University of Limerick president warns quality of higher education system is ‘at risk’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the country prepares for a general election, University of Limerick President Dr Des Fitzgerald has said there is a need to ‘clearly hear from the political parties as to what will be done to make third level funding a national priority’ …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 20 January]

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Department of Education clashes with research agency over future direction

Posted in Research on January 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has clashed with the country’s largest State-funded research agency over how taxpayers’ money should be spent, documents show. Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has been drawing up a strategy for the years 2020 to 2025 to guide the direction of future investment …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 January]

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Another Week, Another Deportation Case at Third-Level. When Will the State Learn?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third-level’s airwaves were taken up by a dishearteningly familiar conversation this week when yet another student – Hamza Khan, a University of Sanctuary scholar in University College Cork – looked down the barrel of a deportation order against him and his family. This time, the government backtracked quite quickly, with Tánaiste Simon Coveney informing the family that the government would review their case …” (more)

[University Times, 19 January]

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Boycotting the Shanghai Rankings?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2020 by steve

“John Fitzgerald of Swinburne University of Technology has written an article in the Journal of Political Risk that argues that Western universities should boycott, that is not participate in or refer to, the Shanghai rankings in order to show opposition to the current authoritarian trend in Chinese higher education …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 20 January]

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Wicked problems: is there a crisis of morale in higher education?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2020 by steve

“At the time of the 2018 industrial action over USS, the scale and intensity of the action led many to conclude that something bigger was going on than a pensions dispute. As the major actors worked to resolve the immediate issue of the future of USS, behind the scenes many were asking serious questions about the morale of the higher education workforce …” (more)

[Debbie McVitty and David Kernohan, Wonkhe, 20 January]

How Cassells Might Actually be Keeping Third-Level Away From Election Spotlight

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“We’re now a week into the general election campaign, and certain trends have started to emerge. Retirement age and policing have been the subject of hostile debates between the biggest parties, while health and housing have predictably loomed large over proceedings. Meanwhile, the stock of education – particularly at third-level – has rarely felt lower, despite the plethora of areas within the sector that desperately need addressing …” (more)

[University Times, 19 January]

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We need clarity on Leaving Cert reform

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Thanks to Breda O’Brien for highlighting the issue of Leaving Certificate reform (‘Let your politicians know that education matters’, Opinion & Analysis, January 18th). I agree with her statement that while reform of the Leaving Cert is overdue, the only thing worse than delayed reform is the wrong kind of reform …” (more)

[Áine Hyland, Irish Times, 20 January]

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‘Not the way to go’ – Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill rules out hike in tuition fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 20th, 2020 by steve

“Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill has said raising tuition fees in Northern Ireland is ‘not the way to go’ to plug any shortfall in funding from the UK Government. Her comments come just days after First Minister Arlene Foster stated there will have to be a ‘positive debate’ on the issue. Currently, students pay up to £4,275 a year to study in Northern Ireland, compared to up to £9,250 in England …” (more)

[Andrew Madden, Belfast Telegraph, 19 January]

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Government to consider sanctions for striking teachers

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Public Expenditure has said it will consider ‘in due course’ whether thousands of teachers who are scheduled to go on strike next month will face financial penalties. About 19,000 members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) are to stage a one-day stoppage on February 4th, which is likely to lead to the closure of hundreds of second-level schools …” (more)

[Martin Wall and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 January]

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