IUA Requests Funding Increase for Research and Development among Irish Universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on January 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“In a recent report conducted by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Ireland was ranked 23rd out of 37 OECD countries in relation to research spending in 2018, a drastic drop of nine places since 2008. As a result, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) called for ‘a step change’ in R&D investment …” (more)

[Mollie Downes, College Tribune, 25 January]

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The Fight for Student Nurses and Midwives’s Pay Must Continue

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“When the government decided this week that over 2,000 nurses and midwives would be pulled from public hospitals in order to free up the senior staff training them, it did two things. Not only did it undermine the vital role that some 4,000 student nurses and midwives have played on the frontline of the health service during the pandemic by framing them as mere burdens on hospital staff, but it also managed to circumvent the thorny issue of placement pay yet again …” (more)

[University Times, 24 January]

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Trinity Must Join the Conversation About Mother and Baby Homes

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Ireland embraced mother and baby homes with grotesque glee – more than any other country in the world, according to the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes. Some 56,000 women and 57,000 children went through the homes. Over 15% of those 57,000 children died in the homes. Ireland has a dark history when it comes to its treatment of women and children, and this cruel system assembled by the Church and state epitomises that cruelty …” (more)

[University Times, 24 January]

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UCD’s Silence on Vaccine Trials is Deafening, We Demand An Apology

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Between 1960 and 1973, medical researchers from University College Dublin (UCD) conducted unethical vaccine trials on children in Ireland’s mother-and-baby homes. Professor Patrick Meenan and Dr Irene Hillery of the Department of Medical Microbiology carried out unlicensed experiments on vulnerable children without the consent of their mothers …” (more)

[College Tribune, 24 January]

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Getting your teeth into the humanities

Posted in Research on January 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The value of the humanities, in a world dominated by technology, was highlighted in your excellent article ‘The art of medical observation’ (Deirdre McQuillan, Health + Family, January 1st). A comparable teaching model of using art to hone observational skills, develop teamwork, accept ambiguity and to exchange ideas is integrated into the curriculum for dental students in UCC …” (more)

[Fiona MacSweeney, Irish Times, 25 January]

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