Students protest over price of apartments

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students in Cork have claimed they are being used as ‘cash cows’ for private developers who are charging up to €9,000 a year for a box room. Students from University College Cork (UCC) and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) turned out yesterday to protest against both the lack of student accommodation in Cork, and the price of the accommodation that is available …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 21 September]

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Students Vote Overwhelmingly in Favour of Smoke-Free Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than 70% of students voted today in favour of a set of proposals designed to make Trinity tobacco free. The result of the plebiscite will not be binding but will inform Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union’s (TCDSU) policy on the matter …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 21 September]

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Pay to be restored for up to 60,000 public sector workers

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Up to 60,000 teachers, nurses, gardaí and public sector workers hired since 2011 look set to receive pay increases under a deal aimed at abolishing controversial ‘two-tier’ pay rates. The deal, likely to be announced early next week, would be worth an average of about €3,300 for those hired following the introduction of austerity-era pay cuts …” (more)

[Martin Wall and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 September]

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The True Cost of College’s Commercialisation is Starting to Show

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It’s safe to say that Trinity’s fall in the QS World Rankings earlier this year has left the College’s reputation looking less than pristine. Disgruntled at best – and indignant at worst – figures from all aspects of campus life are looking to reverse the seemingly continuous drop, not least Provost Patrick Prendergast, whose approach to funding must now be called into question …” (more)

[Jack Synnott, University Times, 21 September]

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The Coddling of the American Mind: ‘trigger warnings’ for a generation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2018 by steve

“While the authors seem bent on sparking a movement, their thesis will struggle to win over their tremulous subjects. The Coddling of the American Mind: ‘trigger warnings’ for a generation. Affronting popular sensibilities at taxpayers’ expense, Leftist excesses on campus reliably inflame middle America. There’s a running thread – ‘campus craziness’ – devoted to them on conservative TV channel Fox News and they were the subject of a cantankerous bestseller credited with fomenting the US culture wars …” (more)

[Stephen Phillips, Irish Times, 22 September]

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The Universities Fighting to Keep Free Speech Alive

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“When Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson told a crowd at the Times Higher Education World Academic Summit that it wasn’t her job to give students a comfortable education, she experienced immediate backlash. The concept of free speech and all that it entails has become a flashpoint in universities across the world …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 21 September]

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Student Accommodation and Housing Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“‘Accommodation’ – It’s that abominable word that’s on every student’s tongue. It’s an inconvenience for those who can afford it, and it’s a truly daunting task for those who cannot keep up with the ruthless property market and its high prices. What are the government doing to help students out? …” (more)

[College Tribune, 21 September]

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Public Sector Staff Remuneration

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2018 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the full remaining cost of ensuring that all public sector workers recruited on lower salary levels since 2011 are brought to pay levels that match colleagues at the same grade; and the way in which he plans to address this inequality …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 September]

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LYIT continues to pursue cross border linkage agenda

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As discussions on a future Technological University designation continues, Letterkenny IT has also put in a separate application for funding to strengthen the cross border links established with Ulster University and North West Regional College in Derry …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 21 September]

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Minister of State for Higher Education announces further €6.8m funding allocation to support Technological University development and other higher education landscape restructuring

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Following on from the announcement made on 17 July at an event held at the Grangegorman campus of Dublin Institute of Technology in the presence of An Taoiseach, of a significant 2018 funding allocation of €4.4 million to the three Dublin based Institutes of Technology – Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown and Institute of Technology, Tallaght – who are seeking designation as the State’s first technological university, the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today (September 2018) announced the allocation of a further €6.8 million in funding in support of the ongoing restructuring of the higher education landscape this year …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 21 September]

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Colleges’ sabbatical pay under Higher Education Authority spotlight

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A review of policies on pay and other benefits for third-level college staff is about to begin, almost a year after it was due to commence. The Higher Education Authority (HEA) review is to focus on examining policies in respect of pay, pensions, travel, and leave, and how those policies are applied …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 21 September]

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GMIT and NUIG Student Unions Lobby City Council’s Housing SPC about the Accommodation Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The GMIT and NUIG Student Unions have lobbied the City Council Housing SPC about the accommodation crisis. The Student Unions met with city councillors to highlight the need for more purpose built student accommodation …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 20 September]

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UCD doesn’t need an Entrance Precinct

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“With a €48 million Centre for Creative Design in the pipeline, Adam Lawler wonders why UCD is ignoring its underfunded areas for the sake of appearances. Over the summer months, a design by Stephen Holl Architects won the competition to design a new entrance precinct for the UCD campus, and with this win came a buffet of questions and concerns …” (more)

[University Observer, 20 September]

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Controversial Confucius Centre Due to Open amidst Sudden Changes in Funding Use

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The controversial UCD Confucius Centre is finally scheduled to be completed this September having run at least €4.8 million over budget. The project originally started in 2014 is now two years behind schedule as has been a frequent source of controversy over its links to the Chinese government, budgeting and concerns amongst academics about the effect such a centre could have on campus …” (more)

[College Tribune, 20 September]

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Ministers invite expressions of interest to fill vacancies on the Senate of the National University of Ireland (NUI)

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, and the Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today invited expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill 4 vacancies on the Senate of the National University of Ireland. The five year term of office of the Senate expires on 31st October 2022 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 September]

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UCD and RCSI launch campus in Malaysia

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) and Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) have launched a new medical university in Malaysia. The newly established RCSI + UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC) is Malaysia’s first accredited private medical school …” (more)

[Sarah Moran, Trinity News, 20 September]

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Universities ‘reaching for the cheque books’ in HR cases

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In recent years, Irish universities have been increasing the money spent on human resources (HR) disputes between staff and management. Some of the largest universities in the countries, such as UCD and Maynooth, among others, have made headlines in recent years with high profile HR cases involving bullying and hiring …” (more)

[Gavin Tracey, University Observer, 20 September]

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Technical university will need additional funding, Richard Bruton told

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Additional funding and acknowledgement of staff concerns will be vital to the success of the country’s first technological university, the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has told Education Minister Richard Bruton. The concerns were raised in a letter supporting the recommendations of a panel of international experts to allow three institutes of technology in Dublin to create the first technological university (TU) …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 September]

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IT Carlow Pursues Gender Equality Award

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“IT Carlow will make a formal application in November for an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, the gender equality benchmark. The college will be among the first in the technological sector to make an application, which it has been working towards, since IT Carlow is one of just two institutes of technology with a female president …” (more)

[Carlow Nationalist, 19 September]

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Book of Kells Temporarily Replaced by Fake

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Book of Kells has been removed from its display and replaced with a copy due to ‘technical issues’. The real book – the most famous medieval manuscript in the world – is expected to be returned to its case within a few days. The replacement is a fine art facsimile, which is an exact copy of the original …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 19 September]

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