Student apartments planned for North Main Street

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A planning consultation request has been lodged for almost 290 student beds on North Main Street. A company named as Bmore Developments has requested a consultation with An Bord Pleanála to determine whether a possible development on the street for 285 student bed spaces qualifies as a Strategic Housing Development (SHD) …” (more)

[Robert McNamara, EchoLive, 31 December]

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Fee-paying schools and taxpayers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – When the perennial debate on the issue of fee-paying educational institutions in receipt of taxpayer subsidies surfaces, the formidable middle class and well-resourced recipient private schools rush to defend the indefensible …” (more)

[Tom Cooper, Irish Times, 31 December]


How Trinity changed this decade

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has undergone a tremendous amount of change in the past decade, and as we come to the end of 2019, it seems only right to reflect on the shake-ups that most affected staff and students in College over the last ten years …” (more)

[Eoin O’Donnell, Trinity News, 30 December]


Time for PhD supervision

Posted in Teaching on December 29th, 2019 by steve

“Some aspects of academia show great international variation. There is one on which I haven’t found any good data, and hence thought I’ll ask the crowd here so that we can gather our own data, even if it will be not very scientifically collected. The question is this: if you are a university teacher/professor and your department awards PhD-degrees, do you get any official time allocated (or time-compensation) for PhD supervision? …” (more)

[Ingrid Robeyns, Crooked Timber, 29 December]


Public sector workers can expect above-inflation pay rise in 2020 – Taoiseach

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

Ireland“The Taoiseach has said he expects public sector pay to rise higher than the rate of inflation. Leo Varadkar said he anticipates pay increases in the public sector in 2020 but they must be linked to reform. The Government has adopted a series of ‘one-size-fits-all’ deals with public service unions covering pay, conditions and reforms across the entire public sector over the past decade …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 29 December]

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Rising fees lead many to question value of private education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Not so long ago many private schools were struggling to retain pupils and contemplating entering the ‘free’ secondary school scheme. How times have changed. Enrolments for fee-paying schools have bounced back to boom-time levels and many in the Dublin area are heavily oversubscribed and turning away pupils in their droves …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 December]


Major new extension planned at Donegal third-level institution

Posted in Governance and administration on December 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A major multi-million euro extension to Letterkenny Institute of Technology is on the cards. The third level institution has just submitted plans to Donegal Co Council in relation to its proposal for a new three storey building on the Port Road campus …” (more)

[Chris Ashmore, Donegal Live, 27 December]

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Universities: milking publicly funded positions for personal profit

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Unique universities: now the only place where senior public officers can live abroad, have few checks on expenses and tax, and benefit personally from public funding of gene patents. The exploitation of tax funds for private personal gains by state sector employees, particularly at universities. UCC as example. The public is funding things like applications for human gene patents …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 21 December]

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UCC President is thinking ‘outside the box’ to minimise the impact of housing shortages on students and staff

Posted in Governance and administration on December 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork is looking at co-developing accommodation for both students and staff as a way to minimise the impact of housing shortages. UCC president Professor Patrick O’Shea said the college is thinking ‘outside the box’ to find affordable, suitable housing for students, young workers and families …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 26 December]

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NUIG seeks approval to use student accommodation for summer tourists

Posted in Governance and administration on December 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is seeking planning permission to use the Goldcrest student accommodation in Dangan for tourists during the summer season. The 429 apartment student accommodation complex at Goldcrest was granted planning permission in May 2016 by An Bord Pleanála, and began accepting students for the 2018/2019 academic year …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 25 December]

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Time for holidays #HappyChristmas

Posted in Life on December 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Today is the last day at work for most people, though many will have taken today off – especially those travelling. It is a quiet day in the College, and the roads were also very quiet coming into Dublin too. Despite this, it is one of my favourite days of the year …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 23 December]

Presidents of Cork colleges demand better public transport for students

Posted in Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of two Cork colleges have called for greater public transport in the region, labelling it crucial for prospective students, housing options and economic growth. Professor Patrick O’Shea, president of University College Cork, and Dr Barry O’Connor, his counterpart at Cork Institute of Technology, both highlighted the need for greater investment in public transport in Cork …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 22 December]

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Call for Papers: ‘Sustaining the Future of Higher Education’, 20-22 August 2020

Posted in Research on December 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dear Colleague, We are delighted to invite you to submit a paper to the 42nd Annual EAIR Forum 2020 which is to be hosted by University College Cork, Ireland. The theme of the 2020 EAIR Cork Forum is ‘Sustaining the Future of Higher Education’ …” (more)

USI Calls for National Framework on Students’ Union Autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has called on the government to recognise the autonomy of students’ unions, arguing a national framework is a necessity if students are to hold their colleges to account …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 20 December]

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Human Factors and Educational Technology in Institutions

Posted in Teaching on December 21st, 2019 by steve

“Educational institutions are now enormously complex technological organisations – particularly universities. They are generally so complex that few people in the university really understand how everything fits together. Computer services will have teams who understand individual systems, although it is unusual to find someone in a computer services department who understands how it all fits together technically …” (more)

[Mark Johnson, Improvisation Blog, 20 December]

Perfectionistic students get higher grades, but at what cost?

Posted in Teaching on December 21st, 2019 by steve

“Student performance matters. Students who perform well have better health, earn a larger income and contribute more to society than those who perform poorly. As a consequence, psychologists, teachers and even parents have spent a great deal of time and effort trying to understand what makes or breaks success …” (more)

[Daniel Madigan, The Conversation, 20 December]

CIT is granted permission for a new ‘front door’ to their Bishopstown campus

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

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology has been granted planning permission for a new three-storey Learning Resource Centre that will act as a new ‘front door’ to the college. The new building will be located in front of the original Regional Technical College buildings constructed in the 1970s that front onto Rossa Avenue in Bishopstown …” (more)

[Alan Healy, EchoLive, 20 December]

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Ulster University vice-chancellor to leave post in February

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

“Ulster University’s (UU) vice-chancellor Professor Paddy Nixon is to leave his post in February 2020. Professor Nixon took up the top job at the university in July 2015. He is leaving to become vice-chancellor of the University of Canberra …” (more)

[BBC News, 20 December]

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Student apartments get go-ahead despite locals objecting to ‘studentification’ of Liberties

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

Ireland“Despite objections, more than 350 students apartments have been given the go-ahead in the Liberties in Dublin. Locals say it will lead to the ‘studentification’ of the area. An Bord Pleanala has approved the high-end student accommodation, which the promoters say is ‘akin to a boutique hotel’ …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 20 December]

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Irish links to Chinese university at centre of protests

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

Ireland“A leading Chinese university with strong ties to UCD and TCD is at the centre of student and academic protests after it changed its charter to put a pledge of absolute loyalty to the ruling Communist Party above academic independence …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 20 December]

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