Student accommodation discussions key focus for new city development plan

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The provision of student accommodation in Cork is a key focus of talks between city planners and the city’s third-level institutions as work starts of the drafting of a new city development plan. The city council said the series of engagements are ‘background research’ ahead of the formal preparation later this year of a draft development plan – the first to include the expanded city region …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 15 January]

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Universities must overhaul the toxic working culture for academic researchers

Posted in Research on January 15th, 2020 by steve

“Academic research is an exciting, creative and varied endeavour, yet there is growing evidence that our culture has developed unhealthy levels of anxiety and stress. As the UK increases research and development spending – all the more important after Brexit – we will see much-needed growth in the number and significance of researchers. Yet it’s clear that we also need to make changes to their working conditions …” (more)

[Anton Muscatelli, Guardian, 15 January]

University of Limerick to cut down single-use plastic bottle waste from campus

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A plan to dramatically reduce single-use plastic waste from the University of Limerick campus could take seven million water bottles out of circulation every year. As part of its drive to maintain its position as a leader in environmentally-friendly university management and gain the Foundation for Environmental Education’s internationally recognised Green Campus accreditation …” (more)

[Limerick Post, 15 January]


Higher education revolution will allow more to embrace our love affair with universities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“‘Vote for me and you’ll get a university’ sounds like a tongue-in-cheek campaign slogan, but it’s one that many Fine Gael candidates will be able to promise in next month’s election. And it’s all because a revolution is taking place in higher education which will more than double the number of university towns across the country …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 15 January]

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The Taoiseach Says a Saturday Vote Helps Students. How About Some Policies Instead?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced this morning that a general election, long-awaited, will be held on Saturday, February 8th. A Saturday voting day is almost unprecedented, but Varadkar explained that it will make voting easier for parents, those working away from home and, most interestingly, students …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 14 January]

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Over 4,000 Irish students catch the travel bug

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The number of students studying or doing traineeships abroad is increasing as a growing number of undergraduates see the value of foreign experience. Figures from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) show that the number of students participating in the EU’s Erasmus+ programme has doubled over the past decade …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 15 January]

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Government Must Give ‘Clarity’ on Voter Registration Ahead of Election, Says USI

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has called for clarity around voter registration ahead of the upcoming general election, arguing the government must ensure students who have registered in the last year are automatically able to vote on February 8th …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 14 January]

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Solidarity Demonstration Mounted At UCC In Support Of Hamza Khan And His Family

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Hamza Khan and his family have been issued with a deportation order. Staff and students gathered at the college to support the Khan family in a demonstration organised by the college’s student union …” (more)

[Red FM, 14 January]

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School principals’ group warns Leaving Cert ‘no longer fit for purpose’

Posted in Teaching on January 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“School principals have warned that the Leaving Certificate exam is ‘no longer fit for purpose’ in light of an unpublished report which raises concerns over the fairness of the marking process. The National Association of Principals and Deputy principals (NAPD) was responding to a report in The Irish Times which contained details of a highly critical report on the marking process produced by the State Examinations Commission …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 January]

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