Drunken Behaviour in Halls is a Problem. Limiting Bedspaces is not the Answer

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

Ireland“Going out is a central part of the College experience – particularly when you’re in first year. Trinity Hall allows freshers an unprecedented amount of freedom, and they normally take full advantage of that. Unfortunately for residents around Halls, this means plenty of drunken students making a lot of noise and generally disturbing the peace most nights of the week …” (more)

[University Times, 2 August]

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Higher Education Needs More Action and Fewer Surveys on Sexual Violence

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

Ireland“Earlier this week, Simon Harris – quite rightly – referred to the prevalence of sexual violence on third-level campuses as an ‘epidemic’, and announced a number of initiatives to tackle the issue. Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Welfare Officer Leah Keogh and the National Women’s Council of Ireland praised Harris on the initiatives he announced …” (more)

[University Times, 2 August]

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IT Sligo receive 20 reports of sexual assault and harrassment in last three years

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

Ireland“35 complaints of sexual assault and harassment have been reported to third level institutes in the last 3 years. According to the Sunday Times, IT Sligo has received 20 reports, UCD had 12 complaints while Trinity College picked up just one report …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 2 August]

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Fresh public sector recruitment ban may be needed, minister told

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

Ireland“The Government may have to consider introducing a fresh staff recruitment ban and freezing promotions in the public sector because of the recession caused by Covid-19, it can be revealed. In briefing documents prepared for new Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath, obtained by the Irish Examiner, it is made clear some of the stark choices facing him as he grapples with the €30bn deficit …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 2 August]

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English language schools face precarious future as Covid-19 hits student numbers

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

Ireland“International English language students have made headlines in recent weeks due to doubts about their visas and the quality of online classes. Their teachers are also facing unclear futures due to the continuing pandemic; some are teaching online for six hours a day, while others are facing permanent unemployment …” (more)

[Jessica Doyle, Irish Examiner, 1 August]

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Trinity College lawns dug up to make room for wild flowers

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

Ireland“The manicured lawns at the front entrance at Trinity College Dublin have been removed and are about to be transformed into a wildflower meadow in response to Ireland’s ‘biodiversity crisis’ …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 31 July]

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NUIG challenges finding that it paid for Tuam infant remains

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has challenged a finding in an interim report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation that its medical school had received and paid for 35 infant remains from the Tuam mother and baby home. In its fifth interim report, published in April of last year, the commission found that between 1949 and 1964, Galway Medical School ‘received and paid for 35 infant anatomical subjects’ …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 30 July]

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Statement on Procurement Process from the Department of Education and Skills and Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On 14 June the Department of Education and Skills published a Request for Information (RFI) to identify PPE, Consumables and Equipment Suppliers to support the education sector. This procurement has been managed as a negotiated procedure …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 30 July]

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Big Spenders: Construction Firm Receives Over €80 million from UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It has emerged that UCD has paid over €80 million to JJ Rhatigan & Co contractors so far to finance the ongoing construction of student residences on campus. The €82,032,228.39 sum has been disclosed following a Freedom of Information request by Ken Foxe, Director of Right To Know, for the University’s accounts of invoices over €20,000 between November 2016 and March of this year …” (more)

[Rowan Kelleher, College Tribune, 30 July]

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Plans for 254 bed student accommodation on the Headford Road

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Planning permission is being sought to build a new 254 bed student accommodation development on the Headford Road. Cleverson Limited have submitted plans to the city council for the construction of a seven storeys building, which will contain 74 student accommodation apartments ranging between one and seven bed units …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 30 July]

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UCD Expects One Metre Distancing On Campus, Against Government Guidance

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) is still working under the expectation of 1-metre physical distance measures on campus in the upcoming Trimester, despite recent guidance from government suggesting a 2-metre distance. Sources have told The College Tribune that the University expects an announcement from the government shortly which would allow a reduction in physical distancing from 2-metres to 1-metre, in cases where students wear face masks, which will be mandatory for students on UCD campus …” (more)

[Nessa Collins, College Tribune, 30 July]

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Hacker paid off after personal information of NUI Galway alumni breached

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Personal information of NUI Galway alumni was breached in a recent cyber-attack targeting a company linked to the university’s fundraising foundation. In an email on Wednesday, Galway University Foundation notified individuals on its mailing list their data had been subject to a cyber-attack. Credit card and bank account details were not compromised …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 30 July]

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Residents’ Objections to New Halls Building ‘Deeply Concerning’, says Hand

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union President (TCDSU) Eoin Hand today condemned objections that Temple Rd residents have expressed to a proposed extension to Trinity Hall. The Journal today reported that residents living around Halls had said ‘no’ to the extension which would increase the number of beds in Halls to 1,283 …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 29 July]

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University Campus must be in Kilkenny – McGuinness

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Deputy John McGuinness has called on Simon Harris, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, to progress a university for the South East and has pointed to Kilkenny for its location for a campus. He joins all of the elected representatives from the region in a campaign to deliver a regional university …” (more)

[Mary Cody, Kilkenny People, 28 July]

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Certainty urgently required on reopening, says third-level union

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris is to establish a new forum to engage with staff, students and institutions on key policy areas for the third-level sector. The announcement was made following a meeting between the Minister and trade unions representing staff in the sector on Wednesday …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 July]

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Third Level Fees – Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of reducing the student contribution charge for higher education by €100, €200, €500, €1,000 and €3,000, respectively; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 July]

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Reviewing Internationalisation in Irish HE

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Hardly a day passes in these times of Plague without the publication of news or views on the internationalisation of Irish Higher Education. In Ireland – as elsewhere – the main issues bringing the question of student mobility into the headlines are the huge costs charged to incoming students and the huge associated revenue for their hosts …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 29 July]

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‘Universities are not corporations’: 600 Australian academics call for change to uni governance structures

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2020 by steve

“More than 600 academics from 36 Australian universities and members of the academic community have signed an open letter to federal and state education ministers calling for a return to a more democratic, cost-effective and functional structure for Australia’s universities …” (more)

[Alessandro Pelizzon, Martin Young and Renaud Joannes-Boyau, The Conversation, 29 July]

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University teachers seek clarity on process for re-opening third level education

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University teachers have said that certainty is required urgently on the re-opening process for higher education institutions. The Irish Federation of University Teachers (Ifut) said an official guidance document issued last week said that the response to Covid-19 involved ‘a rapid move to emergency remote teaching and assessment of programmes, without impacting on the integrity of qualifications’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 29 July]

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WIT President optimistic over the future development of the Technological University for the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of Waterford Institute of Technology says there’s a huge sense of optimism over the future of the Technological University for the South East following the appointment of former HEA CEO Tom Boland to oversee the process …” (more)

[Anthony McFeely, WLR FM, 28 July]

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