Intercession: UCD founder Newman to be made saint after ‘second miracle’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Pope Francis will make Cardinal John Henry Newman, who was instrumental in founding the university that became UCD, a saint. The Pope has decided that Newman has committed two miracles. Newman was one of the highest-profile Anglicans to convert to Catholicism during the Victorian era …” (more)

[Dean Gray, Independent, 14 February]

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UCD founder Newman to be made a saint

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Cardinal John Henry Newman, the founder of what later became known as University College Dublin, is to be made a saint. The Vatican announced the decision after finding that a second miracle was due to the intercession of the Englishman who converted from Anglicanism to the Catholic faith …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 13 February]

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Founder of UCD could be canonised next year

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The founder of University College Dublin looks set to become a saint. Cardinal John Henry Newman was the rector of the Catholic University of Ireland which later became UCD. According to the Catholic News Agency, a second miracle attributed to him has been approved by the Vatican …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 29 November]

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UCD and Newman House

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I write in response to the letter of July 29th from Dr Joseph J O’Leary. Please be assured that UCD has no intention of renaming Newman House. We are extremely proud of our connection with Dr John Henry Newman …” (more)

[Ruth Ferguson, Irish Times, 31 July]

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The future of Newman House

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Doireann Ní Bhriain reports that ‘Newman House is now to be transformed into the Ulysses Centre, a venue for the celebration of Ireland’s literary tradition’ (Weekend Review, July 25th). UCD and the people of Dublin should reject this name change, which does violence to history …” (more)

[Joseph S O’Leary, Irish Times, 29 July]

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Unthinkable: Has Cardinal John Henry Newman’s vision for universities died?

Posted in Teaching on December 2nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“In 1854, Cardinal John Henry Newman began writing what remains the world’s most famous essay on higher education, The Idea of a University. The same year, he opened the Catholic University in Dublin as the template for this new kind of institution where students didn’t just learn but ‘flourished’ …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 2 December]

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University of life or career – or both

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2014 by steve

“We have moved very far from Newman’s idea of a university – the purpose of which was to present a cultural inheritance of the Western World and to provide the tools whereby graduates could continue their journeys of education …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 21 August]

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Exporting Newman’s Idea of a University to China

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2013 by steve

“… Although translated into Chinese in 1996, this work on his philosophy of education has still not had the influence that could be expected on the Chinese education system. The values of questioning, challenging and coming up with creative solutions, which are at the heart of Irish education, are in short supply in the current Chinese school system …” (more)

[Liming Wang, Education Matters, 16 May]

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Defining the University

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2013 by steve

“On Sunday December 2nd 1787, John Lettice rose to preach at the University of Cambridge about a subject close to his heart – the state of British universities …” (more)

[Eoin Lettice, Communicate Science, 6 January]

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Minister, universities are for the intellectual elite

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2012 by steve

“The HEA’s proposed academic conditions read like a horror list of inadequacy, writes Emer O’Kelly. Anybody interested in the progress and advancement of third-level education and beyond is familiar with John Henry Newman’s late 19th Century treatise The Idea of a University. That, of course, is a given. I joke: like hell it’s a given …” (more)

[Independent, 12 February]

[Blogmeister’s note: Wouldn’t it be nice if the conditions were published, so that we could each form our own view, rather than having to make do with rants from journalists with privileged access?]

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Ag foghlaim le John Henry Newman ar ollscoil an tsaoil

Posted in Life on December 28th, 2011 by steve

“Breis agus dhá scór bliain ó shin bhíos ar mo bhealach go Corcaigh, an grá do mo thiomáint. Grá idé ollscoile. Bhí staidéar déanta ar scoil againn ar aiste de chuid John Henry Cardinal Newman dár teideal The Idea of a University (1873) a bhí cnuasaithe sa leabhar New Senior Prose le James J Carey …” (more)

[Mícheál Ó Ruairc, Irish Times, 28 December]

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What are universities for?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2011 by steve

“William von Humboldt did it in 1810, Cardinal Newman did it in 1852 and Lord Robbins did it in 1963. Now recent changes to UK higher education policy have led to a surge of interest in doing it again – with concern in some quarters that it is not being done enough – that is, defining what universities are for …” (more)

[Harriet Swain, Guardian, 10 October]


Alasdair MacIntyre on the very idea of the university

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2011 by steve

“Alasdair MacIntyre, ‘The Very Idea of a University: Aristotle, Newman, and Us’, British Journal of Educational Studies 57.4 (December 2009), 347-362. The following are notes taken on MacIntyre’s essay …” (more)

[Andrew Taggart, 9 September]

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Part II: John Henry Newman and the Idea of the University

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on July 20th, 2011 by steve

The Idea of the University is one of those books that many will know about, but few will have read. The version I recently finished is 428 pages and most of it is dense. Two of Newman’s 20th century admirers were James Joyce and Edward Said. I’m not sure many authors could command the respect of such a diverse duo, but upon reflection I entirely understand why …” (more)

[Bill Tierney, 21st Century Scholar, 20 July]


Part I: John Henry Newman and The Idea of the University

Posted in Governance and administration on July 18th, 2011 by steve

“I recently read John Cornwell’s Newman’s Unquiet Grave: The Reluctant Saint which tells the life story of Cardinal Newman of England. Newman wrote an epic book about higher education, The Idea of the University, which I will discuss at length in the next blog. For now, however, I would like to consider his life …” (more)

[21st Century Scholar, 18 July]


The painful Dublin birth of Newman’s idea of a Catholic university

Posted in Life on December 7th, 2010 by steve

“The month of November figured prominently in John Henry Newman’s time in Ireland, when he came to Dublin to set up the Catholic University, at the behest of Pope Pius IX and many of the Irish bishops …” (more)

[Dermot Mansfield, Irish Times, 7 December]

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Irish have enduring strengths, says President

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2010 by steve

“‘… If our 21st century Irish universities can reimagine themselves as successfully as they have done to date, then Ireland itself will be more than reimagined, it will surely be reborn’. The President said the Newman focus on an education that addresses the whole person, living fully and not just working in a complex universe remains a live issue …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 20 October]

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Home of beatified Cardinal John Newman open for Conradh na Gaeilge culture night

Posted in Life on September 22nd, 2010 by steve

“Dubliners will have an opportunity to go behind the scenes of one of Dublin’s most historically important buildings by taking a guided tour of the Conradh na Gaeilge headoffices at Number 6 Harcourt Street as part of Culture Night 2010 on Friday, 24 September 2010 (going every 20 minutes from 5.00 – 11.00pm), and can learn about the connections some of the most important people in Irish history and politics had with the building …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 22 September]


Newman’s seminal work had its roots in Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2010 by steve

“In the century and a half since its publication, John Henry Newman’s The Idea of a University has exerted extraordinary influence over the discussion and conceptualisation of higher education. At a time when the eminence of his newly attained status risks distracting from his distinctive thought, it is worth reconsidering this seminal work and its Dublin roots …” (more)

[Pádraic Conway, Irish Times, 21 September]


The Idea(l) of a university

Posted in Life on September 21st, 2010 by steve

“… In other words, Scruton mentions the occasion of The Idea of the University – the founding of the Catholic University of Ireland – but neglects to mention that Newman’s ideal university really is a Catholic university. Not a Baptist university, not an Anglican university, not a secular liberal arts college, but a Catholic one. Newman would certainly not endorse Scruton’s decapitated version of the argument …” (more)

[The Little Professor, 19 September]