Trinity Projected to Lose Nearly €12m Next Year

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is forecasting a net deficit of €11.8 million in 2022, The University Times has learned, with College’s top decision makers being told that a return to a balanced budget this year would have compromised the quality and delivery of its strategic objectives …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 7 December]

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Fury over exclusion of students in private colleges from free antigen tests

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A row has erupted over the exclusion of students in private higher education colleges from the free antigen testing programme rolled out by Minister Simon Harris. The Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA) say they, the students and their families were ‘appalled’ at the decision …” (more)

[Independent, 7 December]

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Trinity Will Open Tomorrow Unless Government Advises Otherwise

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on December 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity operations will resume as normal tomorrow, including scheduled exams, unless the government advises otherwise. Trinity is one of several college campuses around the country that have closed due to Storm Barra, which has resulted in an orange weather being put in place in much of the coastal parts of the country …” (more)

[Jody Druce and Emer Moreau, University Times, 7 December]

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New cross-border collaborations in third level being explored, say Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Government is ‘determined to step up’ cross-border collaboration between third-level institutions with an exchange programme between colleges among the initiatives being considered, the Minister for Further and Higher Education has said …” (more)

[Freya McClements, Irish Times, 6 December]

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Keep in-person exams at third level

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Before decision makers in higher education institutions heed the calls from students’ unions to run exams online, they would do well to read Carl O’Brien’s report ‘Exam answers in 30 minutes’ (November 13th) on the extensive resources available online to help students to cheat …” (more)

[Shane O Rourke, Irish Times, 6 December]

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UCD president announces intention to resign to take up new role in Australia

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin president, Andrew Deeks, has announced his intention to resign from the position in April 2022. Prof Deeks said following his resignation, he will take up the role of vice-chancellor at Murdoch University in his hometown of Perth, Western Australia …” (more)

[Shauna Bowers, Irish Times, 6 December]

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Third-level students to receive free Covid-19 antigen tests

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Government is to provide free Covid-19 antigen tests for third-level students in a bid to encourage their use on college campuses. Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris will today announce a €9 million fund for further and higher education institutions to provide tests to students …” (more)

[Pat Leahy, Irish Times, 6 December]

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University of Limerick to provide free period products on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has announced that it will provide free period products on-campus. The initiative was started by UL students who created the Any Time of the Month campaign in the fight against period poverty. UL President Professor Kerstin Mey said …” (more)

[Frances Watkins, Limerick Leader, 4 December]

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Some colleges to carry out in-person exams despite Covid concerns raised by students

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

Ireland“Many of the Irish third level institutions have said they will continue to implement in-person exams this Christmas despite pushback from students …” (more)

[Garreth MacNamee, TheJournal.ie, 4 December]

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UCD ‘bombarded’ with complaints about Dolores Cahill’s employment

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) was bombarded with complaints and correspondence from students, graduates, staff members, and other medical practitioners about the continued employment of Dolores Cahill at the university …” (more)

[Ken Foxe, Irish Examiner, 3 December]

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Higher Education Strategic Infrastructure Fund

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the Higher Education Strategic Infrastructure Fund has concluded or if additional calls will be made in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 December]

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Project Ireland 2040 – University Infrastructure

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he remains committed to the Project Ireland 2040 commitment of Exchequer investment of €2.2 billion in Ireland’s higher education infrastructure over the period to 2027; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 December]

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Graduate skills

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2021 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which he continues to facilitate the provision of an adequate number of qualified academics and technicians to meet the requirements of the modern workforce; the areas he has identified as requiring special attention; his plans to meet such requirements in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 30 November]

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Violence and Harassment: the Speak Out tool

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2021 by steve

IrelandJennifer Carroll MacNeill (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will report on the operation of the Speak Out tool for the anonymous reporting of violence and harassment in higher and further education institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 30 November]

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Dundalk IT: Technological University status

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2021 by steve

IrelandPeter Fitzpatrick (Louth, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the likely timeline by which Dundalk Institute of Technology will attain technological university status as part of the technological university project which has transformed higher education across the State (details supplied); and if he will ensure that the institute will not continue to be left behind …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 30 November]

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Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2021 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to deal with the issue of student poverty and, in particular, the chronic shortage of affordable student specific accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 30 November]

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Third Level Examinations

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if students will have a remote option for end of semester exams; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 30 November]

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Student Protests

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2021 by steve

IrelandIvana Bacik (Dublin Bay South, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the student protests which took place on 23 November 2021 led by a union (details supplied): the way he plans to reduce the cost of the student contribution and student accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 30 November]

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Pay proposals accepted by union members in the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU and the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) have today (Thursday, 2nd December) confirmed that union members working in the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) have accepted new pay proposals by an overwhelming majority …” (more)

[SIPTU, 2 December]

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O’Dowd expresses solidarity with University Staff and students on strike action

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2021 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has expressed solidarity with the Universities and Colleges Union on its decision to take strike action for better pay and working conditions. The party’s spokesperson on Higher and Further Education said …” (more)

[Sinn Fein, 1 December]

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