UL president emails staff over concerns: ‘We want to stop discrimination’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The President of University of Limerick has this week issued an email to all staff, stating that UL will challenge ‘any discriminatory incidents on campus by UL staff or by UL students’ …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 15 December]

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The cross-subsidy of research by teaching is a myth

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“Research is loss-making. This is perhaps the most frequently uttered mantra of modern university life in the UK. Vice-chancellors on headline-grabbing salaries, who claim to run today’s universities with the same precision chief executives employ to run multinational businesses, tell us that the only way that their institutions can afford to carry out their most unique activity – research – is to subsidise it via teaching and other income streams …” (more)

[Peter Coveney and Christopher Greenwell, Times Higher Education, 14 December]

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Gulf in funding between European university sectors ‘is widening’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“The European university funding divide is getting wider, with many countries in Southern, Central and Eastern Europe failing to repair cuts to public spending made since the financial crisis despite an economic recovery, and so falling further behind better-funded systems in the north …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 12 December]

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Academic Freedom Goes to Court

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“The repression of academics in Turkey is worsening, writes Scott McLemee, who describes the growing international protest on behalf of such scholars and how one might join it …” (more)

[Scott McLemee, Inside Higher Ed, 15 December]

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Bullies have no place in academia – even if they’re star scientists

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“I was awarded a prestigious fellowship in 2015 and moved my family across the country to take up a postdoctoral position at a world-class biomedical research institute. Little did I know that this seemingly invaluable opportunity would set me on a dangerous path to mental ill health …” (more)

[Guardian, 15 December]

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Don’t Expand Temporary Contracts in Universities, Says Mitchell O’Connor

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The use of temporary contracts in Irish universities should be discouraged, the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has said in an interview with The University Times. In recent years, universities have started to explore and expand the use of temporary contracts for academic staff. But the government, Mitchell O’Connor said, ‘certainly don’t want them increasing them’ …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 14 December]

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Ring-fenced funding of €3.75m announced to safeguard future of Mayo GMIT campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has tonight published the report of the working group on the future of the Castlebar campus of GMIT. The report provides a wide-ranging assessment of the context within which the campus is currently operating, and outlines a proposed vision for the Mayo facility …” (more)

[Connacht Telegraph, 15 December]

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Technological Universities Bill 2015: Report Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“… Mary Mitchell O’Connor (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael): This is the first of a number of technical amendments relating to investigator powers. The amendment specifically provides for the inclusion in the Long Title of the Bill of a reference providing for the investigation into the performance of functions regarding institutes of technology, including the Dublin Institute of Technology. This provision is comprehended in the function and governance of technological universities …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 14 December]

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Brexit: UK in Erasmus student scheme until at least 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“The UK will continue to take part in the Erasmus student exchange programme until at least the end of 2020, the prime minister has said. Theresa May praised Erasmus+ and confirmed the UK would still be involved after Brexit in March 2019 …” (more)

[BBC News, 14 December]

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Planners approve €25m student accommodation near Docks

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Galway City Council has approved plans for a €25 million student accommodation development in the new ‘urban quarter’ at Galway Docks – which will include 345 en suite bedrooms – adjacent to a €104m office project approved last month. Developer Gerry Barrett of Bonham Dock Ltd has been given the go-ahead for the ‘Queen Street Development’ on a three-quarter acre site adjacent to the United Methodist and Presbyterian Church on Victoria Place …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 15 December]

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Learning Outcomes – A confession

Posted in Teaching on December 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Over the last three years I have been responsible for guiding quite a few proposals for new academic programmes through the various validation and accreditation processes required in DCU. In all cases, I, along with my colleagues on faculty teaching committee, have carefully scrutinised documents for evidence of strategic fit, viability and academic coherence …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 14 December]

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University public funding recovery is ‘slow and fragile’ says EUA

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2017 by steve

“A European University Association analysis of public funding has revealed that many countries in Europe have failed to repair cuts made to higher education since the financial crisis, despite experiencing economic recovery. Spain, Italy and Ireland were among those with lower levels of direct public funding in 2016 than in 2008 …” (more)

[Kerrie Kennedy, The PIE News, 14 December]

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Government ‘drops’ plans for powers to investigate universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government has dropped controversial plans to amend legislation before Christmas to allow for investigators to be appointed to examine wrongdoing by universities, according to well-placed sources. Minister for Education Richard Bruton announced plans earlier this year to allow for Government-appointed inspectors to investigate issues of concern in legislation due be passed before Christmas …” (more)

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

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Student apartment development overlooking The Lough granted permission

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A controverisal student apartment complex overlooking The Lough has been granted planning permission following a redesign to protect views of the city’s northside. Lyonshall Developments had proposed to construct 49 student apartments with some 350 beds on the Bandon Road, prompting a huge outcry from locals leading to protest meetings, marches and numerous planning objections …” (more)

[Alan Healy, Evening Echo, 13 December]

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Opera House to put UCC’s name in lights as part of €600k partnership

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A creative partnership is set to see University College Cork’s name in lights in new signage over Cork Opera House from next year. It is understood around €600,000 is being paid by UCC as part of the deal that will see large Toyota signs on the Cork Opera House roof replaced after around 30 years …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 13 December]

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Students should support the GSU strike

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) is planning a strike to protest an increase in fees by 5% for postgraduates this coming year. For most of you, that means that you’ll be able to miss a tutorial without the usual sense of guilt. But the GSU hasn’t just jumped out onto the stage and decided that this should be the action; this decision came about after some lengthy debate …” (more)

[Xander Cosgrave, Trinity News, 13 December]

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Concern student building will negatively impact community

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Concerns have been raised about the impact of a 255-bed student development at Victoria Cross. UCC has unveiled plans for a multi-million euro, 255-bed student apartment development at the Crow’s Nest site. The university was recently given approval to lodge their plans through a new fast-track system …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 13 December]

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Problems with two-year degrees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 13th, 2017 by steve

“I see that the Minister responsible for UK universities, Jo Johnson, has decided that universities should offer two-year degrees, claiming that this will somehow attract more students into higher education. The idea seems to be that students will get the same `amount’ of teaching, but concentrated in two full calendar years rather than spread over three academic years …” (more)

[In The Dark, 13 December]

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Commencement Matters – GMIT Castlebar

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJohn O’Mahony (Fine Gael): I thank the Cathaoirleach for selecting this topic and thank the Minister of State for attending to reply to my queries. All of us in the west know that the campus of GMIT has played a huge role in the economic, educational and social life of Castlebar, Mayo and the surrounding regions over the many years since it was founded in, I believe, the 1980s. Issues have arisen in recent times in regard to underinvestment and lack of upgrading of facilities, as well as the range of course development …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 12 December]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor launches two QQI reports to enhance quality in Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O Connor, TD, Minister for Higher Education, today launched two reports by the national regulator for quality in Further and Higher Education: Quality within higher education which is a summary report of the quality assurance and quality enhancement activities in publicly funded higher education institutions pertaining to the previous academic year; and Professional Body Accreditation in Higher Education Institutions in Ireland which was commissioned by QQI to establish a clearer picture of the professional accreditation landscape in Ireland …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 13 December]

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