Minister Harris needs to address is the immediate huge hole in our colleges finances

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A striking feature of the current Covid crisis is the emergence of a new group of scientific experts on our television screens, radios, and newspapers. From epidemiologists to immunologists and virologists to biochemists, some academics have left their laboratories to become household names …” (more)

[Declan Jordan, Irish Examiner, 5 July]

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China’s Confucius Institutes rebrand after overseas propaganda rows

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2020 by steve

“Beijing is abandoning its Confucius Institute brand after a global backlash over censorship, switching to a new look as a centre for ‘language exchange and cooperation’. In a directive to lower-level agencies, the Ministry of Education said the Confucius Institute Headquarters, or Hanban, had changed its name to the Ministry of Education Centre for Language Education and Cooperation …” (more)

[Zhuang Pinghui, South China Morning Post, 4 July]

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Cork residents’ environmental complaint against landlord adjourned

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The environmental complaint by residents against a landlord for the noise allegedly caused by students at his properties near University College Cork was brought before Cork District Court today …” (more)

[Liam Heylin, BreakingNews.ie, 3 July]

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Thoughts on Evidence Informed Policymaking

Posted in Governance and administration on July 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I attended the recent IUA/RIA panel discussion on ‘Evidence-informed policy making: The Role of Higher Education and Research’. As usual, Philip Nolan gave a very interesting talk: he’s clearly the most thoughtful and analytical of our university presidents …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 3 July]

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Plans to double size of Galway City student complex

Posted in Governance and administration on July 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The investment fund which owns the Cúirt na Coiribe student accommodation complex on the Headford Road is planning to more than double the number of bed spaces there to 920 …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 3 July]

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Clubs Must Get Risk Assessment Approved by UCD Before Return to Activities says UCD Athletic Union Council

Posted in Governance and administration on July 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As Ireland enters its third phase of the gradual exit from lockdown, sports are resuming at UCD after a lengthy hiatus. UCD Sports Development Manager & Athletic Union Council (AUC) Executive Secretary, Suzanne Bailey, made a statement to The College Tribune stating that plans are in progress for the resumption of activity, but any plans will depend on several outside factors …” (more)

[Isobel Dunne, College Tribune, 3 July]

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Enrolment and Graduate 5-Year Trends

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“2018/2019 enrolment and class of 2018 graduate data now finalised for all HEIs. The two minute story visualisation below gives a brief introduction to enrolment and graduate trends over the past five years …” (more)

[Victor Pigott, HEA, 3 July]

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Science and research

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on July 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In response to the letter by Daniel Carey (July 1st), which suggests changing the name of the new Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science to the Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Research …” (more)

[Kevin Nolan, Irish Times, 3 July]

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Landlord due in court over noise complaints linked to properties near UCC

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A landlord with property in Cork’s university precinct has been summoned to appear in court on Friday on foot of noise complaints. Long-term residents in estates near University College Cork (UCC) have made specific complaints under the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992 in relation to noise disturbance from two properties, both of which are owned by the landlord …” (more)

[Eoin English, Breaking News.ie, 2 July]

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USI has ‘constructive meeting’ with Minister Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on July 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This afternoon, Union of Students’ in Ireland (USI) President Lorna Fitzpatrick and Vice President for Academic Affairs Kevin McStravock had a ‘constructive’ meeting with the new Minister for Higher Education, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 2 July]

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Permission granted for Victoria Cross student apartment complex in Cork city

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An Bord Pleanála has overruled its own inspector and granted planning permission for a development of a student apartment complex in Victoria Cross in Cork city. The development will see more than 130 student beds built on the former Kelleher’s Tyres site, minutes from UCC’s main campus …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 2 July]

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Scholars Asked to Make Room for Non-EU Students in Campus Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Scholars have been told that giving up their campus accommodation next year will instead allow Trinity to rent out the rooms to non-EU students, boosting the College’s finances ‘at a time when international demand is at risk’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 2 July]

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A Higher Education Department is Welcome. Its Business-Oriented Slant May Not Be

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“With the formation of a new Cabinet, higher education in Ireland went from being a near-afterthought of most politicians to centre stage – almost overnight. The sector now has its own dedicated department – the Department of Higher and Further Education, Research Innovation and Science – headed by Simon Harris, the outgoing health minister and one of the most high-profile politicians in the country …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 1 July]

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Niall Collins Appointed Minister of State in Higher Education Department

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins has tonight been appointed as a minister of state in the newly created Department of Higher Education. In a tweet tonight, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris welcomed Collins, saying that he was ‘looking forward to working with the new Minister of State as we create our new Department’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 1 July]

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TDs and senators will get their 2% pay rise this year

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“TDs, senators and the public service workforce are set for a 2% pay rise in October, the new Expenditure Minister has signalled. Michael McGrath indicated that the Government will honour the wage increase due under a pay deal …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 1 July]

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TU Dublin is planning September return to campus

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“TU Dublin, one of the largest universities in the country, is finalising plans and adjustments for September return to campus. TU Dublin has over 28,000 full-time and part-time students – including apprentices, undergraduates, and postgraduates – on campuses in Blanchardstown and Tallaght, and in the city centre in Grangegorman, Aungier Street, and Bolton Street …” (more)

[Education Matters, 1 July]

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Hundreds of RCSI medical students to use Croke Park as new satellite campus

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of medical students are to use Croke Park as a make-shift college campus over the coming academic year to allow them to learn while social distancing. The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) has signed a deal with GAA headquarters to allow 650 students will use event spaces and restaurants over a six-day week …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 July]

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Science and research

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The creation of a new department is to be welcomed, but the name – Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science – is problematic and potentially divisive …” (more)

[Daniel Carey, Irish Times, 1 July]

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As Autumn Exchanges Remain Cancelled, UCD Prepares for Incoming Internationals

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“International students will be welcomed to University College Dublin (UCD) for the autumn trimester, while all autumn exchange programmes for UCD students remain cancelled. There will also be no charge for incoming international students on-campus for the first 21 days …” (more)

[Brigid Molloy, College Tribune, 30 June]

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International students told to bring sufficient toiletries and clean clothes for 14 day isolation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College has asked overseas students that are required to self-isolate to arrive in September with sufficient ‘personal toiletries and medicines’ for the two week isolation period, as well having ‘sufficient clean clothes’, as they will not be provided with individual laundry services during the isolation period …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 30 June]

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