UCD is watching the world burn and pretending to care

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Looking around campus in the weeks after freshers week is always haunting. Campus seems to die down. It goes from a bustling campus with the Clubhouse packed to the brim, to a ghost town with the tumbleweed of plastic bags passing your feet …” (more)

[Cora Keegan, University Observer, 8 October]

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Bringing sustainability in universities up to the next level

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sustainability has become a buzzword in universities around the world as third-level institutions write sustainability strategies and policies into their strategic plans – and pit themselves against each other in international ranking systems …” (more)

[Sylvia Thompson, Irish Times, 28 February]

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UCC named one of the world’s ‘most sustainable’ universities

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has become the only university in Ireland to make the top 10 in a list of the ‘greenest’ universities in the world. According to the UI GreenMetric World University 2018 ranking, which measured more than 700 institutions across 81 countries on how they perform across operations, educational and research activities, UCC is ninth best in the world for sustainability …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 20 December]

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Turning the blue county green in UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In a year where climate change has reared its ugly head, Eva O’Hara investigates whether UCD is leading by example in creating a greener campus here on our patch of the world …” (more)

[Eva O Hara, University Observer, 13 October]

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USI to Go Plastic-Free for a Day

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) will join forces with 15 third-level institutions around the country in going plastic-free for a day on October 17th. Students’ union officers and staff members in some of the institutions will participate in the ‘Sick of Plastic’ campaign, which aims to raise awareness on the overuse and overproduction of plastic in Ireland …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 11 October]

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Students Launch ‘Paper Free TCD’ Campaign

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

Ireland“A new paper-free campaign launched by students aims to halve the amount of newspapers produced on Trinity’s campus and to remove leaflets and pamphlets from next year’s Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) election …” (more)

[Connor Hogg, University Times, 27 September]

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UCC becomes first university outside the US to win top Green award

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has become the first third-level institution outside the US to get a major Sustainability accolade. The gold star rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) means UCC now joins Princeton, Cornell and UC Berkeley in getting the Gold ‘Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System’ (STARS) for excellence in sustainability …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 26 September]

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Institutes of Technology Funding – Letterkenny IT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2016 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the recent HEA report that found Letterkenny Institute of Technology faces immediate sustainability challenges; and his plans to increase investment in the institution to address this ongoing funding crisis …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 November]

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Two Connacht colleges seek ‘green campus’ status

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Two third-level institutions in the west have set out to become ‘green’ campuses with a focus on sustainable energy use. Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) hosted ‘energy tours’ of its Dublin road, Galway campus on Tuesday, as part of an open day aimed at raising awareness about its green flag bid …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 4 October]

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NUI Galway launches new Sustainability Initiative

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has launched a new sustainability initiative which aims to make the campus one of the greenest, smartest, healthiest and community-focused in the world …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 27 June]

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UCC is world’s fourth most ‘sustainable university’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has been ranked fourth in the world in a list of the most sustainable universities, achieving the highest result in Ireland.Universitas Indonesia (UI) released its GreenMetric Rankings of World Universities 2015 …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 27 January]

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The never-ending accumulation of courses? Or no change at all?

Posted in Teaching on September 1st, 2015 by steve

Scotland“Recently the University of Stirling is reported to have indicated that ‘consideration is being given’ to ‘the sustainability of religious studies’, one of its courses …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 1 September]

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Education Committee to discuss 21st century universities

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection Committee will meet today, Wednesday, February 11th to discuss performance and sustainability in 21st century universities. The meeting will commence at 1pm in Committee Room 3 …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 11 February]

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Third-level fees report ‘delayed until after elections’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2014 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn and his department have ‘mothballed’ a controversial fees report on the funding crisis in Ireland’s third-level sector until after the local and European elections in late May …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 10 March]

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Higher Education Institutions Expenditure – Sustainability Report

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the Higher Education Authority report on the sustainability of the higher education sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 25 February]

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Third Level Fees – University Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will confirm that no plans for a graduate tax, student loan or student voucher system in relation to university fees will be considered in Budget 2014 …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 3 July]

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Third Level Fees – Impact of increasing student fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 27th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills his response to the request from Union of Students in Ireland to fund a study on the impact of increasing student fees on participating families; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 26 June]

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Third Level Funding – Impact Study

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 27th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Thomas P Broughan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will bring forward proposals to commission a study on the impact of cuts in Exchequer spending on third level education, particularly in the area of maintenance grants, on students and families and the quality of third level education in Ireland and the international reputation of Ireland’s universities …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 26 June]

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Colleges ‘must consider sustainability’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2012 by steve

“‘We will not be waiting for the slowest camel to join the train’, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn warned the heads of Ireland’s third level institutions today …” (more)

[Joanne Hunt, Irish Times, 22 November]

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Speech by Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, on Higher Education Reform

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2012 by steve

Introductory Remarks. Good morning – I want to thank you all for making time to be here and participating in this event. This is the second time that I have addressed, in a comprehensive way, my own views of the future direction of higher level education in Ireland …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 22 November]

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