After TEP Dispute, Labour Court Grants Extra Holidays to Trinity Staff

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s academic staff will enjoy extra annual leave this year, after a Labour Court ruling ended a long dispute over the additional workload caused by changes to the College’s year structure. The extra two days of annual leave have been awarded on a once-off basis, to compensate for disruption …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 9 December]

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Dramatic fall in number of students entering third-level to study computing

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There has been dramatic 8% fall in the number of students entering third-level to study computing courses. Employment prospects are good with 81% of recent Irish tech graduates now walking straight into a job, overwhelmingly in Ireland. But despite a high demand for these graduates, and some of the best starting salaries in the economy, interest in a career in this field has dropped significantly over the past five years …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 December]

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Lecturer threatens to sue after she is barred from university elections

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 7th, 2018 by steve

“An Ulster University lecturer has threatened to take legal action against her employers after being barred from standing in elections to its governing body. The University Council is responsible for oversight of all the institution’s affairs …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 7 December]

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The Future of Rankings is Excellent

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2018 by steve

International“I’ve been in Europe for most of the past two weeks on a number of rankings-related projects. And as a result of these travels, I’m more optimistic about international rankings than I have been for a long time. Here’s why. First of all, we are getting a lot of new data at the international level. There are two primary sources for this …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 7 December]

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Language Schools Closures

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2018 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the protections available to students and staff when an English language training school faces financial difficulty in view of media reports (details supplied) and in view of the significant budget that has been set aside to market Ireland as a destination for English language training; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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Agriculture students sorry for ‘lewd’ remarks on college radio show

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at University College Dublin (UCD) have apologised for making offensive comments during a broadcast on college station Belfield FM. ‘Keepin’ It Country’ features a number of Agricultural Science students who put out a weekly show with agricultural news and commentary. The show came under fire after a number of lewd comments were allegedly made about female students …” (more)

[Conor McCrave and Rachel Farrell, Independent, 7 December]

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Terminally ill cancer patient to get UCC honorary degree

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A terminally ill Irish woman who won the biggest financial settlement for medical negligence ever in the Netherlands after a hospital lost her test results leaving her with incurable cancer is to be conferred with an honorary degree at UCC next Monday …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Examiner, 7 December]

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Department of Justice accused of failing to keep proper oversight on English language schools

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Justice has been accused of failing to keep proper oversight on English language schools as up to 10 Mongolian students face losses of more than €5,000 each in fees paid upfront to a Dublin college. They look unlikely to be refunded after paying the equivalent of almost two years’ salary in Mongolia to attend English language courses at Grafton College, which went into liquidation on Monday …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 6 December]

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Should Irish universities follow the IRFU’s lead and provide consent classes for college athletes?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Following the news that the IRFU would provide mandatory consent classes to all professional players, Cliona Sadlier of the Rape Crisis Network told the Irish Independent: ‘You need a whole hierarchy to take responsibility, it has to go all the way up and down; you can’t just land it on the players because they are just products of that system’ …” (more)

[Martha Brennan, SIN, 6 December]

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English Language ‘Visa Factories’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fine Gael Senator Anthony Lawlor has said that more monitoring and stronger regulation is needed in the privately delivered English language sector. Disingenuous schools are using the current student visa rules for non-EEA Nationals to setup unsustainable businesses. The standard visa for pursuing an English language programme on the Interim list of Eligible Programmes (ILEP) is 8 months allowing students work up to 20hrs per week and up to 40hrs during the summer months …” (more)

[Senator Anthony Lawlor, 6 December]

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TU Bid is ‘Teetering’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Crisis talks are being conducted between staff and management at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to prevent the region’s Technological University (TU) bid from going off course …” (more)

[Eoghan Dalton, Munster Express, 5 December]

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Urgent review looms for Union Theological College following highly critical report

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

“A full review into Belfast’s prestigious Union Theological College (UTC) is being brought forward following a highly critical report, it can be revealed. The 165-year-old institution, which is run by the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, was heavily criticised by an education watchdog as having ‘the potential to put academic standards at risk’ …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 6 December]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor calls for stronger employment protections for teachers in the English language training sector

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Speaking in the Seanad today the Minister for Higher Education, Minister Mitchell O’Connor highlighted that the situation at Grafton College Dublin, exposed weaknesses in the availability of fair terms and conditions of employment in areas of the English language training sector. Minister Mitchell O’Connor was speaking at Committee Stage of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Amendment) Bill …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 5 December]

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Third Level Staff Remuneration – WIT

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the decision to intervene in a Workplace Relations Committee ruling regarding staff at Waterford Institute of Technology who were not moved onto a higher lecturer’s scale despite the fact that their colleagues were moved up the scale (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 December]

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‘Need for movement on Magee University expansion’ – McCallion

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2018 by steve

“Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion said progress on ‘groundbreaking projects’ such as the expansion of Magee University and a medical school are key to transforming the north west region. The Foyle MP was commenting after a Sinn Féin delegation met the Head of the Civil Service and Department for Economy in Belfast today. Elisha McCallion said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 5 December]

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British real estate firm buys student accommodation development in Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A British property firm has acquired a site in Cork with planning permission for student accommodation. London-based Round Hill, together with NBK Capital, an investment company in the Middle East, will immediately proceed to construct a mixed-use project on the site, which will include 145 purpose-built student accommodation beds and facilities …” (more)

[Ellie Donnelly, Independent, 5 December]

Third Level Access

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“John Walshe, Columnist with The Irish Independent, Katriona O’Sullivan, Lecturer with the Turn to Teaching Project in Maynooth University, Shauna Dunlop, Director of Apprenticeship and Work Based Learning SOLAS and Anne Looney, Executive Dean in DCU Institute of Education, discuss the social divide among students going on to third level education …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 5 November]

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Ulster University to review stance on trade unionist’s election bid

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2018 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) is to review a decision not to let a leading trade union member stand for election to its governing body. Goretti Horgan, a lecturer at UU and a member of the University and College Union (UCU), wanted to stand for election to the university’s council. In a letter, UU said she would not be allowed to go forward for election …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 5 November]

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Union Theological College standards at risk, watchdog warns

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2018 by steve

“Academic standards at the Union Theological College (UTC) are potentially ‘at risk’ in a number of areas, a watchdog has warned. The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) monitors standards in higher education institutions across the UK. The college is run by the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and teaches theology to Queen’s University students …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 5 November]

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Is it time to fall out of love with universities?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Universities are booming. In many countries close to half of young people now go on to tertiary education. Others, including Ireland, are at that point or beyond: Ireland now sends approximately 60% of its secondary school leavers to third level. Everywhere, young people, parents, and governments agree that universities are the route to success, and the more of them the better. So a good news story? …” (more)

[Alison Wolf, Irish Times, 4 November]

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