How many indicators do university rankings need?

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

International“The number of indicators used in international university rankings varies a lot. At one extreme we have the Russian Round University Rankings (RUR), which have 20 indicators. At the other, Nature Index and Reuters Top 100 Innovative Universities have just one …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 18 October]

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AIT technological university status in view as vision in sight

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

Ireland“The aspirational quest to attain technological university status at Athlone Institute of Technology advanced this week with the allocation of additional Government funding aimed at facilitating the ultimate goal of the third level educational establishment …” (more)

[Ronan Fagan, Athlone Advertiser, 18 October]

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HEA boss quit over his ‘serious concerns’ on funding issues

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

Ireland“The outgoing boss of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) quit amid ‘serious concerns’, including a claim there has been a failure to resolve funding issues in the sector. HEA chief executive Dr Graham Love announced his shock decision to resign in August after less than 18 months in the job …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 18 October]

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Third Level Quality Assurance Compliance

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

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which third level education requires ongoing assessment and updating in line with best practice internationally in order to ensure the ability of graduates to compete internationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 October]

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DCU students campaigning to prevent deportation of student

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

Ireland“Students at Dublin City University have begun a campaign on social media to prevent the deportation of an asylum seeker student at the college. According to the college’s students’ union, Shepherd Machaya has been issued with a deportation order which requires him to leave the state by next Sunday …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 18 October]

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15% of students admit to buying essays. What can universities do about it?

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

“New research on plagiarism at university has revealed students are surprisingly unconcerned about a practice known as ‘contract cheating’. The term ‘contract cheating’ was coined in 2006, and describes students paying for completed assessments. At that time, concerns over the outsourcing of assessments were in their infancy, but today, contract cheating is big business …” (more)

[Jedidiah Evans, The Conversation, 18 October]

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DCU students demand society resignations after ‘explicit acts’ row

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

Ireland“A group of DCU societies have called for the resignation of executive committee members of the Accounting & Finance (A&F) society after some of its members engaged in explicit frat-style games …” (more)

[Ryan Nugent, Herald, 18 October]

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Students turning to grind schools due to teacher shortage ‘crisis’

Posted in Teaching on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A shortage of qualified teachers is forcing students to turn to grind schools in greater numbers, deepening the divide between the haves and have-nots in society, school principals say. Mary Keane, president of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, says a ‘staffing crisis’ means many schools have opened this year without a full complement of qualified staff …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 October]

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Facebook defends role in project to tackle online bullying

Posted in Research on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Facebook has defended its role in a new campaign to provide anti-bullying and online safety training in every secondary school in Ireland. The social media firm has been at the centre of allegations that it is not doing enough to moderate harmful and illegal content …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 October]

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USI supports DITSU campaign to prevent Library closures

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) expresses its support and solidarity with Dublin Institute of Technology Students’ Union (DITSU) as they protest the severe and recurrent staffing shortages across their college, which have now had a hugely detrimental impact on library opening hours …” (more)

[USI, 17 October]

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DCU says €330k Facebook sponsorship deal does not compromise independence of its research

Posted in Research on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) says a €330,000 sponsorship deal with Facebook for an online safety training programme for parents and teachers does not compromise the independence of its research work. The three-year initiative, led by National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre (ABC) at DCU, will offer training to teachers and parents of 12-17-year-olds in every post-primary school in the country, starting in January …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 October]

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DCU students may face disciplinary action after frat-style games involving ‘nude acts’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“DCU has initiated a process under its ‘Student Code of Conduct and Discipline’ with a view to potential disciplinary action in relation to reports of ‘grossly inappropriate behaviour at a meeting of the Accounting and Finance student society’. In a statement, DCU pointed to a clause in the code of conduct, which states that ‘students must conduct themselves in such a way as not to bring themselves or the University into disrepute’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Ian Begley, Independent, 17 October]

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Deeks Responds to Common Room Complaints

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

Ireland“UCD President Andrew Deeks has responded to the complaints raised by the Common Room Club in comments to the Tribune. President Deeks said that while he understood the complaints of the Common Room members, he has received a measure of support from a number of staff members for the new UCD Club currently under construction …” (more)

[College Tribune, 17 October]

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‘People were incredibly uncomfortable in that room’: USI cannot condone ‘hazing’ event at DCU

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has said it can’t condone the targeting of first year students for a ‘number of very ridiculous stunts’ at a meeting of the Accounting and Finance Society (A&F). A&F has been banned from hosting social events this semester …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 17 October]

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Organisers of ‘hazing’ event in DCU to attend respect and dignity training

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

Ireland“Organisers of a ‘hazing’-type student society event are to attend respect and dignity training at Dublin City University. The college has suspended all social activities by the Accounting & Finance Society for the rest of the term because of ‘misconduct’ at the October 4 event …” (more)

[Niall Murrary, Breaking News, 17 October]

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Trinity rises in Social Science and Education rankings

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

Ireland“Trinity has risen 23 places in Education in the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) subject rankings, from 99 last year to 76 in the latest rankings released today. Trinity also saw a rise in its Social Sciences rankings, climbing up the ranks from 126-150 to 101-125.­ Its position in the Business and Economics rankings has remained stable in the 151-175 bracket …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 17 October]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor underlines 20% increase in investment levels in Higher Education in three years since 2016 following announcements in Budget 2019 while launching Maynooth University Strategic Plan 2018 – 2022

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

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, speaking this morning in Maynooth University highlighted her role in securing agreement in the recent Budget for the €300m multiannual Human Capital Initiative (HCI) for Higher Education (HE) …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 October]

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Public servants to work until 70 amid spiralling pensions

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

Ireland“Teachers, university lecturers, and other key public servants will be asked to work until they are 70 in a bid to cut back on spiralling pension costs and to shore up staff gaps in vital frontline services. Cabinet signed off on the move at its weekly meeting yesterday after the plan was put forward by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 17 October]

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Hundreds of Chinese students to graduate through Maynooth University venture

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has announced a partnership with a major Chinese university which will see 1,200 Chinese science and engineering students graduate with its qualifications over the coming years. The alliance, designed to grow Maynooth’s number of postgraduate students by 60% over the next five years, will see it establish a joint international college of engineering with Fuzhou University in Fujian province …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 October]

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Pro-Palestine protesters confront UK’s Israeli ambassador in Belfast

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

“There were angry scenes as pro-Palestinian protesters confronted the UK’s Israeli ambassador at Queen’s University in Belfast. A protester was restrained as several attempted to follow Mark Regev’s car as he left the historic institution following a visit to speak to students …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 16 October]

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