Walsh gets no response from NUI in row over honour for Cowen

Posted in Governance and administration on August 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The founding president of the University of Limerick is sending his honorary doctorate in the post back to the National University of Ireland, after failing to receive a formal response. Dr Edward Walsh said that he was ‘surprised’ that he has not received a reply in writing from the Chancellor of the National University of Ireland (NUI), Dr Maurice Manning, after he wrote to him nearly a fortnight ago …” (more)

[Gareth Morgan, Independent, 11 August]

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Founding UL president to send his honorary doctorate back in post

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

Ireland“The founding president of the University of Limerick this week confirmed he will send the honorary doctorate back in the post to the National University of Ireland, after failing to receive a formal response from them. Dr Edward Walsh said he was ‘surprised’ that he has not received a reply in writing from the Chancellor of the NUI, Dr Maurice Manning …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 10 August]

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Founding UL president can send robes back in the post, says NUI head

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

Ireland“The founding president of the University of Limerick has been told that he can send the robes and parchment he received for his honorary doctorate back in the post, if he wishes …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 10 August]

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Founding UL president ‘inundated’ with support over Cowen doctorate protest

Posted in Governance and administration on August 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The founding president of the University of Limerick said he has been ‘inundated’ with letters of support since he announced his intention to hand back his honorary doctorate in protest over former Taoiseach Brian Cowen receiving the same honour. Dr Edward Walsh said that the honorary doctorate bestowed upon Mr Cowen, which has attracted widespread public criticism, was a ‘monumental faux pas’ …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 1 August]

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‘No protocol’ for UL President’s protest against honourary doctorate for Brian Cowen

Posted in Governance and administration on August 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The founding president of the University of Limerick Professor Edward Walsh is handing back the honorary doctorate awarded to him by the NUI because he objects to former Taoiseach Brian Cowen receiving the honour …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 1 August]

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An honorary doctorate for Brian Cowen

Posted in Governance and administration on August 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I agree it does not look good giving Brian Cowen an honorary doctorate after he was so closely associated with the national disaster of the financial crash in 2008. It would be the same as a British university honouring Tony Blair after the Iraq debacle or David Cameron after he called the EU referendum of 2016 …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 1 August]

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An honorary doctorate for Brian Cowen

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Missing from your opinion debate (Letters, July 28th and 29th) is the question of how and why NUI awards honorary doctorates in the first place. Chancellors of NUI have been political persons serving lengthy terms: the incumbent Maurice Manning, his predecessor Garret FitzGerald …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 31 July]

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NUI’s honorary doctorate for Brian Cowen

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – On Thursday I wrote to the chancellor of the National University of Ireland (NUI) expressing my amazement at the decision of his university to grant Brian Cowen an honorary doctorate and asking how I proceed to have the NUI honorary doctorate I received in 1998 rescinded …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 29 July]

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Ex-UL president to hand back degree in Brian Cowen protest

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The founding president of University of Limerick (UL) plans to hand back his honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland (NUI) in protest over its decision to honour former taoiseach Brian Cowen. The NUI has faced a wave of public criticism following its awarding of an honorary doctorate to Mr Cowen on Wednesday …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 July]

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An honorary doctorate for Brian Cowen

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I realise it is prime silly season, but how sickening is your Front page picture (July 27th) of one-time taoiseach, Brian Cowen, replete with cap and gown receiving his honorary doctorate from National University of Ireland …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 28 July]

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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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