Teacher unions split on impact of new deal on two-tier pay scales

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) have welcomed the proposals for ‘the closing of the pay inequality chapter’. But there has been a muted response from the two second-level teachers’ unions, the ASTI and the TUI, who see two key areas of unfinished business …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 31 December]

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UCD spent €8.6m last year without following procurement rules

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s largest university spent €8.6m last year without following national and EU rules around procuring goods and services. University College Dublin (UCD) incurred ‘significant expenditure’ outside of public procurement procedures, according to Seamus McCarthy, the Comptroller and Auditor General …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 31 December]

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Review of allowances should look at other student groups as well as nurses – Siptu

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government is expected to look at backdating any changes recommended by a review group to allowances for student nurses to the start of the college year. An interim review of the allowances for first- to third-year student nurses, as well as the situation for those in fourth year who receive a pro-rated salary, is scheduled to be given to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly on Thursday …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 31 December]

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Funding NI Erasmus students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The proposal to spend €2.1 million of tax money to fund Northern Irish students on the Erasmus scheme is unacceptable. The idea that our Government could contemplate funding students in the UK …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 31 December]

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Taoiseach told of student nurses’ concerns as early as last summer

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Shortly after 3.30pm on September 2nd, Taoiseach Micheál Martin sent an email to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly. He was following up on correspondence received from a student nurse who expressed concern about unpaid placements in hospitals during the Covid-19 pandemic. Martin wanted Donnelly to have the student’s points examined and to let him know what he found out …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 31 December]

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Why we need to teach about the culture of science

Posted in Teaching on December 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Following the Covid pandemic on Twitter is a maddening experience and I, for my sanity, have been weaning myself off engaging with numerous Covid deniers who, despite their claims to be ‘scientific’, are anything but. Coincidentally, I’ve been reading Stuart Richie’s excellent book, Science Fictions, a book about bias and malpractice in science that should be required reading for all undergraduates. I don’t think students really understand the underlying culture of science and they need to do so …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 30 December]

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‘I don’t ever want to ever, ever, ever, hear a story like Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin’s again in an Irish institution’ – Simon Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on December 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has said there cannot be a repeat of a sexual harassment case like academic Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin’s if universities are to receive increased funding. Mr Harris said Irish institutions needed to do more to tackle sexual harassment …” (more)

[Independent, 30 December]

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Ireland looks to EU: Ireland should engage more with Erasmus programme as funding increases – says Cork MEP

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ireland historically had low take up of programme – says Cork based MEP Deirdre Clune, but budget available for Erasmus expected to double over the coming years, so now is the time to ramp up numbers …” (more)

[Elaine Murphy, TheCork.ie, 30 December]

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‘We were left with just €15 after paying the rent’: Students living on the PUP

Posted in Life on December 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In March, the Government was forced to act quickly when it was faced with a growing health and economic crisis that is likely to be remembered as a historic event. The then Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, announced that all non-essential retail was to close along with cafes, bars and restaurants. Ireland had entered lockdown and with that significant step, the state had taken on the responsibility to pay the wages of hundreds of thousands of people …” (more)

[Paul Ralph, Trinity News, 29 December]

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PhD rights have been ignored in new employment framework, says SIPTU

Posted in Governance and administration on December 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Conditions for postgradaute researchers are not addressed in the new career framework for researchers, according to SIPTU. The Researcher Career Development and Employment Framework (RCF) was published by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) earlier this month. It states ‘the PhD stage is not included in the grading and salary structure set out in this Framework as it is not typically a salaried employment’ …” (more)

[Maria Dealney, Noteworthy, 29 December]

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‘Northside needs a college campus,’ says Cork TD

Posted in Governance and administration on December 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD for Cork North Central Thomas Gould has today written to UCC and CIT seeking a meeting to discuss the possibility of the expansion of their campuses into the northside of the city. Deputy Gould said he has previously engaged with CIT on this issue and got a ‘very positive response’ …” (more)

[EchoLive, 28 December]

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Queen’s and Ulster University can join new UK scheme and Erasmus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 29th, 2020 by steve

“The two local universities are considering taking advantage of a new UK student foreign exchange programme while also being able to avail of the EU’s Erasmus scheme. The UK’s withdrawal from Erasmus has been described as a huge blow by the other devolved nations, which will no longer be able to participate …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 29 December]

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TCD gets permission for €9m revamp of Rubrics building

Posted in Governance and administration on December 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has secured planning permission for a €9 million revamp of the college’s Rubrics building which featured in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People. The imposing Rubrics – which can be seen by campus visitors as they enter TCD through its College Green pedestrian entrance – was built between 1699 and 1702 and is the oldest surviving building on the TCD city centre campus …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 28 December]

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Erasmus withdrawal described as ‘huge blow’ by Scottish Government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 28th, 2020 by steve

“The decision for the UK to withdraw from the Erasmus student exchange programme has been described as ‘a huge blow’ by the Scottish Government’s Universities Minister. Richard Lochhead lamented the decision to leave the scheme as part of the UK leaving the European Union …” (more)

[Douglas Barrie, Belfast Telegraph, 28 December]

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Protestor sent to prison after alleged criminal damage at Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A protester has been sentenced to serve at least two weeks in prison on charges of trespassing, failure to comply with the directions of a Garda, and a separate case of alleged criminal damage, all based at Trinity. System Change Ireland activist Ronan Browne was arrested and detained on December 18 following several protests on the grounds of Trinity …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 28 December]

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Developing critical thinkers

Posted in Teaching on December 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The difficulties with teaching critical thinking as a ‘thing’ have been well described by Daniel Willingham and we really should not be discussing generic approaches to the teaching of critical thinking any more. But how do we get students to actually think rather than to ‘learn off’ bullet points of information? I think the answer must lie with assessment …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 28 December]

Uptick in numbers studying remotely at third-level institutions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on December 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The number of students studying remotely in Irish third-level institutions increased significantly in the years before the Covid-19 pandemic, according to new research. The Department of Education report, published on Monday, reveals those studying part-time or in flexible way, including remote online learning, has increased steadily, rising by more than a third from 6,015 in 2015 to 9,207 in 2018 …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 28 December]

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Ministers Foley and Harris publish Education Indicators 2020 report: facts and figures on all aspects of the education system

Posted in Research on December 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science today announced the publication of Education Indicators 2020 – a special report which sets out to provide a comprehensive set of educational indicators for the education system in Ireland. The data in the report cover all levels of education …” (more)

[Department of Education, 28 December]

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Erasmus Minus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 27th, 2020 by steve

“The news that the UK is to leave the Erasmus+ scheme for student exchanges shouldn’t have come as a surprise. After all, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson explicitly promised in the House of Commons that it wouldn’t happen and what he says is virtually guaranteed to be the opposite of the truth …” (more)

[In the Dark, 27 December]

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Colleges spend €230,000 on fees after sexual harassment claims

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Colleges and universities have spent more than €230,000 investigating, settling, and seeking legal advice after allegations of sexual harassment on campuses were made over the past five years …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 27 December]

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