‘No Way’ UCD Will Back Down on Rent Hikes, Says President

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The president of University College Dublin (UCD) has said that there is ‘no way’ that the college will reverse its decision to increase on-campus rent by 12% over the next three years, despite outrage from students. Speaking to the University Observer, Andrew Deeks said that ‘absolutely, there’s no way that we’re going to back down on the rent increase’, and that Dublin’s housing crisis ‘can’t be addressed by capping or reducing rents’ …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 24 February]

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University of Limerick’s student union demand university stops increasing student numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick’s student’s union, UL Student Life, has released a statement this Monday afternoon on behalf of the university’s students regarding UL’s new controversial accommodation policy. UL Student Life has said that the new accommodation policy outlined last Friday to students ‘is not acceptable’, and have demanded …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 24 February]

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Hundreds of University of Limerick students limited to new ‘cramped’ shared bedroom option

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick students have expressed their concern and frustration regarding a new accommodation policy announced by the third-level institute. The new policy states that rooms in UL’s student accommodation for the 2020/2021 academic year are only available to incoming first-years and existing students who have lived in the accommodation for the duration of their studies …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 24 February]

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First open access science programme signed with Elsevier

Posted in Research on February 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A consortium of publicly funded Irish higher education institutions and Elsevier, the 140-year-old publisher and ‘global leader in information analytics’ specialising in science and health, have agreed to the country’s first open access programme with a major scientific publisher, an important step towards the goal of securing full open access to Irish research publications …” (more)

[University World News, 20 February]

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As academic writing becomes increasingly standardised what counts as an interesting paper?

Posted in Research on February 24th, 2020 by steve

“Academic writing is often criticised for its tendency to be arid and unengaging, but what makes a paper interesting? Whilst there is always an intangible element to the quality of being interesting, Manuel Goyanes draws on a study of journal editors in the field of communication studies to outline five dimensions that contribute to a paper being interesting and hence influential …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 24 February]

University of Limerick’s latest on-campus accommodation rates described as ‘unfair’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick’s on-campus accommodation rates have risen by almost 40% in the past four years, a price hike which has been described as ‘unfair’ by students. The university released its 2020/2021 accommodation rates this week ahead of the annual ‘lottery process’, which thousands of students hoping to attend UL enter in the next few weeks to secure a room …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 23 February]

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Lecture recordings mean fewer students are turning up – does it matter?

Posted in Teaching on February 24th, 2020 by steve

“In 2017, a business lecturer posted a photo on LinkedIn showing a completely empty university classroom, 15 minutes after the class had been scheduled to start. This is not an isolated incident. Anecdotally, lecture and tutorial attendance has been declining steadily in Australian universities and faculties for many years …” (more)

[Natalie Skead and other, The Conversation, 23 February]

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Northern Ireland colleges and universities hit by rates hike

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2020 by steve

“Colleges and university campuses are facing higher rates than luxury hotels, supermarkets and football stadiums, Sunday Life can reveal. The potential increase in their annual bills may also hit Stormont’s education budget, according to a department spokesperson …” (more)

[Christopher Woodhouse, Belfast Telegraph, 23 February]

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Rethinking Laser Pointers

Posted in Teaching on February 24th, 2020 by steve

“Are you giving a talk to cats? No? Then you should probably put the laser pointer away. Laser pointers are perhaps the most abused visual aids in lectures and conference presentations. Yes, I know that they’re a lot of fun to use, but when you’re giving a talk, it’s not about you – it’s about your audience and how to effectively communicate your work to them …” (more)

[Carolyn Trietsch, Inside Higher Ed, 23 February]

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