Ireland has higher rates of third level education than EU average, data shows

Posted in Research on November 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Rates of third level education in the State were higher than the EU average last year, according to data published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). The data showed that 58% of 25-34 year olds had a tertiary level qualification in 2020 in Ireland, compared with an EU average of 41% …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 29 November]

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RCSI first Irish higher level institution to launch race equality action plan

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

Ireland“A new race equality action plan, which seeks to encourage student doctors and medical academics to speak out about bullying, discrimination, harassment or assault, has been launched by The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 19 November]

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Lecturers to Lobby for High Risk Staff to be Allowed to Work from Home

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

Ireland“Trinity’s branch of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has voted to lobby for staff over 60, and those in the HSE’s ‘high-risk’ category, to be allowed to work from home until they receive a booster vaccine …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 29 November]

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Great News for Astrophysics & Cosmology at Maynooth!

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

Ireland“Great News for Astrophysics & Cosmology at Maynooth! I couldn’t resist a quick post in reaction to the announcement by the Irish Government of ten new senior professorial positions under the Strategic Academic Leadership Initiative (SALI). I blogged about this scheme here. Among the positions just announced is a new Chair in Observational Astrophysics or Cosmology at Maynooth University …” (more)

[In the Dark, 29 November]

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Covid and teaching at third-level

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

Ireland“Sir, – When the history of the pandemic in Ireland is written, the universities will undoubtedly be singled out, along with schools, for their apparent stoicism in keeping their doors open amid rising infection rates amongst staff and students …” (more)

[Sarah Alyn Stacey, Irish Times, 29 November]

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The Tone of USI’s Protest Won’t Help Govt Take Student Demands Seriously

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

Ireland“This is a time for students protests, but the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), the leading student representative group, attaching itself to an expletive-ridden campaign titled ‘Fuck the Fees’ just gives the government another excuse to dismiss the serious needs of students …” (more)

[University Times, 28 November]

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Minister approves 10 more academic positions in gender equality initiative

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

Ireland“The Minister for Further and Higher Education has approved 10 more positions at senior academic level in higher education under an initiative to progress gender equality in academia. Simon Harris’s announcement on Monday was made under the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative (Sali) …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 29 November]

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Calls to Cancel In-Person Exams Again Should not Claim to be Representative

Posted in Teaching on November 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students are heading into the fourth consecutive assessment period impacted by the coronavirus. We should know what to do at this stage, but there persists a lack of joined-up thinking among representatives …” (more)

[University Times, 28 November]

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