TU or not TU: that is the big question

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Metropolitan University: that was the bright future which lay ahead for Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) back in the late 90s. That’s what students at DIT, including myself and Carl O’Brien, now Education Editor with The Irish Times, were writing about during our cub reporting years. But here we are, in 2018, and DIT is still DIT, so let’s not pretend that it’s just Waterford and the South East that doesn’t always get what it wants …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 11 January]

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We need blind marking in the REF, too

Posted in Research on January 11th, 2018 by steve

“With the final decision on the rules for the 2021 research excellence framework having been announced towards the end of last year, anxiety levels are beginning to ramp up again. And women could be forgiven for feeling particularly nervous. A recent study led by Friederike Mengel of the University of Essex found that, on average, and all with other things being equal, university student evaluations gave female instructors a mark 37 points below those of men on a 100-point scale …” (more)

[Graham Farrell, Times Higher Education, 11 January]

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Student loans: a blight that we should not spread

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Following the €47.5m increase in higher education funding in the budget, three options have taken centre stage as possible structural solutions to university funding crisis in Ireland: a state-funded system, in which student contributions are abolished, increased state funding with a continuation of student fees (similar to the current system), or a student loan scheme similar to that of the United Kingdom …” (more)

[Sam Power, Trinity News, 11 January]

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Councillors object to Lough apartments

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Five Cork City councillors are set to lodge appeals to An Bord Pleanála against the granting of planning permission for a controversial four-storey block of student apartments overlooking The Lough. The councillors joined around 40 residents at The Lough Community Centre last night, for a meeting held to organise a response to City Hall’s decision to give the go-ahead to developers Lyonshall Ltd for a 324-student apartment block on a site adjacent to the northern end of the popular amenity …” (more)

[Ellie O’Byrne, Evening Echo, 10 January]

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Universities hit back at Government claims they are restricting free speech

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2018 by steve

“University leaders have hit back at Government accusations they are restricting freedom of speech on campus. Appearing in front of an influential parliamentary committee, vice chancellors said there was ‘no evidence’ of free speech being inhibited and suggested ministers’ claims that controversial books have been removed from university libraries were unfounded …” (more)

[Ben Kentish, Independent, 11 January]