The truth behind the window dressing at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Reality speaks louder than public relations drivel, no matter how you spin it. To wit, NUI Galway says it’s doing all it can to address gender inequality at the university. After all, the university has repeatedly pointed out, it set up a Task Force for Gender Equality, has adopted a mandatory female quota of at least 40% for the next promotion round to Senior Lecturer, and hired a Vice President of Diversity and Equality …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 6 April]

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It’s time for the NUI to drop the third language requirement

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new grading system and new CAO common points scale will be used for the first time in this year’s Leaving Certificate exams. The old ABC-style grades, 14 each at higher and ordinary level, have been abolished in favour of eight H (higher) and eight O (ordinary) grades. The change to the grading system is also bringing change to the CAO points scale …” (more)

[Billy Ryle, Independent, 16 March]

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Who is Lynn Ruane? One of the Seanad’s new faces

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“President of Trinity College Students’ Union, Lynn Ruane, has been elected to the university’s third Seanad seat. Ruane was declared victorious on the 15th count, beating incumbent senator Sean Barrett by 116 votes …” (more)

[Jane O’Faherty, Independent, 28 April]

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Seanad election and the NUI panel

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – A total of 30 candidates are seeking election to the Seanad on the National University of Ireland panel. To assist in identifying possible preferences, I made the following rough breakdown of candidates’ attributes under some admittedly arbitrary classifications, based on their election literature and selected other accessible information …” (more)

[Michael Walsh, Irish Times, 18 April]

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Níl Cúis Imní do Ghaeilgeoirí atá san Easpa Sainúdaráis USI ar an Riachtanas Maithreánach Gaeilge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Tá sé socraithe inniu ag Comhdháil Aontais na Mac Léinn in Éirinn nach mbeidh an eagraíocht ag gníomhú ar son an Ghaeilge a choinneáil mar riachtanas maithreánach d’Ollscoil Náisiúnta na hÉireann. Tá Aontas na Mac Léinn in Éirinn (USI) gan sainúdarás áirithe maidir leis an bhuncheist sin, tar éis trí bhliain ag iarraidh deimhniú go gcoinneofaí an chéad teanga oifigiúil den Stát mar riachtanas maithreánach do fhormhór na n-iarrthóirí iontrála d’ollscoileanna na tíre …” (more)

[Christopher McMahon, University Times, 22 March]

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Languages and university entry

Posted in Teaching on March 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Three months after first reports emerged that the National University of Ireland was considering removing the requirement to present a foreign language for matriculation purposes, our politicians seem to have heard about it …” (more)

[Barry Hennessy, Irish Times, 10 March]

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‘Irish language for third-level entry shouldn’t be a rule’, universities told

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 8th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Irish language requirement for entrance into the National University of Ireland should be dropped according to a high-level group examining third-level …” (more)

[The Journal.ie, 8 December]

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Irish language requirement for college places should be removed, report recommends

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 8th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A report by a high-level task force has recommended that the Irish language requirement for college places should be removed for courses which are not taught through Irish …” (more)

[Clare Cullen, Independent, 8 December]

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Academics in Ireland hope to create an online education brand

Posted in Teaching on May 8th, 2014 by steve

“The National University of Ireland is considering a leap into accredited online education with the aim of uniting universities in the republic behind a single international brand …” (more)

[Naomi Powell, Inside Higher Ed, 8 May]

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NUI plan targets online accreditation

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2014 by steve

“More than a century after it awarded its first degree, the National University of Ireland is moving into the virtual realm with plans for accrediting online education …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 11 April]

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Government accused of ‘invasion’ of university Seanad seats

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2014 by steve

“Senator David Norris says intention clear in remarks made by Minister Phil Hogan, while Senator Seán Barrett accuses Taoiseach of ‘revenge’ on Independents …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 12 March]

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General Scheme of the Seanad Electoral (University Members) (Amendment) Bill 2014: Statements

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2014 by steve

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): On behalf of the Government I am here to introduce the general scheme of the Seanad electoral (university Members) (amendment) Bill 2014 …” (more)

[Seanad Éireann, 11 March]

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Third Level Admissions Reform – A levels

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 7th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of times during each of the past four years representatives of the NUI group of universities have met to discuss the matter of A Level and Applied A Level subjects recognised for the purposes of matriculation in these institutions; the departmental guidelines governing this practice …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 5 November]

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Third level Limerick students set to get Seanad election rights

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2013 by steve

“Taoiseach Enda Kenny has announced that graduates of all third level institutions in Ireland will get a vote in Seanad elections …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 12 October]

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Experts don’t see answers, LC exam chiefs say

Posted in Teaching on September 25th, 2013 by steve

“The controversy continues over problems with the Leaving Certificate economics paper as exam chiefs confirm that university experts with an advisory role didn’t actually see the answers …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 September]

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Work begins on €20m NUI Galway Clinical & Translational Research Facility

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2013 by steve

“Work has begun on NUI Galway’s €20m Clinical Research Facility and Translational Research Facility (CRF-TRF). The contract to construct the four-storey building (gross floor area 5,345m²) has been awarded to BAM Building Ltd …” (more)

[NUI Galway, 17 September]

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Academic freedom in Bahrain

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – Prof Damian McCormack (July 1st ) refers to the National University of Ireland as an organ of the State. It is not. It is an independent statutory body and has been so since its foundation in 1908 …” (more)

[Maurice Manning, Irish Times, 8 July]

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Academic and medical freedom in Bahrain

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2013 by steve

“… Dr Manning’s comment that there ‘has been a normalisation of relations’ in that country suggests he did not meet any of those who suffered and continue to suffer under one of the most brutally oppressive regimes on the planet …” (more)

[Damian Mc Cormack, Irish Times, 1 July]

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Universities and human rights

Posted in Governance and administration on June 13th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – Recent adverse publicity about the role of Irish universities in training students from countries with questionable human rights records has surprised me …” (more)

[Sean O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 13 June]

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NUI chancellor stresses ‘centrality of human rights’ on visit to Bahraini medical campus

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2013 by steve

“The chancellor of the National University of Ireland (NUI) has spoken of ‘the centrality of human rights in the work of medical graduates’ during a visit to a controversial Irish-run college in Bahrain … ” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 11 June]

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