Degree subject matters more than university status if you want to become rich, new research shows

Posted in Governance and administration on August 13th, 2018 by steve

“Choosing the right field of study is more important than attending an elite university for those aiming to join the economic elite by middle age, according to new findings from the UCL Institute of Education. Researchers analysed data on more than 6,000 people born in England and Wales in a single week in 1970, who are taking part in the 1970 British Cohort Study …” (more)

[IOE London Blog, 13 August]

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How to manage €13,000 bill for child’s first year in university

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Parents of the 120,000 students who get their Leaving Cert results this Wednesday are facing a bill of as much as €12,800 to put their child through their first year in college. It currently costs €12,828 a year to put a child through college – if he or she is living away from home and renting in Dublin for nine months, according to the latest cost of student living survey by the Dublin Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Louise McBride, Independent, 12 August]

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UL has the highest proportion of women at senior levels

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has the highest proportion of women at senior levels of academia, new figures show. 31% of professors at UL are female, the highest percentage in the country and 10% than the average of 21% across the Irish University sector …” (more)

[Nicole Glennon, Limerick Post, 12 August]

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Tributes paid to University of Limerick President Emeritus John O’Connor who has died

Posted in Life on August 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick President Emeritus John O’Connor has died, it has been announced. Mr O’Connor played a critical role in the foundation and development of UL through a lifelong service to the university …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 12 August]

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University of Limerick hoping to further develop new €47m research centre at Park Point

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is seeking planning permission for further development at its new €47million research centre at a previously vacant site on the Dublin Road. The UL Confirm Centre was officially launched earlier this year, with an announcement in May that the project expected to create 100 highly-skilled jobs nationwide by 2020, with 55 of these positions to be created in Limerick …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 11 August]

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Dramatic Instability in International Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 12th, 2018 by steve

International“The sudden rise in nationalism and populism in many countries has implications for higher education. The announcement that the Saudi Arabian government threatens to withdraw scholarships from 7,000 Saudi students headed to Canadian universities in a few weeks because of statements made by the Canadian foreign minister critical of human rights in Saudi Arabia is the latest …” (more)

[Hans De Wit and Philip G Altbach, Inside Higher Ed, 11 August

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Fees complaint against Academic Registry upheld by Ombudsman

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A complaint against Trinity’s Academic Registry in relation to postgraduate fees has been upheld by the Office of the Ombudsman, as published in the August 2018 edition of the Ombudsman’s casebook. The complaint, which was completed in October 2017, relates to a man who stated he had received inaccurate information about the fees for his two year Masters course in Trinity …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 11 August]

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More haste less speed in calls for grant proposals

Posted in Research on August 11th, 2018 by steve

“This blogpost was prompted by a funding call announced this week by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which included the following key dates: Opening date for proposals – 6 August 2018; Closing date for proposals – 18 September 2018; PI response invited – 23 October 2018; PI response due – 29 October 2018; Panel – 3 December 2018; Grants start – 14 February 2019 …” (more)

[BishopBlog, 11 August]

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Inquiry call in Robert Gordon University ‘cronyism’ row

Posted in Governance and administration on August 11th, 2018 by steve

“A union has called on the Scottish Funding Council to investigate the appointment of Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) new principal. Prof John Harper was chosen to lead the Aberdeen university after the departure of Prof Ferdinand von Prondzynski …” (more)

[BBC News, 11 August]

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Will THE do something about the citations indicator?

Posted in Research on August 11th, 2018 by steve

International“International university rankings can be a bit boring sometimes. It is difficult to get excited about the Shanghai rankings, especially at the upper end: Chicago down two places, Peking up one. There was a bit of excitement in 2014 when there was a switch to a new list of highly cited researchers and some universities went up and down a few places, or even a few dozen, but that seems over with now …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 11 August]

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Researcher and biotech founder in Ireland issues four retractions

Posted in Research on August 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“An award-winning researcher and founder of a biotech company based in Ireland has retracted four papers and corrected another …” (more)

[Retraction Watch, 10 August]

When you are obliged to challenge colleagues in public

Posted in Teaching on August 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“I wrote this letter to the Irish Times the other day. Despite the fact that the letter challenged, in public, the work of DCU colleagues, I felt I had to do it because I can see where the conversation is heading. People will use the fact that school-leavers lack some very easy-to-teach skills (like using scientific databases rather than Google, or referencing sources properly) to justify doing a Junior Cycle on the Leaving Cert …” (more)

[Greg Foley, An Irish Blog about Education, 10 August]

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Closing the gender gap

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Further to your article, ‘Glaring gender gaps found in academic posts’ (Home News, August 3rd). More than 50 years ago UCD boasted five outstanding women scientists who were professors and associate professors – Carmel Humphries (zoology), Eva Philbin (chemistry), Phyllis Clinch (botany), Dervla Donnelly (phytochemistry) and Sheila Tinney (mathematical physics). These women were widely known and highly respected in the academic world both nationally and internationally …” (more)

[Mary Toomey, Irish Times, 10 August]

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Sexual consent among Irish students

Posted in Teaching on August 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The recent NUIG study on sexual consent among Irish students (‘Majority of students do not think 12 pints makes a person unable to give consent’, August 7th) certainly paints a depressing picture, for which some kind of response is warranted …” (more)

[Lennon O’Naraigh, Irish Times, 10 August]

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Universities and their pet projects

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Everyone claims there is a financial crisis in higher education. So two recent announcements made me pause for thought. Trinity’s announcement of a €1bn innovation campus and UCD’s announcement of a €48m innovation and creativity centre (or something) seem somewhat incongruous …” (more)

[Greg Foley, An Irish Blog about Education, 9 August]

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Andy Shenstone announced as Chair of the Technological University of South East Ireland Project

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The new Chair of TUSEI will play a really significant role in assisting the consortium to deliver a world-class university for the South East. The Technological University for the South-East Ireland (TUSEI) consortium today 19 July 2018 announced the appointment of Andy Shenstone as external Chair of the TUSE project steering Group …” (more)

[WIT, 8 August]

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The Brexit White Paper: what does it mean for higher education and research?

Posted in Research on August 9th, 2018 by steve

“While Theresa May pledged that ‘the days of sending vast sums of money to the EU’ are over, the UK is still very much under the illusion that the days of receiving large amounts of EU money in specific sectors are not. Hopes of an early deal allowing UK universities to remain among the highest beneficiaries of EU research funding programmes are vanishing quickly …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman, CGHE, 9 August]

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UCD’s nod to Giant’s Causeway

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I was disappointed to read that UCD had selected a New York based firm of architects to develop a €48 million centre for creative design and new entrance to the campus (‘Giant’s Causeway-inspired building for UCD’, Olivia Kelly, Home News, August 7th) …” (more)

[Edward Peregrin, Irish Times, 8 August]

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Education for Leisure?

Posted in Teaching on August 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sometime during the summer, about the time we were crossing the plains of Sto Helit on our way to the Ramtops for our summer vacation a memory passed through my mind. There is something about the M4 on a quiet sunny day that leads you to day dream. It can be dangerous, not least of all because you can lose concentration on the act of driving but mostly because you can have irrational memories. And I did …” (more)

[Foreseeing Academicals, 8 August]

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Is 18 too young for college?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It’s generally accepted that the path from school to college is a direct one, but for some of the 55,000 secondary school graduates anxiously awaiting the results of the Leaving Cert next week, it might be worth considering a more circuitous route …” (more)

[Celine Naughton, Independent, 9 August]