University of Limerick president warns quality of higher education system is ‘at risk’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the country prepares for a general election, University of Limerick President Dr Des Fitzgerald has said there is a need to ‘clearly hear from the political parties as to what will be done to make third level funding a national priority’ …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 20 January]

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Another Week, Another Deportation Case at Third-Level. When Will the State Learn?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third-level’s airwaves were taken up by a dishearteningly familiar conversation this week when yet another student – Hamza Khan, a University of Sanctuary scholar in University College Cork – looked down the barrel of a deportation order against him and his family. This time, the government backtracked quite quickly, with Tánaiste Simon Coveney informing the family that the government would review their case …” (more)

[University Times, 19 January]

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Boycotting the Shanghai Rankings?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2020 by steve

“John Fitzgerald of Swinburne University of Technology has written an article in the Journal of Political Risk that argues that Western universities should boycott, that is not participate in or refer to, the Shanghai rankings in order to show opposition to the current authoritarian trend in Chinese higher education …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 20 January]

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Wicked problems: is there a crisis of morale in higher education?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2020 by steve

“At the time of the 2018 industrial action over USS, the scale and intensity of the action led many to conclude that something bigger was going on than a pensions dispute. As the major actors worked to resolve the immediate issue of the future of USS, behind the scenes many were asking serious questions about the morale of the higher education workforce …” (more)

[Debbie McVitty and David Kernohan, Wonkhe, 20 January]

How Cassells Might Actually be Keeping Third-Level Away From Election Spotlight

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“We’re now a week into the general election campaign, and certain trends have started to emerge. Retirement age and policing have been the subject of hostile debates between the biggest parties, while health and housing have predictably loomed large over proceedings. Meanwhile, the stock of education – particularly at third-level – has rarely felt lower, despite the plethora of areas within the sector that desperately need addressing …” (more)

[University Times, 19 January]

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We need clarity on Leaving Cert reform

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Thanks to Breda O’Brien for highlighting the issue of Leaving Certificate reform (‘Let your politicians know that education matters’, Opinion & Analysis, January 18th). I agree with her statement that while reform of the Leaving Cert is overdue, the only thing worse than delayed reform is the wrong kind of reform …” (more)

[Áine Hyland, Irish Times, 20 January]

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‘Not the way to go’ – Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill rules out hike in tuition fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 20th, 2020 by steve

“Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill has said raising tuition fees in Northern Ireland is ‘not the way to go’ to plug any shortfall in funding from the UK Government. Her comments come just days after First Minister Arlene Foster stated there will have to be a ‘positive debate’ on the issue. Currently, students pay up to £4,275 a year to study in Northern Ireland, compared to up to £9,250 in England …” (more)

[Andrew Madden, Belfast Telegraph, 19 January]

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Government to consider sanctions for striking teachers

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Public Expenditure has said it will consider ‘in due course’ whether thousands of teachers who are scheduled to go on strike next month will face financial penalties. About 19,000 members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) are to stage a one-day stoppage on February 4th, which is likely to lead to the closure of hundreds of second-level schools …” (more)

[Martin Wall and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 January]

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Immigration campaigner revokes bequest to UCC over Khan family support

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Immigration campaigner Áine Ní Chonaill has said she is revoking a bequest worth ‘several hundreds of thousands’ of euro to University College Cork (UCC) over its support for a family seeking asylum in Ireland. The founder of Immigration Control Platform, which wants tougher immigration rules, said she made her will in 2009, leaving almost her entire estate to the university, where the former Cork school teacher studied …” (more)

[Brian Hutton, Irish Times, 17 January]

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Sinn Féin believes in publicly funded education – Archibald

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Speaking tonight on the issue of student fees Sinn Féin economy spokesperson Caoimhe Archibald MLA said: ‘In the south we have costed budget proposals to begin the process of removing student contribution charges, however here in the north we are constrained by the block grant and more challenging budgetary conditions and a lack of fiscal powers …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 17 January]

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UCC gives update on Khan family deportation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork’s Students’ Union and Sanctuary Working Group have issued a joint statement in relation to the Khan family’s deportation order. Four brothers Hamza, Zubair, Umair and Mutjuba Khan, along with their sister Shazadi and parents Mubeen and Hina Mubeen, were facing deportation from Ireland after being refused international protection …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, EchoLive, 17 January]

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Razing of QUB Students’ Union evokes many happy memories

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2020 by steve

“Well-known faces have been recalling their fond memories of Queen’s University’s Students’ Union building after demolition work began this week. The old union building closed in July 2018 for major redevelopment at its University Road site with a new temporary building opened on the Lisburn Road …” (more)

[Lauren Harte, Belfast Telegraph, 17 January]

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£60m for Medical School at Magee College in Derry but MP wants 10,000 students and full university status

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2020 by steve

“The guarantee of £60m to build and staff a new medical School has been warmly welcomed in Derry this week but the expansion of student numbers at Magee remains a key demand. The announcement that the money has been ring-fenced was hailed by Foyle MP Colum Eastwood in the House of Commons yesterday …” (more)

[Kevin Mullan, Derry Journal, 17 January]

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Thousands of teachers to strike on February 4th

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of teachers who are members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) are to go on strike on Tuesday, February 4th. The one-day strike, just days before the general election, is over what the union described as the Government’s ‘ongoing failure to eliminate the injustice of pay discrimination’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 17 January]

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Funding boost for CIT arena

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“CIT will be racing in to the future thanks to funding boost to the tune of €9.22 million. The college and Athletics Ireland made a joint application to the Large Scale Sports Infrastructural Fund to support the development of a new indoor community and high performance sports facility at the Bishopstown campus …” (more)

[Cork Independent, 16 January]

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Universities must open their archives and share their oppressive pasts

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2020 by steve

International“For the first time, a Canadian university – the University of Guelph – is reconciling with its history of teaching eugenics. Few universities in Canada have looked closely at their historical involvement in oppressive research, teaching and practice. Fewer still have made their archives accessible …” (more)

[Evadne Kelly and Carla Rice, The Conversation, 16 January]

The Big Two Parties on Higher Education – In Their Own Words

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“If we’re to believe the pundits, this election more than most others in Irish politics is a battle of the big two – Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. The conclusion of the parties’ confidence-and-supply deal signalled the end of the uneasy truce that bound them together for three years, and potshots have started flying in both directions as the parties seek to differentiate themselves and pitch to voters …” (more)

[Faye Curran, University Times, 16 January]

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Springboard+ and Human Capital Initiative Pillar One 2020 Call for Proposals

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The 2020 Call for proposals is being launched today, 16th January. The Springboard+ Call is being run in conjunction with the Call for applications under Pillar One of the Human Capital Initiative. The Human Capital Initiative (HCI) will deliver an investment targeted towards increasing capacity in higher education in skills-focused programmes designed to meet priority skills needs …” (more)

[Maria Cross, HEA, 16 January]

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Students awarded first class degrees at record high despite crackdown on grade inflation

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2020 by steve

“More than one in four university graduates are still being awarded first class degrees despite a crackdown on grade inflation. A record number of students, 28.4%, were given a top degree last year – double the 14% who gained a first a decade ago, Higher Education Statistics Agency data revealed …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby, Independent, 16 January]

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Magee medical school: BMA welcomes funding boost

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2020 by steve

“Funding to kick-start stalled plans for a medical school in Londonderry is ‘such good news’, said the NI chair of the British Medical Association (BMA). A cash injection of £60m was announced on Wednesday for the school at Ulster University’s Magee campus …” (more)

[BBC News, 16 January]

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