Minister for Education and Skills and Minister for Higher Education announce first president of Technological University Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today (December 2018) announced that Professor David FitzPatrick has been designated under the Technological Universities Act 2018 for appointment as the first president of Technological University Dublin …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 December]

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Mary McAleese appointed professor at University of Glasgow

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Former President Mary McAleese is to become a Professor of Children, Law and Religion at the University of Glasgow. The post is a joint appointment between the College of Arts and College of Social Sciences at the university. She will take up her position during the 2018/2019 academic year …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 1 October]

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Mary McAleese says Maynooth should be ‘gay-friendly’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The current controversy about a gay culture at Maynooth is misplaced and the church authorities should be focusing on why so few young people are seeking to join the priesthood rather than seeking to make seminaries gay-unfriendly places, according to former president Mary McAleese …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 27 August]

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Mary McAleese to take new post in UK university

Posted in Life on December 15th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Former President Mary McAleese has been appointed Distinguished Professor in Irish Studies at the UK’s oldest Catholic university …” (more)

[Nicola Anderson, Independent, 15 December]

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In Europe, Contradictory Messages About Teaching and Research

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2013 by steve

EU“Recently in Europe, as in many other countries, there has been a growing focus on research to the detriment of teaching and learning. There are some signs, however, that the pendulum may be beginning to swing back – ever so slowly …” (more)

[Ellen Hazelkorn, Chronicle of Higher Education, 26 September]

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The ‘McAleese’ Report on Third Level

Posted in Research, Teaching on June 24th, 2013 by steve

“The Examiner today has a story about the (upcoming?) EU report on Third Level education. Apparently it is going to propose that the educators get a bit of an education on how to teach. It’s hard to argue with that …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 24 June]

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EU report urges plan to educate the educators

Posted in Teaching on June 24th, 2013 by steve

“University lecturers and professors need to go back to school to learn how to teach, a major report into improving higher education in the EU recommends. Chaired by former president Mary McAleese, the document warns that research has taken precedence over teaching in third-level colleges and that this must be rebalanced …” (more)

[Ann Cahill, Irish Examiner, 24 June]

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Moran welcomes McAleese universities report

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2013 by steve

“Senator Mary Moran has welcomed today’s publication of the report by a high-level EU group on improving the quality of teaching and learning in universities …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 19 June]

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EU group calls for compulsory training for university professors

Posted in Teaching on June 18th, 2013 by steve

“A European Union group chaired by Mary McAleese has called for certified teaching training for all staff in higher education institutions within the next ten years …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 June]

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Queen’s opens £15m centre for executives of the future

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2012 by steve

“A new business unit at Queen’s University would ‘put a new dynamic at the heart of business’ in Ireland, the former president, Mary McAleese, has said …” (more)

[Una Bradley, Irish Times, 20 October]

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McAleese to chair EU education group

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2012 by steve

“Former President Mary McAleese has been appointed by the EU Commission to chair a three-year review of higher education with seven leading academic and business figures. The appointment is Mrs McAleese’s first public assignment since her term of office ended last year and she said in Brussels yesterday it was likely to be the only one …” (more)

[Arthur Beesley, Irish Times, 19 September]

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McAleese to swap presidential office for university library

Posted in Life on October 18th, 2011 by steve

“President Mary McAleese plans to study in Italy when she finishes up at the Aras. In a documentary on her term in office, which airs tonight, she says she has no regrets on leaving the job after two terms, and will return to studying law …” (more)

[Lynne Kelleher, Independent, 18 October]

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Law should be ‘part of school curriculum’

Posted in Teaching on October 13th, 2011 by steve

“Legal Education should form part of the primary and secondary school curriculum, President Mary McAleese said yesterday. Speaking at the American Bar Association international law meeting in Dublin, Mrs McAleese said empowering people and educating them about their legal rights was not always an easy task …” (more)

[Fiona Gartland, Irish Times, 13 October]

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AIT: a story of ambition, vision and determination

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2011 by steve

“The growth and development of AIT over the last 40 years represented proof of what could be achieved with an ambition, vision and determination, according to President Mary McAleese …” (more)

[Westmeath Independent, 16 February]

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After Aras, it’s student life for Mary

Posted in Life on February 11th, 2011 by steve

“President Mary McAleese wants to go back to college to continue to study law after she finishes her term in November. Speaking to students at the Philosophical Society in Trinity College last night, she said in response to a question about her future plans that she will keep out of the public eye and go back to university …” (more)

[Fiona Ellis, Independent, 11 February]

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President of Ireland: Universities key to re-imagining Irish Society

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

“Delivering the 2010 Newman Lecture at University College Dublin, the President of Ireland Mary McAleese called for a more holistic approach to re-imagining Irish society …” (text, video)

[UCD News, 20 October]

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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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Remarks by President McAleese at the launch of Dublin City University’s Strategy Plan, DCU, 22nd June 2010

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2010 by steve

“Dia dhíbh a chairde, cuireann sé áthas orm bheith anseo libh inniu agus tá mé thar a bheith buíoch daoibh as an chuireadh a thug sibh dom. It is a real pleasure to be back on the Dublin City University campus for the launch of the University’s new Strategy Plan …” (more)

[Áras an Uachtaráin, 24 June]

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Double first: President on Sherkin for degree award

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

“President Mary McAleese made presidential history yesterday by becoming the first holder of the office to visit Sherkin Island off west Cork. President McAleese was the guest of honour at the conferring of awards for the Dublin Institute of Technology’s (DIT) BA in Visual Art Graduation yesterday afternoon …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 20 April]

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President praises Islamic students’ role in society

Posted in Life on February 27th, 2010 by steve

“Islamic students make a ‘very positive contribution’ to Irish society and its economy, according to President McAleese. She said: ‘They are helping to advance the frontiers of science, medicine and research – it is their encouraging experience of Ireland that helps our higher education institutions compete for students and recognition in this globalised world’ …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 27 February]

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