Justice Minister and UCC President back Muslim lecturer at centre of sinister ‘execution’ call

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The respected Muslim lecturer who received a sinister voicemail calling for his execution says he takes huge encouragement from all the messages of support which include a phone call from Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan and a strong statement from the President of UCC …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 22 August]

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UCC stands against ‘ignorant shameful hate’ says president as lecturer receives threatening voicemail

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of University College Cork (UCC) says the university stands against ‘ignorant shameful hate’ after a respected Muslim lecturer received a sinister voicemail calling for his execution …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 22 August]

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Protest in the Quad in support of a UCC colleague

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“We’re standing here in the main quad in UCC in solidarity with our colleague and friend Aman De Sondy. Aman has received a horrible, racist threatening message, death threat, we’re here in this really lovely peaceful place, and yet things like this happen …” (video)

[YouTube, 22 August]

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CIT is proposing a new ‘front door’ to their Bishopstown campus through a multi-million Learning Resource Centre

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Cork Institute of Technology is planning a new three-storey Learning Resource Centre that will act as a new ‘front door’ to the college. The new building will be located in front of the original Regional Technical College buildings constructed in the 1970s that front onto Rossa Avenue in Bishopstown …” (more)

[EchoLive, 22 August]

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Lecturer warns of anti-Muslim ‘network’ after anonymous threats

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A lecturer at University College Cork (UCC) has made a complaint to the Garda after receiving an Islamophobic death threat on Wednesday. Dr Amanullah De Sondy, a senior lecturer in contemporary Islam at the university since 2015, said he received a voicemail from an unknown individual, who called the academic a ‘scumbag’, and a ‘terrorist’ …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 21 August]

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‘I hope you are executed’ – Muslim university lecturer wants action taken after receiving chilling voice message

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Officials at an Irish university have expressed disgust at a sinister telephone message left for a respected Muslim lecturer. University College Cork (UCC) lecturer Amanullah De Sondy confirmed he received a chilling voice message which called for his execution …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 21 August]

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The great British university con

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

“The UK’s reputedly world-class higher education sector has long been a source of pride and consolation for a diminished power. At first glance, universities have relentlessly expanded without any reduction in standards. Since 1990, the number of undergraduate degrees awarded has increased fivefold, while the proportion of Firsts granted has quadrupled …” (more)

[New Statesman, 21 August]

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UL’s Kemmy Business School awarded prestigious international accreditation

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick’s Kemmy Business School has been awarded a prestigious global accreditation, joining the top 5% of international business schools recognised by AACSB – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business …” (more)

[Limerick Post, 20 August]

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Appointment of new CEO by the Higher Education Authority

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Board of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) met yesterday and approved the appointment of Dr Alan Wall as CEO of the HEA following an open competition managed by the Public Appointments Service …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 20 August]

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USI wants the barriers to education broken

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have called on the government to break the barriers to third level education. In a statement, the USI criticised government ministers Joe McHugh and Mary Mitchell O’Connor for downplaying the accommodation and higher education funding crises …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally, The College View, 20 August]

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Board issues opinion on plan for major student accommodation complex in Terryland

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An Bord Pleanala has issued its opinion that an application for a major new student accommodation complex in Terryland can be formally submitted. The plan is led by Montane Developments Ltd …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 19 August]

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On Higher Education, a Government Under Scrutiny – And Still Without Ideas

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This week, Ireland’s education ministers found their way into the glare of the national headlines with an intensity not often seen in recent years. For a sector whose struggles have long been confined to the background of public debate, it was refreshing to see story after story on higher education making it to the front pages of Ireland’s newspapers …” (more)

[University Times, 18 August]

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Library services

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Your guide to college life in Ireland (August 13th) details the realities of student life and includes ‘what’s hot’ and ‘what’s not’ for a number of university campuses. For DCU the author unfortunately notes in the latter category, that one would ‘have conquered Everest sooner’ than walk to the library. I can only deduce that he is referring to the O’Reilly Library on the Glasnevin campus …” (more)

[John McDonough, Irish Times, 19 August]

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Minister would ‘report college drug dealers to gardaí’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has said she would report those dealing drugs in colleges to gardaí. She told the Sunday Independent there was a ‘laissez-faire attitude’ to drug dealing in colleges. “I’m not talking about smoking weed, for instance. I’m talking about MDMA, ecstasy …'” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Independent, 19 August]

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Ministers under fire over cost of living comments

Posted in Governance and administration on August 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Two Government ministers are under fire for ‘alarming’ comments on the cost of living for students. Craig McHugh, Union of Students in Ireland vice president for the Dublin region, said young people face huge obstacles to university due to rising rents and stagnated student grants …” (more)

[Laura Lynott, Independent, 17 August]

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Third level institutions hike up student accommodation rents as Minister buries his head in the sand – Chambers

Posted in Governance and administration on August 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo, Lisa Chambers, has hit out at Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, for failing to cap spiralling student accommodation rents. The government has for a second year running failed to implement rent caps on student campus accommodation, according to Chambers …” (more)

[Mayo Advertiser, 16 August]

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The new frontier for Irish higher education: Africa

Posted in Governance and administration on August 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For the past decade or so, Irish universities with an eye on expansion have been looking towards Asia or the Middle East. Most major colleges now have formal links or satellite campuses spread right across the region and are attracting growing numbers of international students …” (more)

[Bill Corcoran, Irish Times, 17 August]

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At Trinity’s Printing House Square, Plumbers Protest Underpayment

Posted in Governance and administration on August 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Construction workers and trade union representatives gathered outside the Printing House Square construction site this morning to protest against the underpayment of plumbers working on Trinity’s new student accommodation complex. With a giant inflatable rat in tow, protestors stood outside the Pearse St entrance of Trinity …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 16 August]

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Third Level Education Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on August 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State with Special Responsibility for High Education, talks to Mary about third level education funding and the need for financial reform of the higher education sector …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 15 August]

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Compulsory Dutch Looms for Foreign Students

Posted in Governance and administration on August 15th, 2019 by steve

“Universities in the Netherlands fear the government may force international students to do part of their degrees in Dutch, potentially decimating recruitment from outside the country. Several sources have told Times Higher Education that this is one of the ideas being considered by the country’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Science ahead of a policy announcement expected next month …” (more)

[David Matthews, Inside Higher Ed, 15 August]

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