Walsh gets no response from NUI in row over honour for Cowen

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

Ireland“The founding president of the University of Limerick is sending his honorary doctorate in the post back to the National University of Ireland, after failing to receive a formal response. Dr Edward Walsh said that he was ‘surprised’ that he has not received a reply in writing from the Chancellor of the National University of Ireland (NUI), Dr Maurice Manning, after he wrote to him nearly a fortnight ago …” (more)

[Gareth Morgan, Independent, 11 August]

Tags: , , , ,

Founding UL president to send his honorary doctorate back in post

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The founding president of the University of Limerick this week confirmed he will send the honorary doctorate back in the post to the National University of Ireland, after failing to receive a formal response from them. Dr Edward Walsh said he was ‘surprised’ that he has not received a reply in writing from the Chancellor of the NUI, Dr Maurice Manning …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 10 August]

Tags: , , , ,

Founding UL president can send robes back in the post, says NUI head

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The founding president of the University of Limerick has been told that he can send the robes and parchment he received for his honorary doctorate back in the post, if he wishes …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 10 August]

Tags: , , ,

Founding UL president ‘inundated’ with support over Cowen doctorate protest

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

Ireland“The founding president of the University of Limerick said he has been ‘inundated’ with letters of support since he announced his intention to hand back his honorary doctorate in protest over former Taoiseach Brian Cowen receiving the same honour. Dr Edward Walsh said that the honorary doctorate bestowed upon Mr Cowen, which has attracted widespread public criticism, was a ‘monumental faux pas’ …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 1 August]

Tags: , , ,

‘No protocol’ for UL President’s protest against honourary doctorate for Brian Cowen

Posted in Governance and administration on August 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The founding president of the University of Limerick Professor Edward Walsh is handing back the honorary doctorate awarded to him by the NUI because he objects to former Taoiseach Brian Cowen receiving the honour …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 1 August]

Tags: , , , , , ,

NUI’s honorary doctorate for Brian Cowen

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – On Thursday I wrote to the chancellor of the National University of Ireland (NUI) expressing my amazement at the decision of his university to grant Brian Cowen an honorary doctorate and asking how I proceed to have the NUI honorary doctorate I received in 1998 rescinded …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 29 July]

Tags: , , ,

Ex-UL president to hand back degree in Brian Cowen protest

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The founding president of University of Limerick (UL) plans to hand back his honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland (NUI) in protest over its decision to honour former taoiseach Brian Cowen. The NUI has faced a wave of public criticism following its awarding of an honorary doctorate to Mr Cowen on Wednesday …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 July]

Tags: , , , , , ,

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]

Tags: ,

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]

Tags: , , , , ,

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]

Tags: , , ,

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]

Tags: , , , , , ,

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]

Tags: , ,

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]

Tags: ,

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]

Tags: ,

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]

Tags: , ,

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]

Tags: , , , , , ,

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]

Tags: , , , ,

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]

Tags: ,

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]

Tags: ,

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]

Tags: , ,