TCD saves €335,000 following planning costs appeal

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has won a planning contribution row, saving it nearly €335,000 in costs, with Dublin City Council regarding the university’s planned new €60m E3 Foundry facility. The proposed project, at Trinity’s main city centre campus, involves new schools for engineering, computer science and natural science …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Examiner, 20 February]

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Student protests over threatened rent rises

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

Ireland“Amidst a series of rent hikes at universities across the country, students at University College Dublin (UCD) staged a sit-in in protest of what they described as the ‘commercialisation’ of third-level education …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 20 February]

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Students lash out against proposed rent increases with front square protest

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

Ireland“Students staged a protest in Front Square this afternoon decrying potential rent hikes to Trinity’s on-campus accommodation which would see accommodation costs increased by 4% from September, calling for College to instead implement a rent freeze …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 20 February]

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University Challenge: UCC’s €450m investment to build for the future

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

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) is investing €450m in a series of ongoing capital projects including a major expansion of the Tyndall National Institute (TNI) to the North Mall, which will see a doubling of its activity and head count. UCC and the Mercy University Hospital (MUH), who jointly acquired the North Mall Distillery Fields site in 2004, have co-commissioned consultants to prepare a site specific masterplan, which is nearing completion …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 19 February]

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Magee Medical School needed to train extra 1,000 consultants in Northern Ireland by 2033, BMA warns

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

“A second medical school in Northern Ireland must be ‘urgently actioned’ in order to provide an additional 1,000 consultants by 2033, the BMA has warned. Dr Tom Black, the BMA’s Northern Ireland Council chair, told the Stormont health committee that the proposed medical school at Magee college in Londonderry must be created urgently in order to provide care for an ageing population …” (more)

[Mark Edwards, Belfast Telegraph, 20 February]

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Should you be working 100 hours a week?

Posted in Life on February 20th, 2020 by steve

“Mary Beard’s recent admission that she is a ‘mug’ who works 100 hours a week caused a Twitter storm. But how hard is it reasonable for academics to work? Who should decide? And should the mugs be obliged to keep quiet? Seven academics have their say …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 20 February]

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UCD students protest governing meeting over rent increase

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

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) students held a sit-down protest outside a meeting of the university’s governing authority, in protest over proposals to increase on-campus accommodation rents by 12% over the next three years. Students protested at the entrance to the meeting on Thursday morning holding placards with the slogans ‘Stop the 12%’ and ‘#NotaBusiness’ …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 20 February]

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Solidarity with the UCU Strike!

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

Ireland“So the latest round of strikes by members of the University and College Union (UCU) began today. There will be fourteen days of strikes spread over four weeks between now and 13th March. The cause of the long-running dispute is twofold …” (more)

[In the Dark, 20 February]

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The Church, Universities and Poland

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

“Polish academics have raised fears about government moves to create a committee to rule on alleged freedom of speech violations in universities, highlighting the involvement of a group of ultraconservative Roman Catholic lawyers in the proposed legislative changes …” (more)

[John Morgan, Inside Higher Ed, 20 February]

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Assessments taken on-line

Posted in Teaching on February 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I had a really interesting experience the other evening when a colleague took over part of my on-line evening class to establish the ground for the students to take their tests online. At NCI we use a proctored system called RPNow, which basically records everything a student does if they take the test remotely. It makes it easy for us to detect if anyone is cheating, and therefore protects the integrity of our assessments …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 20 February]

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NUIG accused of ‘exploiting’ students over controversial rent hike

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin’s Mairead Farrell says students must not bear the burden of the State’s under-funding of universities. NUI Galway’s decision to hike student accommodation rents by 4% has been condemned as exploitative and a move that will potentially bar many young people from accessing university education …” (more)

[Kernan Andrews, Galway Advertiser, 20 February]

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University lecturers begin two weeks of strike action

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

“Some lecturers at universities in Northern Ireland are beginning 14 days of strike action on Thursday. The action by University and College Union (UCU) members is due to a long-running dispute about pay and pensions …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 20 February]

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Hoare calls on university to reconsider rental increases

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

Ireland“Fine Gael councillor Eddie Hoare has lamented the recent decision by NUI Galway to introduce a 4% rental increase for on campus student accommodation. The proposed increase which will be introduced for the 2020/2021 academic year will see rents in the newly developed Goldcrest Village increase to nearly €750 per month for a single room …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 20 February]

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UCD Reject Student Calls to Abandon Rent Hikes

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

Ireland“UCD has decided not to back down on the planned on-campus rent increases. In a letter to UCD Students’ Union regarding the rent hikes, University President Andrew Deeks has said that ‘it is in the best interests of our community overall to proceed’. This letter comes after over one hundred students marched on UCD’s Tierney’s building earlier this week, in protest of the on-campus rent increase of over 12% over the next three years …” (more)

[Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 19 February]

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4% Rent Hike Off Agenda, College Says, But Future Increases Remain Likely

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

Ireland“Proposed rent increases on Trinity’s student accommodation are off the table – for now – with ‘no proposal for a rent increase’ on the agenda for the next meeting of College’s Finance Committee …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 19 February]

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Reforming the Seanad

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

Ireland“A chara, – I support John Hughes’s call (Letters, February 18th) for bringing the law into line with the 1979 referendum on extending the Seanad vote to all third-level graduates. How has every government for four decades neglected to act on this? …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 20 February]

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UCC Students Union Threaten Strike Action If Rents Are Increased

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

Ireland“The Students Union at University College Cork say they will strike if a decision to increase rent at the University’s student accommodation by 3% is not reversed. The union are also demanding UCC freeze rents for three years …” (more)

[Red FM, 20 February]

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