UCD plans to expand and become Ireland’s ‘largest’ third-level institution

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

Ireland“UCD is planning to enrol thousands of additional students and hire more than 500 academic staff over the coming years under expansion plans which, it says, will make it the largest third-level institution in Ireland. The university is projecting that its student numbers will grow by 25% over the next decade – up from about 25,000 to 32,000 – driven by a combination of domestic and international students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 December]

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Industrial action ballot called off by University of Limerick union

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

Ireland“The ballot for industrial action which was set to be put to University of Limerick staff this week has been called off. The decision was announced to over 200 members of the university’s union, UL-Unite, at an emergency meeting this Tuesday …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 11 December]

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40% of Travellers in further education have only completed primary level

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

Ireland“New figures show that of Traveller enrolments in further education programmes last year, more than 40% said they had previously only completed primary level at most. The finding is among a number contained in reports published by SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority, which also found that one-third of those from the Roma Community who signed up for further education programmes last year had primary education or lower …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 11 December]


Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor announce €10m capital grant scheme for institutes of technology and TU Dublin

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today announced €10 million funding in capital grants for the country’s 11 institutes of technology (IOT) and TU Dublin. The investment is being made under Project Ireland 2040 for the current academic year and the money will be used on small-scale and necessary infrastructure works and improvements …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 December]

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Belgian university closes its Chinese state-funded Confucius Institute after spying claims

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

“One of Belgium’s leading universities has decided to close the Chinese state-funded Confucius Institute on its campus, following accusations that the former head professor conducted espionage for China. Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) confirmed that it would not extend its contract with the institute when the agreement expires next June, although it did not refer to the espionage claims …” (more)

[Stuart Lau, South China Morning Post, 11 December]

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Predatory journals: no definition, no defence

Posted in Research on December 11th, 2019 by steve

International“Leading scholars and publishers from ten countries have agreed a definition of predatory publishing that can protect scholarship. It took 12 hours of discussion, 18 questions and 3 rounds to reach …” (more)

[Nature, 11 December]

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Royal College of Surgeons becomes State’s ninth university

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

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) has been formally authorised to use the title of ‘university’ for the first time in 235 years. The institution is to describe itself as ‘RCSI university of medicine and health sciences’ in future …” (more)

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

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Do You Truly Grasp Why That Student Keeps Missing Class?

Posted in Life on December 11th, 2019 by steve

“She sat in the front row of my classroom, quiet but engaged. She didn’t raise her hand, but when I invited her into the conversation or asked students to speak to one another, she showed she had done the reading and had thought about it …” (more)

[James Lang, Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 December]