Covid-19 delays hit UCC’s studentbeds plans at Crow’s Nest

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Plans by University College Cork (UCC) to substantially boost its student accommodation offering in time for the 2021/2022 academic year have been derailed by Covid-19 restrictions. The delay means the university has missed the target date originally set to complete the 255-bed-space accommodation units at the site of the former Crow’s Nest public house and restaurant in Victoria Cross …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 20 November]

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UCD Launches Diversity Screen to Track Equality Progress

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has launched a Diversity Screen programme, asking staff to divulge personal information to track diversity progress. The voluntary scheme asks staff members to report their gender, sexuality, date of birth, ethnicity, nationality, religion, civil status, family status and disability. The information is not mandatory to divulge, however, UCD is seeking to track their progress on implementing Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) goals …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 20 November]

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The impacts agenda is an autonomous push for opening up and democratizing academia, not part of a neo-liberal hegemony

Posted in Research on November 20th, 2020 by steve

“Improving academic impact has been given a bad name in some academic circles, who link it to a near-conspiracy theory view of the powers of ‘neo-liberalism’. But Patrick Dunleavy and Jane Tinkler argue that (despite one or two bureaucratic distortions, like the REF), the impacts agenda is centrally about enhancing the efficacy of scientific and academic work, democratizing access to knowledge and culture, and fostering rational thinking …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 20 November]

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Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 20th, 2020 by steve

IrelandSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael): I very much welcome the opportunity to update the House on some of the work of the new Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science just under five months on from its creation and the formation of the Government. I very much appreciate the support and interest from all sides of the Oireachtas for a new stand-alone Department to place a renewed focus on the further and higher education sectors and enhance and develop research and innovation …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 19 November]

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TCD and the BDS movement

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Teresa Trainor is keen to play down widespread support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement among students at Trinity College Dublin (Letters, November 18th). Focusing on the percentage of TCD enrolment that voted in the 2018 student union (TCDSU) referendum on whether to support the BDS movement is a red herring …” (more)

[Conor Reddy, Irish Times, 20 November]

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Three Leading Female Professors Confirm Intent to Become Next Provost

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Three of Trinity’s top professors – Prof Jane Ohlmeyer, Prof Linda Doyle and Prof Linda Hogan – will put their names forward for the Provost elections this year. Ohlmeyer, Doyle and Hogan tonight confirmed to this newspaper that they intend to apply for the position …” (more)

[Molly Furey and Cormac Watson, University Times, 19 November]

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Trinity College Dublin submits planning for ‘innovation district’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has submitted a planning application for the first phase of an ambitious new €1.1bn ‘innovation district’. The third level institution hopes to kick off its ten-year development plan for a new city district with an ‘innovation hub’ for entrepreneurs, start-ups and large companies, to be operational in early 2022 …” (more)

[Adrian Weckler, Independent, 19 November]

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Let’s never take education for granted

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Health Quality and Information Authority reported yesterday that one nursing home in Kildare has recorded 40 confirmed or suspected Covid-19 deaths and that a further 58 residents were infected. Some of those men and women – the ‘vulnerable generation’ – were in their 80s or 90s, they were born in the 1940s or the 1930s, maybe in the 1920s …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 18 November]