Ali Selim: ‘I condemn FGM. I totally apologise for the confusion’

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on February 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ali Selim regrets the controversy that followed his comments on female genital mutilation (FGM). But, he says, the furore was not all of his own creation. The spokesman for the Islamic Cultural Centre in Clonskeagh, Dublin and its Imam, Shaykh Hussein Halawa, came under fire after Dr Selim, on RTÉ’s Prime Time, apparently made a distinction between FGM and female circumcision …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 19 February]

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Experience of Mitchell scholars ‘continues long after leaving Ireland’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on February 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The US-Ireland Alliance was set up by former political aide Trina Vargo in 1998 amid concerns about the relationship between the countries, with the Mitchell Scholarship aiming to connect future US leaders to Ireland. More than 200 students have studied at postgraduate level in Ireland under the programme named after former US senator George Mitchell, who chaired the talks leading to the 1998 Belfast Agreement …” (more)

[Simon Carswell, Irish Times, 19 February]

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Maynooth University cancels students’ visit to Leuven institute amid governance concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has cancelled a visit by some of its students to the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe because of concerns over governance at a Belgian facility. The concerns centre around the role of Malachy Vallely, a key figure in the institute, who last year was convicted by a Belgian court in relation to a fire in which two students from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) died in 2014 …” (more)

[Peter Murtagh, Irish Times, 19 February]

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‘A gender equality paradox’: Countries with more gender equality have less female STEM grads

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Research on February 18th, 2018 by steve

International“Countries with greater gender equality see a smaller proportion of women taking degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), a new study has found …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 February]

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Few UK universities have adopted rules against impact-factor abuse

Posted in Research on February 18th, 2018 by steve

“A survey of British institutions reveals that few have taken concrete steps to stop the much-criticized misuse of research metrics in the evaluation of academics’ work. The results offer an early insight into global efforts to clamp down on such practices …” (more)

[Nisha Gaind, Nature, 12 February]

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University capital building fund must be matched by human capital investment #ProjectIreland2040

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) welcomes the pledge by the government in the National Planning Framework ‘Project Ireland 2040’ to invest €2.2 billion in capital expenditure in the higher education sector over the next decade. This marks a significant milestone for the sector following almost a decade of under-investment in the building facilities programme during the recession years …” (more)

[Lia O’Sullivan, Irish Universities Association, 16 February]

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Government pledge €2.2 billion to higher education sector over next decade

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish government have pledged €2.2 billion in capital expenditure to the higher education sector within the next decade, following the approval of the government’s Project 2040 by cabinet today. The infrastructure project is comprised of two distinct plans …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 16 February]

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Ulster University Students’ Union call for removal of Emeritus title from academic following ‘racist’ and ‘sexist’ views

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2018 by steve

“Ulster University Students’ Union (UUSU) has passed a motion to call for the revocation of the Professor Emeritus title from Prof Richard Lynn following views the motion states as ‘racist’ and ‘sexist’. The motion, as seen by Trinity News, alleged that …” (more)

[Seana Davis, Trinity News, 16 February]

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Gender Equality – Implementation of Recommendations

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2018 by steve

IrelandCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which each of the recommendations of the report of the expert group, Higher Education Authority, HEA, national review of gender equality in Irish higher education institutions, has been implemented in each institution, in tabular form; the timeframe for the implementation of each recommendation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 February]

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Education: Expansion of third-level colleges forms key part of NDP

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Plans to expand universities and institutes of technology to meet growing student numbers forms a key part of the Government’s 10 year National Development Plan for the education sector. A major €8 billion school building programme at primary and second level will also lead to an average of 20,000 additional school places each year, along with upgraded PE halls, science laboratories and use of digital technology in teaching, learning and assessment …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 February]

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Inquest jury advises UCC to carry out safety review after student drowns

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A jury at the inquest into the death of a Cork student who went missing before being found in a river near student accommodation has recommended that University College Cork carry out a safety review of the grounds of the site …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Examiner, 16 February]

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Trinity College Dublin to offer degrees in conjunction with US university

Posted in Teaching on February 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is to offer degrees for the first time in conjunction with Columbia University in New York in the arts and humanities. It is the first international partnership of its kind for Trinity, where students will spend two-year periods in both universities and receive degrees from both institutions …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 February]

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Trinity professor apologises for ‘misunderstanding’ over FGM comments

Posted in Governance and administration on February 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A Trinity professor who hit headlines after appearing to advocate for female circumcision has apologised for his comments …” (more)

[Independent, 15 February]

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Investigation Underway At UCC Into Allegations Of Sexual Harassment

Posted in Legal issues on February 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Under the Freedom of Information Act (2003), new information has been released that highlights 3 allegations of sexual harassment made by staff members in UCC last year. UCC has declined to comment further on the nature of the allegations, and did not maintain whether the complaints were made against the same individual …” (more)

[Molly O’Rourke, UCC Express, 15 February]

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TCD to provide alternative Arabic teacher for students following complaints

Posted in Governance and administration on February 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is to provide an alternative Arabic language teacher for students who do not want to be taught by a controversial academic who has endorsed female circumcision …” (more)

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

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Why fears of censorious campus culture are more than ‘free speech hysteria’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 15th, 2018 by steve

“Recently, I’ve read a number of articles arguing that there are currently few (if any) freedom of speech issues arising from students’ unions and university campus culture …” (more)

[Jim Butcher, Wonkhe, 15 February]

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IT Carlow gets one step closer to having smoke-free campus today

Posted in Governance and administration on February 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“IT Carlow takes one big step towards becoming a smoke-free campus today. From today smoking will be banned from all the main outdoor areas …” (more)

[MaryAnn Vaughan, KCLR 96 FM, 15 February]

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Technological Universities Bill 2015: Committee Stage (Resumed)

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

IrelandGerry Horkan (Fianna Fail): I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor, back to the House. The debate will resume on Committee Stage of the Technological Universities Bill 2015. When the debate adjourned last week, the House was discussing amendment No 19 which had been moved by Senator Alice Mary Higgins. A number of Senators had contributed. Before I call on the Minister of State, do any other Senators wish to contribute at this point? …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 13 February]

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Trinity professor calls for teacher who condoned female circumcision to be dismissed

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

Ireland“An associate professor at Trinity College Dublin says he will hand back his title to the university if it does not terminate the contract of language teacher Ali Selim. Mr Selim said he condoned female circumcision in ‘certain’ circumstances, even though he insisted he was against female genital mutilation (FGM) …” (more)

[Shona Murray, Independent, 14 February]

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TCD moving from bonds to investments in property and infrastructure

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is looking to restructure its €190 million endowment fund, shifting its focus away from low-yield bonds towards investments in property, infrastructure and other types of assets. The college has issued a request for tender, seeking independent investment advisers …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 14 February]

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