Postgraduate students campaign for better terms and conditions

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and the trade union Siptu have joined forces to campaign for improved terms and conditions for postgraduate students who carry out teaching and other work in third level colleges. Many postgraduates experience precarious working conditions and low pay within their higher education institutions, according to Siptu organiser Dave Curran …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 October]

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Magee medical school: Lack of business case ‘holding up progress’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2019 by steve

“No progress can be made on a medical training school in Londonderry until Ulster University submits a final business case, peers have been told. The House of Lords heard ‘nothing can happen’ with the proposed school at Magee without the finalised plan. The university previously blamed delays on the lack of a Stormont Executive …” (more)

[BBC News, 29 October]

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Trinity warns of spike in number of mumps cases in College

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The College Health Service has warned that there has been an increase in the number of cases of Mumps in Trinity. In an email sent to all staff and students, the health service director, Dr David McGrath said that there has been a ‘spike in cases’ across the college and advised that students take the necessary preventative measures. The College Health Service also expects to see more cases over the next few weeks due to the long incubation period of the virus …” (more)

[Patrick Coyle, Trinity News, 29 October]

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Higher Education’s Stakeholders are Now Disagreeing – Publicly – on Basic Policy Issues

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The fall of Ireland’s top universities in international rankings has for a number of years teetered on the verge of becoming a national embarrassment. But perhaps even more embarrassing is that this week, two of the most powerful figures in Irish higher education took entirely antithetical stances on how to tackle the problem …” (more)

[University Times, 28 October]

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Trinity’s PhD Students Face a Litany of Issues. They Must Pick Their Battles

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“If anyone was in any doubt about just how bad conditions are for PhD students working and studying in Trinity, they’d have had them dispelled – firmly – last week. At the first meeting of Trinity’s new PhD campaign group – set up to fight for the rights of PhD students – those in attendance spilled a litany of beans …” (more)

[University Times, 28 October]

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Why we need to reconsider the value of the virtual classroom

Posted in Teaching on October 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Online programmes are on the rise in the Irish university sector, with everything from certificates and diplomas to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees now being offered in a fully online or ‘blended’ mode. Their champions argue that online offerings attract students wishing to combine study with paid employment or those tailoring continuous professional development around young family or caring needs …” (more)

[Áine Mahon and Shane Bergin, Irish Times, 29 October]

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