DCU told to pay €27,000 for victimising former employee days after she made allegation of sexual harassment

Posted in Legal issues on May 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University has been ordered to pay €27,500 for victimising a former employee two days after she made a complaint of sexual harassment against her male boss. In the case, Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) adjudicator, Marian Duffy ordered DCU to pay Rene O’Reilly €27,500 to compensate her for the distress caused to her and the effects of the victimisation under the Employment Equality Act …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Independent, 31 May]

Tags: , ,

USI held demonstration today outside Leinster House calling for the abolition of student fees

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A restricted and socially distanced demonstration calling for the abolition of student fees was held by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) outside the Kildare Street gates of Leinster House today at 11am. Students were not asked to attend the demonstration in-person as a result of the current public health restrictions …” (more)

[Bella Salerno, Trinity News, 31 May]

Tags: , ,

Additional third level places needed to increase supply of skilled mental health staff – Pauline Tully TD

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Cavan-Monaghan TD Pauline Tully has called for an increase in places available for those studying for a mental health qualification. Teachta Tully said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 31 May]

Tags: , ,

UU Belfast campus on course for September start

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2021 by steve

“Construction work on the city centre campus of Ulster University is now in it its final stage and the university will welcome students and staff to the multi million pound complex from September. The Cathedral Quarter building is four years behind schedule and almost 50% over budget at £363.9 million, but the university finally expects to have transferred all lectures, tutorials to the new Belfast campus by January 2022 …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 31 May]

Tags: ,

Third-level colleges planning for ‘significant increase in on-site activity’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges are preparing for a significant increase in attendance on campus from September, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said. Most college lectures have been taking place online since the pandemic disrupted the education system some 15 months ago. However, there is growing optimism that more in-person learning will take place, though social distancing and limited numbers are likely to apply …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 May]

Tags: , ,

Languages to be introduced to primary schools on pilot basis

Posted in Teaching on May 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The teaching of foreign languages is to be introduced to primary schools from third class onwards on a pilot basis. The ‘language sampler module’ will be targeted at third- to sixth-class pupils in more than 100 primary and special schools …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 May]

Tags: , ,

€13k for PhD Stipends Is Simply Not Good Enough

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week, professors and PhD students alike expressed outrage at the Ussher PhD positions being offered by College for next year. The positions – which require a first-class degree, a personal statement, a research proposal and two references – provide a stipend of just €13,000 with tuition paid for only three out of the four years of the programme …” (more)

[University Times, 30 May]

Tags: , ,

IUA Future of Ireland Webinar: Mary Lou McDonald TD on her vision for the future of Higher Education in Ireland – June 21 13:00-14:00

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2021 by steve

IrelandIn the past two years, the IUA’s Future of Ireland series has hosted leaders from across Irish society. On 21 June, we are delighted to welcome Mary Lou McDonald TD, President of Sinn Fein to our next Webinar. Educated in Trinity College Dublin, the University of Limerick and Dublin City University, she is no stranger to the sector. We look forward to hearing Mary Lou McDonald’s insights and analysis on the challenges facing the third level sector and her vision for its future … (more)

[IUA, 28 May]

Tags: , ,

Third Level Admissions – Leaving Certificate class of 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2021 by steve

IrelandAengus Ó Snodaigh (Dublin South Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the accommodation that has been made to ensure that students of the class of 2020 that never got to finish their courses, that received calculated grades in 2020, sat the leaving certificate in 2020 and are being expected to await the first round of CAO offers in September in 2021 to know their fate in relation to their preferred choice of university course thus forcing them to compete for limited places in specialist courses such as radiography or biomedical science with the leaving certificate class of 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 May]

Tags: , , , , ,

Third Level Fees – International Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 29th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to ensure justice for international students who have had their education in Ireland affected by the Covid-19 crisis but who are being refused refunds on any fees by the university, specifically in the case of a university (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 May]

Tags: , , ,

Union Members in WIT and IT Carlow Vote in Favour of Merger

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Following ballots of members of the WIT and Carlow IT branches this week, the Memorandum of Understanding between TUI and WIT management and IT Carlow management in relation to the Technological University of the South East Ireland (TUSEI) has been accepted. The results of the ballot were as follows: 79% voted in favour of the memorandum in WIT branch; 90% voted in favour of the memorandum in Carlow IT branch …” (more)

