‘Governing the academic subject: Foucault, governmentality and the performing university’

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

IrelandAbstract: Drawing on research conducted at National University of Ireland, Galway, this paper explores how senior managers at an Irish university are seeking to measure and facilitate academic performance in the context of national and global competitiveness and a higher education landscape that appears firmly inflected by neoliberal ideas of rankings, benchmarking and productivity. I draw upon Michel Foucault’s writings on governmentality and biopolitics, in particular, and I utilise findings from a range of in-depth interviews with central university managers, with a view to critically interrogating the envisioning of what is undoubtedly a new academic subjectivity in the Irish higher education sectora subjectivity that is being progressively planned for and regulated.

Morrissey, John (2013). Governing the academic subject: Foucault, governmentality and the performing university, Oxford Review of Education, 39(6), 797-810. doi: 10.1080/03054985.2013.860891.

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The Sunday Times have announced their university of the year

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has been named ‘University of the Year 2018’ in the Sunday Times University Guide.It is the third time the institution has won the accolade, having won the inaugural title in 2002 and again in 2009 …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 6 October]

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NUIG to digitise Conradh na Gaeilge archive

Posted in Research on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish language organisation Conradh na Gaeilge has presented its archive to NUI Galway. The material, which contains a range of items, will be catalogued, digitised and made available online …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 3 October]

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Micheline’s US tour gets off to successful start

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

Ireland“Micheline has successfully completed the first phase of her US tour, speaking and filming in New York, Boston and Connecticut as she retraces her grandmother Hanna Sheehy Skeffington’s epic tour in 1917. At various venues, she connected her talks about Hanna’s striving for justice to her own fight for gender equality at NUI Galway …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 1 October]

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NUIG academic secures injunction halting investigation

Posted in Legal issues on September 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A senior academic at the National University of Ireland Galway has secured a High Court injunction halting what he says is a flawed investigation into claims he tried to ‘sabotage’ a colleague’s career …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 22 September]

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College settles gender case with female lecturer

Posted in Legal issues on September 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“National University of Ireland Galway has reached a settlement with one of five female academics who have been pursuing gender discrimination cases over a promotions process in 2009. The development comes as mediation failed to resolve the college’s long-running dispute with four other women whose cases have been going through the courts …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 22 September]

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NUI Galway’s derisory offer revealed as they fail Athena SWAN application again

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“At the last meeting of the Governing Body, two weeks ago, to our great surprise NUI Galway revealed the details of their final offer made to the four women last month. These details were supposedly strictly secret, so we have never known what it was that the women turned down, but then NUI Galway circulated the offer to every member of the Governing Body! That means that over 40 people got to see it …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 20 September]

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NUIG academic’s court action over ‘sabotage’ claims

Posted in Legal issues on September 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A senior academic at the National University of Ireland Galway has brought a High Court challenge over what he says is a flawed investigation into claims he tried to ‘sabotage’ a colleague’s career …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 11 September]

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City student accommodation provider wants option to rent to tourists

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

Ireland“The owners of a building, which is set to become student accommodation in the city centre, is hoping to change condition of planning permission. An Bord Pleanála granted permission for the student accommodation at the Webworks building at Fairgreen Road earlier this year …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 7 September]

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Retracing the steps of feminist and republican hero Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington

Posted in Life on September 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“… While much of her focus is to be on the work of her grandparents, and Irish and women’s history, the plant ecologist will also be highlighting continuing gender inequality in Irish academia. She has offered her €70,000 award in a gender discrimination case against NUI Galway to support five other women who, like her, were not promoted in 2009 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 8 September]

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NUIG academic challenges ‘flawed’ inquiry on claims against him

Posted in Legal issues on September 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A senior academic at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) has brought a High Court challenge over what he says is a flawed investigation into claims he tried to sabotage a colleague’s career …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 5 September]

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NUI Galway appoints Prof Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh as 13th president

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh has been appointed as the 13th president of NUI Galway and will take over the helm next January following the ending of Dr Jim Browne’s 10-year term of office. However, the incoming president has faced immediate calls to meet with Siptu, which has said that it wants talks on how ‘he intends to resolve the systemic discrimination against women staff across all grades’ in the university …” (more)

[Irish Times, 4 September]

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City native is new President of NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“City native Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh is the new President of NUI GalwayThe Newcastle native and NUIG graduate will succeed Dr Jim Browne in January at the conclusion of his ten year term …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 4 September]

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Micheline sets sail to America

Posted in Life on September 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“… Micheline is determined that every lecture and interview in the US will reference her ongoing fight against NUI Galway for the promotion of the five women, who, like her, were shortlisted but not promoted in 2009. The women still have not been promoted as they were out of time to take an Equality Tribunal case as she did …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 3 September]

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Row over change of NUI Galway disabled toilets to transgender ones

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

Ireland“A disabled campaigner has described NUI Galway’s decision to change disabled toilets to an all-gender (transgender) toilets as ‘deeply offensive’ …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 1 September]

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NUI Galway to hire design consultant for Nun’s Island masterplan

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

Ireland“NUI Galway has published the tender documents for its Nun’s Island regeneration masterplan. NUI Galway’s Education Building is located at Nuns Island, and it also owns the adjacent building …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 28 August]

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Proposal for floating student accommodation met with cautious optimism by USI

Posted in Governance and administration on August 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As Ireland’s accommodation shortage rages on, the national students’ union has reacted with cautious optimism to the innovative proposal of one property management company: floating accommodation on two barges in Galway …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 23 August]

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High-end barges to help house students left at sea in the accommodation crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on August 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Galway-based letting agency is planning to use high-end barges to accommodate hundreds of students who are unable to find somewhere to live. The housing crisis has prompted Winters Property Management to engage with harbour authorities and the owners of large-scale, multi-storey ships in a bid to provide a rapid solution to the rental squeeze …” (more)

[Charlie Weston, Independent, 23 August]

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‘Floating’ accommodation for students being explored in Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Galway property management company is currently exploring the possibility of providing ‘floating’ accommodation for university students. Winters Property management says it could have two barges with space for more than 400 students docked in Galway in ‘three weeks’ – but acknowledges that it could be next year before permissions are secured …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 22 August]

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NUIG set to commission Nuns Island master plan

Posted in Governance and administration on August 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway will commission a master plan for the Nuns Island area. The university has budgeted €250,000 for a ‘master plan and design project’ for its buildings at Nuns Island in the city centre. Sanction for the master plan was approved at a Governing Body meeting in February, minutes of which were released to this newspaper under Freedom of Information (FOI) …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 14 August]

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