‘Landmark decision’ by Labour Court on fixed-term contacts for researchers

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

Ireland“The Labour Court this week ordered the re-employment of a researcher made redundant by Maynooth University in April 2016. The ruling resulted from a case taken by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) under Fixed-TermWorkers legislation …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 12 December]

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Maynooth University applications pass 4,000 milestone

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has received more than 4,000 first preference applications from the CAO for the first time since it was founded in 1997. A total of 4,037 students applied to the university this year, a 9% increase on first preference applications from last year …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 4 July]

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Maynooth University plots €300m redevelopment

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University is planning a €300m redevelopment of its campus over the next seven to 10 years as it seeks to cater to growing numbers of students. The university’s president, Professor Philip Nolan, told the Sunday Independent that €157m in funding had been secured – with a large chunk of this coming from the European Investment Bank – and that the university is looking to raise the rest of the funding …” (more)

[Gavin McLoughlin, Independent, 16 April]

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Maynooth University (MU) has been ranked in the top 50 of the world’s youngest universities

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

Ireland“Maynooth University (MU) has been ranked in the top 50 of the world’s youngest universities, the best ever placing for Ireland. It is 49th in the UK-based Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings, while Dublin City University (DCU) is in the top 100, rising five places this year, to 74th …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 April]

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Maynooth and Cobh added to 4% rent cap list

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

Ireland“Maynooth in Co Kildare and Cobh in Co Cork have been added to the growing list of residential areas where rent increases are capped by law. Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said the latest Residential Tenancies Board ‘Rent Index’ identified the towns as ‘Rental Pressure Zones’, where rents were above average and rising rapidly …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 March]

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In Reforming Arts Degrees, Improving Employability Shouldn’t Overtake the Degree’s Purpose

Posted in Teaching on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin’s (UCD) large Bachelor of Arts programme is getting a makeover. For the September 2018 intake, the course will get a significant overhaul, seeing the addition of internships, research and a variety of new combinations purportedly aimed at improving educational and employment opportunities. Maynooth University, too, may extend its arts degree from three to four years with potential for internships and research …” (more)

[University Times, 26 March]

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Maynooth Students’ Union Votes Overwhelming to Remain in USI

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

Ireland“Maynooth Students’ Union (MSU) today voted to remain in the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), following a constitutionally mandated referendum, with nearly 96% of voters supporting membership of the union …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 9 March]

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Education journalism and entry to college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It won’t make me popular to say this but we have a problem with education journalism in this country. This morning there have been two articles, one in the Irish Times and one in the Examiner in which Philip Nolan, president of University of Maynooth, is given free rein to continue his campaign to make general entry the normal mode of entry to third level education …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 11 January]

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Third-level courses should be radically overhauled, says university president

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Traditional third-level courses should be radically overhauled to allow students choose whether to specialise early or pursue a much broader range of study, according a university president. Philip Nolan, president of Maynooth University, said a majority of its students are opting to study a wide range of subjects under recent changes to its undergraduate programmes …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 January]

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University course flexibility ‘working’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A university which has reduced the number of specialised entry courses says the positive response shows it has been a good move for students. Maynooth University (MU) offers arts students a wider choice of subjects in first year, rather than restricting themselves to very specific paths in their Central Applications Office (CAO) forms …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 11 January]

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€360,000 Fraud at NUI Maynooth Being Investigated

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Garda investigation has commenced into a €360,000 fraud at NUI Maynooth. The fraud occurred in 2015 but has only recently surfaced as the university published its annual financial statement for the year ending September 2015. The document reveals that the university has suffered a loss of €362,811 as a result of fraud, which the university claims was carried out by a third party …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 7 January]

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University employee jailed for explosives found ahead of Prince Charles’ visit

Posted in Legal issues on December 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A man arrested on explosives charges in the run-up to the State visit of Prince Charles has been jailed for five and a half years. The Special Criminal Court previously heard evidence that gardai found explosive device components in Donal Ó Coisdealbha’s locker at his workplace, Maynooth University …” (more)

[Independent, 7 December]

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High-Profile Assault Cases Point to Incoherent Procedures from Colleges

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Two high-profile assault cases on students made the national news recently, one an alleged sexual assault on a University College Dublin (UCD) student on the campus of the university, the other a seemingly random attack on a first year studying at NUI Maynooth. While wildly different in many respects, the two have frightened students across the country …” (more)

[University Times, 4 December]

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Man had explosive device components in college locker, court hears

Posted in Legal issues on November 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin man who pleaded guilty to IRA membership was arrested in the run-up to Prince Charles’s visit to Ireland and had explosive device components in his locker at Maynooth University, the Special Criminal Court has heard …” (more)

[Alison O’Riordan, Irish Times, 28 November]


Fear now grips leafy streets around quiet campus

Posted in Life on November 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Last Sunday night in Maynooth an arctic blast brought a freezing fog that shrouded the town, dimmed the light coming from the street lamps below a moonless sky and kept people indoors beside the fire …” (more)

[Jerome Reilly, Independent, 27 November]


Female students stick together after attack

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Female students at Maynooth University expressed concern and anxiety about personal safety following the violent attack …” (more)

[Alan O’Keeffe, Independent, 23 November]

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Maynooth University ‘very disturbed’ by vicious attack on student

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has said it is very disturbed following the attack of one of its students last night. The 18-year-old woman suffered a broken jaw, a fractured eyesocket and lost several teeth in the attack which happened off campus …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 21 November]

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Universities question non use of €270m fund

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Universities have told an Oireachtas Committee they ‘seriously question’ why a fund that is heading towards a surplus of more than €270 million is not released to address the crisis in the Higher Education sector. Addressing the Joint Committee on Education the current president of the Irish Universities Association, Professor Don Barry, said that the National Training Fund was ‘heavily in surplus’ …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 10 November]

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Third-level students want flexibility and choice

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“More than 40 years ago the points system was introduced to level the playing pitch for students seeking entry to higher education. Over the past decade, however, it became clear that it had been exploited and manipulated …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 August]

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Colleges are fuelling the points race, warns university president

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges have not done enough to take the heat out of the CAO points race, according to a university president. Professor Philip Nolan says school-leavers still face too confusing a choice of CAO courses, despite a pledge to simplify the process …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 August]

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