University of Limerick Accommodation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Drivetime’s John Cooke reports on concerns about the University of Limerick’s student fees and accommodation …” (audio)

[RTÉ Radio 1 – Drivetime, 9 July]

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New President realistic about challenges which lie ahead at University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In her first statement as interim president of the University of Limerick and the first female leader of an Irish university, Professor Kerstin Mey acknowledged the significant opportunity of her appointment and alludes to the challenges that lie ahead …” (more)

[Jess Casey, BreakingNews.ie, 9 July]

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EU students to be charged tuition fees at Scottish universities after Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 9th, 2020 by steve

“Free university education for EU students studying in Scotland will be scrapped after Brexit. Holyrood’s higher education minister Richard Lochhead said the Government will end free education for EU citizens starting their studies next year, with the money saved going towards encouraging more Scottish students into university …” (more)

[Tom Eden, Belfast Telegraph, 9 July]

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Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science welcomes historic appointment of female President of University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD, has today welcomed the appointment by the Board of the University of Limerick of Dr Kerstin Mey as Interim President of the university. Minister Harris said: ‘I am delighted to welcome the appointment of Dr Mey as interim president of the University of Limerick. This is a key strategic appointment in our higher education sector …'” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 9 July]

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Magee medical school funding agreed by Executive

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2020 by steve

“A multimillion pound funding package needed to open a medical school in Londonderry has now been agreed by the NI Executive. The Executive has allocated ringfenced funding for the school at Ulster University’s Magee campus …” (more)

[BBC News, 9 July]

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Government Releases Strategy for Increasing Traveller Participation in Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On the 4th of July, the Irish Government published their National Action Plan (NAP) for Increasing Traveller Participation in Higher Education. The plan was originally launched last November by TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor in TU Dublin, on World Access to Higher Education Day …” (more)

[Ann Jaffray, College Tribune, 9 July]

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First ever woman president of an Irish university appointed at University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The first ever woman president of an Irish university in the 400-plus years of higher education has been appointed at University of Limerick. Professor Kerstin Mey has been named as interim president of the university for the next 18 months. She will replace outgoing president Dr Des Fitzgerald, who announced his intention to retire in May …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 July]

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Cork development: Plans for major new student accommodation complex

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A formal application has been made for another large-scale student accommodation development under An Bord Pleanala’s fast-track strategic housing development process in Cork city …” (more)

[Sarah O’Dwyer, EchoLive, 9 July]

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Neither online nor on-campus: Against a binary approach

Posted in Teaching on July 9th, 2020 by steve

International“Historically, the preferred form of education has been sitting down with a small group of students, discussing topics of great interest and debating highly complicated questions. Additionally, there is the lecture, or what the Germans call the Vorlesung (literally meaning ‘the reading’), with large numbers of students – sometimes hundreds – diligently taking notes …” (more)

[Maurits van Rooijen, University World News, 4 July)

UK universities comply with China’s internet restrictions

Posted in Teaching on July 9th, 2020 by steve

“UK universities are testing a new online teaching link for students in China – which will require course materials to comply with Chinese restrictions on the internet. It enables students in China to keep studying UK degrees online, despite China’s limits on internet access …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 9 July]

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UCC’s Séamus Davis wins international prize for work in quantum physics

Posted in Research on July 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Prof Séamus Davis has been awarded an international prize for his contributions to quantum physics. The Olli V Lounasmaa Memorial Prize for 2020 was awarded to the UCC-based scientist for his pioneering research into visualising electronic quantum matter at the atomic scale …” (more)

[Anthony King, Irish Times, 9 July]

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British Universities Explore Charter Flights for International Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 9th, 2020 by steve

“More British universities could charter flights to bring in overseas students as competition heats up among higher education sectors keen to show that they will pull out all the stops to help international students amid the COVID-19 crisis …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Inside Higher Ed, 9 July]

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‘Impossible Fulfilment’

Posted in Life on July 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“How does a mid- or late-career academic lucky enough to be in employment gauge their degree of academic success, fulfilment or satisfaction? Fulfilment and satisfaction are subjective, but the feeling is unmistakably recognisable by its presence or absence. Success might seem easier to identify and grade, but this ease is an illusion …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 9 July]

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USI publishes student priorities for new Government and COVID-19 research report

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has today published two documents outlining the union’s priorities for the new Government and what students need for the new academic year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic …” (more)

[USI, 8 July]

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Baby matters: Gender politics beyond COVID-19 and the ‘Aunts’ of academia

Posted in Life on July 9th, 2020 by steve

IrelandThe enduring ‘baby penalty’: Having children is exciting but challenging. Economic uncertainty, environmental anxiety, and lower fertility rates are among the contributing factors that lead many to opt out of parenthood. Babies have also been damaging to women’s careers from time immemorial, especially in traditionally male-dominated fields …” (more)

[Enrica Maria Ferrara, IFUT, 8 July]

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USI calls for €500 reduction in student charges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has called for ‘an immediate reduction’ of the student contribution charge by €500, as well as the elimination of the residency criteria on the free fees initiative. Today, USI has published a document that it presented to Minister for Higher Education, Innovation and Science Simon Harris, outlining the union’s ‘priorities for the new government’ and what students need in light of the pandemic …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 8 July]

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UCC and Cork residents welcome Supreme Court ruling on 2009 floods

Posted in Legal issues on July 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Barry Keane, one of the many residents along Cork City’s Mardyke whose homes were flooded in 2009, welcomed the Supreme Court’s ruling as ‘a great result for people whose homes were so dreadfully damaged’ …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 9 July]

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CAO points race set to heat up as students take grades gamble

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Points for medicine and other elite courses look set to rise in the wake of the cancellation of the Leaving Cert. The loss of the traditional State exam may have driven school-leavers to aim higher in their college choices …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 July]

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