A New Regime

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

Ireland“With the departure of Professor Philip Nolan (whose last day at Maynooth is today) there will soon be a new regime in place at the University. Nobody knows what changes will take place, but there will undoubtedly be some. On a more personal note some things will change less than I originally planned …” (more)

[In the Dark, 30 September]

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NUI Galway subject of attempted cyber attack

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

Ireland“NUI Galway has been subject to an attempted cyber attack on the university’s IT systems. In a statement today, the university said its IT, cyber security and data protection specialists were monitoring and investigating the incident closely …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 September]

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Professor Philip Nolan retires as Maynooth University president after 10-year term

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

Ireland“Professor Philip Nolan is retiring as president of Maynooth University today, after a 10-year term. Prof Nolan has also played a critical role in controlling the spread of Covid in Ireland as chair of Nphet’s Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 September]

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Trinity College’s ‘wildflower meadow’: What it was trying to achieve

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

Ireland“The world is undergoing a biodiversity crisis. The past few decades have seen unprecedented loss of species and habitats, with more than a million species now threatened with extinction worldwide …” (more)

[Jane Stout, Irish Times, 30 September]

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Ministers O’Brien and Collins welcome student accommodation circular

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

Ireland“Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien, and Minister with responsibility for Skills and Further Education, Niall Collins, have confirmed a Department of Housing circular has issued in relation to student accommodation …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 29 September]

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Technological University of Shannon: Midlands Midwest to officially Open on 1st October

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

Ireland“The 1st of October will be a monumental day for the region as Ireland’s newest technological university will be officially launched with a prestigious and exciting opening ceremony that will take place in the Athlone International Arena and Millenium Theatre Moylish.
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[Aoife O’Reilly, Limerick Post, 29 September]

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Brid Horan appointed as new DCU Chancellor

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

Ireland“DCU has appointed former NGO advocate and current chair of the Irish Cancer Society Brid Horan as the new Chancellor of the university. The appointment was made at the first meeting of DCU’s new Governing Authority, chaired by DCU President Professor Daire Keogh, which Ms Horan served on for nearly seven years up to this year …” (more)

[Matthew Joyce, The College View, 29 September]

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Adjusting back to the ‘old normal’ might be easy for some, but not for all

Posted in Life on September 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“With streets bustling, pubs and restaurants rebounding and schools resuming in-person lessons, we can take a deep breath, relax, and welcome back the ‘old normal’. Or can we? For some it won’t be that easy. While we craved all the hallmarks of our normal lives with its foreign holidays and weekend getaways for 18 months, now that we can gradually reintroduce those aspects to our lives, many will experience what has been termed as post-pandemic anxiety …” (more)

[Trudy Feenane, The College View, 29 September]

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Josephine Feehily appointed as chair of Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest

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

Ireland“The Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science has today confirmed the appointment of the first governing body of the new Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest which will open its doors on 1 October 2021 …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 28 September]

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OECD Report reveals increasing privatisation in education

Posted in Research on September 29th, 2021 by steve

International“We have had a look at the annual OECD Report ‘Education at a Glance’ and this is our analysis. The report sheds light on privatisation trends in education and working conditions of teachers across Europe. It also calls on governments to provide appropriate public funding for education to overcome old and new challenges, particularly in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis …” (more)

[ETUCE, 28 September]

[The report is here, the country report for Ireland is here]

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‘I got maximum points – and I still lost out’: Is it time to ditch the points race for college?

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

Ireland“Has the CAO points system run its course? Earlier this month, Simon Harris, the Minister for Further and Higher Education, questioned if the points system is the right way to go, stating that it is ‘not the international norm’ …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 28 September]

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At Online Learning Protest, the Aftershock of Take Back Trinity Lingers

Posted in Teaching on September 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Few current students were in College for Take Back Trinity – the mass protest movement that broke out on campus in 2018, after College tried to introduce €450 supplemental exam fees. Prof Linda Doyle, and the rest of the Trinity administration, however, very much remember it …” (more)

[University Times, 26 September]

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Colleges open up in tandem with walk-in vaccination clinics

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

Ireland“Pop-up Covid-19 vaccination clinics are up and running on college campuses as the academic year gets into full swing. As tuition started yesterday for an estimated 50,000 first years, walk-in clinics started opening to ensure as many students as possible receive the protective jab …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 September]

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In-Person Graduations to be Held in Exam Hall from Late October

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

Ireland“A series of in-person graduation ceremonies are to be held over the coming months, subject to public health guidelines, College has said. The ceremonies will be held in the Exam Hall and will facilitate graduands from the class of 2021 at first, followed by those whose graduations were not marked during the pandemic …” (more)

[Meabh Gallagher, University Times, 27 September]

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The Irish Times view on student accommodation crisis

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

Ireland“Who would be a third-level student right now? Final-year second-level pupils had their lives disrupted by changes to the Leaving Cert exams for two years as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and those who landed college places now have to find an affordable place to live …” (more)

[Irish Times, 27 September]

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Accommodation crisis has a social cost

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

Ireland“Sir, –Carl O’Brien (‘Student accommodation crisis has a social cost’, News, September 25th) starkly illustrates the dire situation faced by third-level students in relation to the current severe shortage in student accommodation …” (more)

[John McHugh, Irish Times, 28 September]

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Half of Leaving Cert students received first preference college place

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Half of Leaving Certificate students in 2021 received their first preference college place while a further 20% got their second choice. The research from iReach found 42% of students attained over 500 points in this year’s Leaving Cert when students for the first time had the choice of whether they wished to sit written exams for receive calculated grades from their teachers …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 27 September]

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Higher Education Department deletes tweet quoting US president’s advice

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

Ireland“The Department of Higher Education has come under fire for a tweet that quoted a former US president’s advice on the benefits of education. On Monday, the department tweeted a quote attributed to US president Theodore Roosevelt: ‘A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car, but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, Independent, 27 September]

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An Analysis of Graduate Earnings across Higher Education Institutions

Posted in Research on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“What graduates earn when they enter the workforce is not just influenced by where or what they study or their sector of employment – but also by their Leaving Certificate points and type of second level school they attended, new research has shown …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 27 September]

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Taoiseach Under Fire Over Student Accommodation Crisis

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

Ireland“The Taoiseach has promised to keep a ‘close eye’ on universities and colleges to ensure they ‘do not charge exorbitant rent’ after being challenged on the topic in the Dáil. The crisis in the student rental market was brought up in the first leader’s questions following the return of the Dáil after its summer recess …” (more)

[Conor Paterson, College Tribune, 27 September]

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