Students criticise ‘nimby’ opposition to Galway housing development

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students in NUI Galway and Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) have criticised residents in the Newcastle area of Galway city for campaigning to block a planned 400-bed student housing development. Mark O’Brien, head of the student union in GMIT, said local opposition to the student housing development was ‘discriminatory’ and a ‘a classic example of not in my backyard’ (‘nimby’) politics …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 8 August]

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Everything must be measured: how mimicking business taints universities

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2017 by steve

“Often, what begins as a pet-hate fades into the background irritation of life. But sometimes it gnaws away, gets under your skin and into your bones, then flares up, causing toxic shock. The term ‘neoliberalism’ has this effect on me. It is a lazy gobbet of pent-up, inarticulate hostility …” (more)

[Jonathan Wolff, Guardian, 8 August]

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Scam warning as ‘desperate’ students seek homes to rent

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There has been a reported spike in rental scams as a new generation of Third Level students desperately searches for accommodation. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and gardaí have issued a warning to those looking for a place to live in advance of the academic year …” (more)

[Gavin White, Independent, 9 August]

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Garda issue warning after €20k deposits paid to rent scammer

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Over €20,000 in deposits was paid to a scammer who pretended to be the landlord of a Dublin property he was about to vacate. The incident was highlighted by gardaí as one of many kinds of fraud in the rental market as they advised students to be careful when hunting for accommodation in the coming weeks …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 August]

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Higher education: funding reform is vital

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The fact that Irish universities are experiencing a significant increase in applications from international students is encouraging. It indicates that despite a decade of funding cuts and rising student numbers, higher education in Ireland retains a good reputation abroad …” (more)

[Irish Times, 7 August]

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Testing times for quality teaching

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – With the news that the Minister for Education is considering the introduction of a UK-style Teaching Excellence Framework (Home News, July 25th) it is worth considering some of the quality processes that currently exist in the third-level sector, specifically my university, DCU …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 7 August]

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Higher spending is not the key to equity

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2017 by steve

“What is a reasonable balance between public and private funding of universities? The question would not arise if Western economies were prosperous enough that university costs increased no faster than rises in family incomes could manage in terms of higher tuition fees. But economic abundance seems remote in the short term …” (more)

[Warren Bebbington, Times Higher Education, 3 August]

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Student visa delays could cost UCD millions in fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Serious delays for international students acquiring visas could cost UCD €8.4 million worth of fees, the college’s president Andrew Deeks has told the Department of Justice. Mr Deeks said if international students did not receive visas in time to start their studies in September millions of euros in fees would be lost, causing major ‘reputational damage’ to Ireland’s universities internationally …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 5 August]

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Gender pay gap at Queen’s University to be narrowed but will remain

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2017 by steve

“The pay gap between male and female professors at Queen’s University Belfast, which has drawn fierce criticism, is to remain for at least another seven years. The university came under fire from staff after a study found it had the widest gender pay gap among senior academics of 24 leading institutions in Britain and Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Simon Doyle, Irish News, 4 August]

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Government task force on gender bias welcomed, but at NUI Galway and other Irish Universities, it helps to look at where the power is

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In July, the Higher Education Authority issued this year’s figures for gender percentages in Irish Universities and other higher-education institutions. Because this Web page focused on the four female lecturers’ mediation coming to an end at NUI Galway, we made no comment on the HEA report – and we didn’t produce an updated version of our table ranking the Irish Universities. But we found we didn’t need to …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 4 August]

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I Get the Message, Varadkar Tells Students Over Concerns About Summer Abortion Referendum

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The government has promised to take into consideration student concerns about a referendum on the eighth amendment being held in the summer, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told students at a talk in Queen’s University Belfast …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 4 August]

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University of Limerick’s presidential home worth €1.5m remains vacant

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The costs of maintaining two presidential houses owned by the University of Limerick have exceeded €100,000, with one multi-million euro residence left vacant for nearly a decade. The university sparked controversy in 2010 when a second house costing €2.2m and funded by philanthropist Chuck Feeney of Atlantic Philanthropies was built for its president on campus – at a time when it was €3m in debt …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 3 August]

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No End in Sight to Trinity’s Dispute with Staff, Despite Final Promotions Promise

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity will run a round of promotions for administrative and support staff in September as part of a concession to the College’s three trade unions. But while the College say this will be the final round, Trinity’s staff will hope otherwise …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 3 August]

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UK universities need urgent Brexit ‘clarity’ from ministers

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2017 by steve

“UK universities could lose talented EU staff unless they receive ‘greater clarity’ from the government on the post-Brexit rights of EU nationals, according to the Russell Group. The group of top research universities says Brexit is causing EU staff ‘uncertainty and anxiety’ and making the recruitment of others harder …” (more)

[BBC News, 3 August]

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Further education spending is ‘disjointed’, claims review

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There is a ‘fragmented’ and ‘disjointed’ approach to the way more than €800 million is being spent on further education courses, a Government review has found. More than 200,000 people participate in further education courses each year, including school-leavers and adults seeking ‘second chance’ education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 August]

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A Summer Repeal Referendum Would Suppress the Student Voice

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“No doubt many people will have now heard that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar last Friday announced his intention to potentially hold the repeal referendum next June or July. I am currently calling it the repeal referendum, as are many people, despite the fact we have no clear indication if we will actually be asked whether we want to repeal anything or not …” (more)

[Annie Hoey, University Times, 2 August]

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Ranking Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on August 2nd, 2017 by steve

International“Hobsons, the education technology company, has produced a ranking of global university rankings. The information provided is very limited and I hope there will be more in a while …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 2 August]

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Women in STEM: a better way

Posted in Governance and administration on August 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“One of our summer duties in DCU is to visit our students who are out on work placement – what we call our INTRA programme. I generally find it to be an interesting experience especially when I visit the big multinational pharma companies …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 2 August]

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Brexit sparks surge in foreign applicants for Irish universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have recorded a surge in applications from international students which academics say is linked to uncertainty over Brexit and the election of US president Donald Trump …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 August]

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Founding UL president ‘inundated’ with support over Cowen doctorate protest

Posted in Governance and administration on August 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The founding president of the University of Limerick said he has been ‘inundated’ with letters of support since he announced his intention to hand back his honorary doctorate in protest over former Taoiseach Brian Cowen receiving the same honour. Dr Edward Walsh said that the honorary doctorate bestowed upon Mr Cowen, which has attracted widespread public criticism, was a ‘monumental faux pas’ …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 1 August]

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