Waterford councillors demand action on Technological University for the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Labour Party in Waterford is calling for a time limit to be put on the Technological University for the South East (TUSE). Alternatively, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) alone should be encouraged to establish a Waterford University under the Universities Act 1997 …” (more)

[Waterford Live, 6 July]

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Universities criticised for ‘tokenistic’ support for Black Lives Matter

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2020 by steve

“More than 300 academics and students have criticised universities for their ‘tokenistic and superficial’ support for the Black Lives Matter movement given their poor record on tackling institutional racism …” (more)

[David Batty, Guardian, 6 July]

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UCC Sports Facilities opening in phased capacity

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In line with Government COVID-19 Policy and return to play (RTP) protocol, UCC is pleased to announce that it will begin the phased reopening of its outdoor facilities from Monday 13th July 2020 …” (more)

[UCC, 6 July]

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Third-Level ‘Too Reliant’ on Private Accommodation, says Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris today said that the third-level sector has been ‘too reliant’ on private accommodation and advocated for more university-owned accommodation …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 July]

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Supporting Faculty

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Until yesterday, when I heard a French radio documentary highlighting his role in Blair’s Northern Ireland peace-brokering, I hadn’t really registered Jonathan Powell or his Inter Mediate agency …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 5 July]

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Trinity Faces Tough Times. Candour Is Vital

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This week, The University Times reported that Dublin-based Scholars had been urged to consider giving up their on-campus accommodation by the Scholars committee in order to help shore up Trinity’s finances …” (more)

[University Times, 5 July]

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Censorship Controversy Sees Rebrand for Confucius Institutes

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Ministry for Education in China has decided to rebrand its Confucius Institutes as centres for ‘language exchange and cooperation’. This decision may see the UCD Confucius Institute, which was completed last year, rebranded accordingly …” (more)

[Blathnaid Corless, College Tribune, 5 July]

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Facing Huge Hurdles, Harris Offers a Higher Education Dept With an Economic Focus

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It’s been one week since the creation of the Department of Higher Education – and slowly but surely Simon Harris, the new minister in charge of it, has shown us what the future of the department will look like. The new department, he says, will have an ‘economic focus’, and will ‘drive investment to our country’ …” (more)

[University Times, 5 July]

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Minister Harris needs to address is the immediate huge hole in our colleges finances

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A striking feature of the current Covid crisis is the emergence of a new group of scientific experts on our television screens, radios, and newspapers. From epidemiologists to immunologists and virologists to biochemists, some academics have left their laboratories to become household names …” (more)

[Declan Jordan, Irish Examiner, 5 July]

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China’s Confucius Institutes rebrand after overseas propaganda rows

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2020 by steve

“Beijing is abandoning its Confucius Institute brand after a global backlash over censorship, switching to a new look as a centre for ‘language exchange and cooperation’. In a directive to lower-level agencies, the Ministry of Education said the Confucius Institute Headquarters, or Hanban, had changed its name to the Ministry of Education Centre for Language Education and Cooperation …” (more)

[Zhuang Pinghui, South China Morning Post, 4 July]

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Cork residents’ environmental complaint against landlord adjourned

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The environmental complaint by residents against a landlord for the noise allegedly caused by students at his properties near University College Cork was brought before Cork District Court today …” (more)

[Liam Heylin, BreakingNews.ie, 3 July]

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Thoughts on Evidence Informed Policymaking

Posted in Governance and administration on July 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I attended the recent IUA/RIA panel discussion on ‘Evidence-informed policy making: The Role of Higher Education and Research’. As usual, Philip Nolan gave a very interesting talk: he’s clearly the most thoughtful and analytical of our university presidents …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 3 July]

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Plans to double size of Galway City student complex

Posted in Governance and administration on July 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The investment fund which owns the Cúirt na Coiribe student accommodation complex on the Headford Road is planning to more than double the number of bed spaces there to 920 …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 3 July]

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Clubs Must Get Risk Assessment Approved by UCD Before Return to Activities says UCD Athletic Union Council

Posted in Governance and administration on July 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As Ireland enters its third phase of the gradual exit from lockdown, sports are resuming at UCD after a lengthy hiatus. UCD Sports Development Manager & Athletic Union Council (AUC) Executive Secretary, Suzanne Bailey, made a statement to The College Tribune stating that plans are in progress for the resumption of activity, but any plans will depend on several outside factors …” (more)

[Isobel Dunne, College Tribune, 3 July]

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Enrolment and Graduate 5-Year Trends

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“2018/2019 enrolment and class of 2018 graduate data now finalised for all HEIs. The two minute story visualisation below gives a brief introduction to enrolment and graduate trends over the past five years …” (more)

[Victor Pigott, HEA, 3 July]

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Science and research

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on July 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In response to the letter by Daniel Carey (July 1st), which suggests changing the name of the new Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science to the Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Research …” (more)

[Kevin Nolan, Irish Times, 3 July]

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Landlord due in court over noise complaints linked to properties near UCC

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A landlord with property in Cork’s university precinct has been summoned to appear in court on Friday on foot of noise complaints. Long-term residents in estates near University College Cork (UCC) have made specific complaints under the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992 in relation to noise disturbance from two properties, both of which are owned by the landlord …” (more)

[Eoin English, Breaking News.ie, 2 July]

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USI has ‘constructive meeting’ with Minister Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on July 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This afternoon, Union of Students’ in Ireland (USI) President Lorna Fitzpatrick and Vice President for Academic Affairs Kevin McStravock had a ‘constructive’ meeting with the new Minister for Higher Education, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 2 July]

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Permission granted for Victoria Cross student apartment complex in Cork city

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An Bord Pleanála has overruled its own inspector and granted planning permission for a development of a student apartment complex in Victoria Cross in Cork city. The development will see more than 130 student beds built on the former Kelleher’s Tyres site, minutes from UCC’s main campus …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 2 July]

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Scholars Asked to Make Room for Non-EU Students in Campus Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Scholars have been told that giving up their campus accommodation next year will instead allow Trinity to rent out the rooms to non-EU students, boosting the College’s finances ‘at a time when international demand is at risk’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 2 July]

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