Dundalk IT students told to resit test after exam ‘compromised’

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on May 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Final-year agriculture students in Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) have been told they all must retake an exam, after a test sat last week was ‘compromised’ due to students gaining access to the exam questions beforehand. About 20 students taking a class on farm management sat their end-of-year exam on May 14th. On Monday the college became aware a number of students had gained sight of the exam questions prior to the test …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 23 May]

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Higher Education Authority hasn’t appointed inspector to IT Tralee

Posted in Governance and administration on May 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority says it has not appointed an inspector to IT Tralee. The institute acknowledged its operational deficit this year will be €2 million; this is down from €2.5million in the 2016/2017 academic year …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 23 May]

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€80m building for scaled up Trinity Business School opens

Posted in Governance and administration on May 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin’s new €80m Business School was opened today by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. The new building will house the scaled up Trinity Business School, a global leader in innovative business education programmes …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 23 May]

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GMIT aims to fill vacancy for President by year end as Dr Fergal Barry resigns

Posted in Governance and administration on May 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of GMIT Dr Fergal Barry has resigned. Dr Barry took up the position in October 2015 on a five year contract, succeeding Michael Carmody. Prior to his role at GMIT, Dr Fergal Barry was Vice President of Limerick Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM News, 22 May]

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The Case for Abolishing 9am Lectures

Posted in Life, Teaching on May 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Early-morning lectures are surely the bane of most students’ existence. Whether it’s essay deadlines, an active social life or simply spending a night waxing lyrical about a topic you don’t know much about with your flatmates, it seems that most students are in a perpetual state of being tired …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 21 May]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018: Report and Final Stages

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 23rd, 2019 by steve

IrelandGerry Horkan (Fianna Fail): I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Mitchell O’Connor. I remind Senators that they may speak only once on Report Stage, except the proposer of an amendment, who may reply to discussion on the amendment. Each non-Government amendment must be seconded. Amendment No 1 is a Government amendment and arises out of committee proceedings. The amendment is consequential on amendment No 32. Amendments Nos 1 and 32 are related and may be discussed together by agreement. Is that agreed? Agreed …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 22 May]

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University counselling services ‘inundated by stressed academics’

Posted in Life on May 23rd, 2019 by steve

“Stressed out academics are inundating university counselling services as they grapple with heavy workloads and oppressive management, a report says. Referrals to such services had risen by three-quarters between 2009 and 2015, the study for the Higher Education Policy Institute indicated …” (more)

[Hannah Richardson, BBC News, 23 May]

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