USI President Says ‘Nothing Ruled Out’ on Rent Strikes

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) may lead a rent strike in the future to protest the costs of Ireland’s student accommodation, according to President Lorna Fitzpatrick. In an interview with Hot Press magazine, when asked her about an article in The University Times calling for student-led rent strikes, Fitzpatrick said that ‘there’s nothing ruled out’ …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 25 September]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor establishes Rapid Response Group on Drug and Substance Abuse in Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Expert group tasked with developing action plan includes senior academics, Gardaí, students, parents and first responders within institutions. The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (25th September 2019) named the members of her Rapid Response Group that she has tasked with devising an action plan to deal with drug and substance abuse within the country’s higher education institutions …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 25 September]

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Donnelly Brings Together Student Union Presidents From All Across Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health and Wicklow TD, Stephen Donnelly is brining together a group of Student’s Union Presidents from across the country to discuss issues relating to education, housing, health and Brexit. Deputy Donnelly said it that was important to get the perspective of the Student Unions in order to bring forward real and meaningful solutions to the various crisis that exist within each of the sectors …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 25 September]

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Task force unveiled to deal with drug abuse in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The details of a new task force to deal with drug and substance abuse within higher education institutions have been unveiled by Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor. ‘I have spent a huge amount of time meeting students, their parents and the people working at all levels in our higher education institutions’, she said …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 25 September]

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DIT tees up €100m sale of Aungier Street campus

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The process of selecting an agent to handle the sale of the DIT’s Aungier Street campus is underway, with expectations that it will be brought to the market shortly at a guide price of around €100 million. The move by the DIT’s successor – Technological University Dublin – to dispose of the property forms part of its wider plan to relocate its entire student body and faculty to its new centralised campus at Grangegorman in Dublin 7 …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Irish Times, 25 September]

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Do university rankings measure anything at all?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2019 by steve

“There are many complaints that we might make about university rankings. Mostly these fall into two categories. The first is that they simply reinforce existing power structures, privileging western, english-speaking universities and maintaining an exclusive club, which is impossible to break into and self-perpetuating …” (more)

[Cameron Neylon, Wonkhe, 25 September]

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In College, Sex and Drugs are the Rule – Not the Exception

Posted in Life on September 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Last week, while waiting outside a tutorial, I met a fellow second-year arts student. We struck up a conversation about the similar tote bags we both carried and the conversation – although very surface-level – was rather pleasant. Things took a strange turn, though, as within a matter of minutes she was divulging to me an incredibly detailed story about how she had been on ketamine at Trinity Ball and lost a small bag …” (more)

[Faye Curran, University Times, 24 September]

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Tallaght village lands zoned for residential development guiding at €5m

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Developers involved in the delivery of student accommodation and apartments for the private rented sector will be interested in a well-located residential site in south Dublin, which has been brought to the market at a guide price of €5 million …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Irish Times, 25 September]

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University of Limerick’s €7m sports facility a ‘legacy’ for future students

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick plans to ‘leave a legacy’ for future students with a massive new state-of-the-art €7m sports facility. The Maguires Pitches were launched this Tuesday at UL by Deputy President, Chief Operating Officer, and Registrar, Gerry O’Brien, outgoing UL Director Sport and Recreation Dave Mahedy and UL Student Life President Jack Scanlan …” (more)

[Ryan O’Rourke, Limerick Leader, 24 September]

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Amid Row Over Influence, Deal to Establish Trinity Islamic Centre Nearly Collapsed

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The controversial establishment of a Centre for Middle Eastern Studies in Trinity, paid for by an educational charity founded by Dubai’s deputy ruler, nearly collapsed in 2016 after a dispute over how much influence Trinity would be allowed to exercise over it, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 24 September]

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