Trinity’s Inexcusable Treatment of its Belfast Cohort

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

Ireland“Trinity’s Belfast campus has suffered from years of underfunding and neglect from College, something that has led to criticism from staff and student representatives in recent days. Students who pay identical fees to those in Dublin ought to be entitled to equal access to support services and should not be subjected to ongoing neglect and detachment from the wider college community …” (more)

[University Times, 15 October]

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Eleven Institutes of Technology to get extra buildings

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

Ireland“The Department of Education has announced details of 11 large-scale construction projects that are to be built at Institutes of Technology using Public Private Partnerships in coming years. The state will pay €200m towards the buildings, which will be operated and maintained by private developers for 25 years after their construction …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 16 October]

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First female president of Royal College of Physicians is set to take office

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It is time to review the HPAT aptitude test Leaving Certificate students must pass when applying for medicine at third level in Ireland, the president-elect of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland (RCPI) Prof Mary Horgan has said …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 16 Ocotber]

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All schools and colleges to remain closed tomorrow, Department of Education confirms

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In response to the imminent Storm Ophelia, the Department of Education and Skills has confirmed all schools, colleges and other education institutions will remain closed tomorrow …” (more)

[Independent, 15 October]

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Outrage as NUIG moves graduations back five days due to Hurricane Ophelia

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway will be closed tomorrow due to the effects of Hurricane Ophelia, writes Cillian Sherlock. The university has rescheduled tomorrow’s graduation ceremonies due to the weather warnings. The ceremonies will now take place five days later on Saturday, October 21 …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 15 October]

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Storm Ophelia: UCC to close tomorrow (Monday, Oct 16)

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork will be closed tomorrow to ensure the safety of students and staff following a status red weather warning issued by Met Éireann. There will be no access to any of the UCC campuses …” (more)

[University College Cork, 15 October]

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CIT closed: Hurricane Ophelia

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“You will be aware at this stage that Hurricane Ophelia, with storm force winds and heavy rain is expected to hit the south coast of Ireland tomorrow morning. At this stage public safety is of primary concern and people need to take great care …” (more)

[Cork Institute of Technology, 15 October]

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Third level institutions confirm closure as Hurricane Ophelia closes in

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick will be closed tomorrow Monday as a result of a code red weather warning in the area. UL said the decision was made in the interest of safety of the university community …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 October]

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#OPHELIA: Schools across Limerick set to remain closed on Monday

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“… The University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College have also confirmed they will also remain closed, while a scheduled appearance by celebrity chef, Catherine Fulvio at LIT’s Millennium Theatre has also been cancelled …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 15 October]

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Gusts of 130kmh expected throughout tomorrow and GMIT to close four campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Met Eireann Status Red Wind Warning which includes Galway is in place from 9.00am Monday morning. Gusts in excess of 130km/h are expected throughout Monday and into Monday night. There is a high risk of flying debris and householders and businesses are advised to secure material in gardens and other sites …” (more)

[Declan Varley, Galway Advertiser, 15 October]

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Revealed: Details of explosive UCD Students’ Union meeting as abortion controversy makes international headlines

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Members of an Irish university’s Students’ Union which is at the centre of an abortion stance controversy have now slammed their president in an explosive meeting. The latest comments come after a week which saw the President of the UCD Students’ Union hit international headlines as she is facing impeachment …” (more)

[Catherine Devine, Independent, 14 October]

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Taoiseach dismisses UK and US style loan scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Leo Varadkar’s unclear plans for the proposed ‘Student Loan Scheme’ outraged the Union of Students in Ireland, who led the march for publicly funded education in Dublin on October 3rd …” (more)

[Cait Caden, Irish Times, 13 October]

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Technological University for the South-East

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSéamus Healy (Tipperary, Workers and Unemployed Action Group): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when he plans to approve the technical university for the south east with the same investment per capita in the region as per the rest of the country and parity in third level financing with existing universities; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 October]

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Why there is no brain drain (yet) of EU academics in the UK

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2017 by steve

“A predicted exodus of EU academics from British universities has not yet materialised. Helen de Cruz discusses why – despite the uncertainty hanging over their future status and rights – the ‘brain drain’ has not really begun yet …” (more)

[LSE Brexit Blog, 13 October]

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Six institutes of technology well placed in world ranking of colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Six institutes of technology have been well placed in a world ranking of top third-level science and technology colleges. They have been given top scores under a range of headings seeking to measure colleges under broad headings of teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer and international orientation …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 13 October]

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Trinity’s Belfast Campus an ‘Afterthought’, Says Staff

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Belfast campus has been neglected by the College, leaving staff feeling overstretched and detached and students without support services. The criticism comes from staff and student representatives, speaking to The University Times. The College’s largely unknown Belfast campus …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 12 October]

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Students cheat in ever more creative ways: how can academics stop them?

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 12th, 2017 by steve

“I volunteer to sit as a lecturer on our academic misconduct board several times a semester, joining a small panel that decides whether or not students flagged up by their lecturers for cheating have broken the rules. We get a stack of roughly 10 cases, and for two or three hours we pore over them, not only deciding if students are guilty as charged but also what the punishment should be …” (more)

[Guardian, 12 October]

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Athena SWAN funding link under scrutiny in discrimination row

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Research on October 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Four female academics embroiled in a gender discrimination dispute are reportedly under increasing pressure to accept a settlement from their university in a case that has sparked debate about the merits of linking the Athena SWAN equality charter to research funding. The long-running dispute at the National University of Ireland, Galway has come to a head …” (more)

[Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education, 12 October]

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Anti-abortion UCD students’ union president says she has been subject of ‘bullying campaign’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The president of UCD students’ union says she has been the subject of a ‘bullying campaign’ by a group of students who are determined to remove her from office. Katie Ascough, who is anti-abortion, is facing an impeachment referendum later this month following controversy over her decision to withdraw detailed information over access to abortion services in a student magazine …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 October]

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Resignation, not Frustration, as Higher Education Assesses Budget 2018

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday’s Budget was a low-key affair all round. Outside the lobby of Buswells there was the usual hustle and bustle, but across the country, there was little of the usual frenzied anticipation. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, themselves were playing down expectations – this was a ‘balance-the-books’ budget, not a glamorous giveaway …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 11 October]

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