Colleges’ reliance on the fees from foreign students laid bare

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The growing reliance of Irish third-level colleges on fees from foreign students and other non-State funding is laid bare in a new report out today. Third-level enrolments hit a record high of 232,000 in 2017/18, including 17,237 non-EU students, according to data from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 January]

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Self Assessments

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“My first batch of examination marking having been completed satisfactorily and my next paper not taking place until the weekend (Saturday morning, to be precise), I naively hoped that I could devote myself to research for a few days this week as I am behind schedule in completing a couple of papers …” (more)

[In the Dark, 17 January]

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College to Spend €860,000 on Rubrics Refurbishment

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has plans to spend €860,000 on a refurbishment of the Rubrics and the Chief Steward’s House as part of a range of works on the College’s historic accommodation buildings. The oldest building on campus, dating back to 1699, the Rubrics will be renovated ‘for residential and support uses’, according to a public tender seeking a design team …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 17 January]

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Universities can do more to support their disabled students

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2019 by steve

“Going to university is no longer the preserve of a privileged few. Thanks to successive reforms under this government, including a generous student finance system and the abolition of student number controls, anyone who aspires to a higher education can achieve it …” (more)

[Chris Skidmore, Guardian, 17 January]

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Appointment as Chairperson to the Board of Science Foundation Ireland

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

Ireland“The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for the position of Chairperson of the Board of Science Foundation Ireland. The ideal candidate for the position should demonstrate in their application evidence of: a proven record of achievement at an appropriately senior level that demonstrates the necessary vision, leadership and management skills, as well as personal resilience; prior experience of Board membership or of Chairing a Board …” (more)

[StateBoards.ie, 16 January]

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Merger between IT Tralee and CIT cost over €8.5 million to the end of 2017

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

Ireland“The merger between IT Tralee and CIT cost over €8.5 million to the end of 2017. The project to merge the Institute of Technology Tralee and the Cork Institute of Technology, which first began in 2009, is currently ongoing, with a view to enrolling the first students in September of this year …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 16 January]

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UCC to examine its ties with James Watson

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

Ireland“The possibility of removing a Nobel Prize winner’s name from a building at University College Cork is to be discussed at a meeting in the coming weeks. UCC could cut ties with Dr James Watson, who helped discover the structure of DNA, over ‘racist’ comments, following a meeting of the governing body in the coming weeks …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 15 January]

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Squaring the circle of public-service pay a perennial challenge

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

Ireland“A former chairman of the Labour Court once recounted to me in considerable detail how a pay rise gained by a clerical grade in a public body spiralled out across equivalent public-service grades until it ended up being applied to the pay of members of the choir in Bunratty Castle …” (more)

[Bill Roche, Irish Times, 16 January]

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Sindy Joyce is first Traveller to graduate with a PhD in Ireland

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

Ireland“A Co Limerick woman who has become the first Traveller in Ireland to graduate with a PhD, said she has ‘mixed emotions’ about the accolade, as it reminded her of the Traveller community’s long struggle in accessing education …” (more)

[David Raleigh, Irish Times, 15 January]

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City Council Calls for Provision of Publicly-Funded Student Accommodation

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

Ireland“Galway City Council is to call for the provision of purpose built, publicly funded student accommodation. Councillors unanimously passed a motion at a meeting of the local authority last evening …” (more)

[GBFM News, 15 January]

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University switches off social media to help student well-being

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

“A university is switching off all its social media channels for a few days as an example to encourage its students to try their own ‘digital detox’. De Montfort University, in Leicester, wants to highlight how ‘unrestrained social media use’ can be harmful to the mental health of young people …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 15 January]

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Ministers McHugh and Halligan announce competitive call for Springboard+ 2019

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

Ireland“Focus on skills for the workplace of the future. The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD together with the Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, John Halligan TD today issued a competitive call to all higher education providers for course proposals which will be funded under Springboard+ 2019 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 14 January]

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USI welcomes €1 million additional funding to Student Assistance Fund

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister of Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today announced an additional €1 million is being/has been allocated to the Student Assistance Fund (SAF) for Professional Master of Education (PME) students who are experiencing financial difficulty …” (more)

[USI, 14 January]

Can Economics Fix Its Gender-Imbalance Problem? It’ll Take More Than Research, Women Say

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

“Erin K Fletcher, an economist with the global, nonprofit health-and-education organization Results for Development, feels so strongly about her field’s problem with sexism that she left academe. Fletcher was one of many women who spoke out last week at the American Economic Association’s annual meeting, in Atlanta …” (more)

[Lily Jackson, Chronicle of Higher Education, 11 January]

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A Few More Entrances on Pearse St Won’t Rid Trinity of its Walled-Off Image

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

Ireland“Trinity has long aspired to break free from the notion that it’s an intimidating, inaccessible institution. That its campus is quite literally walled off from the hustle and bustle of the city undoubtedly contributes to this image. Though the upsurge in tourism of the past few years has brought hordes of new visitors through Front Gate, many Dubliners have never even stepped foot in the College …” (more)

[University Times, 14 January]

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Employers rate further education graduates as highly as college graduates

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

Ireland“Graduates from apprenticeships and Post-Leaving Cert (PLC) courses are rated as highly as graduates from universities and third-level colleges, according to a major new study. The findings are contained in a survey of more than 700 employers carried out last year by education authorities, which is due to be published soon …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 January]

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Student teachers to receive financial aid for training costs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Student teachers who are struggling with the cost of tuition fees and unpaid school placements are being given access to ring-fenced financial assistance. Minister for Education Joe McHugh has announced that an additional €1 million is being allocated to the Student Assistance Fund for students completing professional Masters of Education courses …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 January]

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Facing up to the Existence of the Jerk

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

“As stories of harassment and bullying multiply in the media (social and otherwise), it is worth thinking about what it is in management and leadership that lets situations get out of hand. Too often I hear the phrase that someone is ‘on the spectrum’ provided as a rationale for why they aren’t too good at interpersonal relationships within a lab or team …” (more)

[Athene Donald’s Blog, 13 January]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor appoints mediator for the English Language Education Sector

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

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, has today appointed the former General Secretary of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI), Mr Patrick King, to work with relevant stakeholders to explore the potential to address some of the employment related issues that have arisen in the English language education sector …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 13 January]

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Where does prestige come from?: Age, IQ, research or money?

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

International“Prestige is a wonderful thing. Universities use it to attract capable students, prolific researchers, grants and awards and, of course, to rise in the global rankings. This post was inspired by a series of tweets that started with a claim that the prestige of universities was dependent on student IQ …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 12 January]

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