Student nurses pay deal approved for €100 weekly accommodation allowance

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Cabinet has agreed to new pay measures for student nurses which will see a new accommodation allowance of €100 from next January. The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly briefed Ministers on a new report looking at longer term options for student nurses and midwives pay …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Irish Times, 4 November]

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NI universities can spend EU Erasmus scheme money until 2023

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2021 by steve

“Northern Ireland’s universities, schools and colleges can continue to spend money from the EU Erasmus scheme until 2023. However, they can only continue to use money they have already been awarded rather than make fresh funding bids …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 4 November]

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UL aims for multinationals and marina as it unveils ‘university town’ plan

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has unveiled ambitious plans to create a ‘university town’ on a 260-acre extension of its campus which could allow for closer links between the college and enterprise …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 November]

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The Irish Times view on college students in the pandemic: managing the fallout

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“College students were among the least likely in society to feel the worst health effects of Covid-19, but they were profoundly affected by the wider impact of the pandemic …” (more)

[Irish Times, 4 November]

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Grade inflation: lowering standards in higher education

Posted in Teaching on November 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Grade inflation – an improvement in examination grades over time without an accompanying improvement in learning or academic achievement – has been a worrying feature of third-level education for over 30 years …” (more)

[William Reville, Irish Times, 4 November]

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Irish language groups and students seek CAO bonus points in new Leaving Cert Gaeilge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish language groups and students are seeking maths-style CAO bonus points for the highest-achieving students in Gaeilge as part of a new plan for the subject at Leaving Cert …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 November]

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Europe’s newest university town could transform the mid-west

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Fifty years ago, Limerick disrupted the staid Irish university community. Its upstart institution, the NIHE, dramatically adopted a range of alien American concepts: modular degrees, continuous assessment, credits, integrated work practice and advocated close partnerships with enterprise and the professions …” (more)

[Ed Walsh, Irish Times, 4 November]

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Trinity College to continue talks with State on funding to keep Science Gallery open

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The board of Trinity College has decided to continue talks with the Government to see if funding can be secured to save the Science Gallery on Pearse Street in Dublin from closing …” (more)

[Ciarán Hancock, Irish Times, 3 November]

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University College Cork students call on bars and clubs to take action over spiking fears

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“UCC Student’s Union has written an open letter to bars and clubs in Cork in response to the recent increase in reported drug spiking cases – involving drinks or needles – across Ireland and the UK …” (more)

[Daire Fitton, CorkBeo, 3 November]

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