Sacked academic ‘to sing like canary’ at job tribunal

Posted in Legal issues on September 7th, 2019 by steve

“A sacked Presbyterian academic claims the evidence that will emerge when his case reaches tribunal will shock Church members. Professor Laurence Kirkpatrick is taking a case against the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. The latest hearing is scheduled for early next week. Professor Kirkpatrick – who worked at the Presbyterian Church’s Union Theological College – was sacked for gross misconduct earlier this year …” (more)

[David Young, Belfast Telegraph, 7 September]


Student grants and rising school costs top agenda for Oireachtas Education and Skills Committee meeting

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The third level SUSI grant and back to school costs will be examined at a special Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Skills meeting in advance of the commencement of the Autumn Parliamentary Session …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 6 September]

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TCDSU Hits Out, After Luxury Accommodation Leaflets Placed on Freshers’ Stand

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) President Laura Beston has condemned LIV Student, a luxury student accommodation company, after it allegedly placed advertising leaflets on the union’s freshers’ fair stall without asking permission from any of those at the stand …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 6 September]

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Confucius Institutes: The growth of China’s controversial cultural branch

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2019 by steve

“According to China, its Confucius Institute is ‘a bridge reinforcing friendship’ between it and the world. But to its critics the government-run body – which offers language and cultural programmes overseas – is a way for Beijing to spread propaganda under the guise of teaching, interfere with free speech on campuses and even to spy on students …” (more)

[Pratik Jakhar, BBC, 7 September]

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Students struggling to find accommodation as cost continues to rise

Posted in Life on September 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“College students are being distracted from their education by looking for accommodation. Many students are still trying to find somewhere to live for this academic year. It comes as every college in the country has hiked its student living fees …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 6 September]

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Finer and finer rankings prove anything you want

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2019 by steve

International“If you take a single metric from a single ranking and do a bit of slicing by country, region, subject, field and/or age there is a good chance that you can prove almost anything, for example that the University of the Philippines is a world beater for medical research. Here is another example …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 7 September]