Third-Level Education ‘Forgotten’ in New Direct Provision Report, Says USI

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has today attacked a new Oireachtas report on direct provision, arguing it does not do enough for students seeking asylum when it comes to access to third-level education …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 13 December]

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A Christmas Message from IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“As we approach the end of a very busy and demanding term we would like to extend our warmest greeting to all of our members for a happy and peaceful Christmas and a (much deserved!) restful holiday. Your support for our Union is hugely appreciated …” (more)

[IFUT, 12 December]

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Colleges in Cork must be part of the blueprint for the city’s future

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A forthcoming city-wide strategic plan needs to prioritise future-proofing infrastructure to deal with development and expansion of third-level institutions and hospitals, a councillor has claimed. With Cork’s population set to rise from its current 210,000 to an estimated 360,000 by 2040, councillor Seán Martin …” (more)

[Robert McNamara, EchoLive, 13 December]

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UCD Head Calls for ‘Flexibility’ From Government on Hiring Regulations

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) President Andrew Deeks has called for more ‘flexibility’ from the government when it comes to the hiring of staff, in order to allow Ireland’s universities to compete with others around Europe …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 13 December]

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Are university seats different?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2019 by steve

“Though a Conservative landslide was always on the cards, something about the 2019 election result has unsettled the higher education sector. The infamous Michael Gove quote about experts, and very visible remain advocacy during the 2016 referendum campaign, has positioned the sector outside of the mainstream of UK culture …” (more)

[David Kernohan, Wonkhe, 14 December]

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Is doing science experiments ‘constructivist’?

Posted in Teaching on December 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Reading this article this morning made me more confused that ever as to what people mean when they talk about constructivism. I had more or less settled on the idea that constructivism meant viewing newly acquired knowledge as a jigsaw piece rather than a file in a filing cabinet but in the said article, constructivism is defined as an ‘educational philosophy that deems experience as the best way to acquire knowledge’. That’s not really telling me much …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 14 December]

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