To survive, trade unions must adapt to needs of young people – IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions must adapt to meet the needs of young people in order to survive, the head of the organisation representing university teachers has said. Joan Donegan, general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), told its annual conference at the weekend that young people had grown up largely in the generation where union membership was ‘simply not the norm’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 14 May]

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IFUT Calls for Allocation of Corporation Tax to Address Higher Education Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on May 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“‘The next Budget should provide once-off emergency funding from the surge in Corporation tax to address the escalating higher education crisis’, Joan Donegan, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, said in advance of IFUT’s 2019 Annual Delegate Conference in Dublin, Saturday, May 11th, 2019 …” (more)

[IFUT, 10 May]

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Education Policy

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

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which he continues to be engaged with the concept of the publicly funded education programme, with particular reference to the need to ensure that the system continues to produce an adequate number of suitably qualified graduates to meet the challenges and competition of the workplace here and abroad; the extent to which he remains satisfied regarding the ability of each stage of the educational system to achieve maximum targets in both the academic and technical spheres; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 May]

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Is it time to change Trinity’s ‘horrendous’ graduation ceremony?

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin’s graduation ceremonies are steeped in cherished tradition: the Latin ceremony, the front square procession and the strict black or white dress code. But one particular tradition is attracting criticism and, for some, turning graduating into a day of ‘dread’ or even ‘humiliation’ …” (more)

[Barry O’Rourke, Irish Times, 9 May]

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Areas for improvement highlighted in new quality report card on DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Inconsistencies in the level of training and guidance provided to postgraduate research students who teach undergraduates at Dublin City University (DCU), have been highlighted in a new quality report card on the institution. Practice varies depending on individual programme chairpersons and module co-ordinators, according to a report carried out for the higher education regulatory watchdog, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 May]

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Public service staff to seek 6% pay rise if work hours not reduced

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government will face claims for special pay rises of 6% from staff in the public service as compensation if it does not roll back additional working hours introduced after the economic crisis, one of the country’s main unions has warned …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 8 May]

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Vast majority of new student beds built in Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Just seven purpose-built student beds have been completed in Limerick since the launch of the government’s Rebuilding Ireland strategy in 2016. A new progress update issued by the Department of Education and Skills shows that the vast majority of new student beds have been built in Dublin …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 8 May]

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Concern over lack of training for doctoral students in teaching roles at DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Concern over the lack of training for doctoral students who are given teaching roles has been flagged in a new review of Dublin City University by the State’s regulator for higher education qualifications. It is the first wide-ranging quality review to be carried out of an Irish university by a team of academics commissioned by the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 May]

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THEA Congratulates IT Carlow and CIT on Receipt of Athena Swan Bronze Award

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) congratulates IT Carlow and CIT on the success of their submission for the Athena SWAN bronze award and congratulates the teams who worked on these …” (more)

[THEA, 6 May]

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National Student Accommodation Strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“6,362 PBSA Bed Spaces Completed by end Q1, 2019. Continued Progress towards Student Accommodation Goals. The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and the Minister of State with special responsibility for Housing and Urban Development Damien English TD today released the end Q1 2019 progress report on the National Student Accommodation Strategy …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 8 May]

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More student housing planned close to Grangegorman campus

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A housing complex for more than 140 students has been proposed for a site close to the Grangegorman university campus, in Stoneybatter, Dublin, previously designated for 40 standard residential apartments. The five-storey development beside Tommy O’Gara’s pub on Manor Street would bring the number of students living within half a kilometre of the TU Dublin campus (formerly DIT) to more than 5,500, twice the number of permanent residents …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 8 May]

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Medieval history at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The academic societies we represent are dedicated to the study and promotion of medieval Irish culture and heritage in North America, Europe and across the globe. We are therefore greatly distressed to learn about pending cuts in medieval Irish history at NUI Galway …” (more)

[Westley Follett and Patrick Wadden, Irish Times, 8 May]

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Cork’s largest student apartment development is granted planning permission

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

Ireland“Plans for Cork’s largest student apartment development has been granted planning permission. London company Future Generation has plans to build a flagship, 600-bed accommodation scheme on the former Coca-Cola bottling site on the Carrigrohane Straight Road …” (more)

[Alan Healy, EchoLive, 6 May]

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Public sector pension levy won’t be abolished

Posted in Governance and administration on May 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government will face down any union demands to abolish the pension levy which was imposed on public sector workers during the financial crash, the Sunday Independent has learnt. Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe will vehemently oppose any changes to pension contributions paid by public sector workers during future pay talks with unions …” (more)

[Philip Ryan and Ralph Riegel, Independent, 5 May]

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Dundalk institute names library after John de Chastelain

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

Ireland“Dundalk Institute of Technology has renamed its library in honour of retired general John de Chastelain, the man who oversaw arms decommissioning in Northern Ireland. At a ceremony to mark the occasion on Thursday evening, Mr de Chastelain noted the ‘true architects’ of the peace process were the people of the region …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 2 May]

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Nurse deal has significant price and could lead to other public service awards

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

Ireland“The Government will be very relieved the dispute by 40,000 nurses which caused chaos in the country’s hospital system this year has been brought to a close. However, the settlement has come at a significant price, about €50 million over this year and next year, and potentially more depending on whether offsetting productivity measures materialise …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 2 May]

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Irish universities contribute €8.9bn to the economy but is this under threat from a decade of underfunding?

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

Ireland“Irish universities have become the lifeblood of the country by fuelling our cultural and social development, feeding the workforce with skilled workers and boosting the exchequer by €8.9bn a year. We’re living in a digital age where it is vital that our educational institutions provide a talent pipeline for the knowledge economy if we want to stay competitive as a nation …” (more)

[IUA, 3 May]

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Student apartments near the Lough ‘sanctioned by people who are unaffected by it’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The approval of a major student apartment development near the Lough in Cork city has been described as a ‘hammer blow’ to the area. An Bord Pleanála has approved the construction of 57 apartments in four and five storey buildings on a site overlooking the Lough. The development, located on Bandon Road, will have space for 419 students …” (more)

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

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University of Limerick students greet Taoiseach with protest against Direct Provision

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was greeted by a silent protest at the University of Limerick this Thursday lunchtime. Students were demonstrating against the continued use of Direct Provision in Ireland, with UL student life welfare officer Lorcan O’Donnell describing it as ‘inhumane’ …” (more, video)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 2 May]

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Student Manifesto – Local and European Elections

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Access to Education: If you are a local candidate: Will you support fully publicly funded third level education in Ireland; Will you reject any move towards a student loan scheme system in Ireland; …” (more)

[USI, 2 May]

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