Amid Racism Uproar, Burkean’s Founders Call on Editor to Resign

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

Ireland“Founding members of conservative student publication the Burkean have called on the paper’s Editor, Michael O’Dwyer Connolly, to resign over an article he wrote that has been roundly condemned for promoting racism and eugenics …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 13 February]

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Leaving Cert grades linked to finishing college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students with higher Leaving grades and CAO points are significantly more likely to complete higher education than those with lower grades, according to a new report from the Higher Education Authority. The study, which tracked 34,059 full-time undergraduate students who entered Irish universities, institutes of technology and colleges in 2007 across ten years, found that the lowest completion rates were in computing courses, where 45% of students dropped out …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Examiner, 14 February]

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Additional Gardaí on duty for ‘Donegal Tuesday’

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

Ireland“Galway Gardai have an operations order in place today as students gather in their droves in the city for ‘Donegal Tuesday’. The annual event is held as part of unofficial Rag Week celebrations with students gathering at Eyre Street from early morning …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 12 February]

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Third Level Funding

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

IrelandBarry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the breakdown of the €15 million allocation for 2019 for a college (details supplied); the date in 2019 the project will commence; if this will be impacted by the cost overrun with the national children’s hospital; if he has been consulted by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 February]

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Intercession: UCD founder Newman to be made saint after ‘second miracle’

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

Ireland“Pope Francis will make Cardinal John Henry Newman, who was instrumental in founding the university that became UCD, a saint. The Pope has decided that Newman has committed two miracles. Newman was one of the highest-profile Anglicans to convert to Catholicism during the Victorian era …” (more)

[Dean Gray, Independent, 14 February]

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Sinn Féin puts Magee, A5 and CoDA at heart of Brexit plan

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

“Sinn Féin has called for the Irish government to commit funding for City of Derry Airport, the A5 and Magee University under its contingency planning for a ‘no deal’ Brexit …” (more)

[Kevin Mullan, Derry Journal, 13 February]

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Tech courses are toughest to finish in college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Technology and computing courses are proving to be the hardest to complete in college, a major new study has found. The report from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) also found that females had significantly higher completion of third-level courses than males. And first year is key – with almost two thirds of those who don’t graduate dropping out at that stage …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 February]

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Is it too easy to get into some third-level college courses?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Are we setting the bar too low for entry into some of our higher education courses? It’s a question begged by the findings of a major study by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) into the volume of students who are failing to complete third-level courses. The good news is that, overall, most students (76%) are completing their courses in higher education. …” (more)

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

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It should be possible to address pay disparity for teachers, TUI says

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

Ireland“The president of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) said if it was possible to sort out the nurses pay dispute then it should be possible to address the disparity in pay for teachers, he said. The nurses’ pay deal shows the Government was prepared to act in a crisis and ‘there is a crisis in teaching’, Seamus Lahart said …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 13 February]

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UCD founder Newman to be made a saint

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

Ireland“Cardinal John Henry Newman, the founder of what later became known as University College Dublin, is to be made a saint. The Vatican announced the decision after finding that a second miracle was due to the intercession of the Englishman who converted from Anglicanism to the Catholic faith …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 13 February]

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UCD confirms one student has been diagnosed with mumps

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

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has confirmed one of its students has been diagnosed with mumps and has issued health advice to its student body on Tuesday. It comes after a number of cases of the virus were diagnosed at Trinity College Dublin …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Minister says she’s still waiting on application for Technological University of the South East

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

Ireland“Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor says she is waiting for the application from WIT and IT Carlow, for a technological university in the South East. The application for Munster Technological University, was submitted yesterday. It looks likely to become the country’s second technological university after TU Dublin, which was established in January …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 13 February]

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Munster Technological University bid lodged

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

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) have submitted a formal application to become the Munster Technological University (MTU). If it all goes according to plan, MTU will become the country’s second technological university after TU Dublin, which was established in January …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 February]

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Calls For Minimum Standards And Guidelines On Grading Practices

Posted in Teaching on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Grading practices are fundamental to the university as an institution. After multiple interviews with UCD tutors citing a strong possibility of malpractice occurring within the UCD grading structure, the Tribune conducted an investigation into the matter …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 12 February]

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Unions issue warning to students as crowds multiply in city for Donegal Tuesday

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

Ireland“Students’ unions at NUI Galway and GMIT have issued a warning as revellers form queues at Eyre Street in the city for ‘Donegal Tuesday’. The annual event is held as part of unofficial Rag Week celebrations with students gathering at Eyre Street from early morning …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 12 February]

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Hard Brexit could put major pressure on ‘creaking’ third-level sector

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

Ireland“A crash-out Brexit could place significant pressure on the third-level education system as thousands of Irish students might have to study at home rather than in the UK, the Oireachtas education committee has heard. Up to 12,000 students from the Republic study in the UK, while about 2,000 attend third-level institutions in the North …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 February]

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The Burkean’s Mission Has Changed. Conservatives Are Right to Worry

Posted in Research on February 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Considerable publicity surrounded the launch of the Burkean this time last year. The announcement of a student publication backed by the godfather of Irish conservatism, Declan Ganley, immediately captured students’ attention …” (more)

[Matthew Murphy, University Times, 12 February]

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Concern over Queen’s University’s Saudi partnership

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

“Concerns have been raised over Queen’s University’s plans to enter a partnership with a Saudi Arabian university. The move will see a number of Queen’s academics provide training to staff at Princess Nourah Bint Abdulraham University (PNU) …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 February]

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Limerick Institute of Technology confirms plans for new Ennis campus

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

Ireland“Limerick Institute of Technology has confirmed its plans to open a new campus in Ennis on foot of a proposed capital investment. This Tuesday, LIT confirmed it intends to open a new facility on Bindon Street in Ennis following a proposed capital investment of €750,000 by Clare County Council …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 12 February]

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Minister to be quizzed over impact of no deal on education and skills

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

Ireland“Education Minister Joe McHugh will discuss the impact of Brexit on his sector at an Oireachtas hearing today. The Education Committee will focus particularly on what would happen in the event of a no-deal scenario when the UK exits the European Union on March 29 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 February]

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