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Third Level – where’s the vision?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Why do we talk about third level education in a language that is so different from that used when talking about Second Level? Take the issue of merging third level institutions. My reading of this whole process is that is often a sort of knee-jerk, obsessive-like behaviour …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 2 November]

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Is it time to restructure our universities?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“A federal approach could help tackle the divisive brand wars and class-bound hierarchies that dog our current system. The pattern of higher education institutions has remained remarkably stable for half a century …” (more)

[Peter Scott, Guardian, 2 September]

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Institutional Fear and Academic Performance

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on June 25th, 2014 by steve

“I had a discussion with a senior colleague the other day about ways to improve the quality of learning experiences in the institution. Many institutions in the UK and elsewhere have in recent years seen some very unpleasant restructuring programmes which left many out of work …” (more)

[Improvisation Blog, 25 June]

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Save the Department of Ancient Classics at University College Cork!

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2013 by steve

“Cork is an important centre of Classical studies in the south of Ireland and deserves an individual, distinctive identity. The department is in danger, and we need your support to save it! …” (more)

[Activism, 1 October]

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Institutes of Technology Issues – Restructuring and Reconfiguration

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide details of the proposed reorganisation of third level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 3 July]

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CIT Department of Science

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills the role his Department has in the proposed restructuring of the Department of Science in Cork Institute of Technology and the course offerings in the Institute; if his attention has been drawn to these changes; his views on the level of consultation that has been carried out regarding these changes; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 18 June]

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UCD restructures ahead of groups

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2012 by steve

“There is to be a restructuring of Ireland’s largest medical school and a drive to breathe new life into the Dublin Academic Medical Centre (DAMC), with new appointments planned for two top posts — the Principal of UCD’s College of Health Sciences, and the Head of UCD’s School of Medicine and Medical Science …” (more)

[Gary Culliton, Irish Medical Times, 13 December]

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Restructuring the third level sector

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2012 by steve

“The whole question of restructuring the third level sector is in the news these days. The Minister wants reform and less duplication of courses. Who can argue with that? All very reasonable …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 23 November]

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Merger Mania

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2012 by steve

“Throw a stone out the window and you’ll hit an international expert advocating mergers, consolidations etc. Somewhere in there, the words ‘critical mass’ and ‘world class’ will be mentioned …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 26 September]

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A radical vision for third level?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2012 by steve

“The decision by the Department of Education and the Higher Education Authority to delay publication of a report on the future landscape of the third-level sector underlines the very radical nature of what was proposed …” (more)

[Irish Times, 26 September]

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Restructuring the higher education landscape

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2012 by steve

“Over the past 40 years, Ireland has experienced a remarkable transformation in fortunes. Its emergence from a protectionist pre-industrial to a post-industrial high-tech economy came on the coat tails of European Union membership and accelerating internationalisation and deregulation of financial and investment markets …” (more)

[Ellen Hazelkorn, University World News, 23 September]

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Cut in teacher training colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2012 by steve

“Sir, – Seán Flynn (September 6th) notes that ‘teacher training in the State is set to be transformed, with fewer colleges’, around the country, arising from the projected consolidation of institutions …” (more)

[Marian Harkin, Irish Times, 13 September]

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Radical shake-up announced for teacher training in Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2012 by steve

“Radical plans to overhaul the provision of teacher training in Limerick and in other centres around the country have been announced by the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 7 September]

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Thirteen teacher colleges face axe in major reform

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2012 by steve

“The number of teacher training colleges will be cut from 19 to six under radical restructuring proposals announced yesterday. The reduction would be achieved through closures and mergers …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 September]

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Teacher college mergers aim to maintain standard

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2012 by steve

“Tighter controls on numbers training to become teachers are needed to ensure the high standard of applicants is not reduced as jobs become more scarce. The recommendation comes from an international group of experts …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 6 September]

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Quinn backs cut in teacher training colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2012 by steve

“Teacher training in the State is set to be transformed, with fewer colleges, a sharper research focus and the establishment of new institutes of education in six centres …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 6 September]

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St Patrick’s College Thurles Earmarked For Closure

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2012 by steve

“The education & training of teachers in Ireland is set to be transformed with fewer colleges, a stronger focus on research and more modern governance structures. These proposed changes could signal the end of a long tradition which heretofore involved both the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland controlling teacher training …” (more)

[Thurles Information, 6 September]

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Reorganisation of teacher training, Quinn accepts recommendations

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2012 by steve

“In what for this country is surprisingly quick time, report commissioned in April has been issued and the minister has started steps to implement recommendations. Big changes proposed with amalgamation and closure of many of the current training centres …” (discussion thread)

[Politics.ie, 5 September]

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TUI seeks ‘urgent clarification’ on teacher-training reforms

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2012 by steve

“Educators’ union the TUI is seeking urgent clarification on the Education Minister’s announcement that teacher-training colleges are to undergo a major restructuring …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 5 September]

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Teacher training to be reformed

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2012 by steve

“Teacher training in Ireland is set to be transformed with fewer colleges, a sharper research focus and more modern governance structures. The expected changes could signal the end of a long tradition in which both the Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland controlled teacher training colleges …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 5 September]

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