‘We must reduce barriers and encourage women to participate in STEM’ – Archibald

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Dr Caoimhe Archibald has said we must break down barriers and challenge misconceptions which limit women’s participation in STEM subjects and careers. Speaking on International Day of Women and Girls in Science the East Derry MLA said: ‘The theme for this year is “Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth” focusing on the empowerment of women and girls, promoting the achievement of full and equal access to careers in science …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 11 February]

Tags: , , ,

Facing a Complacent College, Students Must Fight Rent Hikes Tooth and Nail

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“If it’s probably fair to say that Trinity’s top officials haven’t exactly placed students front and centre over the years, then there is an extent to which College has recognised the power of students in recent times, and dialled back – slightly – its antagonism …” (more)

[University Times, 10 February]

Tags: , ,

The Hub to become the ‘new beating heart’ on UCC campus

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“One of the oldest buildings at University College Cork (UCC) has opened for the first time as a state of the art, one-stop-shop for students following a multi-million euro transformation. The Hub reopens today at UCC following a major conservation and renovation project at the historic 170-year-old Windle building, previously used for training generations of doctors …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 10 February]

Tags:

Anderson presses minister on medical school

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has welcomed confirmation that the Health Minister is looking at the Magee medical school as a way of tackling the GP shortage. The newly co-opted Foyle MLA said: ‘Today, I raised with the Health Minister the urgent need to progress the delivery of a post-graduate medical school at Magee University …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 10 February]

Tags: , , , ,

Gardaí Say They Will Be Taking A Zero Tolerance Approach Towards Anyone Causing Trouble During Raise And Give Week

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Annual events like Freshers and Raise and Give Week have been heavily criticised by some locals. Some community groups in Cork say some people are afraid to leave their homes at night due to increased levels of anti-social behaviour …” (more)

[Red FM, 10 February]

Tags: , , , ,

RAG Week kicks off at 7am as students queue outside Cork City early-house

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leo Varadkar might have applauded the people who were getting up early in Cork this morning – until he saw them queuing up outside an early house. But it all seemed to be good natured for the students who were waiting patiently in the dark outside a packed Charlie’s Pub on the quays by City Hall as RAG Week got off to a bleary-eyed, 7am start …” (more)

[Joe O’Shea, CorkBeo, 10 February]

Tags: , , , , ,

UCD Splashes €5.5m on Residential Properties in South Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has spent over €5 million in the last three years purchasing residential properties in south Dublin, as part of an unofficial plan to expand its boundaries. The Irish Times today reported that UCD spent €5.5 million between January 2017 and September 2019 on houses on the Clonskeagh Rd …” (more)

[Ella Connolly, University Times, 10 February]

Tags:

UCD spending millions buying premium south Dublin homes

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has spent several million euro buying premium south Dublin houses neighbouring its Belfield campus in recent years, as part of a long-term plan to expand the university’s boundaries. The university spent €5.5 million buying five properties between January 2017 and last September, according to figures released to The Irish Times under the Freedom of Information Act …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 10 February]

Tags: , ,

Students’ welfare is at risk as funding cuts of €550m bite

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student welfare services in third-level colleges are “overburdened” as a result of Government cuts to funding and day-to-day running costs, now €550m less than in 2007. The strain is among concerns raised at recent meetings of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) about how long the system has to wait before the funding issue will be sorted …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 February]

Tags: , , ,

Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor Loses Seat

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Former Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has lost her seat tonight, having been eliminated on the eighth count. Running in the Dún Laoghaire constituency, Mitchell O’Connor finished just under 500 votes behind Fianna Fáil’s Cormac Devlin …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 9 February]

Tags: ,

British universities face long shutdown of Chinese campuses as virus spreads

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2020 by steve

“British universities are braced for a long shutdown of their Chinese campuses after Beijing said it would extend the closure of China’s higher education sector into March to combat the spread of coronavirus. Nottingham, Birmingham City and Leeds universities were among the many UK higher education providers told they must delay the return of academics and students until 2 March …” (more)

[Phillip Inman, Guardian, 9 February]

Tags: , , ,

£126 million Ulster University loan a ‘slap in the face’ for Derry

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2020 by steve

“Derry City and Strabane District Council has called on Stormont not to give Ulster University a £126 million loan for its Belfast campus without any assurances over the expansion of its Magee campus in Derry. The council’s Governance and Strategic Planning Committee voted unanimously for a motion put forward by People Before Profit Councillor Shaun Harkin when it met on Tuesday afternoon …” (more)

[Marianne Flood, Derry Now, 8 February]

Tags: , , ,

Campus Accommodation Prices Could Increase by 4%

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

Ireland“Rent prices for on-campus accommodation in Trinity could be increased by 4%, The University Times has learned. A document from the agenda of Trinity’s Finance Committee, obtained by The University Times, shows that a paper will go to the committee’s next meeting in February ‘seeking a 4% increase in all staff and student rates’ …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 6 February]

Tags: , ,

Developer enters talks to build 216 student beds near UCC

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

Ireland“Talks are underway which could see more than 200 student beds developed in a new apartment complex near UCC. Denis O’Brien Developments is seeking to build a 216-student bed complex at Orchard Road in the college area of the city …” (more)

[EchoLive, 6 February]

Tags: , ,

Accommodation, University funding, healthcare and climate the key issues for the student voter ahead of GE 2020

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

Ireland“An unprecedented first Saturday election since 1918 raised some eyebrows when the starting gun was pulled on General Election 2020, with Leo Varadkar claiming that the public going to the polls later in the week makes it easier for parents, commuters and students to cast their vote …” (more)

[Paddy Henry, SIN, 6 February]

Tags: , , , , ,

UCD to increase campus rent by 12% over three years

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

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) will increase rents for its on-campus student accommodation by 12 per cent over the next three years, the maximum increase permitted under rent cap laws. The increase would see the cost of student accommodation on the Belfield campus rise to between €8,000 and €9,900 per year over the next three year …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 5 February]

Tags: , ,

Teaching assistants debate strike at PhD townhall meeting

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

Ireland“PhD students have expressed their anger during a townhall meeting this evening at a decision approved by College’s finance committee to cut the pay of casual staff who work as lab demonstrators. The decision to cut pay was temporarily reversed on Tuesday at a meeting of the finance committee, and a final decision has been deferred to a future meeting …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Shannon Connolly and Madalyn Williams, Trinity News, 5 February]

Tags: , , , ,

Students At UCC Have Paid More Than €11,000 In Fines For Anti-Social Behaviour

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The policy has led to a drop in complaints. Particularly during Rag and Fresher’s weeks over the past two years …” (audio)

[RedFM, 5 February]

Tags: , , ,

Hibernia College returned to profit in 2018 as revenues rise

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

Ireland“Online teacher training company Hibernia College returned to profit in 2018 to record pre-tax profits of €507,794. The company specialises in the provision of accredited, online third level courses for those seeking to teach …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 5 February]

Tags: ,

Unruly UCC students hit with €11k in fines

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students of University College Cork (UCC) have paid almost €11,000 in fines as part of a new crackdown on antisocial behaviour. The new approach, involving university authorities and students themselves, has also seen the number of complaints from the public about antisocial behaviour linked to UCC’s Rag Week and Fresher’s Week events drop over the last two years …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 5 February]

Tags: , ,