NUI Galway graduate named new president of Union of Students in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Former president of the NUI Galway students’ union and chemistry graduate Clare Austick has been elected president of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) for the 2021-2022 academic year. Ms Austick, who previously held the USI position of vice-president for welfare, acknowledged that there was a lot of work to be done in the coming months to ensure students could return to campus ‘in a safe manner’ in autumn 2021 while dealing with the impact of the pandemic on students nationwide …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 8 April]

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An Bord Pleanála ruling clears way for €48m UCD building inspired by the Giant’s Causeway

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin has received planning approval for works which will facilitate a major expansion of its Belfield campus, including a €48m ’tilting towers’ landmark building at its main entrance on the N11 …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, TheJournal.ie, 6 April]

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Harris: Govt has doubled its Investment in WIT since 2018

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Funding for Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has more than doubled since 2018, according to figures provided in the Dáil by the Minister for Further Education. Asked about the capital expenditure the Government has committed to spending across higher education until 2027 under Project Ireland 2040, Minister Harris provided figures which showed that funding for WIT increased from €1.1 million in 2018 to over €3 million in 2020 …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Waterford News and Star, 7 April]

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Trinity could survive without state funding, provost says

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) could survive without government funding if it needed to, Patrick Prendergast, the head of the university has said. Forty per cent of Trinity’s revenue comes from the state, but the college has sought exclusion from upcoming legislation strengthening state accountability of higher education institutions …” (more)

[Sarah Taaffe-Maguire, Business Post, 7 April]

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Queen’s University investigating if historical benefactors had links to slavery

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2021 by steve

“An investigation is underway at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) to ‘examine the background’ of the institution’s historical benefactors, to establish whether they had any links to slavery. The UK abolished slavery in 1833 and QUB said, as it was founded in 1845, ‘the university does not believe that there is any substantial legacy of links’ between it and the global slave trade …” (more)

[Rory Winters, The Detail, 8 April]

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The New Provost Must Tackle Precarious Employment in Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Two striking trends sum up the profile of Trinity’s staff over the last five years: 42% of all staff are on fixed term contracts, including 25% of core funded staff and almost a quarter of all staff on academic grades. There has been a 40% increase in the proportion of senior managers …” (more)

[John Walsh, University Times, 7 April]

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Late Payment of Registration Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 8th, 2021 by steve

IrelandCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the data provided on foot of a recent freedom of information request (details supplied); the analysis his Department has carried out across third-level institutions which fall under the responsibility of his Department into the fining of students for the late payment of registration fees; if this issue will be examined as part of the ongoing review of Higher Education Authority legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 1 April]

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