Dublin City Council orders redesign of DIT Grangegorman student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Development plans to increase student accommodation near the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Grangegorman campus have been criticised by Dublin City Council (DCC). The council has rejected two development plans and requested their redesign, arguing they could cause disruption for residents and commuters in the area …” (more)

[Conn de Barra, Trinity News, 23 March]

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Implications of Brexit for the Irish Educational System: Discussion

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2017 by steve

IrelandFiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): Everybody is in situ. This part of the meeting involves a discussion on the possible impact of Brexit on the Irish educational system. We will have the opportunity to listen to the views of stakeholders in this very important area. I took the opportunity over the weekend to look at statistics regarding Irish students abroad. In 2016, 12,000 Irish students studied in the UK while 2,000 studied in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills, 21 March]

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Student Accommodation: Private Purpose Built Units

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the disparity between rents being charged in private purpose built student accommodation (details supplied) and the average rent which DIT estimate students currently pay, which is €348 per month; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 March]

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Institutes of Technology: Mayo campus of GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandLisa Chambers (Mayo, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will allocate direct once-off funding to the Mayo campus in Castlebar of Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, similar to the Killybegs campus in Donegal to the tune of €3 million, in order that the Mayo campus can invest in developing new courses …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 March]

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Third Level Institutions Mergers: Waterford IT and Carlow IT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to progress in talks between Waterford Institute of Technology and Carlow Institute of Technology regarding the proposed merger of the two third level institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 March]

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Higher Education Institutions: Employer’s Contribution

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to outline his plans to increase the employer’s contribution to higher education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 March]

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Save Mayo GMIT campaigners considering general election move

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Campaigners involved in rescuing the Mayo GMIT campus from further decline and possible closure are lining up a candidate to run in the next general election, The Connaught Telegraph has learned …” (more)

[Tom Kelly, Connaught Telegraph, 22 March]

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IFUT to Ballot Members Over Joining Strike Action

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) is to ballot its Trinity members on strike action, following the College’s decision to no longer offer permanent contracts or promotions to support and administrative staff …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 22 March]

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LIT president excited about potential ‘knowledge corridor’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“President of LIT, Professor Vincent Cunnane has welcomed proposals for the new Northern Distributor Road, stating that it will make Limerick ‘a better place to live’. Making his first public comment on the planned development to the region, Professor Cunnane said …” (more)

[Simon Bourke, Limerick Post, 22 March]

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NUI Galway renames engineering building after first female engineering graduate

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway have renamed their engineering building this week after the first woman in Ireland and the UK who earned an engineering degree. The Engineering building was renamed the Alice Perry Engineering Building this week. Alice Perry earned a degree in engineering in 1906, graduating from Queen’s College Galway …” (more)

[Sorcha O’Connor, Independent, 22 March]

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How scholars at one UK institution are reclaiming their university

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2017 by steve

“We are living through an epochal moment in the history of universities. The ideals of progressive enlightenment that carried them through past centuries have all but collapsed, along with the once hegemonic powers that sustained their academic legitimacy …” (more)

[Tim Ingold, Times Higher Education, 21 March]

Provost moves out of 1 Grafton Street due to Luas works

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has moved from 1 Grafton Street into a city centre apartment in Dublin 2 to escape the noise of the ongoing Luas Cross City construction works. The move to the College owned property occurred just before Christmas and is being financed by Trinity …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 21 March]

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Hatred, Division and the University

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2017 by steve

“Although I am not a citizen of The Netherlands, I am relieved that Geert Wilders will not be the next prime minister there. I found his anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant rhetoric reprehensible. Likewise, I hope that Marine Le Pen will fail in her election bid to become France’s next president …” (more)

[Liz Reisberg, Inside Higher Ed, 21 March]

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Higher education ‘can thrive in Ireland after UK exit’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Brexit represents a major opportunity for Ireland’s higher education system, provided it gets the necessary State supports. The potential benefits include attracting more investment for research, more foreign students and more quality academics, but it will require investment and the right initiatives, the Oireachtas Education Committee was told …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 March]

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Our Attitudes Towards Gender Inequality in Education are Excluding the Issues of Men and Boys

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Much has been said in recent times about the need for gender equality education in Ireland. For third-level institutions, the discussion tends to focus on the dearth of women and girls in technical fields such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and their underrepresentation in the upper echelons of universities …” (more)

[James Behan, University Times, 20 March]

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Fake universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2017 by steve

“We have all had to get accustomed to ‘fake news’, but we should also pay attention to the rise of fake universities. For those who think this is a minor issue, the global statistics do not support them. It is a feature both of developing and developed countries, and it is surprisingly difficult to police …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 21 March]

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Dublin planners raise concerns over DIT student digs

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City Council has raised ‘serious concerns’ about the potential overconcentration of student accommodation surrounding the new DIT Grangegorman campus. Council planners have sent two major schemes, which would provide housing for almost 1,000 students within a few minutes’ walk of the campus …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 20 March]

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The ten smartest university rankings in the world (or lists if you want to be pedantic)

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2017 by steve

International“Paul Greatrix at Wonk HE has just published a list of the ten dumbest rankings in the world. Some I would agree with but the choice of others seems a little odd. He objects to U-Multirank because it is expensive which is unfair when you consider the money that universities are spending on summits, consultancies, audits, ranking task forces and the like …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 20 March]

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Collision course on public sector hours issue

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“While the restoration of pay will be a priority for public sector workers, many employees say getting back hours is equally important and will be a ‘major issue’ in the renegotiation of the Lansdowne Road Agreement. It comes after Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Paschal Donohoe laid down a marker, making it clear the additional hours secured in the Haddington Road Agreement ‘remain critical to enabling us to meet increased demand in frontline service areas and to improve services to the public generally’ …” (more)

[Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 20 March]

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UCC is planning a €100m expansion to draw thousands of extra students

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork is planning a major expansion of its business school in a €100 million project that it hopes will leave the institution recognised as one of the world’s top academies …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 March]

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