WIT and ITC Staff Set to Strike

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) members at Waterford and Carlow Institutes of Technology have voted in favour of industrial action, citing a ‘lack of engagement’ from management at both ITs regarding the pending application for Technological University (TU) status. In a joint statement released on Monday, both TUI spokespersons said the action had won ‘overwhelming support’ less than two weeks before WIT and ITC is due to submit its TU application …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 19 September]

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Public Consultation on Regeneration of Nuns’ Island in the City to Begin Next Month

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway and Galway City Council have taken the next step in their plan to regenerate the Nuns’ Island area of the city. The university announced today that planning consultants BDP have been appointed to assist in drafting a plan of action for the redevelopment of the area …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 18 September]

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The value of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The director of the Irish Universities Association’s letter on the value of higher education deserves some comment (September 17th). It is true to say that Ireland’s spend on higher education is the second lowest in the EU but only if that spend is expressed as a percentage of GDP …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 19 September]

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Planning permission granted for phase two of IT Carlow’s new sports campus

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“IT Carlow has been granted planning permission for phase two of its new sports campus. The permission is for the second phase of the Institute’s sports pitches development …” (more)

[Edwina Grace, KCLR, 18 September]

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Lecturers at WIT and IT Carlow vote in favour of industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Academic staff at Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow have voted in favour of industrial action. It’s over management plans to submit an application for Technological University designation at the end of this month …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 18 September]

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Bathroom at the University of Limerick vandalised with ‘transphobic graffiti’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A formal complaint has been received by the University of Limerick after the words ‘mental-illness’ were carved into the sign of a gender-neutral bathroom on campus …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 18 September]

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Lecturers at WIT and IT Carlow set to take industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers at Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow are to take industrial action. The academic staff at both colleges who are members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland have voted for a work-to-rule over management plans to apply for Technological University designation …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 18 September]

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Archibald writes to universities and further education colleges on cyber protections

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

“Speaking after reports that universities and further education colleges in the north suffered 16 serious cyber-attacks in 2017/18 Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald said: ‘The findings by Jisc (the organisation which provides digital infrastructure and services to universities and colleges) that there has been an increase in the number of cyber-attacks on universities and further education colleges in the north in the past year is very concerning …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 18 September]

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UCD Common Room Members to Boycott New €14m Club

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Members of the UCD Common Room Club based in the Newman Building are considering a boycott action against the new Club, currently under construction in response to plans to close the Common Room at the end of this semester. The Club which will cost €14 million to complete as is intended only for staff, donors and corporate guests has been a source of controversy recently on campus …” (more)

[Aaron Bowman, College Tribune, 18 September]

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The Charter for Irish Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The IUA have been out in force what with the launch of Ireland’s Future Talent – A Charter for Irish Universities. The campaign started with this letter to the Irish Times. In the letter, the Director General of the IUA (Jim Miley) repeated the oft-stated point that state funding for Ireland’s higher education is the second lowest in the EU. This is true but only if that spend is expressed as a percentage of our notoriously inflated GDP …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 18 September]

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Belfast Holylands residents ‘hostages in own homes’ due to anti-social students

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

“Residents in Belfast’s Holylands who say that they are virtual prisoners in their own homes due to student mayhem fear there is no end in sight to the ongoing problem. Sunday marked the start of Freshers’ Week at Queen’s University, with those who live in the south Belfast ‘student land’ saying they are being held hostage to hooliganism …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 18 September]

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Student accommodation firm with Irish project installed ‘unsafe’ balconies in Sweden

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A Swedish student accommodation prodiver with plans to bring 700 bed spaces on to the Irish market at their site in Sandyford has built balconies which are unsafe and not fit for purpose at a student accommodation development in Stockholm …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 18 September]

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Belfast nightclub’s 60p drinks offer for students condemned

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

“A Belfast nightclub has come under fire for a student night drinks promotion offering bottles, spirits, mixers and shots for as little as 60p each. Aiming to cash in as university students return to the city after the summer break, Fourteen in Tomb Street launched the ‘666’ promotion last night – a day after drunken students wreaked havoc around the Holylands at the start of Freshers Week …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 18 September]

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Rising numbers and cuts to funding push universities into ‘danger zone’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The twin pressures of funding cuts and growing student numbers sees Ireland’s university system classed as being in the ‘danger’ zone, according to an analysis by the European Universities Association (EUA). Ireland is rated with Iceland and Croatia as in the most perilous position in terms of public funding, in a review of 34 European countries and regions in the EUA Public Funding Observatory 2017 report …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 September]

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Irish universities must be ‘freed from the grinding levers of State control’ if they are to compete with the best in Europe – IUA Chief

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities say they must be ‘freed from the grinding levers of State control’ if they are to compete with the best in Europe. The call has come as the country’s seven universities launched a joint Charter, their first ever, in which they commit to transforming capability and performance across the sector …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 September]

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Why we need more women at the top of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The recent rush to balance the university books in order to demonstrate the existence of gender equality has, not surprisingly, proved more complex than many in leadership positions (mainly men) originally envisaged. An economic imperative, whereby funding for universities is now linked to diversity targets, has contributed to the sudden enlightenment regarding the importance of gender equality within the higher educational landscape …” (more)

[Judith Harford, Irish Times, 17 September]

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Divisions emerge over private €14m staff club at UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There are divisions between college management and academics in University College Dublin over a new private club for staff on the south Dublin campus. The construction of the University Club, which will not be open to students, was approved at the university’s governing authority board meeting last December. The development will serve as a clubhouse and restaurant for staff, alumni, and visiting guests or dignitaries …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 18 September]

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Colleges call for flexibility to meet staffing targets

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Universities insist they need greater flexibility around staffing and more public money to deliver the changes needed to meet the Government’s ambitions for the education system. A six-point charter launched by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) commits the seven colleges to delivering on Government aspirations to have Europe’s best education system by 2026 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 18 September]

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At Charter Launch, IUA Calls on Government to ‘Step Up’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) today called on the government to ‘step up to the challenge and match the ambition’ of Irish universities, at the launch of a charter designed to make Ireland’s education system the best in Europe by 2026. University autonomy was at the core of the charter, as well as student accessibility …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 17 September]

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Universities seek freedom from ‘grinding levers of State control’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities are seeking more freedom and flexibility to hire staff in order to compete with Europe’s top-performing colleges. The aims are contained in a new charter which the State’s seven universities say will underpin the future of third-level education …” (more)

[The Charter itself is here]
[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 September]

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