Extremist speeches ‘should be challenged’ not banned

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

Ireland“Counterterrorism legislation to prevent extremist speeches on university campuses will not stop its spread, a conference in Co Carlow has heard. ‘Extremist speeches should be met by better, stronger ideas that challenge the speakers rather than a ban’, said Maajid Nawaz, founder of Quilliam, a London based counterextremism think-tank …” (more)

[Sylvia Thompson, Irish Times, 10 June]

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Top academic decries funding deficit in Irish universities

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Co Waterford woman who heads the University of Oxford has said Irish universities’ slide down international rankings is a direct consequence of declining investment. Prof Louise Richardson said the issue of university fees was a very difficult one for politicians but all societies must have a conversation about who pays for third-level education …” (more)

[Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 8 May]

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Brexit and the Rise of Populism an ‘Indictment’ of Universities, Says Oxford Vice-Chancellor

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Louise Richardson, has called the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump an ‘indictment’ of universities, speaking in Trinity today. Universities in the UK, she said, ‘need to be more engaged externally’ to prove that they are ‘actually engines of the British economy and drivers of social mobility’ …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 9 December]

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Brexit a concern for Oxford’s Irish vice-chancellor

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2016 by steve

EU“Brexit is a major concern for Prof Louise Richardson, the first woman vice-chancellor in the 900-year history of the University of Oxford. On a visit to Paris at the invitation of the Irish Ambassador to France, Geraldine Byrne-Nason, and French alumni from Oxford, Richardson spoke in an interview about the effect of Brexit on Oxford, the value of university rankings and her area of expertise: terrorism …” (more)

[Lara Marlowe, Irish Times, 20 September]

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Allow extremists to speak at universities, says Oxford head

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 17th, 2016 by steve

UK“Extremist groups should not be banned from speaking at British universities because students need to think about challenging ‘objectionable’ ideas, Oxford University’s first female vice-chancellor has said. Prof Louise Richardson told the Daily Telegraph …” (more)

[Guardian, 16 January]

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Irish vice-chancellor pledges ‘innovative’ future for Oxford

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2016 by steve

UK“Oxford University’s two most senior figures have offered competing visions of the institution’s recruitment policies and the legacy of its traditions during a ceremony to install the university’s first female vice-chancellor in its nearly 800-year history …” (more)

[Irish Times, 14 January]

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Louise Richardson: educate students to ‘prevent next financial crisis’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 12th, 2016 by steve

UK“The first female vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford has called on the institution to educate future leaders who can ‘think critically’ and ‘act ethically’ so that they can prevent the next financial crisis and deal with other threats facing the world …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 12 January]

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Incoming Vice Chancellor of Oxford Criticises Tenure Track and Trinity’s Low Amount of Female Professors

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Trinity graduate and incoming Vice Chancellor of Oxford, Louise Richardson, today criticised tenure track as an employment model for academics, a system College is considering implementing, and expressed shock at the low proportion of senior female academics in Trinity …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 6 November]

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Incoming Oxford Vice Chancellor Addresses Royal Irish Academy on Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Royal Irish Academy tonight hosted a talk by Prof Louise Richardson, Vice Chancellor of Oxford in waiting and Trinity graduate, at their second annual ‘Leaders in Higher Education Address’. Richardson, current Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of St Andrews and world-renowned expert on terrorism, gave an address on ‘Universities in the 21st Century’ …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 5 November]

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Debate needed over free fees for third-level, professor claims

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“An open debate is needed over whether the State can afford free fees for third-level education, according to the Irish head of one of Scotland’s oldest universities. Prof Louise Richardson, the Waterford-born principal of St Andrews, takes over as vice-chancellor of Oxford University in January, the first woman to hold the post in the university’s history …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 November]

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How come our cash-strapped universities can afford so many administrators?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 7th, 2015 by steve

UK“It took Oxford 40 years to catch up with Cambridge in appointing a woman vice-chancellor, but Louise Richardson — ex-St Andrews, Irish, Catholic, terrorism expert — is to take over from the chemist Andrew Hamilton …” (more)

[Melanie McDonagh, Spectator, 6 June]

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Oxford’s first female vice-chancellor won’t end gender inequality on her own

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2015 by steve

UK“The appointment of Louise Richardson as vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford is a watershed moment for British academia. Women occupying such strategic positions are important for symbolic and substantive reasons …” (more)

[Marianna Fotaki, The Conversation, 30 May]

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Irish academic to be first woman to lead Oxford University

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Tramore native Louise Richardson nominated for post that paid £434,000 in 2013. Waterford-born academic Prof Louise Richardson is set to become the first woman to lead the University of Oxford …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 28 May]

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Salmond pressed St Andrews head on research comments

Posted in Research on September 17th, 2014 by steve

“Alex Salmond pressed the principal of the University of St Andrews to tone down her remarks about the impact of Scottish independence on research …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 17 September]

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Salmond pressured Irish head of St Andrews to drop warnings over Yes vote

Posted in Research on September 17th, 2014 by steve

“Scottish first minister Alex Salmond tried to force the Waterford-born head of one of Scotland’s oldest universities to withdraw warnings that independence could hit research funding …” (more)

[Irish Times, 17 September]

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The prime of Prof Louise Richardson, the Irish president of St Andrews University

Posted in Life on September 13th, 2014 by steve

Scotland“On the same day as the Scottish referendum, a secret ballot at the Royal and Ancient golf club of St Andrews will decide on whether it will accept female members, including the president of neighbouring St Andrew’s university, Irishwoman Louise Richardson …” (more)

[Kathy Sheridan, Irish Times, 13 September]

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I’d have joined the IRA in a heartbeat, says principal of venerable university

Posted in Life on April 16th, 2009 by steve

Scotland“The first Irish-born principal of St Andrews University in Scotland is ruffling feathers at the famous institution. Louise Richardson, who was born in Ireland but is a US citizen by adoption, is thought to be the only academic at her level to have admitted that she was once tempted to join the IRA. However, instead she became one of the world’s foremost authorities on terrorism. Dr Richardson took office as the first female principal of St Andrews last March — the third-oldest university in the English-speaking world. Her arrival in the principal’s office is a remarkable journey. In January 1972, she was a 14-year-old Catholic girl, one of seven children, living in the small seaside town of Tramore in Co Waterford when she heard news that 27 civil rights marchers had been shot, and 13 of them killed, by the British Parachute Regiment …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 16 April]

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