Trinity PhD workers rights group to be established

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

Ireland“A Trinity PhD workers rights group is being established to advocate for the recognition and protection of working rights of PhD students in Trinity and other Irish universities. Among the group’s central aims are the recognition of PhD students as workers, with contracts and full employee and collective bargaining rights; an end to unpaid teaching; and PhD stipends based on the living wage …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 18 October]

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Student Accommodation and the Budget

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

IrelandEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the details of additional provision made for student accommodation in budget 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter … ” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 October]

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University Global Rankings

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

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to develop a strategy to address the falling university rankings …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 October]

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College sweethearts return as UCC plans to name historic bridge

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

Ireland“Generations have walked over it and soon it will have a name, as University College Cork (UCC) today plans to brand the historic bridge at its ceremonial gate as the Alumni Bridge. The crossing, which was completed in October 1929, leads to the university from Western Road …” (more)

[Greg Murphy, Irish Examiner, 18 October]

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Gender not children ‘holds women academics back’

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

“Women academics do not rise through the ranks as fast as men with the same credentials and personal circumstances, research indicates. The study, of 2,270 academics at 24 top UK universities, found the men reached more senior levels than the women, even after parenthood was accounted for …” (more)

[Hannah Richardson, BBC News, 17 October]

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The President of Waterford IT says the City needs a master plan that includes the expansion of the institute

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

Ireland“Professor Willie Donnelly says the Institute which is aiming to become a technological university will have to expand. There was talk in recent years about WIT acquiring the former Waterford Crystal in Kilbarry however, owner Noel Frisby plans to redevelop the site …” (more)

[Liz Reddy, WLR FM, 17 October]

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Funding announced for creation and expansion of technological universities

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

Ireland“The Department of Education has announced the allocation of funding aimed primarily at the creation and expansion of technological universities here. TU Dublin, which comprises the former Dublin, Blanchardstown and Tallaght Institutes of Technology, has received €3.8m from the almost €15m fund, a portion of which also goes towards the promotion of cross-border third level projects …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 18 October]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor announce €14.25m in higher education landscape funding with emphasis on the development of Technological Universities

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (18 October 2019) announced funding of €14.25 million to higher education institutions. The €14.25m fund was allocated under the Higher Education Authority 2019 call for submissions for higher education landscape restructuring, consolidation and collaborative projects …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 October]

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UL Student Health Centre issues advice to take against mumps and flu risks

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Due to increased mumps activity on University of Limerick campus, the Student Health Centre has issued advice on Wednesday afternoon for students. In an email sent campus-wide, Clinical Nurse Manager Claire Kearns said that there has been a number of mumps cases on college campuses in Ireland and this is due to a possibility of a low uptake of the relevant vaccine in the 1990s …” (more)

[Kathleen O’Sullivan, Limerick Voice, 16 October]

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Technological Universities Status – Cork IT and IT Tralee

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the mechanism by which a Cork Institute of Technology will not take on the debts of IT Tralee in the event that they merge to form a new university; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 October]

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Two more institutes of technology come together with aim of becoming a technological university

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

Ireland“Two more institutes of technology are coming together with a view to becoming a technological university (TU). Limerick IT and Athlone IT are forming a consortium to develop a Technological University for the Mid-West and Midlands …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 October]

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Trinity Bypassed Board on Last-Day Response to Higher Education Reforms

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

Ireland“Members of the College Board were not consulted on Trinity’s last-ditch submission to the government regarding proposed reforms that could see the governance structures of the College reshaped radically, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 15 October]

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Limerick Institute of Technology to form technological university consortium with Athlone IT

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

Ireland“Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) has moved a step closer to developing a new technological university (TU) for the Mid-West region. LIT has announced that it is forming a consortium with Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) to form a new TU in the Mid-West and Midlands …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 15 October]

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No female students insulted on students’ WhatsApp group, says Law Society

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

Ireland“A review of a law students’ WhatsApp group called ‘Tits and Filth’ has uncovered no evidence of disparaging references to female trainee solicitors, the Law Society has said. The body, which trains and represents solicitors, launched an investigation into the group after receiving complaints from several members …” (more)

[Conor Gallagher, Irish Times, 14 October]

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Law Society say no reference made to female students in WhatsApp group

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Law Society of Ireland has said there were no references to female trainees in a messaging group that is being investigated by the solicitors’ training body. It comes after a number of messaging apps were blocked as it was reported that inappropriate content was posted onto a WhatsApp group entitled ‘tits and filth’ …” (more)

[Cate McCurry, Belfast Telegraph, 14 October]

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Higher Education Funding Pleas are Falling on Deaf Ears. The 2020 Budget is Proof

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

Ireland“On the day of the budget, student politicians and third-level officials were geared up to 11. The Provost had made bold statements about reducing student numbers in the face of insufficient funding on the Sean O’Rourke show earlier in the week. The interview had been a scading attack on the government’s inaction on third-level funding …” (more)

[University Times, 14 October]

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Colleges Can’t Rely on Students to Uphold the University of Sanctuary Scheme

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

Ireland“Students in Dublin City University (DCUSU) must have felt a sense of deja vu last week when they launched a petition against the deportation of Mehwish Saqib. Just last year, Dublin City University Students’ Union (DCUSU) launched a similar petition to fight the deportation of Shepherd Machaya, who was attending the college under the University of Sanctuary scheme and was under threat of torture if he returned to his native Zimbabwe …” (more)

[University Times, 14 October]

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European alliance for academics at risk to be based out of Maynooth University

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

Ireland“A new European initiative to support hundreds of academics whose lives or careers are at risk due to discrimination, persecution or violence is to be based out of Maynooth University. A record number of academics are seeking support, such as teaching temporary posts, due threats against their lives or careers in countries such as Turkey, Syria, Iran and Yemen …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 October]

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College students are still looking for accommodation in Cork a month into the new term

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

Ireland“Students in both UCC and CIT are still trying to find a place to live for the college year. It is believed that tens of students are still looking for accommodation, amid record-high rents and lack of available rooms …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, EchoLive, 13 October]

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Budget Day has become Groundhog Day for third level funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For anyone interested in the sustained funding of third level education in Ireland, Budget Day has become more like Groundhog Day. 1,183 days before last week’s Budget, the Cassells Report identified the funding challenges facing our higher education system and set out the scale of the investment required to deliver on our national ambition …” (more)

[Jim Miley, Trinity News, 13 October]

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