GMIT confirms president Dr Fergal Barry has resigned

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) has confirmed that its president Dr Fergal Barry has resigned. The move follows what sources in the institute have described as disagreement within college management over appointments and other issues …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 May]

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Big increases in number of international students in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The number of international students travelling to Ireland for third-level education has significantly increased, with China the most popular country of origin, a new study has found. Irish universities have dedicated more resources to promoting themselves abroad as a destination for international students in recent years. Non-European Economic Area (EEA) students pay higher fees, generally of between €9,000 and €25,000, but for some courses such as medicine as much as €54,000 a year …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 21 May]

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Medieval hut at UCD burned down in ‘arson’ attack

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí are investigating after a replica medieval roundhouse was destroyed in an arson attack at UCD in Dublin earlier this month. The archaeological building, which was built by students and part of the UCD Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture, was set alight on Friday evening, May 10th in what was described by UCD as an ‘arson attack’. The structure was completely destroyed in the blaze …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 20 May]

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Trinity Defends Tree Cutting, After Criticism from Wildlife Activists

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has defended itself from criticism after it was accused of illegally cutting trees on campus during the nesting season. The recent pruning of trees near the zoology building in Trinity angered wildlife activists, who argued that the destruction of vegetation, which is not allowed between March 1st and August 31st, flouted the national Wildlife Act …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 20 May]