Third Level Facilities: UCC Tyndall Institute

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Barry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the stage the upgrading of the Tyndall National Institute project is at; when the project will go out for tender; when construction will commence; when the project will be completed; the estimated cost of the project; the amount spent to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 September]

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Third Level Facilities: UCD Confucius Institute

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBarry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the University College Dublin Confucius institute has been completed; if not, when it is expected to be completed; the estimated cost of the project; the amount spent to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 September]

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UCD students won’t be penalised over missing classes to attend protests

Posted in Teaching on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The country’s largest university has announced a deal for students who miss classes to attend today’s climate strikes. In the deal stuck between authorities at University College Dublin and the Students Union, students will not be penalised for skipping classes where marks are normally awarded for attendance …” (more)

[Caroline O’Doherty, Independent, 20 September]

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Trinity’s €1bn Technology and Enterprise Campus Could be Renamed

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s new Technology and Enterprise Campus (TTEC), the development of which will cost €1 billion, could be renamed this year. In response to questions posed about the name of the project by The University Times, Thomas Deane, a Trinity media relations officer, said in an email statement: ‘Over the last two years, as plans for its development have been considered, different naming conventions for the project have been used’ …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 19 September]

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Queen’s still reigns as NI’s top university in Times list

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

“Queen’s University remains the best university in Northern Ireland, according to an influential list. It has climbed three places to stay within the top 40 in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. Ulster University has also climbed in the national rankings to joint 58th place …” (more)

[Gillian Halliday, Belfast Telegraph, 20 September]

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Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology paid to be featured on Monopoly board

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) paid to be included as a square on the local edition of the board game Monopoly, buying a ‘gold’ package from UK company Winning Moves. The city’s other publicly-funded third-level institute, NUI Galway, featured on a more expensive square on the board. However, the university says it has no record of having paid for the privilege …” (more)

[Darragh McDonagh, Independent, 20 September]

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One third of students rely on parents to pay college fees and have less than €100 to splash a month

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“One in three students rely on their parents to pay their college fees, according to new research. A new study from the Bank of Ireland shows that 36% of students rely on their parents to contribute towards college fees, which can reach the maximum of €3,000 per year. While Irish students have an average income of €9.20 a day, or €258 a month, 35% have less than €100 of disposable income per month …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 19 September]

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Open Letter to the EU: Reinstate the Commissioner for Science and Research

Posted in Research on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It may have escaped your attention (as it did mine) that, when the candidates for members of the European Union Commission were presented last week, the role of Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation has apparently been phased out, and its remit subsumed by that of the Commissioner for ‘Innovation and Youth’ …” (more)

[In the Dark, 19 September]

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Trinity Rises to 92nd in QS Graduate Employability Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has risen into the top 100 in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings, sitting at 92nd place for 2020. The rankings mean College remains the second-best Irish university for employability, after sitting in the 101st-110th bracket last year. University College Dublin was the best college in Ireland for employability both this year and last, now sitting at 78th …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 19 September]

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Purpose-built student housing good for tourism and education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The annual accommodation challenge faced by students is well documented, and with the 2019 academic year looming it is at the forefront of debate in an ever tightening private rental market. The latest Daft.ie Rental Report showed that the average monthly rents across the country rose to a new record level during the second quarter of the year, marking the thirteenth consecutive quarter of record rents …” (more)

[Paul McDonnell, Independent, 19 September]

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NUI Galway Becomes a University of Sanctuary

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has become Ireland’s sixth third-level institute to receive University of Sanctuary status for efforts made to include asylum seekers and refugees …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 19 September]

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University Rankings Again

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Last week saw the publication of the Times Higher World University Rankings which have once again predictably generated a great deal of sound and fury while signifying nothing very important. I can’t be bothered to repeat my previous criticisms of these league tables (though I will point you to a very good rant here) but I will make a couple of comments on the reaction to them here in Ireland …” (more)

[In the Dark, 18 September]

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Almost 3,000 Leaving Cert results upgraded in record year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Almost 3,000 Leaving Cert exam results have been upgraded after students successfully sought rechecks of their papers. The record number follows a surge in the number of rechecks this year, due mainly to reforms that have speeded up the appeals process and given students greater access to their exam papers online …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 September]

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Lack of a full university in Waterford is choking the South East’s economy

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“WIT lecturer Dr Ray Griffin talks to Julie Smyth about the upcoming budget, what Paschal Donoghue can do to boost the South East’s economy and why, as an academic working in the region he is frustrated with the Taoiseach’s reported ‘frustration’ regarding the formation of a Technological University for the South East …” (interview)

[Spreaker, 15 September]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 20th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJohn Brassil (Kerry, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the SUSI grant income threshold for families will be increased to the same amount as the affordable childcare scheme to reflect the growing costs of college education and rental accommodation for students in view of an announcement (details supplied) by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 September]

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Giving Credit: Gender and the hidden labour behind academic prestige

Posted in Research on September 20th, 2019 by steve

“In recent months, a number of high profile cases have focused attention on how credit is attributed to the creation of academic research and in particular the way in which the role of women is often diminished or effaced as part of this process. In this post Donica Belisle and Kiera Mitchell highlight the historical precedent of Mary Quayle Innis and the unrecognised impact she had on her husband Harold Adams Innis’ career and suggest that the social sciences and humanities would benefit from a wider interpretation of scholarly attribution than is currently practiced …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 18 September]

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Government gives €5m in emergency funding to keep IT Tralee afloat

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government has given €5 million in emergency funding to IT Tralee in order to keep the institution afloat. The Irish Times understands that Kerry’s only third-level institution has been experiencing serious cash-flow problems and faced the possibility of drastic cutbacks or not being able to pay staff …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 September]

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University Governance

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 20th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJames Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding allegations of student and staff safety being put at risk; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 September]

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University of Limerick president calls for funding increase after latest rankings issued

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There have been calls to increase Government funding to third-level institutions after the latest figures show UL’s position in the Times Higher Education rankings has remained static. In a post on Twitter after the latest rankings were published, University of Limerick President Dr. Des Fitzgerald said, ‘A decade ago, Ireland had two universities in the top 100, but no more …'” (more)

[Mike Finnerty, Limerick Leader, 17 September]

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Government urged to reverse cuts in third level funding

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have warned an Oireachtas committee that financial problems facing the third level sector will get ‘considerably worse’ unless there is a significant step-up in investment to support growing student numbers. Jim Miley, director-general of the Irish Universities Association, told the Oireachtas Committee on Budgetary Oversight that student numbers are set to grow by 40,000 over the coming decade …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 September]

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