

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2019 by steve

IrelandTommy Broughan (Dublin Bay North, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the implementation of the Code of Governance for Irish Universities 2019; the date by which the universities must apply the code; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 December]

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University of Limerick staff to be balloted for industrial action next week

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick staff are set to be balloted for potential strike action next week as they reject UL’s Executive Committee’s offer for an extended consultation period for structural changes within the university’s schools and departments. On Monday, the Executive Committee, which is chaired by UL President Des Fitzgerald, informed staff via email that they are ‘more than happy’ to provide ‘additional time to facilitate collaborative debate’ on the proposed condensing of the university’s 24 schools and departments into 10 …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 5 December]

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Institutes of Technology Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2019 by steve

IrelandDarragh O’Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of plans to establish funding mechanisms for institutes of technology to support the development of their student accommodation capacity …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 3 December]

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Strikes over pay and conditions to hit a number of third-level institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish third-level institutions are to be affected by strikes and other actions over pay and conditions in the coming months. This comes as lecturers and researchers in 60 universities across the UK and Northern Ireland began an eight day strike on Monday over pensions, pay and conditions …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 1 December]

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Postgraduate and ‘casual’ teaching staff are taken for granted by Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Contrary to popular belief, teaching and lecturing at university by no means automatically guarantees secure employment, ample time to pursue research, and a cosy office in which to do it. Over the past decade or so, especially since the recession in 2008/09, Irish universities, and indeed universities throughout the world, have begun to rely more and more on hourly paid or temporary staff to cover tutorials, seminars, lectures, and lab sessions …” (more)

[Trinity News, 3 December]

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The problems with feeder school lists

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – ‘Feeder school’ lists (Feeder Schools 2019, December 3rd) promote a distorted view that educational success is dependent on students securing places on third-level courses that require high points. They also suggest that immediate progress to third level is the only choice worth valuing and recognising …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 4 December]

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GMIT Governing Body officially appoints new President

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Governing Body of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology has officially appointed Dr Orla Flynn as the new President of GMIT. In May, the former President Dr. Fergal Barry resigned …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 2 December]

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Ministers Breen and Mitchell O’Connor announce the establishment of Joint Labour Committee for the English language education sector

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen TD, has formally accepted the recommendation of the Labour Court for the establishment of a Joint Labour Committee for the English language education sector. He made the announcement today together with Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD …” (more)

[DBEI, 2 December]

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Ireland’s newest university TU Dublin spent almost €200,000 on their logo and branding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s second largest and newest University, Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), spent almost €200,000 on their branding and logo. The university, which was launched in January of this year, is an amalgamation of Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Tallaght and Institute of Technology Blanchardstown …” (more)

[Dan Grennan, Extra.ie, 21 November]

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Know what fuels your coffee break: The prison-industrial complex on our campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“‘Knowing what you own is the first step to aligning your investments with your values’, according to the Investigate Project, a research and information centre that seeks to learn how companies profit from and support state violence, and urges the public to investigate the human rights violations hidden in their investments. Students have continuously called upon Trinity to realign its investments and partnerships with their moral standards as a university in recent years, as Trinity’s business ventures come to light …” (more)

[Milena Barnes, Trinity News, 1 December]

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On Staffing, Trinity Has Become a Master at Normalising the Outrageous

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“When it comes to staffing in Trinity, it sometimes feels like every stone you turn up reveals more issues affecting the people working in the College. This week – when The University Times reported on a climate of ‘stagnation’ among technical and support staff unable to obtain promotions or progressions – was no exception …” (more)

[University Times, 1 December]

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This Week, Cut the Rent Blinked Under Pressure. Its Movement Could be Over

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“At a meeting this week, activist group Cut the Rent opted not to go ahead with a planned rent strike on campus in January. The news was met with a surprising lack of uproar. When Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) council initially voted not to support rent strikes (before U-turning a month later) students were outraged. But Cut the Rent’s decision to not launch the campaign it was set up to organise didn’t seem to ignite similar anger among students …” (more)

[Aoife Kearin, University Times, 29 November]

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UCU Strike Continues at QUB

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2019 by steve

“We are now mid-way through eight days of strike action taking place in 60 universities throughout the UK. Industrial action began on Monday 25 November and is scheduled to last until Wednesday 4 December, affecting over one million students. From Thursday 5th December, strike action will continue with many academics working to ‘action short of strike’, meaning they will not reschedule cancelled classes or cover for absent colleagues …” (more)

[Rachel Ashe, The Gown, 29 November]

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‘Once-off’ emergency allocation from soaring corporation tax income needed for higher education, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called on the government to allocate emergency ‘once-off’ monies from the soaring Corporation tax intake to address the crisis in third-level funding. Responding to the latest Corporation tax intake for 2018, which has soared to over €10bn, Frank Jones, Deputy General Secretary of IFUT, said ‘Higher education colleges produce the highly qualified graduates that supply expertise to the multinational companies that pay Corporation tax’ …” (more)

[IFUT, 29 November]

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University Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Frank Jones, Deputy General Secretary of IFUT, speaks to Mary about university funding” (mp3).

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 29 November]

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