UL opens new €15m Munster Rugby facility and diving pool

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The head of Munster Rugby says he hopes the province can develop its commercial relationship with the University of Limerick in the years to come. CEO Garrett Fitzgerald made his comments at the official opening of Munster’s High Performance Centre and UL’s new 25 metre diving pool …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 3 April]

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Students face extra €50 cost for sports and recreation facilities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students at University College Cork (UCC) could be paying an extra €50 a year to fund improved sports and recreation facilities if a vote that concludes today is passed. The referendum to increase the student capitation is backed by the UCC Department of Sport and Physical Activity, and the university’s clubs executive which represents almost 60 student sports clubs …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 March]

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Plans for €14 Million Investment in UCD Sports Facilities and New Running Track Scrapped

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The college has abandoned plans for a €14 million development of sporting facilities on campus. The plans included a new 400 meter running track, a refurbishment of the existing Sports Centre, and a new multi-purpose facility extension onto the current sport centre …” (more)

[College Tribune, 31 January]

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Academic Assessment, Sports Statistics and Other Feedback

Posted in Teaching on June 1st, 2014 by steve

“… I was left pondering the gap between the statistical analysis on academic performance and those of sporting performance. While academic assessment practices are improving, they could benefit from a look at the sporting world …” (more)

[HT: Declan Jordan]
[John Considine, The Economics of Sport, 31 May]

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Column: Awarding top athletes extra CAO points makes total sense

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 8th, 2014 by steve

“NUI Galway announced announced a programme during the week to award an additional 40 CAO points to high-level athletes who achieve a minimum of 350 points on their own …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 8 March]

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NUI Galway to award athletes extra CAO points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 4th, 2014 by steve

“The battle between universities to attract top young sports people intensified yesterday after NUI Galway confirmed it would award ‘performance points’ to prospective students …” (more)

[Brian McDonald, Irish Times, 4 March]

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NUI Galway Introduces CAO ‘Performance Points’ for Elite Athletes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 3rd, 2014 by steve

“15 Elite athletes, who meet strict criteria, will be awarded 40 CAO Performance Points for undergraduate courses under the new NUI Galway Scholarship Scheme …” (more)

[NUI Galway, 3 March]

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Mature students give lift to colleges

Posted in Life on January 23rd, 2011 by steve

“It’s a sign of the times that so many people are returning to college or eyeing up different career options and two well-known and established inter-county players that we can soon expect to see in Fitzgibbon and Sigerson Cup action are Tipperary hurler Paul Kelly and Kerry footballer Paul Galvin …” (more)

[Independent, 23 January]

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Irish universities pioneering innovative sports technology

Posted in Research on October 19th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Technology developed by Irish universities is changing the way that major sports events are filmed and helping to deliver detailed performance information to athletes. ESPN, the sports broadcaster owned by the Walt Disney Company, is working with Irish researchers on ‘sensor web technologies’, to develop cameras that can automatically respond to the movements of sports people. ESPN plans to use the technology to automate the recording of sports events with high-tech cameras that respond in the same way as a human director …” (more)

[Nicola Cooke, Sunday Business Post, 18 October]

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University sports

Posted in Life on November 10th, 2008 by steve

“The former Harvard University President, Derek Bok, commented in his book Universities in the Marketplace that the creeping commercialisation of higher education that he so disliked began with the development of sports in universities. As is well known, in the United States many universities give special prominence to athletes and sportsmen and women, and some of them are able to enter their chosen institution without necessarily having the required academic qualifications. Organisations such as the University Sports Program exist to help athletes find an institution that best suits their sporting abilities and interests. Universities in Ireland (and Britain) have now also begun to take a much greater interest in sport …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 9 November]

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