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DCU Innovation Campus to support 200 jobs – Minister Bruton

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2013 by steve

“Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr Richard Bruton TD has officially opened the DCU Innovation Campus, a new national centre for innovation in the Cleantech sector, one of the fastest growing areas of economic activity and worth more than €5 trillion globally …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 21 January]

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DCU launches cleantech innovation hub to exploit potential for green economy

Posted in Research on January 21st, 2013 by steve

“Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton will officially launch the DCU Innovation Campus today on its new site in Glasnevin, Dublin 9 …” (more)

[John Holden, Irish Times, 21 January]

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Europe in bid to tie up €80bn plan for research

Posted in Research on January 7th, 2013 by steve

“Irish researchers and innovators are well placed to profit from the EU Horizon 2020 programme. You could call it a case of pretty good timing. Ireland is hosting the presidency of the council of the European Union for six months …” (more)

[Claire O'Connell, Irish Times, 7 January]

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What will happen in education in 2013?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2012 by steve

“… There will be increasing speculation about Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn’s future. Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn can reflect on 2012 with quiet satisfaction. Key elements of his reform programme, such as changes to the Junior Cert and school patronage, are up and running …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 18 December]

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Free education not practicable: DCU President

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2012 by steve

“President of DCU, Professor Brian MacCraith believes the recent decision by DCU Students to campaign for a free education system is ‘not a practicable one’ …” (more)

[Aoife Mullen, The College View, 12 December]

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Teacher’s Pet

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2012 by steve

“… The Budget underlined how the third-level sector continues to be marginalised. The additional €25 million cut in funding may be a bridge too far for many university presidents. But it also underlines their failure to lobby the department effectively on the funding crisis …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 11 December]

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What now for scientific funding in Ireland?

Posted in Research on November 19th, 2012 by steve

“The future of scientific funding was a key talking point at Science Foundation Ireland’s summit in Athlone. Change is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. And last week when Science Foundation Ireland rolled out its new strategy, Agenda 2020, it re-ignited discussion about the future of scientific research in Ireland …” (more)

[Claire O'Connell, Irish Times, 19 November]

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Colleges back site at Connolly for hospital

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2012 by steve

“The heads of Dublin City University, NUI Maynooth and the Royal College of Surgeons have formally given their support to Connolly hospital in Blanchardstown as the site of a new national children’s hospital …” (more)

[Paul Cullen, Irish Times, 20 October]

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Teacher’s pet

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2012 by steve

“That UCD-TCD merger story really caught fire, but who are the big winners and the losers in the whole episode? And who buried the Van Vught report? First a recap …” (more)

[Irish Times, 2 October]

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Trinity merger with UCD not ‘desirable’, says Minister

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2012 by steve

“Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn and three university presidents last night moved to distance themselves from a controversial report …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 26 September]

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DCU involved in Joint Institute of Education

Posted in Teaching on September 16th, 2012 by steve

“DCU is involved in forming a new Institute of Education in Drumcondra. The university is working with Mater Dei Institute of Education (MDI), St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra (SPD), and the Church of Ireland College of Education (CICE) to set up the new campus at St Patrick’s College …” (more)

[Aisling Kett, The College View, 15 September]

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Teacher training to be reformed

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2012 by steve

“Teacher training in Ireland is set to be transformed with fewer colleges, a sharper research focus and more modern governance structures. The expected changes could signal the end of a long tradition in which both the Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland controlled teacher training colleges …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 5 September]

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Review of bonus points as guidance counsellors claim it distorts system

Posted in Fees and access on August 21st, 2012 by steve

“Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn is under renewed pressure to amend the bonus points system for maths after guidance counsellors concluded it was distorting college entry …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 21 August]

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Colleges join forces for academic gain

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2012 by steve

“Three third-level institutions in the Dublin area have joined to establish a formal partnership to enhance co-operation in the development of academic programmes in research and education. It should lead to an unprecedented level of linkage between the ’3U Partnership’ which includes Dublin City University, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and NUI Maynooth …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 27 June]

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Trio of third-level institutions to form partnership on education and research

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2012 by steve

“Three of Ireland’s leading third-level institutions are to collaborate on providing new postgraduate courses, research possibilities and attracting foreign students. The partnership between NUI Maynooth, Dublin City University (DCU), and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) will build on the success of major collaborative projects between the colleges …” (more)

[Vincent Ryan, Irish Examiner, 27 June]

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DCU president seeks ‘coherence’ in Irish education

Posted in Teaching on May 3rd, 2012 by steve

“An education think tank should be established to address the ‘incoherence’ of the Irish education system, according to Prof Brian MacCraith, president of Dublin City University. Delivering the keynote address at a major school-management conference, he said Ireland was at a critical point in its education history …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 3 May]

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Over to you, Mr President …

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2012 by steve

“DCU’S President told students last week what he really thinks of Ireland’s Minister for Education, his ideas on how to engage with students and the big names he hopes to bring on campus for the Constitutional Convention Campaign …” (more)

[Sorcha Jowitt, Dublin Studenty.me, 5 March]

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University plans to make its students model graduates

Posted in Life on September 8th, 2011 by steve

“Dublin City University is seeking to instill employer-friendly ‘attributes’ in graduates. The university has identified six characteristics that it believes will prepare graduates for ‘work in the 21st century’ …” (more)

[Genevieve Carbery, Irish Times, 8 September]

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How universities can help Ireland recover

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 4th, 2011 by steve

“At this time of year, universities all over the country are welcoming new students onto their campuses to start their journey into third-level education. It’s an exciting, demanding and often anxious time for the students and their parents. But it’s also a challenging time for universities …” (more)

[Brian MacCraith, Sunday Independent, 4 September]

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DCU head calls for radical changes in education

Posted in Fees and access, Teaching on August 22nd, 2011 by steve

“A radical change in the way students gain access to third level education has been put forward by the president of one of the country’s leading universities. Dublin City University president Brian MacCraith is calling for students to take on fewer subjects and have a shorter curriculum in the lead up to the Leaving Certificate. Students should also no longer rely on one examination at the end of the senior cycle but instead have continuous assessment in an ‘e-porfolio’ from the junior cycle …” (more)

[Martha Kearns, Sunday Business Post, 21 August]

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