Universities extend closing times to early hours of morning to cope with demand

Posted in Life on May 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Universities are increasingly extending their main library closing times into the early hours of the morning to cope with a surge in demand for late-night study. Colleges say they are responding to demand for extra study time in the run-up to the exams, while trying to balance this with student welfare …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 May]

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The New ‘University Journals’ in the Marketplace

Posted in Research on May 6th, 2019 by steve

International“A new initiative called ‘University Journals’ has just been announced. The quotation marks I have put around the name are not scare quotes but simply a way to make it clear that we are talking about a specific service and not generic university journals …” (more)

[Joseph Esposito, The Scholarly Kitchen, 6 May]

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My London history students’ knowledge of Ireland is, at times, shocking

Posted in Life on May 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“I am an Irish academic working in the UK, in the fields of Irish and British history. My perspectives on Brexit, Britain and Ireland are centred around universities and education, but I think many of my experiences would be similar to other Irish people in the UK …” (more)

[Joan Redmond, Irish Times, 6 May]

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‘Students are under so much pressure – they’re like zombies’

Posted in Life, Teaching on May 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It’s midnight outside UCD’s James Joyce library and hundreds of bleary-eyed students are trailing out the main door. Some have been here since first thing in the morning in order to grab a coveted seat with a socket to plug in their laptops …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 May]

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Public sector pension levy won’t be abolished

Posted in Governance and administration on May 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government will face down any union demands to abolish the pension levy which was imposed on public sector workers during the financial crash, the Sunday Independent has learnt. Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe will vehemently oppose any changes to pension contributions paid by public sector workers during future pay talks with unions …” (more)

[Philip Ryan and Ralph Riegel, Independent, 5 May]

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Mixed reactions to Trinity College waiving fees for Ibrahim Halawa due to his ‘unique and special circumstances’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There have been mixed reactions on social media after it emerged that Trinity College in the heart of Dublin is to waive college fees for former Egyptian prisoner Ibrahim Halawa due to his ‘unique and special’ circumstances …” (more)

[James Brennan, TheJournal.ie, 5 May]


Dependence on rote learning costs Leaving Cert students marks, say State examiners

Posted in Teaching on May 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert candidates continue to rely on rote learning to get through exams rather than showing a necessary understanding of topics, according to reports from state examiners. In some cases it is costing the students marks because they are not delivering ‘high quality’ answers …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 May]

CAO courses need a revamp to make them attractive again, warns report

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“CAO courses taken by thousands of school leavers every year are ‘losing their attractiveness’, a new paper warns as it calls for a makeover. The paper, ‘The Future of Undergraduate Technological Higher Education’, says if no remedial action is taken, ‘”it is not impossible that both qualifications will gradually disappear’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 May]

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