Underfunded Irish universities are ‘systems in danger’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On Tuesday 29th January, the Director of Governance and Funding for the European Universities Association (EUA), Thomas Estermann said at a seminar organised by the Irish Universities Association (IUA), that despite the increase in funding to Irish universities in 2017 and 2018 after a decades of cuts, ‘the long-term sustainability of the higher education system in Ireland remains an issue …'” (more)

[Dylan O’Neill, University Observer, 19 February]

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Can universities be masters of their post-Brexit destiny?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2019 by steve

“The post-March 2019 relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union is no clearer and the uncertainty has now affected all sectors of higher education activity. The resources spent by UK organisations strategising for all possible scenarios will have long-term implications, whatever the final outcome, because prioritising resources towards this end comes at the expense of other areas …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman, University World News, 13 February]

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RAG Week celebrations underway in Carlow Town

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Rag week celebrations are under way in Carlow town where students have been socialising since it kicked off on Sunday. Local pubs have been running events such as breakfast raves and high profile DJs are playing in local nightclub the Foundry all week …” (more)

[Edwina Grace, KCLR96FM, 19 February]

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2021 opening date slated for Cork’s largest student apartment development

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The developers of Cork’s largest student accommodation development planned for the Carrigrohane Straight Road said they open to be open in time for the 2021/2022 academic year. Planning permission is already in place since 2017 to build 484 student beds on the former Coca-Cola bottling site in buildings ranging from four to seven storeys …” (more)

[Alan Healy, EchoLive, 18 February]

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Bullying in universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Most universities make a genuine effort to maintain a culture and atmosphere in which people – students and staff – can thrive and in which intellectual debate and challenge is encouraged in a setting of personal respect. Most students, staff and faculty also do their utmost to maintain this culture …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 19 February]

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Maynooth University abolishes library fines

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has moved to abolish library fines, marking the first time a higher education institution in Ireland has made the shift away from fines for late returns. Fines for standard loan items, which may be borrowed from the library for three weeks, are to be abolished under Maynooth University’s new loan scheme …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 18 February]

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Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD launch Technology Skills 2022: Ireland’s Third ICT Skills Action Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD today (Monday 18 February 2019) have announced targets to deliver more than 47,000 graduates with high level ICT skills by 2022 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 February]

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90% of Working Graduates Staying in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) today (Monday 18th February) publishes the results of a survey of over 29,000 individuals who graduated in 2017 from our higher education institutions. It found that 78% of that class are now working while 14% are in further education or training, 5% are seeking work and up to 4% are engaged in other activities (eg travel) …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, HEA, 18 February]

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UCC staff welcome removal of Watson’s name from building

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork staff have welcomed the decision by the university authorities to remove the name of American geneticist and Nobel Prize winner Dr James D Watson (90) from one of its buildings after he re-iterated racist comments on a recent documentary …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 18 February]

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10 Allegations of Sexual Misconduct Made in Irish Universities Since 2015

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Since 2015, 10 allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault and inappropriate behaviour have been made against staff members in Irish universities …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 16 February]

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Tutors at University of Limerick withdraw their services in pay dispute

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A large group of teaching practice supervisors have withdrawn their services from the University of Limerick in a standoff over pay, amongst other issues, ahead of student teachers’ school placement next week …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 16 February]

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RAG Week was much quieter than normal …

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“… but there were still 15 public order offences, 20 drug incidents, 20 house parties and 61 on-the-spot fines. New UCC regulations and increased cooperation with residents are being hailed as the main reasons for a quieter RAG week …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 16 February]

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Obsession with third level a factor in construction worker shortage

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on February 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It’s almost beyond ironic that the original home of the navvy is so short of building workers that the problem is threatening the construction of badly needed homes and infrastructure …” (more)

[Irish Times, 16 February]

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New ranking to look at universities’ contributions to sustainable development

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2019 by steve

International“A new global university ranking looms on the higher education horizon, and universities might need to start considering how to deal with what could be the beginning of a global rankings 2.0 generation …” (more)

[Edmund Adam, University Affairs, 14 February]

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UCC to cut ties with nobel winner Dr James Watson over ‘deplorable’ comments

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on February 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has cut ties with a Nobel Prize winner after what the university described as ‘deplorable’ comments on the subject of ethnicity and genetics. Dr James Watson, who helped discover the structure of DNA, has been criticised for ‘racist’ comments in a recent documentary, which sparked international outrage. A New York laboratory recently said it was revoking all his titles and honours …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 15 February]

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Almost 300 more student beds for Grangegorman

Posted in Governance and administration on February 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans for a seven-storey apartment complex for almost 300 students beside the new DIT campus at Grangegorman, Dublin, have been approved by An Bord Pleanála despite concerns about an over-concentration of student housing in the area …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 15 February]

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European Court of Justice rules two-tier pay scales for Irish teachers not discriminatory on age grounds

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that two-tier pay scales for teachers in Ireland are not discriminatory on age grounds. The case was taken by the primary teachers’ union, the INTO, on behalf of two members, Tomás Horgan and Claire Keegan, who were employed after January 2011, when lower pay scales were introduced …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 February]

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Green Party motion to connect UCD to Metro and Luas links receives unanimous support

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“South Dublin County Council (SDCC) have voted unanimously to support a Green Party motion which would see proposed Metro lines extend to Knocklyon and UCD from Charlemont. The MetroLink project is an estimated €3bn project which would see the development of a north-south urban rail service in Dublin …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 14 February]

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Queen’s University has to address perception as ‘cold house’ for Protestants

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

“A recent intemperate outburst by Professor John Brewer highlighted a problem at Queen’s University, Belfast. Donald Tusk certainly ratcheted up the rhetoric over Brexit when he spoke about ‘a special place in Hell’ for the promoters of Brexit, but Professor Brewer tweeted: ‘Special place in Hell for no-deal Brexiteers. Hell is too good for them’ …” (more)

[Nelson McCausland, Irish Examiner, 14 February]

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Amid Racism Uproar, Burkean’s Founders Call on Editor to Resign

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Founding members of conservative student publication the Burkean have called on the paper’s Editor, Michael O’Dwyer Connolly, to resign over an article he wrote that has been roundly condemned for promoting racism and eugenics …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 13 February]

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