Testing times in higher education

Posted in Teaching on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I want to thank Dr Greg Foley (Letters, August 7th) for his list of review processes at DCU. It should be required reading for anyone considering adding to the list …” (more)

[James Quinn, Irish Times, 14 August]

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Testing times for quality teaching

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

Ireland“Sir, – With the news that the Minister for Education is considering the introduction of a UK-style Teaching Excellence Framework (Home News, July 25th) it is worth considering some of the quality processes that currently exist in the third-level sector, specifically my university, DCU …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 7 August]

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A TEF for Ireland?

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“With the news that the minister is considering the introduction of a UK-style TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) it is worth considering some of the quality process that currently exist in the third level sector, specifically my university, DCU …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 31 July]

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DCU names three buildings after women scientists

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Six buildings at Dublin City University have been renamed today, with three now named after Irish female scientists. The move is part of the DCU Women in Leadership initiative that was announced by the university last year …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 5 July]

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So I’m a professor now!

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Last week we got an email from our HR department informing us that we are adopting the American ‘professor’ system of academic titles. So now I’m an Associate Professor! Personally, I’m glad this change has been made and it’s not because I’ve always fancied being a professor …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 19 June]

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College ‘sorry’ for homophobic email about Zappone and wife

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone and her late wife Dr Ann Louise Gilligan were the subject of a homophobic email the same day the respected lecturer passed away. Dr Gilligan was cremated following a humanist ceremony held in The Helix auditorium on Saturday …” (more)

[Sarah Slater, Independent, 19 June]

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DCU suspends account over retiree’s ‘offensive’ email in response to death of Katherine Zappone’s wife

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University has suspended the email account of a retired staff member who sent an ‘offensive’ message in response to the death of Ann Louise Gilligan, wife of Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone. Dr Gilligan had taught at St Patrick’s College Drumcondra and DCU, and both institutions were merged last year …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 17 June]

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University suspends former lecturer’s email account over ‘offensive’ comments about death of Katherine Zappone’s wife

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A former lecturer accused of making ‘offensive’ comments in an email to Dublin City University (DCU) staff concerning the death of Dr Ann Louise Gilligan has had his account suspended, the university has confirmed …” (more)

[Daniel O’Connor, Independent, 16 June]

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Dublin City University unveils over 50 gender neutral bathrooms

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has opened 54 gender neutral bathrooms across its three campuses. The Universal Access Bathrooms were introduced on May 15th after the students’ union was mandated by class representatives in the 2015/16 academic year to implement gender neutral bathrooms …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 2 June]

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Lecturer made a lasting contribution to Irish musical life

Posted in Life on May 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Donal Colum O’Cleirigh, who has died aged 84, was senior lecturer in music at St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University, and contributed significantly to the musical life and musical education of Ireland, and in particular to the Cork Choral Festival, in the course of a long and fruitful professional career …” (more)

[Irish Times, 27 May]

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Students to get ‘living portfolios’ aimed at boosting job prospects

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

Ireland“Thousands of third-level students are to receive new online learning portfolios aimed at enhancing their job prospects when they leave college. Dublin City University has created a ‘living portfolio’ for its 17,000 students which, it says, will allow them to showcase their academic, professional and personal achievements …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 May]

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‘DCU had to be a university that could take in young people from the local areas’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“During the 1980s, university was a pathway open to the elite, upper-middle class and those academically fortunate to win a scholarship. Free fees were still a few years away and programmes for young people traditionally locked out of third-level education were non-existent …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 21 May]

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Creating an autism friendly campus

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Going to college can be a difficult transition for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In school they may have received special support, but they can struggle when they have to make the change to third level, even if they are academically gifted …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 27 April]

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UCD Signs up to Campaign Tackling Sexual Harassment in Irish Colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD is partnering with the National Women’s Council of Ireland and several other universities for a campaign looking to tackle sexual harassment and assault on college campuses. UCD was the first major university to come on board, and now UCC, DCU and the University of Limerick have signed up to the ‘It Stops Now’ campaign …” (more)

[College Tribune, 11 April]

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Maynooth University (MU) has been ranked in the top 50 of the world’s youngest universities

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University (MU) has been ranked in the top 50 of the world’s youngest universities, the best ever placing for Ireland. It is 49th in the UK-based Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings, while Dublin City University (DCU) is in the top 100, rising five places this year, to 74th …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 April]

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DCU denies it had plans to host anti-vaccine film

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

Ireland“Dublin City University has denied the suggestion that it had accepted a booking to host a controversial film by a discredited campaigner who claims there is a link between autism and vaccines. Anti-vaccine campaigners plan to screen Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe in Ireland on May 5 …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 28 March]

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What are the must-have skills for today’s graduates?

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

Ireland“Whenever he asks emplyers about the must-have skills they want in today’s graduates, Dublin City University president Brian MacCraith gets much the same answer …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 March]

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Revealed: Inside the accommodation where 60 students share four fridges, toilets are blocked and rent increased by 38%

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students at a Dublin university claim they are living in squalid conditions despite seeing their rent increase by 38% this academic year. An undercover investigation reveals that 60 students are sharing each of four houses at St Patrick’s College in Drumcondra, on Dublin city’s northside …” (more)

[Hayley Halpin, Independent, 25 March]

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Brexit could lead to increase in CAO points for Irish students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Brexit could lead to increases in CAO points if thousands of Irish students who study in the UK opt to remain at home, a university president has warned. Dublin City University president Brian MacCraith said up to 12,000 Irish students currently study in universities across the UK …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 March]

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UCD and DCU recognised for gender equality actions

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Two Irish universities have received an award recognising steps they have taken towards gender equality. UCD and DCU have both received Athena SWAN bronze awards …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 15 March]

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