Technological University bill making its way through the Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A bill on the formation of Technological Universities, including one in Kerry, is making its way through the Seanad …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 30 January]

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Calls for cross-party support for Magee medical school project plans

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2018 by steve

“There are calls for cross-party support to ensure the planned medical school for Derry remains on track. Local Councillor Mickey Cooper is to put forward a motion this week calling for Derry City and Strabane District Council to raise the matter with the head of the Department of Health …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 22 January]

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WIT economist says benefits of Technological University status are unclear

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2017 by steve

“A WIT economist says it’s not certain what, if any, benefit that Technological University designation would bring to the South East. Waterford and Carlow ITs have committed to merging in a bid to secure TU status, however it’s believed there are still hurdles to clear before a formal application can be made …” (more)

[Anthony McFeely, WLR FM, 26 September]
[Interview with Ray Griffin is available on Soundcloud]

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Solving the third level education crisis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“We spoke to Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education with special responsibility for Higher Education. Keelin Shanley began by asking her how concerned she is about where all of those students are going to live” (audio).

[RTÉ – News at One, 22 August]

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‘No protocol’ for UL President’s protest against honourary doctorate for Brian Cowen

Posted in Governance and administration on August 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The founding president of the University of Limerick Professor Edward Walsh is handing back the honorary doctorate awarded to him by the NUI because he objects to former Taoiseach Brian Cowen receiving the honour …” (more)

[, 1 August]

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Queen’s University student collects degree wrapped in Pride flag at graduation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2017 by steve

“Student Ciara Cinnamond, from Newry, a Politics, Philosophy and Economics graduate made a statement at her graduation in Queen’s University Belfast over the weekend after she unfurled a Pride flag when collecting her degree …” (more, video)

[Ciara Cinnamond, Independent, 6 July]

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University of Limerick President to engage with whistleblowers following review

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The President of the University of Limerick says he will deal ‘sympathetically’ with two whistleblowers who have been suspended for more than two years following the conclusion of an independent review into governance, HR and financial practices at the university …” (more, video)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 22 June]

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HEA calls for greater powers to investigate third-level sector

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandDr Graham Love, CEO of the HEA, discusses the issues raised about the governance at some Irish universities and Institute of Technology as revealed on RTÉ Investigates (audio).

[RTÉ – Morning Ireland, 26 May]

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Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Management at GMIT has insisted it has no plans to downgrade or close its facility in Castlebar, following suggestions that it’s being run down and could become unviable. John Cooke has been at the GMIT in Castlebar speaking to students, we also spoke to President of the GMIT Dr Fergal Barry.” (audio)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 15 May]

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The Turkish academics who are on hunger strike

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

“Two Turkish academics, Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca, have been on hunger strike for the last two months to protest their dismissal by the government, after the failed coup attempt in 2016.” (video)

[BBC News, 13 May]

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What NUI Galway are trying to do at the High Court

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This short video explains what NUI Galway are trying to do in the High Court on May 4th and why we need to demonstrate to expose their hypocrisy. If you want to join us you can come on our bus from Galway …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 1 May]

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Tommy Tiernan on Gender Discrimination at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“We’ve had several requests from staff to see the rest of Tommy Tiernan’s riff about NUI Galway at our benefit concert. So here it is in full, for all the ‘nerds’ …” (more, video)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 29 April]

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UL opens new €15m Munster Rugby facility and diving pool

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The head of Munster Rugby says he hopes the province can develop its commercial relationship with the University of Limerick in the years to come. CEO Garrett Fitzgerald made his comments at the official opening of Munster’s High Performance Centre and UL’s new 25 metre diving pool …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 3 April]

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Chair of IT Tralee says nothing to fear from merger with Cork IT

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The new Chairman of the Institute of Technology Tralee says people shouldn’t fear its merger with Cork Institute of Technology. Lionel Alexander, who was appointed Chairman of the Governing Body of ITT last September …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 3 April]

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Video is ‘Brewing Up a Storm’ for NUIG 5 benefit concert

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“… In the 2.34-minute video, Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington eloquently states the history of the injustices committed against the five women, who have taken NUI Galway to court over the university’s refusal to promote them to senior lecturer in 2009. In addition, two NUI Galway students passionately voice their support for the women lecturers and their right to be promoted …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 8 March]

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IT Sligo President outlines benefits of becoming Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“IT Sligo will be celebrating 50 years in existence in three years time. And by that time, it’s hoped the institute may be well on its way to becoming an technological university …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 7 March]

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€3m in funding approved for the LYIT Killybegs Tourism College

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“€3m in funding has been approved for the LYIT Killybegs Tourism College. The School of Tourism of Letterkenny IT has been located in Killybegs since 1969 and is seen as a major focus of the tourism potential and training of the town …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 23 February]

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DCU students from rural Ireland on what it would take to return home

Posted in Life on January 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“What would it take to make you move back home? Many third-level students from regional communities who attend Dublin City University say they would love to make a living close to family and friends. But few see any credible chance of making a living in the towns and villages where they grew up …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 January]

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University Staff Development and Flipped Classrooms

Posted in Teaching on January 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Presented and produced by Seán Delaney. On this week’s programme I speak with Dr Pip Bruce Ferguson who works in Dublin City University’s Teaching Enhancement Unit. In a wide-ranging discussion we cover the following topics: …” (more, podcast)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 4 January]

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Trinity Pensioner

Posted in Legal issues on November 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“On yesterday’s Drivetime we heard about a retired Trinity College lecturer who lost a discrimination case taken on grounds of sexual orientation and age regarding his pension rights. We spoke to David Parris who explained why he decided to pursue the case for himself and his partner Gerard” (mp3).

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 25 November]

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