Students face over 10% rent increase in Dublin complex

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Tenants in a student complex in the capital are facing rent increases of more than 10% due to what the management company is calling an ‘administrative incident’. Some 53 students in the LIV Student accommodation block on Church Street in Dublin signed contracts at the beginning of September that states rooms cost €270 per week …” (more)

[Shauna Bowers, Irish Times, 11 October]

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RCSI agrees €40m loan to help fund Dublin campus development

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) has agreed a €40 million loan with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to part-fund the development of its city centre campus. The €90 million redevelopment of a block in the Ardilaun Centre on St Stephen’s Green, which is subject to planning permission, will provide enhanced research, teaching, learning, faculty and student facilities …” (more)

[Ciara O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 October]

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UCD fails founder and itself in handling of Newman canonisation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“After a week of pressure from students, alumni, the public, its former registrar and a former taoiseach, UCD has flip-flopped on its decision to not send a representative to the canonisation of its founder Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman in Rome this weekend. Earlier in the week the college cited its ‘secular’ nature as the reason for why it was not going to send a representative …” (more)

[Katie Ascough, Irish Times, 11 October]

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TUI overwhelmingly votes to back industrial action over two-tier pay

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) members have voted overwhelmingly to renew their mandate for industrial action over two-tier pay rates. The ballot was passed by a margin of 92% to 8% to endorse the union’s mandate for industrial action, up to and including strike action, as part of its campaign for equal pay …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 October]

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Academic freedom is under threat around the world – here’s how to defend it

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2019 by steve

International“Academic freedom is at the heart of successful universities. UNESCO defines it as the right ‘to freedom of teaching and discussion, freedom in carrying out research and disseminating and publishing results’. Academics have pointed out that it also means self-governance and security of academic jobs to ensure independence …” (more)

[Eva Pils and Marina Svensson, Academic Matters, 10 October]

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Law students investigated over ‘highly offensive’ texts about their female colleagues

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Law students are being investigated for a ‘highly offensive’ text messaging group about female trainee solicitors. An internal investigation is now under way into the group called ‘T*ts and Filth’ that was circulated among trainee solicitors in the Law Society of Ireland …” (more)

[Niamh Horan and Chloe Brennan, Independent, 11 October]

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Rise in honours Maths uptake to attain CAO bonus points ‘has not improved standards’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on October 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Bonus points in Leaving Cert higher-level Maths have not necessarily improved standards in the subject. Student uptake of the ‘honours’ paper has doubled since the bonus of 25 CAO points for a minimum 40% mark was introduced, but it has not been matched by a corresponding improvement in students’ ability in maths …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 October]

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Long-term funding needed to help people with intellectual disabilities access higher education says report

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new report launched this evening highlights a lack of funding for resources that support people with intellectual disabilities in accessing higher education. The report calls for a national response to support people with intellectual disabilities transitioning from secondary education into further and higher education or employment …” (more)

[Alfie Fletcher, Trinity News, 10 October]

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WIT President says Technological University for the South East has to happen within next 6 to 12 months

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of Waterford IT says the Technological University for the South East has to happen within the next six to 12 months. The application from WIT and IT Carlow still hasn’t been submitted after a memorandum of understanding between both IT’s was rejected by the unions in Carlow …” (more)

[Eimear McKeown, WLR FM, 10 October]

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