Emergency talks sought over future of Sherkin course

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“An emergency meeting has been sought aimed at staving off the closure of an important arts course which generates around €150,000 per year for the economy of an island off the south-west coast. A number of Cork county councillors expressed anger that the BA course in visual arts on Sherkin Island was under threat because their own local authority had cut its funding from €20,000 per annum to €10,000. The course, which is run along with Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), is under threat because the council will no longer provide funding which matches that from the government …” (more)

[Sean O’Riordan, Irish Examiner, 14 February]

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Brexit ready: how the education sector is preparing already

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Brexit presents challenges across every area of the country and public policy sector. The education system is no different, with enor mous changes coming down the track as a result of the British departure from the EU. The Action Plan for Education 2018 says Brexit also presents opportunities for Ireland to diversify its offerings in a changed international market …” (more)

[Independent, 14 February]

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November best window for third-level – McGill

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A November window to play the Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cups may be the only solution to avoid the deepening county v college conflict that has surfaced again this year, the GAA’s head of games administration and player welfare Fergal McGill has suggested …” (more)

[Colm Keys, Independent, 14 February]

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Erasmus scheme expansion to benefit thousands of Irish students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Last week Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said one of his biggest regrets was never taking the opportunity to study abroad during his college years. While he says he had the option of going on Erasmus to ‘Berlin, Madrid or Barcelona’, he let the chanceslip by …” (more)

[Arlene Harris, Irish Times, 11 February]

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Trinity to Employ Alternative Arabic Teacher, After Selim Criticism

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity are going to provide a second Arabic-language teacher in order to facilitate parallel classes, so students who do not wish to be taught by Dr Ali Selim can opt for a different teacher …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 13 February]

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Students claiming religious bias urge further investigation

Posted in Legal issues on February 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Four siblings who claim their freedom of speech and religious expression was curbed at NUI Galway (NUIG) have urged the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality to investigate their case …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 14 February]

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RAG Week and the Community

Posted in Life on February 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“When you likely read this, it will be the middle of Raise and Give Week. An annual event to raise money for various charities, it is also seen, by some, as an excuse for drinking, debauchery and vandalism. There are three constants to RAG Week, it seems: money is raised for some fantastic causes, house parties spill out onto the streets of College Road, and perturbed residents ring up the likes of Neil Prendeville and PJ Coogan to complain about ‘those feckin students’ …” (more)

[Rob O’Sullivan, UCC Express, 13 February]

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UCC Taking Hardline Approach To Anti Social Behaviour During RAG

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCC’s Raise and Give (RAG) Week has in the past brought negative attention to the university through disruptive behaviour, and this year UCC has told the Evening Echo that they will be taking a more ‘hardline approach’, namely introducing a number of initiatives to respond swiftly and decisively to students who are in breach of university rules …” (more)

[Michelle Beazley, UCC Express, 13 February]

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Public Accounts Committee Probing UCD over Non Compliance

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Oireachtas is investigating UCD over its failure to competitively tender €8.5 million worth of procurement contracts. PAC began to look into the matter when UCD’s ‘Financial Statement for the 2016 Year’ was put before it on the 14th December 2017 …” (more)

[College Tribune, 13 February]

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The RAE/REF have engendered evaluation selectivity and strategic behaviour, reinforced scientific norms, and further stratified UK higher education

Posted in Research on February 13th, 2018 by steve

“The UK’s periodic research assessment exercise has grown larger and more formalised since its first iteration in 1986. Marcelo Marques, Justin JW Powell, Mike Zapp and Gert Biesta have examined what effects it has had on the submitting behaviour of institutions, considering the intended and unintended consequences in the field of education research …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 13 February]

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The Technological Universities Bill 2015 in the Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Technological Universities Bill 2015 passed the Dáil at the end of January and is now going through the process to obtain Seanad approval. The Bill sets out the framework under which the Institutes of Technology around the country would be able to merge into larger ‘Technological Universities’. Original plans could see up to ten of the fourteen Institutes become involved in mergers …” (more)

[College Tribune, 13 February]

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Trinity distances itself from Muslim lecturer in FGM row

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has distanced itself from one of its Muslim lecturers who has advocated female genital mutilation (FGM). Last week, Dr Ali Selim said in an RTÉ interview that he supported the practice in certain circumstances …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 13 February]

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No more action over UL severance pay for ex-staff

Posted in Legal issues on February 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“No further action is being taken in relation to University of Limerick’s use of severance packages for former staff. The decision by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) follows receipt of a second report into matters at UL concerned with finances, governance, and HR practices …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 13 February]

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TCDSU President calls for immediate dismissal of Trinity lecturer following female circumcision comments

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) President Kevin Keane has called for the dismissal of Trinity lecturer, Dr Ali Selim, who had made comments that female circumcision should be permitted. In a letter to Provost Patrick Prendergast, TCDSU President Kevin Keane said that …” (more)

[Seana Davis, Trinity News, 12 February]

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Follow-Up Review Arising from the Independent Review of Certain Matters and Allegations Relating to the University of Limerick

Posted in Legal issues on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In November 2017 the HEA published Dr Richard Thorn’s report on his independent review of certain matters and allegations relating to the University of Limerick. On the basis of Dr Thorn’s report and its findings, the HEA announced it would establish a further review arising from the recommendation made in Section 6.2.9 in Dr Thorn’s report …” (more)

[Deborah Walsh, Higher Education Authority, 12 February]

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Universities resist quotas on teacher-training courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges are resisting plans by Minister for Education Richard Bruton to introduce quotas on the number of teachers they train in specific subjects. As part of a series of measures to boost the supply of teachers in key subjects such as science, maths and languages, Mr Bruton has announced plans to introduce subject quotas for postgraduate teacher education programmes at second level …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 February]

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Trinity needs to shake off its classist image

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In truth, such a historic and prestigious school as Trinity was always going to have an image as a classist institution, based solely on the fact that, until very recently in its history, only a small percentage of society have been able to afford a college education. The most obvious result of this is that it shaped the connotations that people, mostly rural in background, have of Trinity and universities as a whole …” (more)

[Jessica Gorman, Trinity News, 12 February]

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Alleged victims in UCC harassment case asked to sign confidentiality agreements

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has asked two staff members who complained of sexual harassment by a lecturer to sign confidentiality agreements. The lecturer has been accused of making inappropriate comments towards the two female members of staff and of attempting to engage in inappropriate conduct with a female student on campus grounds …” (more)

[Conor Gallagher, Irish Times, 12 February]

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Irish undergraduate applications to UK universities fall for fifth consecutive year

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

Ireland“The number of Irish undergraduate applicants to UK universities has continued to drop for the fifth year in a row, according to new data from the Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS). In total, 31% fewer people from Ireland applied to UK universities this year than in 2012 …” (more)

[Lexi Demetroulakos, Trinity News, 11 February]

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What Does Open Access Mean #icanhazPDF

Posted in Research on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Like many who are cajoled to publish and share, I’ve conducted part of my professional life using assets from the internet’s pirate queen, Alexandra Elbakyan. That’s because I can’t afford to access the vast libraries of academic research behind extortionate paywalls. For most of my professional life, I’ve seen the value of sharing and sharing alike …” (more)

[Inside View, 8 February]

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