Third-Level ‘Too Reliant’ on Private Accommodation, says Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris today said that the third-level sector has been ‘too reliant’ on private accommodation and advocated for more university-owned accommodation …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 July]

Tags: , , ,

College settles legal action over Book of Kells

Posted in Legal issues on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has settled a High Court action which was taken by the company which sells tickets for the Book of Kells exhibition in the Old Library, the Times reported yesterday. Future Ticketing, a Tullamore based company, has run the ticketing system for the exhibition since 2016. The company had alleged that a new four-year contract to run the ticketing operation had been wrongly awarded …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 6 July]

Tags: ,

Supporting Faculty

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Until yesterday, when I heard a French radio documentary highlighting his role in Blair’s Northern Ireland peace-brokering, I hadn’t really registered Jonathan Powell or his Inter Mediate agency …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 5 July]

Tags:

Trinity Faces Tough Times. Candour Is Vital

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This week, The University Times reported that Dublin-based Scholars had been urged to consider giving up their on-campus accommodation by the Scholars committee in order to help shore up Trinity’s finances …” (more)

[University Times, 5 July]

Tags:

Leaving Cert student told he is not eligible for predicted grade

Posted in Teaching on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Co Waterford Leaving Cert student has been told he is not eligible for predicted grades for one of the subjects he studied because he was self-taught and did not have a tutor …” (more)

[Shauna Bowers, Irish Times, 6 July]

Tags: ,

Censorship Controversy Sees Rebrand for Confucius Institutes

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Ministry for Education in China has decided to rebrand its Confucius Institutes as centres for ‘language exchange and cooperation’. This decision may see the UCD Confucius Institute, which was completed last year, rebranded accordingly …” (more)

[Blathnaid Corless, College Tribune, 5 July]

Tags: , ,

Facing Huge Hurdles, Harris Offers a Higher Education Dept With an Economic Focus

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It’s been one week since the creation of the Department of Higher Education – and slowly but surely Simon Harris, the new minister in charge of it, has shown us what the future of the department will look like. The new department, he says, will have an ‘economic focus’, and will ‘drive investment to our country’ …” (more)

[University Times, 5 July]

Tags: