DCU president to lead HSE’s ‘rapid review’ into IT glitch that left 800 without smear test results

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of DCU is to lead an ‘immediate rapid review’, commissioned by the HSE, into the latest Cervical Check controversy. Professor Brian McGrath was appointed as the independent external chairperson for the review after it emerged that 800 women did not receive their smear test results because of an IT glitch at a US lab …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 15 July]

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Will female-only professorships make the difference?

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Gender balance in higher education institutions is on the way, but not fast enough. This, in a nutshell, is the argument for female-only professorships. But will they make a difference? The recent report of the gender equality taskforce concluded that, based on current trends, it could take 20 years to reach a situation were 40% of professors are women …” (more)

[Muireann Lynch and Selina McCoy, Irish Times, 15 July]

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Dearth of Travellers at Third-Level is an Indictment of Universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“When Trinity PhD student Patrick McDonagh, a member of the Travelling community, called this week for the creation of a seat for Travellers in the Seanad, he made an important point. McDonagh argued that implementing a route to political representation for Travellers would ‘mark the beginning of what would still be a long journey to giving Travellers a role in the State, in proportion to our place and population within it’ …” (more)

[University Times, 14 July]

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EU Verdict on Cassells Report Not Expected Until 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s third-level institutes will have to wait until April 2020 to hear the verdict of EU analysis on the Cassells report, Minister for Education Joe McHugh has said. The report, which sets out three options for the future funding of Ireland’s higher education sector, has been with the European Commission since January 2019, when the government applied for economic advice on the report …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 14 July]

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RTÉ Insists Articles Paid for by Universities Are Not Sponsored Content

Posted in Research on July 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“RTÉ has netted as much as €271,000 from publishing articles written by universities without identifying the articles as sponsored content, according to a report in the Sunday Business Post today. RTÉ allows academics from universities to write articles for its website as part of an initiative called Brainstorm …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 14 July]