A Higher Education Department is Welcome. Its Business-Oriented Slant May Not Be

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“With the formation of a new Cabinet, higher education in Ireland went from being a near-afterthought of most politicians to centre stage – almost overnight. The sector now has its own dedicated department – the Department of Higher and Further Education, Research Innovation and Science – headed by Simon Harris, the outgoing health minister and one of the most high-profile politicians in the country …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 1 July]

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Niall Collins Appointed Minister of State in Higher Education Department

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins has tonight been appointed as a minister of state in the newly created Department of Higher Education. In a tweet tonight, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris welcomed Collins, saying that he was ‘looking forward to working with the new Minister of State as we create our new Department’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 1 July]

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TDs and senators will get their 2% pay rise this year

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“TDs, senators and the public service workforce are set for a 2% pay rise in October, the new Expenditure Minister has signalled. Michael McGrath indicated that the Government will honour the wage increase due under a pay deal …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 1 July]

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TU Dublin is planning September return to campus

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“TU Dublin, one of the largest universities in the country, is finalising plans and adjustments for September return to campus. TU Dublin has over 28,000 full-time and part-time students – including apprentices, undergraduates, and postgraduates – on campuses in Blanchardstown and Tallaght, and in the city centre in Grangegorman, Aungier Street, and Bolton Street …” (more)

[Education Matters, 1 July]

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Hundreds of RCSI medical students to use Croke Park as new satellite campus

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of medical students are to use Croke Park as a make-shift college campus over the coming academic year to allow them to learn while social distancing. The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) has signed a deal with GAA headquarters to allow 650 students will use event spaces and restaurants over a six-day week …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 July]

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Science and research

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The creation of a new department is to be welcomed, but the name – Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science – is problematic and potentially divisive …” (more)

[Daniel Carey, Irish Times, 1 July]

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As Autumn Exchanges Remain Cancelled, UCD Prepares for Incoming Internationals

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“International students will be welcomed to University College Dublin (UCD) for the autumn trimester, while all autumn exchange programmes for UCD students remain cancelled. There will also be no charge for incoming international students on-campus for the first 21 days …” (more)

[Brigid Molloy, College Tribune, 30 June]

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International students told to bring sufficient toiletries and clean clothes for 14 day isolation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College has asked overseas students that are required to self-isolate to arrive in September with sufficient ‘personal toiletries and medicines’ for the two week isolation period, as well having ‘sufficient clean clothes’, as they will not be provided with individual laundry services during the isolation period …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 30 June]

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Technological University plans for South East hinge on new government

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Plans for a new Technological University for the South East will have to be pursued by the new government. That’s according to Ray Cullen, the Head of Tourism and Hospitality for Waterford IT …” (more)

[Shauna McHugh, KCLR, 30 June]

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How the New Department of Higher Education Will Affect Students

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“With the formation of a new government comes the announcement of the new Department for Higher Education, Innovation and Science. Simon Harris, Fine Gael TD for Wicklow is now to take the position of a dedicated Minister for Higher Education, meaning the sector will have a full-time seat at the government table. This is a major development from the previous incarnation of the job, a junior position under the Department of Education …” (more)

[Ann Jaffray, College Tribune, 30 June]

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‘Positive meeting’ between Provost, IUA and Simon Harris on future of new higher education department

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education, Innovation and Science Simon Harris met with the Irish Universities’ Association (IUA) and Provost Patrick Prendergast on Tuesday morning to discuss the future of the new higher education department following the appointment of the new government Cabinet at the weekend …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 30 June]

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Derry MLA questions decision to award Ulster University £25m grant

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

“‘It is odd that this decision can apparently be taken so easily and quickly, when funding requests for the Magee campus are repeatedly delayed and subjected to intensive scrutiny.’ A Derry MLA has criticised a decision to award Ulster University a grant of £25m. SDLP MLA Sinead McLaughlin said …” (more)

[Derry Now, 30 June]

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UCD response to National Sexual Experience Survey

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Many universities from across the country have issued responses following a recent survey highlighting the prevalence of non-consensual sexual experiences among university students. In light of the report, several representatives of University College Dublin’s staff and Students Union have acknowledged the universities acute awareness of this issue, and the importance of working to tackle it …” (more)

[Gemma Farrell, College Tribune, 30 June]

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Trinity Business School ranked best in Europe for gender balance

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In the 2020 Executive MBA rankings produced by the Economist today, the Trinity Business School has risen to 11th in Europe and 4th across the UK and Ireland. The business school ranked first in Ireland, and scored in the top five places for gender diversity …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 29 June]

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Colleges have ‘no record’ of sexual violence despite alarming survey results

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Colleges and universities in Ireland do not know how much sexual violence is happening on their campuses, despite evidence that one in three female students has been forced or coerced into having sex …” (more)

[Ellen Coyne, Independent, 30 June]

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Further Education to be Under Remit of Higher Education Minister, says Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Further education will be under the remit of the Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris, the newly appointed minister announced today. In a tweet this morning, Harris said he was looking forward to creating a Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science that will ‘drive inclusion and equality in further and higher education’, dispelling speculation over whether further education would be included in his responsibilities …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 29 June]

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Will the new Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science make any difference?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The decision by the Taoiseach and Tánaiste to create a new Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science has been universally welcomed across the higher education sector. The view seems to be that this decision is evidence that Government is finally taking the sector seriously and many are hoping for more funding not, just for education but also for research, especially ‘basic research’ …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 29 June]

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IFUT welcomes new Cabinet Minister for Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has warmly welcomed the creation of a new Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science in the new government. Joan Donegan, General Secretary of IFUT, said the creation of the new Department reflects a decision by the government to address the fact that, over the past decade, higher education and research had very much become the ‘cinderella’ within the overall education system …” (more)

[IFUT, 28 June]

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New Higher Education Department Will Have an ‘Economic Focus’, says Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The new department of higher and further education, innovation and research will have an ‘economic focus’ and will ‘drive investment to our country’, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 29 June]

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Limerick college condemns ‘vile video containing racist slurs’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Mary Immaculate College has condemned a ‘vile video’ that has appeared on social media and are investigating if any of their students have been involved. This Sunday, the college issued a statement: ‘A vile video containing racist slurs has been brought to our attention. Mary Immaculate College regards the content as despicable and will proceed to determine if there has been MIC student involvement’ …” (more)

[Donal O’Regan, Limerick Leader, 28 June]

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