Third-level students to receive €250 refunds in coming weeks

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of third-level students are due to get refunds or credit notes worth up to €250 over the coming weeks. The once-off payments – worth a total of €50 million – are aimed at compensating students for the move towards greater online learning this year. Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris told an Oireachtas education committee on Thursday that those eligible for the refunds would be undergraduate students who have paid the €3,000 student registration fee or who are in receipt of Susi grants …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 November]

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Student accommodation policy ‘not working’, says Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The State’s current policy on student accommodation and housing is ‘not working’, according to the Minister for Further and Higher Education. Simon Harris was speaking to the Oireachtas education committee with Minister of State Niall Collins to discuss the establishment of the Munster Technological University (MTU) …” (more)

[Jess Casey, BreakingNews.ie, 12 November]

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Funding Announced for Networks and Discipline Groups Across Irish Higher Education

Posted in Teaching on November 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A new funding call has just been announced by the National Forum, open to national networks and discipline groups across the sector. Networks and discipline groups are recognised as important mechanisms for collaboration and enhancement due to their direct links with those working in subject areas or focused on key educational activities across higher education institutions …” (more)

[T&L, 12 November]

Does Queen’s need an academic specialist in unionism?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

“Speaking in the Northern Ireland Assembly yesterday (9 November 2020), the leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, Mr Stephen Aiken, encouraged Queen’s University to establish a new academic post ‘to study unionism and its contribution to Northern Ireland’, in the context of the approaching centenary of partition and the creation of Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Marie Coleman, Slugger O’Toole, 12 November]

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It’s time to give the Long Room back to Trinity students

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In light of the recent conservation and redevelopment plans regarding a certain characteristic monument on campus, I have felt compelled to consider said monument, and to propose what case I can for its reconciliation with the student body …” (more)

[Olivia Bayne, Trinity News, 12 November]

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A Vice-Chancellor on University Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I couldn’t resist sharing this clip of Nobel Laureate and Vice Chancellor of the Australian National University, Brian Schmidt giving it to the university rankings system with both barrels. The whole video is quite long but the link hopefully takes you to the point where Brian takes aim …” (more)

[In the Dark, 12 November]

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Tyndall National Institute wins 100th Horizon 2020 award

Posted in Research on November 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Cork’s Tyndall National Institute has succeeded in securing more than €56m in funding as it reaches the milestone of its 100th Horizon 2020 award. It makes the centre one of the most successful institutes in Ireland for European funding …” (more)

[Brian Finn, RTÉ News, 12 November]

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QUB paying 10 members of staff more than £150k

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

“Ten staff members at Queen’s University Belfast earn more than £150,000 annually, a new report has revealed. The TaxPayers’ Alliance today published its 2020 University Rich List. It ranks Queen’s 96th in the UK top 100 …” (more)

[Gillian Halliday, Belfast Telegraph, 12 November]

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Universities may underestimate the impact of cyber attacks

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

“Cyber attacks on universities can be devastating, with wide-ranging effects for staff and students, data and systems, finances and resource. And the inevitable headlines bring with them potential for reputational damage, too …” (more)

[Steve Kennett, Wonkhe, 12 November]

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University Chief cites ‘myriad of factors’ that will determine Magee expansion in Derry

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

“Ulster University’s Vice Chancellor has insisted that an overspend of £125m at its new Belfast campus will not impact upon plans to expand Magee under questioning from MLAs. VC Professor Bartholomew would not be drawn on specific goals for the Derry campus but said there are a ‘myriad of factors’ that will determine the level of growth and it will be ‘demand-led’ …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 11 November]

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Student nurses still reaching for financial relief

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses are continuing the fight for paid placements during the global Covid-19 crisis. The INMO has released a statement pleading with the government to reinstate the temporary HCA initiative, that was opened last March and ended shortly after …” (more)

[Caitlin Reddie, Limerick Voice, 11 November]

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Student union condemns ‘unsolicited’ gathering on University of Limerick campus

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) Student Union has condemned the ‘anti-social behaviour’ and ‘vandalism’ which arose from a large gathering on campus. There was, what was described as, a ‘large gathering’ between 11pm and 12am on Monday night at Maguire’s Fields, a €7m sports facility which was opened last year …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 11 November]

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Student accommodation to be used as short term stay for tourists and other renters

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Some 1,600 student accommodation in Dublin City Centre will be used by tourists and other renters for short-stay rental after a deal was struck with Dublin City Council. The five accommodation facilities, operating under the Uninest brand, has had a low demand for student accommodation as predicted for the coming academic year due to Covid-19 …” (more)

[Niamh Quinlan, The College View, 11 November]

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Seanad Electoral (University Members) (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandMalcolm Byrne (Fianna Fail): I move: ‘That the Bill be now read a Second Time’. I thank the Minister of State for coming to the House again. As the Cathaoirleach has said, we are becoming friends in the context of debates on electoral reform. I am very happy to present this legislation to the House on Second Stage …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 10 November]

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UCD Graduate Entry Medicine

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandNeale Richmond (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the interaction he has had with UCD over the 2% to 4% increase in fees for EU and non-EU students studying graduate entry medicine; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 November]

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Capital Expenditure Programme – TCD and UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandPatrick Costello (Dublin South Central, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the capital works projects currently ongoing at both Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin that are being part funded or fully funded by his Department; the cost of each project; and the completion date for each project in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 November]

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IMI – Industrial Relations

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandGerald Nash (Louth, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that management at the Irish Management Institute which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of University College, Cork refuse to engage with a union (details supplied) which represents the majority of IMI staff for the purposes of collective bargaining …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 November]

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