University of Limerick founding president tackles core issues

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Founding president says some of the UL governors ‘know sweet damn all about universities’. After weeks of thought-provoking discussions in the Limerick Civic Trust’s autumn lecture series, the founding president of University of Limerick Dr Ed Walsh recently delivered an in-depth, hour-long talk on Ireland’s most topical issues, marking the end of the programme …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 23 October]

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3rd Level Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An expert group examining funding for Third Level education has recommended the introduction of a student loan system as one possible option for addressing funding difficulties in the sector. We spoke to Joan Burton and Dr. Ed Walsh.” (audio)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 11 July]

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Founding UL president is ‘concerned’ by Mazars report

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Founding president of the University of Limerick has said he is ‘concerned’ and ‘particularly sad’ by the findings in a recent review, commissioned by the Higher Education Authority, into a number of allegations at the university. Speaking to the Limerick Leader this week …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 18 February]

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Junior Cert reform talks fail to avert strike; Minister advised to ‘stick her heels in’

Posted in Teaching on November 20th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Talks between the Minister of Education and the second level teachers unions have failed to avert strike action. The ASTI and TUI will go ahead with a one-day strike on December 2 …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 20 November]

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University celebrates its 40th year by honouring its ‘early pioneering students’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2012 by steve

“The University of Limerick marked its 40th anniversary at the weekend with a ceremony honouring its ‘early pioneering students’: the class of 1972. Eighty members of the class were conferred with honorary master’s of philosophy degrees …” (more)

[Irish Times, 1 October]

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UL founder hits at Farage for misusing quote

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2012 by steve

“Dr Ed Walsh, the founding president of the University of Limerick, has hit out at leading eurosceptic MEP Nigel Farage’s use of an address he gave to promote a no vote in the fiscal treaty referendum …” (more)

[Conall Ó Fátharta, Irish Examiner, 28 May]

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Teachers should offer students college feedback, suggests UL president

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 29th, 2012 by steve

“The founding president of the University of Limerick has said that teachers should be required to offer their professional opinion of what course to undertake to their secondary school students. The controversial suggestion was made by UL founder Ed Walsh …” (more)

[Donal MacHenry, StudentNews.ie, 29 February]

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UL founding president Ed Walsh named as Limerick’s grand marshal for Paddy’s Day parade

Posted in Governance and administration on February 29th, 2012 by steve

“Dr Ed Walsh has been announced as the Grand Marshal for the 2012 Limerick St Patrick’s Day Parade. Dr Walsh, a Freeman of the City and the founding president of the University of Limerick (UL) was unveiled at the St Patrick’s Festival launch …” (more)

[Alan Owens, Limerick Leader, 29 February]

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Upstarts in the Southeast?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2012 by steve

“Over Christmas I read Ed Walsh’s excellent autobiography Upstart. Upstart details the creation of the National Institute of Higher Education, Limerick, which subsequently became the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Stephen Kinsella, Irish Economy, 17 January]

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Our school system is broken – we need to look beyond exams

Posted in Teaching on December 17th, 2011 by steve

“The startling rate at which the Irish school system is falling behind was highlighted in last December’s OECD’s PISA report …” (more)

[Ed Walsh, TheJournal.ie, 17 December]

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Programme 118, Twitter in the Classroom, & Ed Walsh pt 2

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2011 by steve

“Presented and produced by Seán Delaney. Reporter Sinéad Burke. On this programme the former president of the University of Limerick, Dr. Ed Walsh, discusses the early days of NIHE Limerick …” (more, mp3)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 5 December]

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Programme 117, Ed Walsh, & Physical Education

Posted in Life on November 28th, 2011 by steve

“Presented and produced by Seán Delaney. On this week’s programme Dr Ed Walsh, former president of the University of Limerick discussed his new book, Upstart: Friends, Foes and Founding a University and his Irish Times article on ’13 Lessons We Must Learn’ …” (more, mp3)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 27 November]

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Entry to third level – Assessment is worth considering

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 7th, 2011 by steve

“Nobody can deny that Ireland’s Leaving Cert exam, with its heavy emphasis on a points system which encourages parrot-style learning by rote, is utterly inadequate as a grounding for students to survive in higher education, in their career or in adult life …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 7 November]

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Call to enlist teachers’ views in deciding college entry

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 7th, 2011 by steve

“The views of teachers should be sought by colleges to help decide which students to admit into third-level courses, according to University of Limerick’s founding president …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 November]

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‘The potential is obvious’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2011 by steve

“From 1845, when Limerick failed to get one of the Queens Colleges that went to Cork and Galway, a campaign for a university in Limerick simmered …” (more)

[Ed Walsh, Irish Times, 1 November]

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Millionaire nearly pulled the plug on UL

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2011 by steve

“The founding president of the University of Limerick has revealed in his new book that millionaire philanthropist Lewis Glucksman threatened to remove his name from the university library and resign from the UL Foundation over a dispute about Ed Walsh’s retirement package …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 14 October]

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University of Limerick set to honour its founding president Dr Ed Walsh

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2011 by steve

“Founding president of the University of Limerick Dr Ed Walsh is among the five ‘exceptional individuals’ to be conferred with honorary doctorates by the university in a ceremony later this year …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 26 February]

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Fixing the education system

Posted in Teaching on February 7th, 2011 by steve

“Madam, – Ed Walsh’s article (Education Today, January 25th) pioneers a bizarre new approach to education excellence – starving Irish schools and pupils of even more resources …” (more)

[Bernie Ruane, Irish Times, 7 February]

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Finding the muscle to fix our failing education system

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 25th, 2011 by steve

“It is time to stop commissioning reports and tiptoeing around the teacher unions. Ireland is being left behind with an inferior school system and it’s up to the new Minister for Education to stop the decline …” (more)

[Ed Walsh, Irish Times, 25 January]

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From the archives

Posted in Governance and administration on January 13th, 2011 by steve

“The creation of the first new universities since the founding of the State was announced in 1989 with the upgrading of the National Institutes of Higher Education in Limerick and Dublin …” (more)

[Christina Murphy, Irish Times, 13 January]

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