Could Brexit cause problems for Irish universities?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The effects of Brexit and the consequences it will have on third-level students are still only emerging. Britain’s decision to leave the EU will have wide ranging ramifications for university life both at home and abroad …” (more)

[Daniel Forde, University Observer, 23 September]

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Academic … surely?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Following the discussion, actually it’s more like an argument, about high levels of pay for chancellors and vice-chancellors of UK universities it’s kind of breathtaking the excuses being put out about why some are ‘worth it’ …” (more)

[The Cedar Lounge Revolution, 17 September]

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Higher education underfunding ‘must be tackled to reap benefits of Brexit’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The higher education system will lose out on opportunities presented by Brexit unless underfunding is tackled, a new report warns. Ireland will be the only English-speaking country in the EU after Brexit, apart from tiny Malta, putting it in a unique position to attract students and researchers, who might otherwise study or work in the UK …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 September]

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The rise of academic ill-health

Posted in Life on September 6th, 2017 by steve

“The recent UniversitiesUK #stepchange mental health in higher education policy states that: ‘The higher education sector should lead a national conversation on mental health. The sector should be bold, innovative, collaborative and inclusive’. In part, this is a response to the rise recorded in published HESA data of students whose experience of mental health problems forced them to end their studies …” (more)

[Richard Hall, Wonkhe, 6 September]

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Close research links with EU ‘negotiable’ post-Brexit

Posted in Research on September 6th, 2017 by steve

“The government is prepared to negotiate continued membership of the European Union’s research funding bodies after exiting the EU, the BBC understands. A range of options for scientific collaboration will be set out in a government paper on Wednesday …” (more)

[Pallab Ghosh, BBC News, 6 September]

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UK universities dominate global rankings for first time despite Brexit reputation fears

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2017 by steve

“British universities have taken the top two places in global league tables for the first time in 13 years, with Oxford University crowned the best in the world …” (more)

[Rachael Pells, Independent, 5 September]

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Blind marking ‘does little’ to reduce student attainment gaps

Posted in Teaching on August 29th, 2017 by steve

“The anonymous marking of exam scripts has little impact on closing the achievement gap between students of different genders and ethnicities, new research suggests. Many universities have introduced blind marking in recent years in response to the underperformance of undergraduates from ethnic minorities and male learners in assessment …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 29 August]

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Put UK universities at the centre of free trade deals

Posted in Governance and administration on August 28th, 2017 by steve

“British higher education is the fifth-largest export sector in the United Kingdom. According to the Treasury (2015), the UK has a target to increase educational exports from £18 billion (US$23 billion) in 2012 to £30 billion (US$38 billion) by 2020 …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman, University World News, 25 August]

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Government vows crackdown on universities giving out too many firsts

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 17th, 2017 by steve

“The Government is preparing a crackdown on the rapidly increasing proportion of top degrees being awarded by universities, amid fears that the value of higher education is being eroded. Ministers are drawing up plans to stop the growth in students receiving first-class degrees so that university education continues to carry ‘prestige’, raising the prospect that quotas could be introduced to limit the numbers of top awards …” (more)

[Rachael Pells, Independent, 17 August]

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Rethink of EU research membership rules may offer UK ‘solution’

Posted in Research on August 16th, 2017 by steve

“The redrawing of the criteria for associate membership of the European Commission’s next research framework programme could offer the UK a ‘solution’ for accessing continental grants and collaborations post-Brexit, a sector leader has said …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 16 August]

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Post-Brexit free movement for students ‘risks class conflict’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2017 by steve

“The UK and European Union may look to preserve free movement specifically for students after Brexit, but such a deal could ‘exacerbate existing class conflicts’ given inequalities in access to higher education, according to a researcher …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 14 August]

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Which subjects at UK universities rely most on EU academics?

Posted in Research on August 14th, 2017 by steve

“Universities in the UK have stepped up their lobbying of the government over Brexit as crucial negotiations take place about the future status of European Union citizens working in the country …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, 14 August]

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With Third-Level Awaiting News of Teaching Review, UK Students’ Union Caution Wariness

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students’ unions in the UK claimed success in recent days after they were able to exclude 12 universities from a national student survey in an attempt to damage the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework. The radical action, they say, was successful. Now, if the Irish government does indeed introduce a similar framework, Irish students’ unions will need to decide what their stance will be on a policy that has divided UK higher education …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 12 AUgust]

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Theresa May under pressure to cut cost of university as public rejects high fees and huge debts

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 14th, 2017 by steve

“Theresa May is being urged today to cut the soaring cost of going to university and stop students from being punished with debts of more than £50,000, a poll for The Independent reveals. Almost two-thirds of people want annual tuition fees – which could reach up to £9,250 this autumn at some institutions – to be slashed or scrapped …” (more)

[Rob Merrick, Independent, 13 August]


Universities should be about learning, not satisfaction

Posted in Teaching on August 11th, 2017 by steve

“Another year, another National Student Survey (NSS) has been published. The NSS asks students about different aspects of their university experience, and then ranks universities for overall ‘student satisfaction’ levels. The NSS has been widely criticised …” (more)

[Ieuan Joy, spiked, 11 August]

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Everything must be measured: how mimicking business taints universities

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2017 by steve

“Often, what begins as a pet-hate fades into the background irritation of life. But sometimes it gnaws away, gets under your skin and into your bones, then flares up, causing toxic shock. The term ‘neoliberalism’ has this effect on me. It is a lazy gobbet of pent-up, inarticulate hostility …” (more)

[Jonathan Wolff, Guardian, 8 August]

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Contracts, complaints and unintended consequences

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on August 7th, 2017 by steve

“Whenever a minister announces a potential extension to the rights of students, I’ve started to notice a familiar pattern, and Jo Johnson’s announcement of an OfS consultation on the content of student contracts (his own little regulatory dead cat on the fees and debt table) is a case in point …” (more)

[Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe, 7 August]

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UK universities need urgent Brexit ‘clarity’ from ministers

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2017 by steve

“UK universities could lose talented EU staff unless they receive ‘greater clarity’ from the government on the post-Brexit rights of EU nationals, according to the Russell Group. The group of top research universities says Brexit is causing EU staff ‘uncertainty and anxiety’ and making the recruitment of others harder …” (more)

[BBC News, 3 August]

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Ulster University: Fees discount for GB students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 1st, 2017 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) is to offer discounts on tuition fees to students from England, Scotland and Wales. Students beginning in 2017/18 will be offered a £2,000 discount on fees or a £1,000 discount plus money towards travel and accommodation costs …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 1 August]

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A TEF for Ireland?

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

Ireland“With the news that the minister is considering the introduction of a UK-style TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) it is worth considering some of the quality process that currently exist in the third level sector, specifically my university, DCU …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 31 July]

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