RCSI seeks to address lack of female surgeons

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

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is to implement a series of measures to improve the number of women working as surgeons in Ireland. Overall, only 7% of surgical consultants are female, including about 10% of general surgical consultants and 21% of plastic surgery consultants …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 10 July]

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As doctors continue to emigrate, Ireland is becoming more reliant on foreign-trained staff

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

Ireland“Ireland’s increasing need for doctors is mainly being met by employing foreign-trained doctors, according to a new report from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 22 June]

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Two-thirds of Royal College of Surgeons graduates to leave Ireland

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

Ireland“Just 84 graduating doctors out of a class of 275 from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) plan to stay in Ireland. The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) and opposition politicians say more needs to be done to encourage students from abroad who study medicine in Ireland to stay and work in the Irish health service …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 7 June]

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RCSI signs €50m deal with European Investment Bank

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The RCSI and the European Investment Bank have signed a loan agreement worth €50 million for a significant investment in the College’s new 10-storey academic education building on York Street in Dublin, which has been welcomed by the Minister for Health …” (more)

[June Shannon, Irish Medical Times, 14 December]

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University Status Review – Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is not allowed to describe itself as a university here for marketing and labelling purposes but may do so outside the State; and his Department’s reasoning for maintaining this restriction on the RCSI in the Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 October]

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New €68m medical research centre to open in Galway

Posted in Research on September 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A new centre for medical device research representing a unique partnership between Irish universities and industry is opening in NUI Galway. The Cúram centre represents a €68 million investment in medtech research. Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and industry players have invested €49 million over six years to the project …” (more)

[Dominic Coyle, Irish Times, 26 September]

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Why do Irish institutions still call themselves ‘royal’?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“It is puzzling that despite Irish independence since 1922, several of our major academies and institutions have maintained royal status. Why do some Irish cling to the old colonial order? Among those that retain obsolete royal identities are the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI), Royal Dublin Society (RDS), and the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) …” (more)

[Marion McEnroy-Higgins, Irish Times, 26 September]

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College of Surgeons aims to tap European bank for €50m redevelopment loan

Posted in Governance and administration on July 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The European Investment Bank (EIB) is considering a €50m loan to part fund a redevelopment of the Royal College of Surgeons site. According to the Luxembourg-based bank, the money will be used to help finance the construction of the college’s new academic and education building …” (more)

[Colm Kelpie, Independent, 12 July]

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Multi-million euro award boosts universities’ cancer research

Posted in Research on April 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“New medical treatments for cancer, cardiovascular disease and rare conditions could flow from a multi-million euro research award jointly funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and pharma giant Pfizer …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 13 April]

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Human rights warning for universities operating overseas

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2016 by steve

UK“Universities that deliver transnational programmes in countries with dubious human rights records have been warned that they are putting more than their reputations at risk. Gearóid Ó Cuinn and Sigrun Skogly of Lancaster University Law School argue that institutions and accreditation agencies could potentially face legal challenges in their home countries if they do not use the course certification process to try to uphold human rights overseas …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 4 April]

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Colleges warned over support for foreign regimes

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In the wake of continuing threats of terrorist activity across the globe, two Irish training bodies are set to be advised by doctors to be aware of the potential of unconsciously legitimising regimes with links to terrorism, IMT reports …” (more)

[Lloyd Mudiwa, Irish Medical Times, 31 March]

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US student housing investor to enter Dublin student housing sector

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A US property investor has taken its first step in to the Dublin student housing market with the purchase of the ‘Mill Street Building’ Dublin 8 …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 16 December]

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Asylum seeker says being in university is ‘a dream come true’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“An asylum seeker who was at the centre of controversy surrounding access to third-level education has described how being in university is a ‘dream come true’ …” (more)

[Kathryn Hayes, Irish Times, 21 November]

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Judge says he ‘signally failed’ in his efforts to stop autistic medical school dropout from sending harassing letters to RCSI

Posted in Legal issues on November 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A judge has said he ‘signally failed’ in his efforts to stop a autistic medical school dropout from sending harassing letters to the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) …” (more)

[Conor Gallagher, Independent, 13 November]

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Thousands descend on Trinity as researchers open doors

Posted in Research on September 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of people descended on Trinity College Dublin (TCD) on Friday for the Discover Research Dublin 2015 exhibition which featured over 60 interactive events and demonstrations in dozens of fields of research. The event, organised by TCD and the Royal College of Surgeons, was designed to showcase ‘what researchers really do and why research matters’ …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 25 September]

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Medical Council was split on college approval

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Medical Council’s controversial decision to give accreditation to an Irish-owned university in the Middle East at the centre of human rights concerns caused significant division within the council, documents obtained under Freedom of Information show. Fewer than two-thirds of the council members supported the proposal to accredit the facility, owned by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) …” (more)

[Caroline O’Doherty, Irish Examiner, 25 September]

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Students taking ‘back door’ to college match high-fliers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Students who achieve big Leaving Cert points to secure their dream course don’t do better in college than those who get in by back-door routes. A groundbreaking study has compared the third-level achievements of those who shone in the Leaving Cert with those who got in by sitting another course first …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 August]

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Graduate entry may be the best medicine for doctors

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Those who get dream course with high CAO points fare no better than ‘second-chance’ entrants assessments than high points CAO applicants …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 August]

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Ukrainian student to get RCSI place without fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) will on Monday offer Ukrainian asylum-seeking Leaving Cert graduate Anna Kern a place on its physiotherapy course free of charge …” (more)

[Dan Griffin, Irish Times, 15 August]

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RCSI calls for action on medical students’ intern positions

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“International students are unable to complete their medical training in Ireland due to the high demand for ‘intern’ positions this year. The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has called for ‘urgent’ action to ensure Irish/EU and international medical graduates are able to complete their ‘intern’ year, at a time when there is an acute shortage of qualified doctors …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 6 July]

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