‘Watch this space’: First sign of activity at new University of Limerick city campus site

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

Ireland“Members of the public have reacted positively to the first visual sign of activity at University of Limerick’s new city centre campus site. A giant purple banner, emblazoned with the message ‘Watch this space’ and the UL logo, was erected at the former Dunnes Stores at Honan’s Quay this Thursday afternoon …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 13 June]

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Agreement reached with Teachers Union of Ireland in Waterford IT and IT Carlow on Technological University

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

Ireland“The Technological University for the South East is now a step closer. A memorandum of understanding has been agreed between IT Carlow, WIT and the Teachers Union of Ireland. The deal agreed at the Workplace Relations Commission will now be put to a staff ballot next week …” (more)

[Liz Reddy, WLR FM, 13 June]

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College party clampdown ramps up

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

Ireland“Students in UCC who engage in antisocial behaviour could have their landlord contacted by the college, according to radical new plans being explored. The plans, which were revealed at a community forum this week, are part of new attempts to clamp down on late-night partying by college students living in neighbouring areas …” (more)

[Ryan O’Neill, Cork Independent, 12 June]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Amendment Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed)

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 13th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): Níl éinne eile anseo. B’fhéidir go gcríochnóidh an díospóireacht níos luaithe ná mar a chríochnódh sé de ghnáth. Fianna Fáil is committed to maintaining and improving the highest standards in education. It is intended to increase the number of international students and the number of students entering higher education in this country is increasing all the time. It is vital, therefore, that these students are supported by a high quality education system …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 12 June]

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Investigating Sexual Harassment in Universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This morning I came across a piece in the Guardian about a report from the UK Office for Students about hate crime and sexual harassment in Universities. One of the recommendations of the report is that that Universities should hire specialist staff to investigate sexual harassment …” (more)

[In the Dark, 12 June]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Second Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 12th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMary Mitchell O’Connor (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael): I move: ‘That the Bill be now read a Second Time’. I am pleased to bring the Bill before the House. It will amend the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012, which established Quality and Qualifications Ireland, QQI, the national agency with responsibility for external quality assurance and qualifications across the further and higher education sectors …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 11 June]

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DkIT Cleaning Staff To Get ‘Hardship’ Vouchers As Compensation For Change In Pay Frequency

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Cleaning staff at Dundalk IT are set to get ‘hardship’ vouchers worth up to €300 each as compensation for moving from weekly to fortnightly pay. According to a report in today’s Irish Independent, the workers demanded compensation for the inconvenience of moving to the new pay system …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 11 June]

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Ministers invite expressions of interest to fill chairperson vacancies on the governing bodies of Limerick IT and Dundalk IT

Posted in Governance and administration on June 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and the Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (Monday 10 June) invited expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill vacancies of chairperson of Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT) and chairperson of Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 10 June]

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Maynooth University plans new student centre on Kildare campus

Posted in Governance and administration on June 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans have been lodged with Kildare County Council for a new Student Centre at Maynooth University. The proposal envisages two building blocks with a shared external space under a new canopy …” (more)

[Conor McHugh, Leinster Leader, 10 June]

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TUI staff at Dundalk IT more Concerned than Ever over Institute’s Bid for Technological University status

Posted in Governance and administration on June 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Teacher’s Union of Ireland say their concerns regarding Dundalk IT’s application for Technological University status have only increased since a response by the institute to their recent statement expressing concern over what they describe as management’s complacency in relation to the matter …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 7 June]

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IUA calls on Government to establish a sustainable core funding solution to support looming demographic bulge

Posted in Governance and administration on June 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“As almost 124,000 Leaving and Junior Certificate students get ready to sit exams tomorrow (Wednesday), the Irish Universities Association is calling on the Government to set out a sustainable funding model to prepare for these and future generations of aspiring third level applicants …” (more)

[IUA, 4 June]

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Universities call for more money as Leaving Cert numbers rise

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Universities say the surge in Leaving Cert candidate numbers evident this year must trigger an increase in Government funding to cater for student demand coming down the tracks. More than 124,000 students start the State exams today, the highest figure in years, and one that will continue growing until the mid 2020s at least …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 June]

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Exploitation of Workers in University Sector

Posted in Governance and administration on June 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Mike Jennings represented IFUT as a member of the ETUCE (European region of Education International) delegation to the quadrennial conference of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) in Vienna from May 21 to 24, 2019 …” (more)

[IFUT, 4 June]

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Review into CIT’s use of offshoot firms finds shortcomings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A review into the use of certain offshoot companies linked to Cork Institute of Technology has found errors in expenses claims and issues with the reporting of potential conflicts of interest. Specialist advisory firm Mazars compiled a report into the relationship between the Cork Institute of Technology and a small number of spin-out companies. Mazars was appointed in March 2018 and a final report has recently been completed …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Irish Times, 4 June]

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The Government Cannot Focus on Quick Victories While the Higher Education Sector Suffers

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“With the number of people taking up apprenticeships having doubled since 2015, the realisation that university degrees are not the be-all and end-all of higher education seems to be sinking in across the country. Since 2017, the government has poured over €20 million into modernising Ireland’s apprenticeship programmes. The latest round of funding, announced this week, will take these programmes to the next level, supporting new curriculums and access to cutting-edge technologies for Ireland’s budding apprentices …” (more)

[University Times, 3 June]

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Government announces €7.5 million capital funding to support Apprenticeship Programmes

Posted in Governance and administration on June 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD, together with the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development John Halligan TD today announced capital funding of more than €7.5 million for nine Institutes of Technology and the Technological University (TU) Dublin …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 3 June]

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IMI and UCD Smurfit School among top 50 for executive education

Posted in Governance and administration on June 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Management Institute (IMI) and the UCD Smurfit Executive Development Centre have both been ranked among the best business schools globally. This is according to the 2019 Financial Times executive education rankings, which assess business schools across a number of criteria, including course quality, faculty, facilities and diversity …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 3 June]

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University of Ulster turns its back on Derry at worst possible time

Posted in Governance and administration on June 3rd, 2019 by steve

“Sinead O’Shea’s documentary, A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot, released in cinemas last September, provides a harrowing vision of Creggan, a working-class area in Derry city. Filmed over the course of five years, the documentary is a longitudinal observation of a family, the O’Donnells, who live in an area that is alarmingly disaffected by the post-Troubles political reality in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Maurice Fitzpatrick, Irish Times, 2 June]

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The English Higher Education Funding Mess

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“One of the items that sneaked out in the news last week was the Augar report on the future of post-18 education and funding in England. A review led by a former equities broker was never likely to be friendly to the higher education sector, and so it seems to have turned out …” (more)

[In the Dark, 2 June]

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Students urged to consider apprenticeships as a career choice

Posted in Governance and administration on June 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students are being urged to consider apprenticeships as a career choice, as they prepare to sit their exams this week. The government is today announcing €7.5m in funding to support apprenticeship programmes across the country …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 3 June]

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