Provost to Discuss Future of Science Gallery With Stakeholders

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

Ireland“Provost Linda Doyle has said that she and Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris will discuss the future of the Science Gallery with relevant stakeholders next week …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 29 October]

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NUIG society ban on siblings not about religion, court told

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A NUIG academic who headed the complaints committee at the college has told the circuit court in Galway that the decision to sanction four siblings from membership of college societies had nothing to do with their religion …” (more)

[Cathy Halloran, RTÉ News, 29 October]

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Concern over student accommodation in Letterkenny

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

Ireland“There’s concern that while a Technological University is hugely positive for Donegal and the North West, accommodation for students could prove difficult in the time ahead …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 29 October]

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UCD announces €350 million loan to facilitate huge expansion in student numbers

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

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) is to expand its student population with the aid of a €350 million loan facility from the European Investment Bank (EIB). UCD plans to increase faculty numbers by 50% and student numbers by 25% over the coming decade. EIB president Dr Werner Hoyer will visit the college on Friday to announce the loan facility which will support capital development projects on campus …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 29 October]

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TUSE ‘approved’ claims Wexford TD

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

Ireland“Wexford TD Verona Murphy has announced – via her Facebook page – that the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has approved the merger of Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow and that Cabinet will sign off on it next week. However, there has been no official confirmation of Deputy Murphy’s assertion …” (more)

[Darren Skelton, Waterford News and Star, 28 October]

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Third Level Staff – Ethnic Minorities

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

IrelandEmer Higgins (Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the recent HEA survey which found that ethnic minorities in higher education more likely to be on lower pay; his views on same; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 October]

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Technological Universities

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

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the total expenditure on the Transformation Fund for technological universities for 2020, provisional expenditure for 2021 and the allocated expenditure for 2022, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 October]

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Queen’s University offers Statement on Strike Action: Where Do They Fit?

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

“Queen’s University Belfast have released a statement to the Gown regarding the potential strike action at the end of this calendar year. As many of our readers will know, these strikes are something I am against both here in Northern Ireland but also in the wider UK …” (more)

[Aidan Lomas, The Gown, 28 October]

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Rose Conway-Walsh TD welcomes formal designation of technological university for the West and North West

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher education, Rose Conway-Walsh TD, has welcomed the announcement that Galway-Mayo, Sligo and Letterkenny Institutes of Technology will become a technological university by the end of this academic year following the government’s formal designation …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 28 October]

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New Technological University gets ministerial approval

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

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has confirmed a new Technological University for the West and North West. It follows an application from the Connaught Ulster Alliance, including the Letterkenny, Sligo and Galway-Mayo Institutes of Technology …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 28 October]

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QUB should defend free speech … not pander to censors

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 28th, 2021 by steve

“How wrong I was. I was saying to a colleague the other day that society here had to be praised for the way in which freedom of speech and resistance to the worst excesses of cultural witch-hunting had been resisted …” (more)

[Liam Kennedy, Belfast Telegraph, 28 October]

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Brexit Hits UK Universities as EU Students Look Elsewhere

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

“UK universities are reaping a reverse ‘Brexit dividend’ with a sharp drop in the number of applications from EU students. The news leaves higher education in the U.K. bracing itself for a financial hit from the loss of international students, on top of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Nick Morrison, Forbes, 27 October]

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Capital funding: UCC and MTU

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

IrelandColm Burke (Cork North Central, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which the funding for capital works and equipment at UCC and the Munster Technological University will be disbursed; if the funding will be put to use in the current academic year; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 October]

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Siblings claim they were discriminated against at NUIG

Posted in Legal issues on October 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Four siblings have begun a civil action against the National University of Ireland, Galway claiming they were discriminated against and victimised by college authorities because of their religious beliefs seven years ago …” (more)

[Cathy Halloran, RTÉ News, 27 October]

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More than 2,500 vaccines given to third level students as part of vaccination drive

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

Ireland“Some 2,544 vaccine doses were given to third level students during a national vaccination drive last week the Department of Further and Higher Education has today revealed. Of the vaccinations given out across the 12 institutions, almost 50% were first doses …” (more)

[Paul Hyland, Independent, 27 October]

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Students warned to be vigilant following reports of drink and injection spiking

Posted in Life on October 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin Students’ Union has warned students to be vigilant following growing reports of drink spiking and spiking via injection in bars and nightclubs across parts of Ireland and Britain. The union said it has heard reports from students about potential instances of spiking during the first semester …” (more)

[Maeve Lee, Irish Examiner, 27 October]

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The Book of Kells Exhibition Proposal is a Slap in the Face to Sport Clubs

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

Ireland“Provost Linda Doyle’s campaign for Trinity’s top job centred around the redistribution of power and giving everyone in the community a voice. Are Trinity’s sportspeople excluded from this community? If College goes ahead with building a temporary two-storey pavilion on College Park to house the Book of Kells exhibition, then sportspeople can take it as a clear message: Trinity cares about you until the Book of Kells gets in the way …” (more)

[University Times, 25 October]

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‘I’ll get to go out once I get the second dose’: Patients at UCD vaccine centre

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

Ireland“It is quiet outside the UCD vaccination centre in Belfield, Dublin, on Tuesday afternoon, where appointment-only patients arrive every 10 or 15 minutes. It’s a vastly different scene compared to the queues of hundreds of people who lined up outside the walk-in Covid-19 vaccination centre at Croke Park in early August, many of whom waited for more than two hours for their first dose …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, 26 October]

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Time to de-gender Stem subject choices in Irish schools

Posted in Research on October 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The I Wish’s 2021 Survey of Female Students’ Attitudes to Stem found that 55% of girls interested in engineering did not have access to the subject and 77% are not confident in their ability to do Stem. The study concluded it is time to rethink how Stem subjects are presented in schools with over three-quarters (78%) of teenage girls saying lack of choices is a barrier to a career in Stem …” (more)

[Irish Times, 27 October]

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Trinity College sports clubs raise concerns library renovation plan could impact on playing fields

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

Ireland“Sports clubs attached to Trinity College Dublin have expressed serious concerns over the potential loss of a section of their playing fields to make way for a temporary exhibition building. Under proposals being considered by TCD’s board, a two-storey facility will be located on part of College Park while a €90m redevelopment of the Old Library is under way …” (more)

[Tony McCullagh, Independent, 26 October]

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