Ulster University: Face coverings to be mandatory

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 26th, 2020 by steve

“Staff and students at Ulster University (UU) will have to wear face masks in lectures and classes when the new university term begins. The university told students in an email it was making the move ‘to protect others and to support a safe university community for all’ …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 26 August]

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‘Examining university leadership and the increase in workplace hostility through a Bourdieusian lens’

Posted in Research on August 26th, 2020 by steve

Abstract: Research has noted an increase in negative workplace behaviours in the higher education sector between leaders and staff. A component of this change has been attributed to the managerial shift associated with faculty leadership roles. Positions such as dean are now sometimes filled via evidence of management experience when traditionally these roles were awarded to senior academics. This paper argues that the workplace divides between leaders employed due to management expertise (and with less regard to their research accomplishments) and academics has created new fault lines in institutional hierarchies that are impacting on intra‐faculty relationships as each group adjusts to contemporary institutional management strategies. Bourdieu’s notions of habitus, capital, and field are used to dissect these fault lines and hierarchical structures to assist in understanding why the leadership shift is causing divides, if the issue is likely to continue creating rifts, and if the divide can be repaired.

Troy Heffernan, Examining university leadership and the increase in workplace hostility through a Bourdieusian lens, Higher Education Quarterly, https://doi.org/10.1111/hequ.12272. First published: 24 August 2020.

Mass inflation of Leaving Cert grades is no help to anyone, not least the students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government should proceed with caution on the Leaving Certificate results. Voices have been raised in protest against any attempt to ensure that the bell curve of results is comparable to previous years. Some of those voices are populist and they will serve to discredit the Leaving Certificate system if they are heeded …” (more)

[Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Independent, 26 August]

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USI calls for better protection for student renters

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government has invited the Union of Students in Ireland to a meeting to discuss its proposals to strengthen protections for student renters …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 25 August]

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Don’t Sign Long-Term Leases Without College Plan, Says Sinn Féin

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Higher Education Spokesperson Rose Conway-Walsh today said that students should hold off on signing long-term leases on accommodation until they receive clarity on what the next academic year will look like …” (more)

[Emma Donohoe, University Times, 25 August]

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An ‘Announcement’ From On High …

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Exciting news from Minister Mary Butler. WIT is ‘expected’ to be included in a tendering process. Yippie! Hold the front page. I know Waterford people are somewhat tender about tendering as we still await a tender for the second cath lab, two years after it ‘got’ the go-ahead …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 25 August]

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