New university archive will store film documenting Ireland’s past

Posted in Research on March 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The opening of a new archive at Maynooth University will safeguard thousands of hours of film documenting Ireland’s past from potential decay and allow the Irish Film Institute (IFI) to open its doors to more amateur collections. The new moving image preservation facility at the university is the largest facility of its kind in Ireland and triples the IFI’s storage capacity …” (more)

[Conor Pope, Irish Times, 19 March]

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Back to Maynooth

Posted in Life on March 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“So here I am back in Maynooth. The University re-opened on Monday after being closed from Wednesday last week owing to the extremely bad weather. I’m told the snow was several feet deep and the town was virtually cut off until the weekend. There is still some snow lying here and there, but …” (more)

[In the Dark, 7 March]

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Maynooth in the Snow

Posted in Life on February 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There has been very little snow in Cardiff (so far) but there have been heavy falls in Maynooth. The above picture was tweeted by Maynooth University this morning, along with an announcement that the campus is closed today (and probably until Friday …” (more)

[In the Dark, 28 February]

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Students at Maynooth University will be able to take naps in the library

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University in Co. Kildare has become the first Irish college to install pods on its campus to allow students to take naps. Two hi-tech EnergyPods have been set up in the library and one in the access office …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 26 February]

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Maynooth University introducing sleeping pods in library

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University (MU) has begun introducing sleeping pods, or isolation pods, in its library. The pods were introduced through a winning idea by an MU student in their inaugural Innovation Competition. MU has described the ‘Energy Pods’ as “ideal for commuting students or just someone who simply needs a nap or a time alone to recharge” …” (more)

[Cian Mac Lochlainn, Trinity News, 22 February]

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Maynooth University cancels students’ visit to Leuven institute amid governance concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has cancelled a visit by some of its students to the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe because of concerns over governance at a Belgian facility. The concerns centre around the role of Malachy Vallely, a key figure in the institute, who last year was convicted by a Belgian court in relation to a fire in which two students from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) died in 2014 …” (more)

[Peter Murtagh, Irish Times, 19 February]

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IFUT wins long-running Maynooth staff pension dispute

Posted in Legal issues on January 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A long running pension dispute involving three staff in Maynooth University pension scheme has been resolved following ongoing pressure by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT). The rights of the staff to reimbursement for denial of pension rights, following their redeployment to Maynooth subsequent to closure of Carysfort College of Education in 1988, were accepted by the college, in advance of a High Court hearing on the matter …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 28 January]

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We post the NUI Galway Athena SWAN application

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

Ireland“The campaign has been sent NUI Galway’s Athena SWAN application. This is the application that was submitted by the closing date of November 30th but which has failed to appear, or even be acknowledged, on NUI Galway’s Athena SWAN web page. This is the application they haven’t sent to Micheline and others who have asked for a copy, deliberately hindering any objections. Their action is in contrast to Maynooth University’s open announcement and application publication on Dec 1st …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 21 December]

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Why I’m moving to Ireland

Posted in Life on December 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Over the past few weeks quite a number of people have asked me why I decided to move to Ireland, so thought I’d write a post about it in case anyone out there is interested. The simple answer that I was offered a full-time permanent and rather well paid job at Maynooth University ..” (more)

[In the Dark, 20 December]

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‘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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