€3.5m deal brings 40 jobs and first centre for research on student assessment

Posted in Research, Teaching on April 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A US company that specialises in exams is expanding its Irish operation as well as providing funding for research into new and better ways of assessing Irish students, in a €3.5m deal …” (more)

[Independent, 2 April]

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Online Learning at University: Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on December 8th, 2014 by steve

IrelandJoanna Tuffy (Dublin Mid West, Labour): The subject of this meeting is studying at university through online learning, including massive open online courses, MOOCs. I draw to the attention of the witnesses the fact that, by virtue of section 17(2)(l) of the Defamation Act 2009, witnesses are protected by absolute privilege in respect of their evidence to this committee …” (more)

[Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees, 3 December]

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Report Launch: ‘Capturing the Economic and Social Value of Higher Education: A Pilot Study of Dublin City University’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Report Launch: Capturing the Economic and Social Value of Higher Education: A Pilot Study of Dublin City University. DCU, Monday, 22 December 2014 from 11:00 to 12:30 (GMT), Dublin 9 …” (more, registration)

[Campus Engage Ireland, 3 December]

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Online maths teaching tool tailored to suit Irish curriculum

Posted in Teaching on September 17th, 2014 by steve

“A team of researchers at Dublin City University (DCU) have begun working on tailoring a highly successful international means of teaching mathematics to the Irish curriculum …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 17 September]

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DCU president: Ireland is primed to catch the next industrial revolution

Posted in Research on September 5th, 2014 by steve

“Ireland is at the intersection of a new industrial future that combines the maker movement, the internet of things and devices like the Quark chip and Galileo board which were designed here, DCU president Brian MacCraith said …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 5 September]

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DCU to boost off-campus students with digital plan

Posted in Teaching on August 7th, 2014 by steve

“DCU has unveiled a new plan for digital learning as the university seeks to expand its off-campus student population. However, it says, growth in the area is being hindered by the current funding model for higher education which offers no subsidy to flexible learners …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 7 August]

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Anti-bullying group in dispute with university over name

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 14th, 2014 by steve

“A prominent anti-bullying organisation, which is endorsed by Michael D Higgins, has become embroiled in a dispute with a Dublin university over the use of an abbreviation …” (more)

[Niall O’Connor, Independent, 14 July]

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All Hallows in talks to rescue adult learning programme

Posted in Teaching on June 27th, 2014 by steve

“All Hallows College is in discussions with DCU about the possibility of rescuing a pioneering degree programme for adult learners which faces abolition with the winding-down of the Catholic third-level institute …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 27 June]

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A quality education: the third-level funding crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on April 16th, 2014 by steve

“Over the past number of years, Ireland’s universities have been dropping in various world rankings. Since the beginning of the recession, government funding for Ireland’s third-level sector has been cut a considerable amount …” (more)

[Aoife Mullen, The College View, 16 April]

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More maths teachers for higher level students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 4th, 2014 by steve

“The rapid rise in the numbers of students electing to sit higher level maths in the Leaving Cert is unlikely to outpace the availability of suitably trained staff to teach it …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 4 March]

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President wants more Northern students at DCU

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 19th, 2014 by steve

“DCU President Prof Brian MacCraith wishes to significantly increase the number of students from Northern Ireland on the university campus …” (more)

[Niamh Doherty, The College View, 19 February]

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DCU ranked among ‘top 50 under 50’ universities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2014 by steve

“Dublin City University has been ranked amongst the top 50 universities in the world established less than 50 years ago. This is the third year running that DCU has landed in the ‘Top 50 under 50’ league table produced by QS University Rankings …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 30 January]

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Minister Sherlock announces launch of STEM Education Review Group

Posted in Teaching on November 20th, 2013 by steve

“The Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock TD, today announced the launch of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics STEM Education Review Group. The STEM Education Review Group will be chaired by Professor Brian Mac Craith, President of DCU …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 November]

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DCU is a place of learning, not just enterprise

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2013 by steve

“SIPTU Education Sector Organiser Louise O’Reilly responds to a call by the president of Dublin City University for further neo-liberal ‘reforms’ to third level education …” (more)

[DCU union, 18 October]

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NUI Galway president describes university ranking systems as ‘dangerous’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2013 by steve

“International university ranking systems can be of value but they are also dangerous if too much weight is given to them, according to the president of NUI Galway …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 4 October]

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Third Level Course Accreditation – Athlone Institute of Technology

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 19th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will take steps and measures to ensure that third level education institutions here are not allowed to commence courses until they receive full and proper accreditation from the relevant bodies, here or elsewhere within the EU; the measures that the Higher Education Authority are taking to ensure cases where programmes are cancelled in the middle of a degree are not cancelled; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 18 September]

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RCSI to invest €80 million in new medical education facility

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2013 by steve

“The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is to invest €80 million in the development of a new medical education facility in Dublin. The development, which is in the planning process, will create 200 jobs during the construction phase …” (more)

[Pamela Newenham, Irish Times, 12 September]

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Interview: DCU’s Brian MacCraith on Ireland’s opportunity to be an international test-bed for innovation (video)

Posted in Research on September 5th, 2013 by steve

“Ireland has many unique strengths that can allow it be a very attractive test-bed for innovation, but it is vital that we leverage these strengths to the full. That’s according to Professor Brian MacCraith, president of Dublin City University …” (more)

[Ann O’Dea, Silicon Republic, 4 September]

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Universities failing industry, business body claims

Posted in Teaching on August 22nd, 2013 by steve

“Irish universities have rejected claims by a business lobby that third-level education here was delivering graduates ill-prepared to enter business. The Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (Isme) yesterday said the universities were ‘failing industry’ …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 21 August]

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Irish university business courses ‘light years’ from global standards, says Isme chief

Posted in Teaching on August 21st, 2013 by steve

“Irish business students are not being prepared adequately for life in the entrepreneurial world, with universities ‘paying lip service’ to education in the area, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association has said …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 21 August]

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