International students face ‘extravagant’ fees despite online learning

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Universities risk reputational damage due to ‘extravagant’ fees being charged at a time when most learning has shifted online, a seminar organised by the Irish Council for International Students has heard. While domestic undergraduate students pay fees of up to €3,000 a year, the cost can rise to €25,000 for international students or €55,000 for medical students from abroad …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 November]

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Cork’s Tyndall National Institute secures over €56m in EU research funds

Posted in Research on November 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education and Research Simon Harris has paid tribute to the Tyndall National Institute in Cork after it surpassed more than 100 EU funded awards totalling over €56 million for research projects. Mr Harris said that the Tyndall’s securing of over 100 Horizon 2020 awards totalling some €56.1 million from the EU for research and innovation over the past seven years made it one of the most successful institutes in Ireland for European funding …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 17 November]

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Comunication in the time of Covid

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on November 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I’m always astonished by the poor communication skills of people who should know better. When I was Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in my faculty, I quickly realised that there were senior people with whom it was simply not worth communicating. No matter what the issue, there was a select few, often well-known celebrity academics, who simply lacked any sense of responsibility or respect and simply ignored me …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 17 November]

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Harris says Student Accommodation Policy ‘Not Working’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further Education Simon Harris said the state’s current policy on student accommodation and housing is ‘not working’ when speaking to the Oireachtas Education Committee to discuss the establishment of the Munster Technological University (MTU) …” (more)

[Iseult O’Callaghan, College Tribune, 17 November]

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We at Irish universities owe it to our students to address our imperial legacies

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The #RhodesMustFall campaign began in the University of Cape Town in 2015, worked its way through several South African Universities, before rolling to a standstill in Oxford in 2016. It is easy to see why the statue of British imperialist Rhodes fell in Cape Town, and easier still to see why he didn’t in Britain. In a 2014 poll, 59% of Britons thought that the British Empire was something to be proud of, and 49% thought that those countries colonised by Britain had gained more from it than they had lost …” (more)

[Ciaran O’Neill, TheJournal.ie, 17 November]

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New Library Rule Gives Students 45-Minute Window to Check Into Seat

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students will now have a 45-minute window to check-in to the libraries, otherwise forfeiting their pre-booked seat, the library announced today. In recent days, people have raised concerns to the library about students booking slots and then failing to show up. In response the library has introduced a number of new rules starting from today …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 16 November]

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UCD Grading Approval Process to Change

Posted in Teaching on November 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In light of Covid-19 disruptions to the college calendar, University Management have made the decision that the previous provisional results period will not be held allowing students to freely repeal their grades in a formal two week window before final results …” (more)

[Eve Moore, College Tribune, 17 November]

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UCC’s IMI refusing to engage with trade union

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The country’s leading management training body, which is wholly owned by UCC, is refusing to engage with a trade union that represents the majority of its staff. The Irish Management Institute (IMI) went through a restructuring in recent months as a result of a major drop in business due to the pandemic …” (more)

[Michael Clifford, Irish Examiner, 17 November]

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Trinity Apologises For ‘Undue Distress’ Caused By Mislabelled Graduation Videos

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has apologised for ‘any undue distress’ caused by the mislabelling of a number of virtual graduation ceremonies which resulted in graduates having to watch multiple videos to find their own ceremony …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 16 November]

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Indian University Performance to be Judged by Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2020 by steve

“I have commented on Indian responses to the rankings before and many times on problems with the better known rankings so I apologize for repeating myself. The influence of global university rankings continues to expand. There seem to be few areas of higher education or research where they are not consulted or used for appointments, promotion, admissions, project evaluation, grant approval, assessment, publicity and so on …” (more)

[Richard Holmes, University Ranking Watch, 17 November]

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