Codes of Conduct to Counter Bullying and Harassment – A Petition

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A week or so ago news broke of yet another case of bullying in an astronomy department, this time in the University of Lund. This and a number of older examples of harassment and bullying have led to the circulation of a letter calling for Codes of Conduct to be introduced in scientific collaborations …” (more)

[In the Dark, 30 June]

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New chairperson of Munster Technological University announced by Minister Harris and MTU

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris and Munster Technological University (MTU) have today (Tuesday, 29 June 2021) announced the appointment of Mr Jimmy Deenihan as chairperson of MTU’s Governing Body …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 29 June]

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The Turing Scheme: A Brexit-Induced Alternative to Erasmus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 30th, 2021 by steve

“‘There is no threat to the Erasmus scheme’, Boris Johnson told a crowded House of Commons in January 2020. Students across the UK breathed a collective sigh of relief but the sceptics among them warned them not to hold their breath. By the time December rolled around, however, things had taken a turn for the worse as Johnson told the British public that a ‘tough’ decision had been made: Erasmus was off the cards …” (more)

[Naoise D’Arcy, University Times, 29 June]

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Supreme Court to hear Minister’s appeal over homeschooled students’ calculated grades

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

Ireland“The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a further appeal by the Minister for Education over findings that the constitutional rights of two homeschooled students were breached by their exclusion from the 2020 Leaving Certificate calculated grades process …” (more)

[EchoLive, 28 June]

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Cross border John Hume University should be located in Derry

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

Ireland“Derry is the fifth largest city on the island of Ireland, closely matching Limerick in population size. Of the six largest cities on the Island, Derry is the only one without a university. The decision in 1965 to establish Northern Ireland’s second university, now Ulster University, in Coleraine and not in Derry was strongly influenced by political and sectarian considerations …” (more)

[Colm Burke TD, Irish News, 28 June]

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Third-level students should be prioritised for Covid-19 vaccines

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

Ireland“All across the country right now there are current and prospective third-level students wondering if they should book student accommodation for the coming academic year. Equally, many parents are fretting about budgets, plans and the practicalities of next year. Meanwhile, third-level college staff, at the end of an exhausting year of online education, attend planning meetings with a strong whiff of deja vu …” (more)

[Molly Byrne, Irish Times, 29 June]

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Action plans against sexual violence and harassment in higher education welcomed by Minister Harris

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

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today (Monday, 28 June 2021) welcomed the publication by higher education institutions (HEIs) of their action plans aimed at ending sexual violence and harassment …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 28 June]

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Pandemic pressures made parents consider quitting academia

Posted in Life, Research on June 29th, 2021 by steve

“The stress of balancing work and home life during the COVID-19 pandemic has left many medical scientists with children questioning their future careers, and women are the hardest hit, according to a survey at a US university …” (more)

[Nature, 28 June]

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IT Carlow Makes History As It Gets Green Light For Chinese Institute

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

Ireland“IT Carlow has become the first Irish institute of technology to receive approval from the Chinese Ministry of Education to establish a joint institute in China. Carlow International College of Technology, located in the city of Zhengzhou in Henan province, has been approved for an annual intake of 280 students and a total learner population of 1,120 from September 2022 …” (more)

[Michael Tracey, Carlow Nationalist, 28 June]

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UCD professor of accounting Eamonn Walsh dies

Posted in Life on June 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Eamonn Walsh, professor of accounting at University College Dublin and a high-profile commentator on financial issues, has died. He was 60. Mr Walsh was a member of staff at UCD’s Michael Smurfit Graduate School of business for 22 years. He was a former dean of the school, and in recent years occupied a professor of accounting role that is supported by financial services firm PwC …” (more)

[Mark Paul, Irish Times, 28 June]

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Online learning should change the way that exams work

Posted in Teaching on June 29th, 2021 by steve

“As university students wait on their mid-year exam results, some will no doubt be thinking about more than just passing. Since COVID-19 pushed teaching and testing online last year, the issue of cheating has come into sharper focus …” (more)

[Linda Rowan and Fiona Murray, University World News, 26 June]

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USI urges Minister for Health to back international students health insurance bill

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

IrelandRe: Urgent need to support the Health Insurance (International Students) (Amendment) Bill 2021. Dear Minister Donnelly, On behalf of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and our members this is an urgent appeal to you to support the Health Insurance (International Students) (Amendment) Bill 2021 …” (more)

[USI, 28 June]

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Unvaccinated Students Can Return to Campus in September, Says Harris

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

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said that college re-opening plans will go ahead, even if some students are not vaccinated by September. Last week, Damien McCallion, who oversees the coronavirus vaccination rollout, told the Oireachtas health committee that ‘those in their 20s’ will be vaccinated in August and September …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 28 June]

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Has the Government Jumped the Gun Again on College Reopening?

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

Ireland“Has Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris – once again – jumped the gun on college reopening plans? Just over two weeks ago, the government announced the re-opening plans for next year for third level, promising that college students would have some in-person teaching in the coming academic year …” (more)

[University Times, 27 June]

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Sexual consent classes to be offered to third-level students

Posted in Teaching on June 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Classes on sexual consent are to be offered to third-level students and colleges will in future have to put in place new mechanisms for the anonymous reporting of sexual harassment. Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris will on Monday announce a new plan that will see colleges commit to offering consent classes as well as specialised training for staff in dealing with harassment complaints …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Irish Times, 28 June]

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Stop Using the Language of ‘Normal’ for Face-to-Face Academic Work

Posted in Life on June 28th, 2021 by steve

“Much of the language we hear about the Fall 2021 semester is about a call to ‘return to normal’. For colleges and universities that offer a predominantly residential education, ‘normal’ is assumed to mean (among other things) the return of students, faculty, and staff to campus …” (more)

[Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed, 27 June]

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Is the world splitting into opposing science ‘blocs’

Posted in Research on June 28th, 2021 by steve

“A race for supremacy in global science and technology has kicked off as China has announced a raft of ambitious policies to promote self-sufficiency in scientific research and technological advancement, and the United States has mapped out a major push in science and technology backed by huge rises in spending …” (more)

[Yojana Sharma, University World News, 23 June]

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Language Schools

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

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if further details will be provided on the public health advice in relation to the resumption of English language education and the restrictions on international travel; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 June]

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Academic and Research staff – Full-time Permanent Employment

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

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the percentage of academic and research staff in full-time permanent employment in public higher education institutes; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 June]

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HE institutional autonomy is under siege across the world

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

International“A small group of international higher education and quality assurance experts got together and held an informal virtual conversation in June 2021. Our topic was the all-important issue of institutional autonomy. Why this conversation again – and now? After all, this has been a much-discussed topic within higher education for many years. An excellent example is the Council of Europe Global Forum on Academic Freedom, Institutional Autonomy and the Future of Democracy held in 2019 and its ensuing Declaration …” (more)

[Judith Eaton and Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic, University World News, 26 June]

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