Limerick Institute of Technology president takes up office as Chair of THEA board for 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“President of Limerick Institute of Technology, Professor Vincent Cunnane, assumes the chair of THEA for the 50th anniversary year of Technological Higher Education in Ireland. The Technological Higher Education Association is the representative advocacy body for Ireland’s technological higher education institutions …” (more)

[Limerick Post, 2 January]

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How can we attract more girls into Stem?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Concerns over attracting girls into Stem (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects have been voiced over many years. The vastness and sometimes intangible nature of Stem can act as a deterrent to some who lack a direct connection to the field …” (more)

[Judith Harford, Irish Times, 2 January]

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Hillary Clinton named as new Chancellor of Queen’s University

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2020 by steve

“Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been named as the new Chancellor of Queen’s University, Belfast. Mrs Clinton will take up the largely ceremonial role immediately and serve for five years. The former First Lady succeeds Dr Tom Moran, who passed away last year, and becomes the first woman to take up the post …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 2 January]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcomes introduction of self-awarding powers for institutes of technology

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (1 January 2020) announced the granting of award making powers, with exception of doctoral awards, to all institutes of technology. In welcoming this announcement, the Minister said: ‘This is a significant step for the sector. The measures introduced today establishes all institutes of technology as autonomous awarding bodies, placing them on an equal footing with other designated awarding bodies such as the universities and the RCSI …'” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 1 January]

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Ireland lagging behind in funding ‘blue skies’ scientific research

Posted in Research on January 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government is increasingly under fire for how the nation lags its European counterparts in funding basic, ‘blue skies’ research, the kind in which real world applications are not immediately clear. During Science Week 2019, Fianna Fáil’s science spokesman James Lawless, stated it was ‘over-concentrating resources around applied-commercial research at the expense of basic/discovery research’ …” (more)

[Conor Purcell, Irish Times, 2 January]

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Institutes of Technology Gain New Award-Giving Powers in Win for Autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government today granted institutes of technology award-giving powers, in what amounts to a win for the autonomy of regional colleges. Institutes of technology will now be able to independently grant their students degrees, giving them equal rights to universities. The institutes won’t, however, be able to grant doctoral awards …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 1 January]

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Subsiding fee-paying schools

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – It is not surprising to read that many parents continue to cough up for private education in this country even though fees are on the rise (Carl O’Brien, ‘Parents face gridlock over private school places’, News, December 28th) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 2 January]