Higgins critical of universities’ focus on markets

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The president, Michael D Higgins, has criticised ‘many universities’ who he says now produce graduates who are ‘professionals’ rather than ‘critically engaged citizens’. In a speech at Fordham University in New York Mr Higgins accused universities of abandoning their ‘traditional role’ of preparing students to be ‘thoughtful, conscientious, active citizens’ …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 30 September]

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Students March to Break the Barriers to Higher Education on October 3rd

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On Thursday, 3rd October the Union of Students in Ireland are hosting the National Demonstration to Break the Barriers to higher education. Currently, some of the barriers to education include: Ireland has the second-highest fees in the EU [will be the highest after Brexit]; …” (more)

[USI, 30 September]

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UL warns students of high number of mumps cases on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is warning its students after a number of people have been diagnosed with mumps on campus. Mumps is a viral infection which in general terms presents with a swelling of one of the salivary glands or more in the neck …” (more)

[Niamh Delmer, Limerick Voice, 30 September]

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Queen’s University ‘regrets’ past use of gay aversion therapy

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2019 by steve

“Queen’s University has said it regrets its past use of electrical aversion therapy to ‘cure’ homosexuality. The therapy involves a patient being shown naked pictures and given electric shocks if they become aroused. It was used in the 1960s and 70s, however it has since been debunked. Speaking to the BBC, a former Queen’s student who underwent the therapy, John (not his real name), said the experience was ‘horrible’ …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 30 September]

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Watch: Third-level fees and financial crisis explained

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“How come many Irish students are paying €3,000 a year to attend university or college, when we’re supposed to have free third-level education? Maria Flannery and Cillian Sherlock walk you through what led to the introduction of ‘free fees’ in the mid-90s, where today’s €3,000 figure comes from, and what’s happened in the third-level sector which has left many institutions reliant on that money to keep the lecture rooms open …” (video)

[RTÉ Prime Time, 30 September]

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QUB: Gay students given electric shocks ‘to cure homosexuality’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2019 by steve

“John, not his real name, underwent electrical aversion therapy at Queen’s University, Belfast, while a student in the 1960s. The Presbyterian student was shown pictures of naked men and given electric shocks if he was aroused …” (video)

[BBC News, 30 September]

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Trinity’s Administration Isn’t Perfect, But the Alternative Could be Far Worse

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For many in higher education, fears around autonomy and government interference have lingered for years. Small wonder: by now, third-level institutes have had their cards marked on several occasions by a government that seems determined to exercise greater control over the administration of the sector …” (more)

[University Times, 29 September]

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More room for the National Archives

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Your Commercial Property supplement carried a report about the proposed sale of the Aungier Street campus currently owned by the Technological University Dublin (formerly DIT) (‘DIT tees up €100 million sale of Aungier Street campus’, September 25th) …” (more)

[James Paul McDonnell, Irish Times, 30 September]

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‘Unwelcoming’, ‘trivial’ … students give their reaction to controversial ‘Brits Out’ poster

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2019 by steve

“Queen’s students were divided yesterday on the controversial ‘Brits Out’ slogan. For some, it was unwelcoming, others, though, said the controversy was trivial. Speaking with some of her fellow computer science students …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 28 September]

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Taoiseach defends third-level education funding

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, has defended his government’s record on investment in third-level institutions in response to a question about Trinity’s fall in global rankings. The Taoiseach made his comments yesterday whilst on a visit to the United Nations in New York. When asked about Trinity’s falling position in the rankings, he claimed there has been a ‘substantial injection of cash into our universities’ …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 27 September]

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Graduates entering the best Irish jobs market in over a decade

Posted in Life on September 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Some graduates can’t get out of college fast enough. They run out through the gates and into the independent adult world of rent, bills, responsibility – but it’s worth it, they think, for the freedom. Others have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, away from what may have been the best years of their life, and stitched into a desk for the daily grind of work …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 27 September]

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Queen’s University investigating Sinn Fein ‘Brits Out’ poster at Fresher’s Fair

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2019 by steve

“Queen’s University has launched an investigation into a poster with the slogan ‘Brits Out’ that was displayed at the Fresher’s Fair by Sinn Fein’s youth wing. The poster attracted widespread criticism from unionists after it was displayed at Thursday’s event at the Belfast campus …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 27 September]

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‘The way universities are run is making us ill’: inside the student mental health crisis

Posted in Life on September 27th, 2019 by steve

“When he started working at Brunel University in London 19 years ago, Terry Vass, who is now head of security, recalls that most of his work involved breaking up drunken fights outside the bars and nightclub on campus. Over the two decades he has been in the job, he has noticed a shift. Now, an increasing number of calls are for mental health incidents …” (more)

[Samira Shackle, Guardian, 27 September]

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Lecturer sexually harassed by students awarded €10,000 compensation

Posted in Legal issues on September 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A female college lecturer who was told male students ‘would do her’ in one of a number of incidents of sexual harassment has been awarded €10,000 …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 26 September]
[The judgment is here]

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Anger after ‘Brits Out’ displayed on Sinn Fein stall at Queen’s Freshers’ Fair

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2019 by steve

“Ulster Unionists have expressed their anger after a Sinn Fein youth group displayed a poster featuring the words ‘Brits Out’ at the Queen’s University Belfast Freshers’ Fair. The Freshers’ Fair took place on Wednesday and Thursday at Lanyon Lawn and Whitla Hall …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 26 September]

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Trinity can’t claim it is LGBT+ inclusive until curriculums change

Posted in Teaching on September 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The announcement of a new inclusive housing programme, dubbed ‘Rainbow Housing’ by its initiators at the University of Limerick, seems to signify a watershed moment for those studying in Ireland who identify as LGBT+. Other colleges have yet to follow suit …” (more)

[Ursula Dale, Trinity News, 26 September]

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Lecturer who was told how male students ‘would do her’ awarded €10,000 by Labour Court

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A female college lecturer who was told how male students ‘would do her’ in one of a number of incidents of sexual harassment has been awarded €10,000. In the case, the Labour Court has ordered Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to pay the €10,000 compensation …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Examiner, 26 September]

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Trinity Has More Sugar Babies than Any Other College, Figures Show

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has the highest number of ‘sugar babies’ of any college in Ireland, according to figures released by a US-based dating website that often sees young women paired with wealthy older men. The Irish Mirror today reported that information released by seekingarrangement.com shows a rise in the number of Irish students turning to ‘sugar daddies’ to fund their third-level education …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 26 September]

Trinity College Dublin: Time to forget about THE?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Global rankings, especially THE‘s, have been very useful to British universities, at least to those sitting at the apex of the system. If a Russell Group university falls in the rankings then it is the fault of impending Brexit and/or the terrible austerity inflicted on the nation’s research prowess. If it rises then this is cause for congratulation but with a hint of foreboding …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 26 September]

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Education publisher Pearson says US students going digital faster than expected

Posted in Teaching on September 26th, 2019 by steve

“Education publisher Pearson has warned students are turning to online and digital resources faster than bosses expected – hitting its balance sheet. Profits are now expected to be at the bottom end of expectations between £590 million and £640 million, with the news sending shares plunging 17%, down 148p to 712.8p …” (more)

[Simon Neville, Independent, 26 September]

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