Maynooth University Library Cat Update

Posted in Life on November 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It has been some time since I last posted an update about Maynooth University Library Cat. It’s been rather chilly recently and he’s probably been keeping out of the cold somewhere snug …” (more)

[In the Dark, 24 November]

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UCU Strike Action: Solidarity

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2021 by steve

Gerry Carroll (People Before Profit Alliance): I offer my full solidarity to the lecturers, researchers, PGCE students and all workers who are members of the University and College Union (UCU) and who will take strike action next month to stand up not only for themselves but for our entire education system, which is often bragged about in the House …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly, 22 November]

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A Call for Pan-Irish Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Greater cross-border collaboration on higher education will be fundamental to ‘peace and prosperity’ in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, academics say. A taskforce set up by a pan-Irish learned society, the Royal Irish Academy, calls on the Irish government and the Northern Ireland executive to use closer ties on research and education as a way of overcoming historic political and regional challenges, as well as the problems caused by Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Anna McKie, Inside Higher Ed, 24 November]

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DkIT staff raise concerns over Technological University status as only one potential partner remains

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Concerns have been raised by Dundalk IT staff over the college’s goal to reach Technological University status in the near future, with almost all other Institutes of Technology already having formed TU consortiums …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally, Dundalk Democrat, 23 November]

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DCU lecturer, who called George Floyd ‘another useless criminal’, defends blog

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“An assistant professor at Dublin City University has defended his online criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement and insisted his controversial blog remains separate from his role as a lecturer …” (more)

[Jamie McCarron and Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 23 November]

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‘High fees coupled with cost of rent means students are being priced out of education’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students protested outside Leinster House on Tuesday afternoon as part of three protests across the country calling for the cost of third-level education to be decreased …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 23 November]

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Minister Harris announces progression of incorporation of St Angela’s College, Sligo

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris has today (Tuesday) announced his approval in principle for the incorporation of St Angela’s College, Sligo into IT Sligo. Minister Harris said …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 23 November]

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UCD score second-worst University on Integrity Index 2021

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The university scored 38% overall, beating Technological University Dublin by 2%, who achieved the lowest amongst higher education institutions, with 36%. The aim of the research is to determine the ‘overall robustness of a country’s institutions and systems when it comes to prevention of corruption’ …” (more)

[Aoife Rooney, University Observer, 23 November]

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Attempting the Triple

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“… One can only look askance at the recent comments by Minister for Further Education Simon Harris when visiting the Carlow/Kilkenny constituency. What is the man at? Senator John Cummins must think his general election hopes are being toasted in front of his eyes as Harris promises TUSE largesse all over the region without really committing to WIT’s lead role! Not, mind you, that we want to see Simon if his previous form as health minister is anything to go by …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 23 November]

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Student’s union calls on NUI Galway to move upcoming exams on line in light of latest Covid figures

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The President of the student’s union at NUI Galway has accused the college of putting students at risk by holding in house exams before Christmas. In a statement to Galway Bay FM news, a spokesperson for NUIG says the college has advised students that they can request a deferral if they cannot come to campus for in-person examinations …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 23 November]

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Student Placements

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2021 by steve

IrelandMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the advice that has issued from his Department to third-level colleges in relation to student placements at present; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 November]

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Israel and Horizon Europe

Posted in Research on November 24th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the recently concluded agreement to include Israel in Horizon Europe until 2027; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 November]

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Higher Education Authority Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2021 by steve

IrelandMarc Ó Cathasaigh (Waterford, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the higher education governance Bill; when the Bill is expected to be enacted; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 November]

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Cassells report

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when he will publish the economic evaluation of the Cassells report; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 November]

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