Galway TDs Call for Review of NUIG Repeat Exam Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Galway TDs have called for NUI Galway (NUIG) to review its €295 repeat exam fee, in light of the complications that the coronavirus caused for students sitting exams this year. The university has come under fire from NUI Galway Students’ Union (NUIGSU) over the exam fee, which NUIGSU said should be waived this year …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 14 July]

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UCD September Graduation Ceremonies to be Held Online

Posted in Governance and administration on July 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) will be holding virtual graduation ceremonies this September due to COVID-19 restrictions, according to the UCD Conferring Unit. Jennifer McGowan, Conferring and Awards Assistant at the UCD Conferring Unit, confirmed to a student by email that upcoming graduation ceremonies ‘will be virtual, but we will be letting students know if this changes’ …” (more)

[Nessa Collins, College Tribune, 14 July]

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Higher Hopes?

Posted in Governance and administration on July 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish university world has extended a universally relieved and hopeful welcome to Simon Harris as the country’s first Minister for Higher Education. For me there are just two potential positives here. First of all, there is the fact that the new Minister’s own HE history is in Journalism and French at the Dublin Institute of Technology. This suggests that Harris is a literate person who could well have a head-start on others when it comes to insight into diversity, both cultural/linguistic and educational …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 14 July]

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Universities ‘disappointed’ with scaled back EU research funding proposals

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Research on July 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Today, the League of European Research Universities (LERU) have called for an ‘ambitious’ long-term EU budget for research, innovation and education. LERU stated that Europe’s universities are ‘disappointed and concerned’ by what they describe as the ‘limited’ budget proposed for the EU’s flagship higher education and research programmes Horizon Europe and Erasmus+ …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 14 July]

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LIT to increase courses in areas of high workplace demand

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) is to increase its offering of targeted courses in areas of high workplace demand by almost 30%, to meet the skill needs of growth sectors across the Midwest …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 14 July]

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Striking a new balance in maths teaching

Posted in Teaching on July 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I studied chemical engineering in the 1980s and I can safely say that most of the computational techniques that we learned at that time are now obsolete. Graphical techniques, some of which were extraordinarily clever, abounded, and when no graphical method was available, we used frustratingly slow trial and error methods …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 14 July]

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Brian MacCraith Finishes Decade-Long Tenure as DCU President

Posted in Governance and administration on July 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Prof Brian MacCraith’s tenure as president of Dublin City University (DCU) ended today, after ten years in the role. In a tweet this evening, MacCraith said: ‘My overriding emotion is gratitude: Gratitude for the honour. Gratitude for the amazing students (& alumni) & wonderful staff who have shared the journey. Gratitude for all the friends I’ve made’ …” (more)

[Emma Donohoe, University Times, 13 July]

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With new student visa rule, Donald Trump is making America small again

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 14th, 2020 by steve

“International students at US universities are a core arsenal of American soft power. By closing its doors, the Trump administration undermines America’s stature as a responsible stakeholder in global affairs …” (more)

[Tom Plate, South China Morning Post, 14 July]

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Government Approves Legislation Establishing Higher Education Department

Posted in Governance and administration on July 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government today passed legislation officially establishing the new Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced the new Department last month that Provost Patrick Prendergast hailed as a move with ‘the potential to be a new beginning for the third level sector after a decade treading water’ …” (more)

[Emma Donohoe, University Times, 13 July]

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