University lecturers to strike on May 25 and 26 over pay

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2016 by steve

UK“Lecturers at the north’s universities are to go on strike for two days next week as part of a pay dispute. Lecturers at Queen’s University, Stranmillis and St Mary’s university colleges, the Open University and Ulster University will take part in the industrial action …” (more)

[Claire Simpson, Irish News, 19 May]

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State pays €130,000 to fund college courses for Irish inmates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Irish taxpayer is paying out more than €130,000 a year to put 46 prisoners through college. New Irish Prison Service figures reveal that 46 inmates are studying Open University courses in prisons around Ireland at a cost of £93,071 or (€130,948) to the taxpayer every year …” (more)

[Ailbhe Jordan, Irish Mirror, 19 August]

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Inmates’ university courses cost over €135,000

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The taxpayer last year funded Open University courses to the tune of over €135,000 for prison inmates to study the likes of creative writing, art – and crime. New figures provided by the Department of Justice confirm that the Irish Prison Service (IPS) last year spent £102,292 (€137,860) for 54 prisoners to sit Open University courses …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Independent, 4 April]

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Online Learning at University: Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on December 8th, 2014 by steve

IrelandJoanna Tuffy (Dublin Mid West, Labour): The subject of this meeting is studying at university through online learning, including massive open online courses, MOOCs. I draw to the attention of the witnesses the fact that, by virtue of section 17(2)(l) of the Defamation Act 2009, witnesses are protected by absolute privilege in respect of their evidence to this committee …” (more)

[Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees, 3 December]

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Education Committee to consider online learning potential

Posted in Teaching on December 2nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Representatives from Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University and the Open University will appear before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection tomorrow afternoon for a discussion on the role and contribution of online courses in the third level sector in Ireland …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 2 December]

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Universities’ cuts unfair compared to protection schools have

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2014 by steve

UK“Public funding is in sharp focus with the spotlight on universities but the manner in which cuts have been forced upon the universities seems manifestly unfair when schools enjoy the benefit of budget protection …” (more)

[John Gowland, Belfast Telegraph, 21 October]

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Open University ranks No 1 European university in Google’s most searched universities

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2014 by steve

EU“Google has revealed that The Open University has been ranked as the No 1 European university and No 3 in the world in its worldwide search rankings. The OU was the only university in the top 20 with a base in Ireland. It has 2,500 Irish students currently registered on various courses and qualifications …” (more)

[Karina Corbett, Business and Leadership, 30 September]

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Open University ‘top for students’ in Northern Ireland

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

“The Open University remains the top university in Northern Ireland for student satisfaction for the tenth year running, according to a survey. The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) were released on Tuesday …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 August]

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Browse your online options for free and fee-paying courses

Posted in Teaching on February 18th, 2014 by steve

“Distance learning is not a new phenomenon. The Open University (OU) was founded in 1971 as a print-based distance teaching institution with four multi-disciplinary foundation courses in the arts, social sciences, science and maths …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 18 February]

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How college is going

Posted in Life on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“Being back at university studying mathematics more or less for the hell of it is actually quite an interesting experience. The whole independent study thing is hard from time to time, but what’s hardest about it is you have to do actual rent paying work around it and somehow, study is more fun on occasion …” (more)

[Musings …, 14 February]

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John D’Arcy to be new Open University Director in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2010 by steve

“Mr John D’Arcy has been named as the next Director of The Open University in Ireland. He succeeds Dr Rosemary Hamilton and joins the University on 4 October …” (more)

[Business First, 10 August]

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