Scam warning as ‘desperate’ students seek homes to rent

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There has been a reported spike in rental scams as a new generation of Third Level students desperately searches for accommodation. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and gardaí have issued a warning to those looking for a place to live in advance of the academic year …” (more)

[Gavin White, Independent, 9 August]

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Garda issue warning after €20k deposits paid to rent scammer

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Over €20,000 in deposits was paid to a scammer who pretended to be the landlord of a Dublin property he was about to vacate. The incident was highlighted by gardaí as one of many kinds of fraud in the rental market as they advised students to be careful when hunting for accommodation in the coming weeks …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 August]

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€360,000 Fraud at NUI Maynooth Being Investigated

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Garda investigation has commenced into a €360,000 fraud at NUI Maynooth. The fraud occurred in 2015 but has only recently surfaced as the university published its annual financial statement for the year ending September 2015. The document reveals that the university has suffered a loss of €362,811 as a result of fraud, which the university claims was carried out by a third party …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 7 January]

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Students warned over rent deposit scammers

Posted in Legal issues on August 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students have been warned to avoid the temptation of paying over rent deposits to scammers who have been preying on panic over scarce accommodation. At least two overseas students planning to study in Cork have been caught out by the tricksters who made unsolicited contact pretending to have rooms to offer …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 6 August]

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Have 1 in 5 UK academics fabricated data?

Posted in Legal issues, Research on July 1st, 2016 by steve

UK“A small survey of UK academics suggests misconduct such as faking data and plagiarism is occurring surprisingly often. The survey — of 215 UK academics — estimated that 1 in 7 had plagiarized from someone else’s work, and nearly 1 in 5 had fabricated data …” (more)

[Retraction Watch, 1 July]

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‘It seemed too good to be true’ – UCD student tells of €4,400 accommodation scam

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A UCD student has spoken of how she and her friends were conned out of more than €4,000 by a fraudulent accommodation scam …” (more)

[Meadhbh McGrath, Independent, 30 June]

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Fraud is now the biggest enemy of science

Posted in Legal issues, Research on June 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The recent announcement (April 27th 2016) by Julianna LeMieux in the American Council on Science and Health bulletin caught my eye: ‘Full of shite: why a fecal transplant paper was retracted’. The paper was retracted because it contained fraudulent data …” (more)

[William Reville, Irish Times, 2 June]

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Essays for sale: a new wave of plagiarism

Posted in Legal issues on May 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students who use online essay-writing services face sanction if caught. As for the final product, our experiment suggests such work is far from guaranteed to pass …” (more)

[Ronan Smyth, Irish Times, 17 May]

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CIT president hits out at whistleblower ‘falsehoods’

Posted in Legal issues on October 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The president of Cork Institute of Technology has claimed that allegations made against the college by an anonymous whistle-blower were ‘almost entirely malicious falsehoods’ that were ‘intended to damage the good name of CIT, its governors, and staff’ …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 5 October]

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Mass-produced PhDs lie at heart of Russia’s ‘plague’ of doctoral fraud

Posted in Research on October 4th, 2015 by steve

Russia“The extraordinary scale of PhD fraud in Russia can be attributed to the reproduction of near-identical doctoral dissertations within universities, a new study says. With more than 3,500 falsified theses identified by the anti-plagiarism group Dissernet in the past two years, PhD forgery is now an ‘integral part of Russia’s statehood’, rather than a ‘fringe phenomenon’ …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 4 October]

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How scammers try to hook students into fake accommodation ads

Posted in Legal issues, Life on September 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“When they arrived in Ireland two weekends ago, Austrian students Marie Therese Sramek and Tanja Rosenecker discovered that the Dublin 8 apartment they had booked online was never theirs to live in …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 13 September]

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Student grant body warns of fradulent ‘phishing’ email

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on August 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Message purporting to be from Student Universal Support Ireland being circulated. A fraudulent email is being circulated seeking banking details from third level students, the Student Universal Support Ireland (Susi) authority has warned …” (more)

[Dan Griffin, Irish Times, 14 August]

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Students paid thousands to school before closure

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on October 31st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Council for International Students says it believes thousands of euro was paid by students to Leinster College in the days and weeks coming up to its sudden closure three days ago …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 31 October]

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TCD’s alternative entry scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 21st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – John McAvoy, former general manager of the CAO, in his comments on TCD’s alternative entry assessment criteria (‘Students are guinea pigs in Trinity’s experiment’, Education Opinion, October 14th), raises the key issue of the authenticity of the authorship of the essay which is a significant element of the proposed entry assessment procedure …” (more)

[Michael O’Dwyer, Irish Times, 21 October]

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The damage done by misconduct in science

Posted in Legal issues, Research on October 16th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Imagine the following Irish Times headline: ‘UCC professor sentenced to six months in prison for fabricating data behind recent Nature paper on cancer therapy’. This might seem to be a highly unlikely scenario, but not if the views of Dr Richard Smith (New Scientist, September) prevail …” (more)

[William Reville, Irish Times, 16 October]

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Scientific misconduct should be a crime: It’s like fraud or theft, only more dangerous

Posted in Legal issues, Research on September 15th, 2014 by steve

“After 30 years of observing how science deals with the problem, I have sadly come to the conclusion that it should be a crime, for three main reasons. First, in a lot of cases, people have been given substantial grants to do honest research, so it really is no different from financial fraud or theft …” (more)

[Richard Smith, Slate, 14 September]

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Warning over fake ads scam for student flat

Posted in Legal issues on August 26th, 2014 by steve

“Students are being warned to be vigilant when searching for accommodation as a number of fake ads have appeared online. As the scramble to obtain accommodation is at its height, a number of students have been duped into handing over deposits for apartments that don’t exist …” (more)

[Elaine McCahill, Independent, 26 August]

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Degree checks ‘uncover grade fraud’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Almost one in 10 university degrees claimed by graduates have ‘errors’, such as wrong grades or subjects, according to the agency which carries out checks for employers …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 2 April]

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Problems with scientific research: How science goes wrong

Posted in Research on October 18th, 2013 by steve

International“A simple idea underpins science: ‘trust, but verify’. Results should always be subject to challenge from experiment. That simple but powerful idea has generated a vast body of knowledge …” (more)

[The Economist, 18 October]

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Why I write for an essay mill

Posted in Teaching on August 1st, 2013 by steve

“… In recent months, I have written thousands of words of coursework for more university courses than I can remember. I’ve covered everything from literature and international relations to conservation and the Renaissance. But my name is not attributed to a single essay I’ve produced …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 1 August]

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