Oh no, not again – another heckler’s veto in Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“… I don’t have time to write a considered post about this right now, but I could not let it pass unremarked, so I will content myself for the time being with noting: oh no, not again.” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, cearta.ie, 21 February]

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Trinity College Dublin event involving Israeli ambassador cancelled

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An event at Trinity College Dublin involving the Israeli ambassador Ze’ev Boker has been cancelled following a protest. Mr Boker was due to speak at a talk organised by the Society for International Affairs (Sofia) …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 21 February]

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Never mind the rankings, THE has a huge database

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2017 by steve

International“There has been a debate, or perhaps the beginnings of a debate, about international university rankings following the publication of Bahram Bekhradnia’s report to the Higher Education Policy Institute …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 21 February]

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Trinity College Dublin staff to ballot for industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Up to 700 non-academic staff at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) are to ballot for industrial and strike action in a dispute over access to permanent contracts. The workers, who are represented by Siptu, include security guards and administrative, maintenance and library staff …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 February]

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UCC Welcomes New President: Patrick O’Shea

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCC welcomed a new university president in February 2017, Professor Patrick O’Shea, who replaced Dr Michael Murphy following a ten-year stint in the prestigious role. Professor O’Shea, the fifteenth President of UCC, graduated with a degree in physics from the university, and went on to become Vice President and Chief Research Officer at the University of Maryland before returning to Cork …” (more)

[Michelle Beazley, UCC Express, 20 February]

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Approval for student housing to free up rental spaces

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Two student accommodation schemes given planning permission in Dublin could free up rental space for almost 500 people in the capital. Almost 200 students may be accommodated near Dublin Institute of Technology’s growing Grangegorman campus. The latest Daft.ie figures show average rents jumped nearly 15% in Dublin last year, reaching €1,664 a month for a three-bed house …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 February]

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Oxford University considering French campus amid research funding concerns after Brexit

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2017 by steve

“Oxford University is considering opening its first foreign campus in direct response to the UK leaving the European Union. The former director of the French ministry for education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, confirmed French authorities and institutions were working to bring the UK’s most revered universities to France and said officials had also spoken to representatives from the University of Warwick …” (more)

[Harry Cockburn, Independent, 20 February]

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University of Limerick issue warning for all students before ‘RAG week’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Rag week is about to begin in Limerick and the students union has issued guidelines on how to behave. With heavy drinking the standard procedure at Rag weeks the students union has set out a number hefty fines for breaking the guidelines …” (more)

[Cormac O’Shea, Irish Mirror, 18 February]

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University on red alert after student killed by meningitis

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students are on alert for the potential signs of meningitis after a deadly strain is believed to have claimed the life of one of their university classmates …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 18 February]

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UCC student dies after contracting meningitis

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on February 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Cork student died today after contracting meningitis. In a statement, University College Cork (UCC) said …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 17 February]

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Students still keen on J1 opportunity despite Trump

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Irish students have vowed to press ahead with their J1 visits to the US despite many finding President Donald Trump’s policies ‘worrying’. Students said they were wary when Mr Trump threatened to ‘terminate’ the J1 programme that allows Irish students work in the US …” (more)

[Chai Brady, Independent, 17 February]

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Student Accommodation – National Strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2017 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of meetings he has had with relevant parties in developing the national student accommodation strategy, which was assigned to his Department under the rebuilding Ireland housing plan, action 4.7, to be delivered in quarter 2 2017; the name of each person he has met in developing the strategy; the organisation each represented; and the date the meeting took place …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 February]

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Public Sector Pensions Levy

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2017 by steve

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason public servants in receipt of a public service pension have the pension levy deducted from their pensions; the rate at which it is deducted; his plans to reduce the pension levy in the coming years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 February]

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Students Renting Houses Is Becoming A Thing Of The Past

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Buying a home is not for the average person anymore. According to Daft.ie, the housing marketing is currently struggling due to poor supply, while the rental market continues to soar. The market is in such a bad state that students renting homes are becoming a thing of the past. Students just simply can’t afford the high prices of rent or struggle to find suitable accommodation …” (more)

[Daniel Keating, Campus.ie, 16 February]

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Stopping RAG, The Ironic Contradiction

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“RAG week – sorry Eolann/Bea/The SU – Raise and Give week is upon us and every year, this year of course being no exception, there are calls for Raise and Give week to be cancelled, stopped, ended, etc. We know the drill at this stage. Every year the Students Union will highlight the fact the week is about raising money for charity and is not simply an excuse for students to go on a week of drinking …” (more)

[Chris McCahill, UCC Express, 16 February]

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HE bill: why universities are not supermarkets

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2017 by steve

“The UK government’s controversial plans for reform of higher education have at their heart two sets of economic ideas. The first concerns national wealth and, in particular, the impact of higher education on the size of the economy over time. These ideas are about the ends to be served by the system of higher education …” (more)

[Martin Wolf, Times Higher Education, 16 February]

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On-campus accommodation prices set to increase more than originally planned

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Despite stating otherwise last October, UCD Students’ Union President Conor Viscardi has admitted that on-campus accommodation price increases will be higher than expected …” (more)

[Martin Healy, University Observer, 16 February]

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Gardai probe ‘Rag week vandalism’ at Limerick’s Mary Immaculate College

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Gardai have launched a probe after drunken students smashed up a lecture theatre in Limerick’s Mary Immaculate College – with one urinating on the floor, the Limerick Leader can reveal. Revellers at the South Circular Road College, marking its annual ‘Raise and Give’ (Rag) week, entered a lecture room and damaged furniture, equipment, and the floor …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 14 February]

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GMIT and Teagasc form new strategic partnership

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“GMIT and Teagasc, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority, have formed a new strategic partnership to develop academic and educational co-operation in areas of mutual interest …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 16 February]

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Free speech university rankings: a case of grade inflation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2017 by steve

“Exciting news for those of us in higher education who believe in free speech as the third incisive Spiked analysis of free speech in universities is published. Always a landmark event and sure to grab the headlines …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Registrarism, 16 Februay]

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