Tommy Tiernan on Gender Discrimination at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“We’ve had several requests from staff to see the rest of Tommy Tiernan’s riff about NUI Galway at our benefit concert. So here it is in full, for all the ‘nerds’ …” (more, video)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 29 April]

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Trinity planning technology campus at Grand Canal Dock

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is planning to build a technology-focused campus at Grand Canal Dock as part of €1 billion plans to develop the area as an ‘innovation district’. The first phase of the new ‘technology enterprise campus’ will cost €250 million, and the university hopes to complete it in the next five years …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 29 April]

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Ryanair Funding for Entrepreneurship Post Received on ‘Non-Committal Basis’ Confirms Business Dean

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ryanair will not have a say in who is hired for the new €1.5 million Chair of Entrepreneurship post as Trinity will only take the money from the airline on ‘a non committal basis’, confirmed Prof Andrew Burke, Dean of Trinity Business School, in an interview with The University Times …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 28 April]

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Student residence developers set to drive forward Dyke Road project

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Developers of student accommodation are set to drive forward the construction of a new concert hall, library headquarters and multi-storey carpark on the Dyke Road. The Galway City Tribune understands that bed spaces for hundreds of students could be provided on the site – which would be linked to the NUI Galway campus by a pedestrian and cycle bridge …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 28 April]

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Higher Education Colleges Association Conference 2017 – speech by Diarmuid Hegarty

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Distinguished guests, friends, ladies and gentlemen it is a privilege to welcome you to HECA’s annual conference. First and foremost this is an education conference. It is about how we can educate and improve the life chances of our learners. In this regard, it is wonderful to welcome to the conference, educators, managers, accreditation agencies and educational policy makers, allowing all of us together to share views on how best to improve higher education for our current and future learners …” (more)

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Colleges face scrutiny over response to meeting skills gaps across industry

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The performance of colleges in responding to the skills needs of industry will be monitored by a new Government advisory body. The National Skills Council, officially launched on Thursday, aims to make Ireland a leader in anticipating and responding to skills gaps …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 April]

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Public sector pay report to back keeping pension levy

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new pay commission is set to advise the Government to keep in place a pension levy that was imposed on public servants during the financial crisis. In its first report, the Public Service Pay Commission is expected to support the Government position that most of its 300,000 employees make a bigger contribution towards their retirement benefits …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 27 April]

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Many college graduates lack work-ready skills, say small firms

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The quality of college graduates appears to be on the decline, with many lacking work-ready skills, according to small and medium-sized businesses. They also say the record number of school leavers going on to third level is not a positive development and reflects a lack of alternatives such as apprenticeships …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 April]

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After Ongoing Disruption, Luas Works Outside Botany Bay Suspended until May 14th

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“After ongoing lobbying from Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) and College, the Luas has said that, after months of disruption and complaints that have resulted in on-campus residents rehoused, works nearest to the Botany Bay area of Trinity are to be halted until May 14th …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 26 April]

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Skills gaps: Where are the best opportunities for graduates?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Every year State agencies monitor the supply of skills emerging from the education system and measure it against demand for employment. Many of the reports are produced by officials in Solas, the further education and training authority, for the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, a State advisory body …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 April]

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Creating an autism friendly campus

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Going to college can be a difficult transition for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In school they may have received special support, but they can struggle when they have to make the change to third level, even if they are academically gifted …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 27 April]

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Fianna Fáil leader slams lack of investment in Mayo GMIT Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on April 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The leader of Fianna Fáil Micheal Martin has expressed disappointment over the ongoing decline of the Mayo GMIT Campus. After visiting the centre today, he said there had been no capital investment in the college since 2008 and it was a sad indictment …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 26 April]

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Latest: Less than a third of nursing graduates offered contracts by HSE

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Just 30% of final year nursing students have been offered contracts by the HSE. Meanwhile 70% have been contacted by overseas recruiters. A new INMO survey also shows that 78% of nursing students are considering emigrating when they finish their degree …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 25 April]

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Trinity students call for halt to Luas works during exams

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Late-night Luas construction works are disrupting Trinity College Dublin students study ahead of their final exams in May. Students who live in campus accommodation by the front entrance of the college have said the Luas works noise is making it impossible to sleep, or study for their upcoming exams …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 24 April]

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Brexit university ‘brain drain’ warning

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2017 by steve

“University staff from EU countries should be guaranteed a right to stay and work in the UK after Brexit to avoid a ‘damaging brain drain’, says a report from MPs. The education select committee wants urgent steps taken to end uncertainty over the future status of EU academics …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 25 April]

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NUIG confirms ‘unusual’ payment of €175,000 to consultants

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUIG President Dr James Browne has agreed it was ‘unusual’ that the School of Law paid €143,000 plus VAT for one consultancy firm for 22 months’ work. Dr Browne was responding to queries by Galway West TD Catherine Connolly at the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday, in relation to monies paid for professional services from consultancy, Results Through People Limited …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 24 April]

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DCC’s decision on student units defies any logic

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A couple of weeks ago, Dublin City Council sent back two planning applications for student accommodation near the new DIT Grangegorman campus in Dublin 7. Combined, the two private developments would have added about 1,000 new purpose-built student units. In justifying its decision, the council made two interesting – ok, baffling – points …” (more)

[Ronan Lyons, Independent, 24 April]

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Ryanair spends €1.5m to fund academic post at Trinity College

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ryanair is spending €1.5 million over five years to fund a new professor of entrepreneurship position at the business school in Trinity College Dublin. The role will commence next September and Trinity says the academic will ‘drive and direct entrepreneurship and innovation’ at Trinity Business School and elsewhere in the university …” (more)

[Mark Paul, Irish Times, 24 April]

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Public service staff could get 6% pay rise over three years

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government is prepared to award some 300,000 public sector workers a pay rise of 6% over three years as part of a deal on their remuneration. It is also expected to seek significant reform of the pensions for State employees as part of forthcoming talks. Senior Government figures anticipate public servants receiving an annual pay rise of around 2% over three years …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 24 April]

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Book Review: Academic Conferences as Neoliberal Commodities by Donald J Nicolson

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2017 by steve

“While rarely interrogated for the role that they play, academic conferences form a significant part in the construction of an academic career. Any aspiring, or indeed expiring, academic has at some point presented at, or attended, a conference …” (more)

[Fawzia Haeri Mazanderani, Impact of Social Sciences, 23 April]

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