Varadkar wants Irish college to be part of ‘European university’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar wants an Irish third-level institution to become part of a new network of European universities being planned by French president Emmanuel Macron. Mr Macron has proposed that Europe should have at least 20 ‘European universities’ which would allow students to move between different institutions and take classes in at least two different languages …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Patrick Smyth, Irish Times, 19 November]

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ETUCE releases Brexit statement

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

“ETUCE has now published a statement on Brexit negotiations following its adoption by the ETUCE Committee. The statement focuses on the potential effects of Brexit upon education and the teaching profession …” (more)

[ETUCE, 16 November]

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Brexit: The academic subjects most threatened by Britain leaving the EU revealed

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2017 by steve

“British universities are at risk of ‘collapse’ after Brexit as the future of tens of thousands of foreign academics is called into doubt, according to a new report. Changes to immigration rules will make it increasingly difficult for universities to hire and retain top academic talent …” (more)

[Josh Gabbatiss, Independent, 14 November]

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Irish third-level students pay second-highest fees in Europe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Third-level students in Ireland pay the second highest fees in Europe, according to a new report by the European Commission. While the UK has the highest fees – equivalent to about €10,000 – it is followed by Ireland with fees of €3,000. A crucial difference, however, is that more than 40 per cent of students in Ireland do not have to pay fees as they are entitled to means-tested grants …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 November]

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Creating a new relationship in research, science and innovation with the EU

Posted in Research on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

“Dr Vassiliki Papatsiba from the University of Sheffield and Dr Ludovic Highman from the UCL Institute of Education highlight the urgent need for a new partnership in research, science and innovation with the EU if the UK is to retain its status as a leading knowledge economy. The briefing outlines why clarity on the future of the UK’s research relationship with the EU is so necessary …” (more)

[Centre for Global Higher Education, 1 November]

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Improve Links Between Business and Higher Education, Says New International Report

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new international report into entrepreneurship education in Ireland has called on colleges and the government to continue supporting startups – and asked universities to be ‘innovative’ themselves as they look to engage with businesses across the world …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 23 October]

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Student Leaders Unite to Condemn Brexit ‘Chaos’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Student leaders from Ireland, the UK and Northern Ireland all today jointly condemned the detrimental impact on higher education of the uncertainty around the UK’s exit from the EU. In a joint statement at a student summit in London today …” (more)

[Matthew Murphy, University Times, 20 October]

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How could Macron’s ‘European universities’ work?

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

“Setting out his grand vision to reinvigorate the European Union at the end of last month, Emmanuel Macron made clear he had big plans for the continent’s universities. By 2024, the French president said, Europe should have ‘at least 20’ of what he called ‘European universities’, offering students the chance to ‘study abroad and take classes in at least two different languages’ …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 15 October]

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Erasmus: A trickle that turned to a flood

Posted in Life on October 17th, 2017 by steve

“Tens of millions of deaths in the first and second World Wars were young men who succumbed on the soil of foreign countries, miles from their homes. If a driving force behind the creation of the EU (formerly the EEC) was a closer, familial Europe, then there was a clear need to create an antithetical space to the battle field where the continent’s youth could engage …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 17 October]

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Why there is no brain drain (yet) of EU academics in the UK

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2017 by steve

“A predicted exodus of EU academics from British universities has not yet materialised. Helen de Cruz discusses why – despite the uncertainty hanging over their future status and rights – the ‘brain drain’ has not really begun yet …” (more)

[LSE Brexit Blog, 13 October]

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A bad-tempered Brexit is a risky move for universities

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

“‘Brexit – that is not the future of Europe’, said Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, in his annual agenda-setting state of the union speech in September. While few universities on the continent would be so dismissive, it is fair to say that Brexit has lost its sense of urgency in many places. ‘It has happened, it’s a shame, let’s get on with it’, largely sums up the mood …” (more)

[Lesley Wilson, Guardian, 11 October]

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Belfast uni considers cross-border professorships to keep EU cash

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

Ireland“A top UK university is considering creating joint academic posts with institutions in the Irish Republic to ensure it still benefits from post-Brexit European research funding. Queen’s in Belfast, a member of the Russell Group of leading research-driven universities, is exploring the potential of establishing shared professorships with colleges in Dublin and elsewhere south of the Irish border …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 10 October]

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BrHExit: The view from Dublin

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

Ireland“In recent days, Boris Johnson’s 4,000 word thesis on post-Brexit Britain appeared in the Daily Telegraph. It is notable that Mr. Johnson didn’t seem to see the higher education sector as playing a role in making Britain ‘great’ …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, Wonkhe, 25 September]

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Could Brexit cause problems for Irish universities?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The effects of Brexit and the consequences it will have on third-level students are still only emerging. Britain’s decision to leave the EU will have wide ranging ramifications for university life both at home and abroad …” (more)

[Daniel Forde, University Observer, 23 September]

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Student Grant Scheme Expenditure

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to increase student funding over the next four years to at least the average rate of other high income western European EU countries; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 September]

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Higher Education Institutions: Research Infrastructure

Posted in Research on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has requested an analysis of the status of research infrastructure within higher education institutes, HEIs; his plans for reviewing and funding strategic development plans in the HEIs; if he has carried out an analysis of the impact on HEIs of the potential withdrawal of UK HEIs from EU funding programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 20 September]

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Academics ‘could have to pay to quote’ under EU committee’s plan

Posted in Legal issues on September 21st, 2017 by steve

“European science organisations have raised the alarm over a European Union committee’s proposal that could force academics to pay or seek permission when quoting from colleagues’ work. The warning is a sign that researchers are getting caught up in the copyright battles ongoing between the European Union and US tech giants such as Google …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 21 September]

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Higher education underfunding ‘must be tackled to reap benefits of Brexit’

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

Ireland“The higher education system will lose out on opportunities presented by Brexit unless underfunding is tackled, a new report warns. Ireland will be the only English-speaking country in the EU after Brexit, apart from tiny Malta, putting it in a unique position to attract students and researchers, who might otherwise study or work in the UK …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 September]

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University rankings

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

Ireland“Sir, – I read with great interest the views of John Kelly, professor emeritus, about the attention given to university rankings (September 7th). He is of course completely right. Many international rankings of universities focus so heavily on the institutions’ research output that they fail to capture the many other, equally important dimensions of their work …” (more)

[Gerry Kiely, Irish Times, 15 Sepember]

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Close research links with EU ‘negotiable’ post-Brexit

Posted in Research on September 6th, 2017 by steve

“The government is prepared to negotiate continued membership of the European Union’s research funding bodies after exiting the EU, the BBC understands. A range of options for scientific collaboration will be set out in a government paper on Wednesday …” (more)

[Pallab Ghosh, BBC News, 6 September]

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