‘Need for movement on Magee University expansion’ – McCallion

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2018 by steve

“Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion said progress on ‘groundbreaking projects’ such as the expansion of Magee University and a medical school are key to transforming the north west region. The Foyle MP was commenting after a Sinn Féin delegation met the Head of the Civil Service and Department for Economy in Belfast today. Elisha McCallion said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 5 December]

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British real estate firm buys student accommodation development in Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A British property firm has acquired a site in Cork with planning permission for student accommodation. London-based Round Hill, together with NBK Capital, an investment company in the Middle East, will immediately proceed to construct a mixed-use project on the site, which will include 145 purpose-built student accommodation beds and facilities …” (more)

[Ellie Donnelly, Independent, 5 December]

Plan S: Impact on Society Publishers

Posted in Research on December 5th, 2018 by steve

“Last week cOAlition S released guidance on how they anticipate their open access (OA) mandate, Plan S to be implemented. While this implementation guidance provides many new details about the plan, it has not provided reassurance to anxious society publishers …” (more)

[Michael Clarke, The Scholarly Kitchen, 5 December]

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‘With colleges at saturation point, apprenticeships are attractive again’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“With almost 47,000 CAO acceptances this year, most of them from the Leaving Cert class of 2018, school-leaver college entry rates are pretty much at saturation level. Many of those who did not go straight to higher education started on a post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) course and will use that as a stepping stone …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 December]

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Third Level Access

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“John Walshe, Columnist with The Irish Independent, Katriona O’Sullivan, Lecturer with the Turn to Teaching Project in Maynooth University, Shauna Dunlop, Director of Apprenticeship and Work Based Learning SOLAS and Anne Looney, Executive Dean in DCU Institute of Education, discuss the social divide among students going on to third level education …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 5 November]

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Ulster University to review stance on trade unionist’s election bid

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2018 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) is to review a decision not to let a leading trade union member stand for election to its governing body. Goretti Horgan, a lecturer at UU and a member of the University and College Union (UCU), wanted to stand for election to the university’s council. In a letter, UU said she would not be allowed to go forward for election …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 5 November]

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Union Theological College standards at risk, watchdog warns

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2018 by steve

“Academic standards at the Union Theological College (UTC) are potentially ‘at risk’ in a number of areas, a watchdog has warned. The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) monitors standards in higher education institutions across the UK. The college is run by the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and teaches theology to Queen’s University students …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 5 November]

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Geography and the Junior Cycle

Posted in Teaching on December 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In a letter kindly published here on June 21st, 2011, I raised concerns about the removal of history and geography from the core curriculum of the revised Junior Cycle curriculum. What was shocking then, and even now, is how few people knew about the threat to these fundamental, foundational disciplines …” (more)

[Peter Lydon, Irish Times, 5 November]

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Feeder schools and education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I think we should congratulate our Department of Education – otherwise known as the permanent government – and the many ministers for education who have worked hard over the decades to achieve a college progression rate of 100% for students from those challenging postcodes of Dublin 2, 4 and 6. What a result …” (more)

[Sheila Maher, Irish Times, 5 December]

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Is it time to fall out of love with universities?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Universities are booming. In many countries close to half of young people now go on to tertiary education. Others, including Ireland, are at that point or beyond: Ireland now sends approximately 60% of its secondary school leavers to third level. Everywhere, young people, parents, and governments agree that universities are the route to success, and the more of them the better. So a good news story? …” (more)

[Alison Wolf, Irish Times, 4 November]

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Is the ISSE a wasted opportunity? Part III

Posted in Teaching on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The answer to the question is yes. First I should stress that a lot of people have put a lot of hard work into this survey and I don’t want to disparage anyone’s efforts. But I think the fundamental problem is that there is a ‘political’ undercurrent at work here whereby the ISSE is designed to conceal as much as it reveals …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 4 November]

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Irish Times view on the latest feeder school tables: making progress, must do better

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The latest feeder school tables, charting progression from second to third-level colleges, underline the educational challenges faced by both society and Government. At a societal level the aspiration of families to support their children in securing appropriate post second level education has never been higher, as demonstrated by the fact that close to 70% of school leavers now access third level through the CAO …” (more)

[Irish Times, 4 November]

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Is the ISSE a wasted opportunity? Part 2

Posted in Teaching on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Questions relating to student-faculty interaction: ‘During the academic year about how often have you … 1 Talked about career plans with academic staff?’ The fact that half of all students replied ‘never’ was picked up by the media who made a big fuss about it. But really it’s hard to take any particular stance on this – there are too many variables …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 4 December]

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Lunchtime rally at Dublin language school where staff not paid

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than a dozen teachers and staff from the Grafton College English language school have ended their overnight occupation of the building in Portobello in south Dublin. Union representatives will hold a rally on Tuesday at 12.30pm in solidarity with the teachers at the school …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Sarah Burns and Brian Hutton, Irish Times, 4 December]

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Is the ISSE a wasted opportunity? Part 1

Posted in Teaching on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The ISSE is the Irish Survey of Student Engagement. According to studentsurvey.ie the purpose of the survey is to: ‘provide benefits to each institution and its students by helping to improve feedback and appropriate follow up action. Objectives identified for the taught survey include …'” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 4 December]

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Understanding student loneliness

Posted in Life on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Some years ago, when I was President of Dublin City University, I decided to take a little time on Christmas Day to offer coffee and light Christmas snacks to students staying in the university halls of residence over the holiday period. A good number turned up …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 4 December]

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Grafton College teachers ‘resolute’ over unpaid wages after being locked out of building

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A group of teachers who had been occupying an English school in Dublin since last night have been locked out of the building. The Portobello school went into liquidation yesterday leaving staff without a job and owed one month’s pay …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 4 December]

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The 50 non-private schools that send 100% of pupils to third-level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The huge surge in college progression rates nationally has seen many schools in different parts of the country achieve 100% progression rates. Feeder Schools: Click here for the full breakdown of where Leaving Cert pupils have gone to college over the past 10 years …” (more)

[Independent, 4 December]

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Class gap exposed in third-level progression figures

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Click here to download the full 2018 Feeder School tables. Students from the most affluent parts of Dublin are up to 14 times more likely to progress to university than their counterparts from some schools in the city’s most disadvantaged areas, the annual Irish Times ‘Feeder Schools’ supplement shows …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Peter McGuire and Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 4 November]

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Losses at Grafton College firm increased by €400,000 last year

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The company that operates Grafton College in Dublin recorded a loss of €507,464 last year, having lost €99,651 in 2016, according to its accounts. The company is owned by a housewife in London who shares an address there with one of its directors, according to Irish and UK company records …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 4 December]

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