Private schools keep grip on high-points college courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Click here to download the full 2019 Feeder School tables. Pupils emerging from private schools are keeping a strong grip on the most sought-after third-level courses, despite millions being spent on narrowing the class gap in education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Peter McGuire and Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 3 December]

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GMIT Governing Body officially appoints new President

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Governing Body of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology has officially appointed Dr Orla Flynn as the new President of GMIT. In May, the former President Dr. Fergal Barry resigned …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 2 December]

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Ministers Breen and Mitchell O’Connor announce the establishment of Joint Labour Committee for the English language education sector

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen TD, has formally accepted the recommendation of the Labour Court for the establishment of a Joint Labour Committee for the English language education sector. He made the announcement today together with Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD …” (more)

[DBEI, 2 December]

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Ireland’s newest university TU Dublin spent almost €200,000 on their logo and branding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s second largest and newest University, Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), spent almost €200,000 on their branding and logo. The university, which was launched in January of this year, is an amalgamation of Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Tallaght and Institute of Technology Blanchardstown …” (more)

[Dan Grennan, Extra.ie, 21 November]

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10% of Irish students feel physically sick at thought of exams – European report shows

Posted in Research on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish students remain among the best readers in the developed world, an assessment of almost 600,000 students has found. However, ‘a challenge remains’ in supporting students to achieve the highest scores in maths and science, with relative improvements to be made in both subjects …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 3 December]

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Trinity has a seagull problem

Posted in Life on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students are living in fear. In the Arts Block, students whisper in huddled groups. At lunchtime, they sit on the floor together and cry into their Sprout salad boxes. In between lectures, they rush from one building to the next, anxiously looking over their shoulders at every turn. Students are being plagued by a winged monster: namely, the herring gull …” (more)

[Hugh Whelan, Trinity News, 2 December]

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Pisa rankings: Irish teens among the best at reading in developed world

Posted in Research on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Teenagers in Ireland are among the top performers in the world in reading literacy, according to latest international standardised test scores. Irish 15-year-olds also perform above average in science and maths, according to the Pisa (Programme for International Student Assessment) test results which were conducted last year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 December]

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Know what fuels your coffee break: The prison-industrial complex on our campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“‘Knowing what you own is the first step to aligning your investments with your values’, according to the Investigate Project, a research and information centre that seeks to learn how companies profit from and support state violence, and urges the public to investigate the human rights violations hidden in their investments. Students have continuously called upon Trinity to realign its investments and partnerships with their moral standards as a university in recent years, as Trinity’s business ventures come to light …” (more)

[Milena Barnes, Trinity News, 1 December]

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On Staffing, Trinity Has Become a Master at Normalising the Outrageous

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“When it comes to staffing in Trinity, it sometimes feels like every stone you turn up reveals more issues affecting the people working in the College. This week – when The University Times reported on a climate of ‘stagnation’ among technical and support staff unable to obtain promotions or progressions – was no exception …” (more)

[University Times, 1 December]

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In defence of Junior Cycle reforms

Posted in Teaching on December 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I am writing in response to Sean Keaveny’s letter in which the author calls for a ‘root and branch’ review of junior cycle education (November 22nd). There was one. It culminated in the publication in 2015 of the Framework for Junior Cycle, which is currently being phased into schools …” (more)

[Pádraig Kirk, Irish Times, 2 December]

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For a ‘Global University’, Trinity Flounders on Erasmus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is a global university, we’ve been told countless times over the past few years, and goes to great lengths to cultivate its own image on the international stage. On Twitter, Provost Patrick Prendergast posts photos of himself every month or two, shaking hands with some official in a far-flung university in Asia or Europe …” (more)

[University Times, 1 December]

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Two Years in Maynooth!

Posted in Life on December 1st, 2019 by steve

IrelandMí na Nollag (the Month of Christmas) is how you say December in the Irish language. Today is the first of that month, which it makes it precisely two years to the day since I started work at Maynooth University …” (more)

[In the Dark, 1 December]

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This Week, Cut the Rent Blinked Under Pressure. Its Movement Could be Over

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“At a meeting this week, activist group Cut the Rent opted not to go ahead with a planned rent strike on campus in January. The news was met with a surprising lack of uproar. When Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) council initially voted not to support rent strikes (before U-turning a month later) students were outraged. But Cut the Rent’s decision to not launch the campaign it was set up to organise didn’t seem to ignite similar anger among students …” (more)

[Aoife Kearin, University Times, 29 November]

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UCU Strike Continues at QUB

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2019 by steve

“We are now mid-way through eight days of strike action taking place in 60 universities throughout the UK. Industrial action began on Monday 25 November and is scheduled to last until Wednesday 4 December, affecting over one million students. From Thursday 5th December, strike action will continue with many academics working to ‘action short of strike’, meaning they will not reschedule cancelled classes or cover for absent colleagues …” (more)

[Rachel Ashe, The Gown, 29 November]

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‘Once-off’ emergency allocation from soaring corporation tax income needed for higher education, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called on the government to allocate emergency ‘once-off’ monies from the soaring Corporation tax intake to address the crisis in third-level funding. Responding to the latest Corporation tax intake for 2018, which has soared to over €10bn, Frank Jones, Deputy General Secretary of IFUT, said ‘Higher education colleges produce the highly qualified graduates that supply expertise to the multinational companies that pay Corporation tax’ …” (more)

[IFUT, 29 November]

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Third Level Participation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Tommy Broughan (Dublin Bay North, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the fact that recent HEA research indicates that students from better-off backgrounds dominate university courses with high points entry requirements; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 November]

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University Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Frank Jones, Deputy General Secretary of IFUT, speaks to Mary about university funding” (mp3).

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 29 November]

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Solving the Leaving Cert Problem

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Roddy Doyle is the latest high profile person to suggest that the Leaving Cert (LC) is not fit for purpose. Although best known as a writer, Doyle is a former teacher in a disadvantaged school so his opinion should be treated with a bit more respect than that of, say, David McWilliams, who has dismissed the Leaving Cert as little more than a ‘pub quiz’. Nonetheless, I think his comments are useless, in the sense that they don’t contribute anything useful to the discussion …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 29 November]

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National Student Accommodation Strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“8,229 PBSA Bed Spaces completed by end Q3, 2019. Student Accommodation target for 2019 surpassed. The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and the Minister of State with special responsibility for Housing and Urban Development, Damien English TD today released the end Q3 2019 progress report on the National Student Accommodation Strategy …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 29 November]

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Academics pile pressure on UL president over structural reorganisation ahead of industrial ballot

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than 300 University of Limerick staff members gathered at a public meeting earlier this week to discuss the university’s recent controversial restructural proposal. And it was followed this week by a letter signed by 50 professors at UL looking for the reorganisation proposals to be paused by the Governing body so they can ‘instruct that reorganisation proposals are only tabled after a thorough review of the academic structures’ …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 29 November]

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