TD raises fresh concerns over future strategy for Mayo third level facility

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Further answers sought on the ring-fenced funding committed to Mayo GMIT Campus and filling of permanent vice-president role at Castlebar centre. A Mayo TD has sought clarity on the recent correspondence issued to staff working in the Department of Business, Humanities and Technology at the GMIT Mayo Campus in respect of the closure of the facility’s business school …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 18 October]

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Going Dutch: a new approach to Research Funding?

Posted in Research on October 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“My attention was recently drawn to a proposal for a radical overhaul of the research funding system in the Netherlands by the Dutch Academy of Sciences. The document I linked to above is in Dutch but the principles are easily understood. To prevent academics having to waste so much time writing proposals that have a very limited chance of success, it is proposed to introduce ‘rolling grants’ for which no application is needed …” (more)

[In the Dark, 18 October]

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Cut the Rent TCD not planning a rent strike for 2021

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A spokesperson for Cut the Rent TCD, speaking to Trinity News, has confirmed that the activist group will ‘not be able to’ organize a rent strike for the upcoming year. The campaign group was set up last September with an aim to fight the rising costs of student accommodation in Dublin …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 18 October]

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Universities through the Looking-Glass: what challenges and opportunities does an online, global future for higher education present?

Posted in Teaching on October 18th, 2020 by steve

“The pandemic for me has brought a period of very intense international collaboration. From weekly meetings with academic friends in the US and Europe, a large-scale online conference run as festival over the summer, through to working with the Far Eastern Federal University in Russia on a radically different kind of pedagogy online …” (more)

[Mark Johnson, Improvisation Blog, 18 October]

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Is Ireland’s International Student Bubble About to Burst?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The interruption of lectures twinned with a sharp decline in international students has precipitated a cash flow problem for the majority of Irish universities, Trinity not least among them. With Queen’s College Belfast chartering literal planes to fly in foreign students and societies seeing corporate sponsorship dry up, the business model by which Irish universities have coasted on appears to be hitting a fork in the road …” (more)

[Ciaran Brennan, The Burkean, 18 October]

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Trinity Hall Like a ‘Prison’ Amid Harsh Coronavirus Rules, Say Residents

Posted in Life on October 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity Hall – billed by College as ‘an ideal place to make friends and get acquainted’ – has become like a ‘prison’ during the coronavirus pandemic, in which students face threats of severe punishments, evictions and fines worth hundreds of euro for breaking the complex’s strict rules …” (more)

[Jane Cook and Amy Cox, University Times, 16 October]

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Pluralisation of research power is diversifying science

Posted in Research on October 18th, 2020 by steve

International“After the internet emerged in 1990, universities and scientific institutes across the world became joined in a single collaborative research network for the first time in history, and in the manner of networks, global science began to expand continually with exceptional speed. World research is shaped by five simultaneous trends that feed into each other and are transforming the processes whereby human societies create and share knowledge …” (more)

[Simon Marginson, University World News, 17 October]