Holyland residents describe ‘chaos’ as students go wild during Freshers’ week

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2019 by steve

“Holyland residents have described ‘total chaos’ as hundreds of young people partied on the streets of the south Belfast neighbourhood overnight. Chair of College Park Avenue Residents’ Association Brid Ruddy told the Belfast Telegraph that the trouble started at lunchtime on Sunday when students began drinking on the streets …” (more)

[Mark Edwards, Belfast Telegraph, 16 September]

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Not having a second language hurts job opportunities, experts warn

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Concerns are being raised that job-hunters don’t have a second language. Jobs.ie says it is proving a challenge for recruiters and it is warning of a potential skill shortage. It says companies are looking for workers who speak German, French, Dutch, Spanish, and Italian …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 16 September]

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Publicly-funded universities spent about €1.5m on luxury flights

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s publicly-funded universities spent about €1.5 million last year flying academics around the world on luxury flights, newly-obtained figures show. The biggest spender was University College Dublin (UCD), which paid almost €1 million for business class and premium fares over a year, records released under Freedom of Information reveal …” (more)

[Brian Hutton, Irish Times, 16 September]

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After Rankings Slump, Third-Level Has to Be an Election Issue – Now, Not in May 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“If it’s fair to say this week has been pretty dismal for higher education in Ireland, then it’s hard to imagine what the mood must have been like in the Provost’s House. On Wednesday we discovered that the College, Ireland’s top-ranked university, had tumbled 44 places in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, to an all-time low of 164th …” (more)

[University Times, 15 September]

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Teachers at DCU English school say offer of 50c pay increase is ‘a slap in the face’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Teachers at Dublin City University’s English language school have said an offer to increase their pay by 50 cents an hour is ‘humiliating’ and ‘insulting’. Teachers at the school are looking to increase their pay from €24.60 to €35 per hour, close to what they were paid before the recession …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 16 September]

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Irish Universities Rankings – a reality check

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“So the THES rankings are out and as has become the norm the fall in rankings of Irish universities has caused an outpouring of angst, breast beating, and general melancholia. It is described as a ‘Crisis’, a ‘disaster’ and such other apocalyptic monikers. But what is the truth? …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 14 September]

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The Radio, The Universities and The Culture in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday at the end of a busy week I finally got round to booking a ticket for next Friday’s Culture Night performance at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. That will be my first concert of the new season and I’m looking forward to it. Among other things, it gives me the chance to persevere with Brahms …” (more)

[In the Dark, 14 September]

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Should Europe share US and Australian fears about academic partnerships with China?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2019 by steve

“The scrutiny started in the United States and is well under way in Australia. Now concerns are growing in Europe about the links between education institutions there and partners in China. For example, a report earlier this month in British newspaper The Sunday Times raised questions about ties between a number of leading Irish universities and Chinese colleges accused of espionage and cyberattacks …” (more)

[Simone McCarthy, South China Morning Post, 14 September]

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University of Limerick Student Life launches investigation into alleged incident of ‘racial abuse’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick Student Life has launched an investigation into alleged ‘racial abuse’ of a student this week. In a statement on social media, it alleged that a group of young men racially abused a student who was walking home alone …” (more)

[Mike Finnerty, Limerick Leader, 13 September]

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Multi-million euro building for Waterford Institute of Technology reaches planning stage

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A planning application has been submitted to Waterford City and County Council for a new building for Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) main campus on the Cork Road in Waterford. The proposed 12,800 square metre engineering, computing and general teaching building is the largest of one of 11 state-of-the-art projects announced in 2017 as part of a Project Ireland 2040 investment in institutes of technology …” (more)

[Waterford Live, 13 September]

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University funding and global rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Carl O’Brien reports (News, September 12th) on the continuing decline of our universities in international rankings. Fine Gael politicians have been forming an orderly queue to tell us that university registration fees will not be increased and that a student loan scheme will not be introduced (News, August 12th) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 14 September]

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Number of students eligible for State education grants declines

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

Ireland“The number of students being deemed eligible for State SUSI grants is falling while attendance at third-level is rising. SUSI data shows there has been a 6% fall in the number of students getting State grants over the past three years …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 13 September]

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After Rankings Slump, Trinity Must Focus on Its Education – Not Its Brand

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

Ireland“Yesterday it was announced that Trinity has fallen 44 places in the Times Higher Education World University rankings. Although a steady decline over the past number of years means that the further drop certainly wasn’t a surprise, 44 places is a significant amount that cannot be merely attributed to a flawed ranking system …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 12 September]

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Ignore university rankings, but make higher education an election issue

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

International“The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently got some good news after a few weeks of scandal management. It continues to be in the top 10 universities, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. That’s despite recently having to apologize for concealing donations it received from financier Jeffrey Epstein, who pleaded guilty to soliciting a minor 10 years before his recent jail-cell suicide …” (more)

[Michelle Stack, The Conversation, 12 September]

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Other Universities Are ‘Passing Us By’ in Rankings, Warns Research Dean

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

Ireland“Trinity’s Dean of Research, Linda Doyle, today warned that universities across the world are passing Trinity by, after the College slumped by 44 positions to 164th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings …” (more)

[Cathal Byrne, University Times, 12 September]

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Taoiseach ‘Frustrated’ by Protracted Technological University Bid

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

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has spoken of his frustration with the protracted progress of the Waterford IT/IT Carlow submission to create a Technological University of the South East (TUSE) …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 12 September]

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Lack of accommodation a major issue for AIT students

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Jumping housing prices and inadequate accommodation make the issue of living away from home very difficult for students attending Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT ) this year. ‘Many people may not think it’s an issue compared bigger cities like Dublin. Athlone will of course not be going through the same huge rent being charged in our capital city, however it is still putting huge amounts of strain onto students both due to the lack of accommodation as well as the rising prices …'” (more)

[Ronan Fagan, Athlone Advertiser, 12 September]

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University rankings may not be perfect, but they do matter in globalised world

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Global university rankings matter. Real or not, perceptions matter. In a globalised world, they matter when it comes to competing for research funding from multinational corporations, or other sources that want to believe they are investing in the best talent and infrastructure to optimise the outcomes. Irish graduates have also found they matter to prospective employers, in the US and elsewhere around the world …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 September]

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Trinity drop in world list sparks row over funding

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new controversy is erupting over State funding for university researchers after Trinity College Dublin (TCD) dropped 44 places in the latest annual global rankings. In a further blow to the nation’s higher education reputation, the only Irish entry in the world’s top 200 tumbled from 120th to 164th in the UK-based Times Higher Education table …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 September]

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TCD’s falling rankings: ‘It does not give me confidence in the Irish system’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Zoe Ellingboe almost didn’t go to Trinity. The first-year theoretical physics student was close to making the jump to university abroad, due to Irish institutes slipping in higher education rankings. ‘Trinity was the centre of theoretical physics during the 1800s, and they were very much toting that when we had our first Introduction to Physics – which sounded really cool, except [for] the fact that the thing they’re most proud of is in the 1800s’, she said …” (more)

[Sarah Mooney, Irish Times, 11 September]

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