What will DCU Incorporation mean for the University?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The DCU Incorporation Programme is the planned coming together of St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Mater Dei Institute of Education and Church of Ireland College of Education with Dublin City University – the New DCU …” (more, video)

[Dublin City University, YouTube, 28 January]

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College Drop Outs

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“There’s concern over the high rate of drop-outs in the first year of many third level courses. Tom Boland is the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority, and he joined us in studio.” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 11 January]

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Promoting Women in University

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Professor Ita Richardson from the University of Limerick joins Marian in studio.” (mp3)

[Marian Finucane, RTÉ, 9 January]

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Queen’s University Belfast students continuing sit-in protest

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2015 by steve

UK“Eleven Students are occupying a room in the Queens University Belfast (QUB) Administration building. The Group called ‘Fossil Free QUB’ has been there 3 days in protest of QUB’s failure to divest themselves of fossil fuels …” (more, video)

[Ben Tucker, Independent, 14 December]

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Third of Invest NI’s money goes to three recipients, survey finds

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2015 by steve

UK“One-third of all funding to support business in the North by its economic development agency Invest NI between 2011 and 2014 went to Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University and the UK government body responsible for boosting the film industry …” (more)

[Lindsay Fergus, Irish Times, 2 December]

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IT lecturers protest over cutbacks

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers at the country’s Institutes of Technology are demonstrating in protest at what they say is the ‘severe damage’ that cutbacks have caused in the sector. The protests are being organised by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 26 November]

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2015 ‘Dance Your PhD’ results

Posted in Life on November 25th, 2015 by steve

Switzerland“The overall winner of Science’s ‘Dance Your PhD’ contest is researcher Florence Metz of the University of Bern in Switzerland. Metz, who only had 3 weeks to turn her PhD thesis on water protection into a dance video, put together a team to incorporate salsa, acro-yoga, and hip hop into the performance …” (more, video)

[Donisha Adams, Science Careers, 24 November]

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Students demonstrate in central London – video

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2015 by steve

UK“Students from across the UK gather in central London on Wednesday to protest against the Conservative government’s education policies, including raised tuition fees and cutting grants for disadvantaged students …” (more, video)

[Guardian, 4 November]

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Kathleen Lynch on Education and Social Justice

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“On this week’s programme my guest was Professor Kathleen Lynch, Head of the School of Social Justice at University College Dublin. She was a keynote speaker at the 2015 annual conference of the Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South (SCoTENS).” (podcast)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 21 October]

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Universities on screen

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 21st, 2015 by steve

UK“TV adverts for universities can be expensive and perhaps rather predictable. Unofficial ones are a bit more interesting …” (more, videos)

[Paul Greatrix, Wonkhe, 21 October]

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Micheline on RTE One’s Today: The fight for NUI Galway 5’s rights ‘has to go on’!

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In an interview on RTE One’s Today programme, Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington said she will continue to call for the promotion of five female lecturers at NUI Galway who were unfairly denied promotion in 2009, continuing a women’s right effort begun 100 years ago by her grandmother, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 16 October]

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UCC president Dr Michael Murphy explains why dropping out of college might be a good idea

Posted in Research on October 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In fostering an entrepreneurial spirit among students and graduates at University College Cork (UCC), university president Dr Michael Murphy explains why the university is actually encouraging students to drop out and form start-ups …” (more, video)

[Connor McKenna, Silicon Republic, 10 October]

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About the price of academic textbooks

Posted in Teaching on September 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“And considering what happens if I rent a Kindle text …” (audio)

[Bernie Goldbach, audioboom, 22 September]

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University of Limerick – Alleged Financial Mismanagement

Posted in Legal issues on September 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Two employees of the University have been offered nearly €60,000 each to leave their jobs after they highlighted serious concerns to alleged financial mismanagement. We spoke to Limerick Leader editor, Alan English …” (mp3)

[RTÉ Drivetime, 11 September]

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Student Accommodation crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A new report from the Higher Education Authority has found an unprecedented demand for student accommodation with a shortfall of 25,000 student bed places across the country. We heard from students affected and spoke to USI President, Kevin Donoghue …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 2 September]

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College Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“We get reaction from one Dublin TD to the statistics obtained by The Irish Times today, showing that 71.5% of CAO applicants from Longford get a means tested grant for college – compared to only 45.6% of applicants in Dublin …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 19 August]

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Ulster University plan for 600 homes at Jordanstown campus is rejected

Posted in Governance and administration on August 18th, 2015 by steve

UK“A plan to build 600 new homes on the site of Ulster University’s Jordanstown campus has been rejected by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s planning committee …” (more, video)

[BBC News, 18 August]

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Are third level colleges manipulating the admissions system?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Tom Boland Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority discusses the manipulation of the admissions system into third level by colleges.” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Morning Ireland, 17 August]

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McConalogue calls for release of student accommodation report

Posted in Governance and administration on August 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil is calling on the Minister for Education to immediately release a report into student accommodation. The party says the report – which was carried out by the Higher Education Authority – was due to be published last April …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 16 August]

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College Fees in the EU

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Anita’s daughter is a midwife in New Zealand for the past five years. She was shocked to find that she is classed as a Non EU person and will have to pay €18,000 to do a Masters if she comes home rather than the €9,000 for EU nationals …” (mp3)

[RTÉ Liveline, 7 August]

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