[Darren Skelton, Waterford News and Star, 27 May]

Tags: , , , , , ,

O’Dowd welcomes clarity on teaching arrangements for Ulster University Students

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2021 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has welcomed the announcement by Ulster University on teaching arrangements for the next academic year. The party’s spokesperson for Higher and Further Education said: ‘Today’s announcement should be welcomed as it provides clarity for students, parents and staff across the Ulster University campus …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 27 May]

Tags: , , ,

Online learning should make education open to all. So, why hasn’t it happened?

Posted in Teaching on May 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The internet brought us access to almost the entire body of human knowledge, a previously unimaginable ability to connect, share and collaborate. It was inevitable that this would transform the educational landscape, creating a linguistically and culturally diverse learning environment. Fundamentally this environment would of course be open to all, so why hasn’t this occurred? …” (more)

[Ellen McCabe, Irish Times, 27 May]

Tags:

Third Level Fees – University of Limerick

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 28th, 2021 by steve

IrelandBrian Leddin (Limerick City, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that postgraduate business students at the University of Limerick will not receive a refund for the cost of the international study module which was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, including flights and accommodation covered by the fees of their course; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 May]

Tags: , ,

Trinity to receive a philanthropic donation of 30 million euro for the development of the Trinity East campus

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is set to receive a philanthropic donation of 30 million euro to be used for the development of the Trinity East campus. The donation is the largest philanthropic donation from individual benefactors given to an Irish university in the history of the state …” (more)

[Jamie Cox, Trinity News, 27 May]

Tags: , ,

Postgraduate Workers’ Alliance of Ireland launches petition demanding worker status, greater pay and better employment contracts for PhD and postgraduate students

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Postgraduate Workers Alliance of Ireland (PWAI) is demanding worker status, greater pay and better employment contracts with access to sick pay, holiday pay, pension contributions and parental leave for PhD and postgraduate students. Following their launch two weeks ago, the PWAI has released a petition, outlining the key demands of their upcoming campaign …” (more)

[Jamie Cox, Trinity News, 26 May]

Tags: , , ,

End Israeli access to Horizon and billions in EU funding – Rose Conway-Walsh TD

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Rose Conway-Walsh TD, has said there is a ‘window of opportunity’ to use the powerful lever of Horizon funding to pressurise Israel to end its apartheid regime. Teachta Conway-Walsh said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 26 May]

Tags: , , , , ,

Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2021 by steve

IrelandBríd Smith (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the percentage of student accommodation that is publicly owned developments; the percentage of student accommodation that is privately owned developments; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 May]

Tags: , ,

Council ‘open space’ motion could thwart plans for student housing

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A developer who plans to build student accommodation has complained to the Planning Regulator after a move by county councillors that could thwart the development of a site in south Dublin. Fine Gael councillor Barry Saul has defended the rezoning of part of the site near UCD, at Goatstown, Dublin 14, for open space and points out that the Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) recently said that Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council had too much residential zoned land …” (more)

[Donal Buckley, Independent, 26 May]

Tags: , ,

‘Students as consumers? The perspectives of students’ union leaders across Europe’

Posted in Research on May 26th, 2021 by steve

Abstract: Various scholars have argued that higher education is becoming increasingly similar across Europe as a result of processes of marketisation and neo-liberalisation, as well as the creation of a European Higher Education Area. While much of this body of work has focussed on governance, institutional structures and reforms related to teaching and learning, some have suggested that the subjectivities and perspectives of students have also altered – becoming more consumer-like in their orientation. Nevertheless, there has been relatively little work across the continent that has explored, in a comparative manner, students’ own perspectives or those of students who represent other students. This article starts to redress this omission by drawing on interviews conducted with students’ union leaders across six European nations to examine the extent to which they shared the same understanding of students, focussing specifically on the concept of student-as-consumer.

Rachel Brooks, Students as consumers? The perspectives of students’ union leaders across Europe, Higher Education Quarterly, https://doi.org/10.1111/hequ.12332. First published: 24 May 2021.

Tags: