Crow’s Nest site is being cleared ahead of student apartment development

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

Ireland“Preparatory work began yesterday at the Crow’s Nest site at Victoria Cross as crews gear up to begin construction on a new student development. Work has been undertaken in recent days to clear the site which is expected to house more than 200 student beds when completed …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 13 November]

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University Status Applications – Waterford IT

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

IrelandRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the application by Waterford Institute of Technology for university status …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 November]

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Third Level Funding

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

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the investment made in public and private higher education as a proportion of national income, that is GDP and GNI; the way in which this compares to key competitor countries such as the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 November]

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Belfield Papers: DPO Investigates Potential Data Breach

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The UCD Data Protection Office (DPO) is internally investigating into highly sensitive documents recently discovered to be open to student access. The DPO has said they are ‘following the standard university incident management procedure’, in response to the allegations. The College Tribune has contacted the Data Protection Commission (DPC) regarding the incident …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 13 November]

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DkIT and TUI must meet to discuss strategic future of the Institute – Gerry Adams TD

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD for Louth Gerry Adams and Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú have called for talks between DkIT and the TUI. Deputy Adams commented following recent media coverage which suggests possible industrial action by TUI members at DkIT. Gerry Adams said: …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 12 November]

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UL a priceless engine of social and economic development

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

Ireland“Sometimes to see something’s importance, you must imagine its lack. Imagine the University of Limerick was never fought for by a group of committed activists. Imagine the university was never developed over four decades by a group of visionary academics and administrators. Imagine the university was never there, just another series of housing estates in Castletroy, catering for the middle classes of the region. What potential would we have lost? …” (more)

[Stephen Kinsella, Limerick Leader, 12 November]

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Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD calls for Minister to engage with DkIT staff

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has called on Minister for State Mary Mitchell O’Connor and DkIT management to engage with staff in the coming days in order to avoid next weeks strike action. Teachta Ó Laoghaire said: …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 12 November]

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DkIT Disappointed in TUI’s Decision to Embark on Industrial Action Next Week

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

Ireland“Dundalk Institute of Technology say they are disappointed in the Teachers’ Union of Ireland’s decision to embark on industrial action next week. Strike action by lecturers and researchers will commence on Tuesday November 19th after they recently voted 99.1% in favour of industrial action in a dispute revolving around a lack of meaningful consultation on the Institute’s strategic future, and a proposed new ‘fifth school’ that the TUI claims violates national and local agreements …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 12 November]

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Plans lodged for €25m STEM building at GMIT

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

Ireland“A planning application has been lodged at City Hall for a new four-storey building at GMIT to house the schools of science, computing and engineering. The €25m project is part of the college’s plan to achieve Technological University status …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 10 November]

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Sensitive Documents Kept in UCD Student Centre Open to Student Access

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A storage room in University College Dublin’s (UCD) student centre, which houses files containing sensitive information on staff and students, has been found to be open to student access in a potentially major data protection breach, the College Tribune has reported …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 11 November]

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Offer to house Lyric FM in UL by the university’s president still stands

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

Ireland“The offer to house classical radio station Lyric FM in the University of Limerick by its president still stands, Independent.ie understands. The president of the University of Limerick (UL) wrote to RTÉ’s director general offering to house Lyric FM in an attempt to save the classical radio station in September …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 11 November]

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Cork students availing of food bank on weekly basis

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

Ireland“Up to 20 students at University College Cork are availing of a food bank service on a weekly basis. The UCC Students’ Union founded the food bank in response to the financial hardships expressed by students due to rising rents and static levels of student grant aid …” (more)

[Marian O’Flaherty, RTÉ News, 11 November]

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Lecturers in Dundalk Institute of Technology announce one-day strike

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

Ireland“Lecturers in Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) have announced a one-day strike for Tuesday November 19 as tensions rise ahead of the publication of a new strategic plan for the college. It follows a 99% vote in favour of industrial action by members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI). DkIT is finalising a new strategic plan, to run from 2020 to 2022 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 November]

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Minister Joe McHugh accused of having ‘no vision or direction’ for third-level funding shortages

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

Ireland“Minister Joe McHugh has been accused of stonewalling an Oireachtas Committee for a year-and-a-half on the future of third-level education. The chair of the Education Committee has said the funding crisis at third-level is being ignored by the Government, which has yet to start value-for-money report on the three proposed funding options for higher education …” (more)

[Elaine Loughlin, BreakingNews.ie, 11 November]

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A Good Move for Gender Equality, Overshadowed by Questions of Method and Motive

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

Ireland“Questions remain about the process by which College appointed its new associate vice-provost for equality, diversity and inclusion. At the beginning of the summer, this Editorial Board wrote in glowing terms about Provost Patrick Prendergast’s introspective address at the launch of the Systemic Action for Gender Equality (SAGE) charter …” (more)

[University Times, 10 November]

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University of Limerick offered to accommodate RTÉ Lyric FM on-campus

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

Ireland“The President of UL wrote to RTÉ’s director general, offering to ‘help sustain’ Lyric FM and accommodate the station on campus, in late September, the Leader can exclusively reveal. Last week, RTÉ revealed that it will be shutting down its Limerick studios in 2020, and will split Lyric FM between Cork and Dublin, a move which has been criticised by politicians, public and staff …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 11 November]

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Canonisation of UCD Founder Sparks Contention on Campus

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

Ireland“On the 13th of October in a ceremony in Rome attended by Prince Charles, Education Minister Joe McHugh and tens of thousands of pilgrims UCD’s founder John Henry Newman was canonised by Pope Francis. A so-called traitor to England, Newman has now been acclaimed by the heir of his country’s throne and is a respected as a beloved saint across the Catholic world …” (more)

[Adam O’Sullivan, College Tribune, 11 November]

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University of Limerick’s original trailblazer looks back with pride, 50 years on

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

Ireland“At just 29, he seemed absurdly young to be given the job of leading Limerick towards university status – but anyone underestimating Ed Walsh was mistaken. Before we sit down to talk, he shows me around his period residence a couple of miles outside Newport …” (more)

[Alan English, Limerick Leader, 10 November]

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Ed Walsh admits ruthlessly rejecting proposals to increase UL presence in Limerick city

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

Ireland“The founding president of the University of Limerick, Dr Ed Walsh, has said he was ‘ruthless’ in rejecting any proposals for a UL presence in Limerick city because he was determined to build up the campus in Plassey. Last week, UL finally unveiled its first base in the city centre, the former Dunnes Stores site on Sarsfield Street …” (more)

[Alan English, Limerick Leader, 9 November]

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Groundhog Day At The Department Of Education As Govt Re-Announce Third Level Funding

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

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education, Thomas Byrne has said the constant re-announcement of funding for projects is raising false hopes for third level education. His comments come as the Government held yet another glossy launch for its Human Capital Initiative, a project first announced in 2018 …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 9 November]

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