Hybrid exam system creates inequalities – NUI Galway Registrar

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“The Deputy President and Registrar of NUI Galway has said he would be in favour of students sitting traditional Leaving Certificate exams this year. Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh said he understood the pressures that Leaving Cert students are under and sympathises with them, but said he believes the hybrid system creates inequalities …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 11 January]

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Harris and Ruane Must Work With Colleges to Address the Root Causes of NDAs

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 11th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities got an embarrassing slap on the wrist this week when Higher Education Minister Simon Harris disputed their claims that they have never used non-disclosure agreements in cases of bullying or harassment. Harris pointed to statistics compiled by Trinity Senator Lynn Ruane which indicated that 30% of complainants in such incidents had to sign NDAs …” (more)

[University Times, 9 January]

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University hospitals

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Conor Mooney (Letters, January 7th) might be interested to know that 14 of the 40 acute hospitals listed by the HSE contain ‘university’ in their name …” (more)

[Laura Egar, Irish Times, 11 January]

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Public service unions welcome restoration of working hours recommendation

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Public service unions have welcomed a recommendation that working hours be restored to pre-Haddington Road Agreement levels from next July. The 2013 deal increased the working week to 37 hours for those who had been working 35 hours or less up to that point. Those working more than 35 hours faced an increase of up to 39 hours …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 10 January]

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University governance

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 10th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Prof Neil Robinson of the University of Limerick (Letters, January 4th) refers to university legislation containing ‘Trinity-specific provisions’. He asks, ‘why is the legislation not requiring all universities to adopt Trinity’s governance structures if they are so above reproach?’ …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 10 January]

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With the HEA Bill, Many Colleges’ Fears Are Realised. Pragmatism is the Way Forward

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 10th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“After years of worries about government encroachment into Irish universities, the Department of Higher Education has finally laid out its vision for the future relationship between the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and universities. For colleges, it’s not a pretty one …” (more)

[University Times, 9 January]

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University governance

Posted in Governance and administration on January 8th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – Cloaked in a language of ‘accountability’, the Government’s new approach to higher education might be an easy sell to the public in general (‘Universities face sweeping changes in oversight and governance under new Bill’, News, January 3rd) …” (more)

[Joe Whelan, Irish Times, 8 January]

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Governance Bill Details New ‘Conditions’ Attached to State Funding

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 8th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Universities could be asked to refund state money they have been granted if the Higher Education Authority (HEA) feels the institution is not meeting the conditions attached to state funding …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 7 January]

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Third-level colleges set to reopen from Monday

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 7th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Universities and colleges are set to reopen from next week, Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has confirmed. It follows a meeting on Friday between student, staff and management representatives to discuss the resumption of on-site activity …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 January]

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Trinity College Dublin begins €90m project to relocate vulnerable books

Posted in Governance and administration on January 7th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“It is known as Ireland’s ‘front room’, where esteemed visitors including the Queen, Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been taken to get a sense of the ‘land of saints and scholars’ …” (more)

[Lisa O’Carroll, Guardian, 7 January]

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Minister Harris confirms third level will proceed as planned after meeting with stakeholders

Posted in Governance and administration on January 7th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris, has said that the third level sector will recommence onsite activity on the basis of the continued operation of the Safe Return plan. This follows the Minister’s meeting today with student, staff and management stakeholders. Minister Harris said …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 7 January]

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Globalism and the Irish Student

Posted in Governance and administration on January 7th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“As some students are having to live in hotels, use food banks, and work during class time in order to pay for the classes which they then cannot attend, it is worth considering whether another concept of a student is possible …” (more)

[Seaghán Breathnach, The Burkean, 6 January]

University hospitals

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 7th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I note with curiosity the recent rebranding of almost all hospitals in the country as university hospitals. Doubtless due to copying an international trend, presumably it is merited on the basis of a formal connection to a university and that university-level teaching, learning and research occur there …” (more)

[Conor Mooney, Irish Times, 7 January]

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University governance

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – The proposed legislation on university governance will shrink, not only the size of governing authorities, but will also serve to muzzle the voices of academic and administrative staff (News, January 3rd). As outlined, membership will be weighted in favour of external (including ministerially appointed) members …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 6 January]

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Minister Harris confirms government approval for legislation to reform higher education sector and modernise the role of the Higher Education Authority

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 5th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today confirmed government approval to publish the Higher Education Authority Bill to reform the oversight and regulation of the Higher Education Institutions and modernise the regulatory role of the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 4 January]

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Minister Simon Harris TD: Education, skills, and lifelong learning

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Education, skills, and lifelong learning are the most robust, transformative and lasting means to future-proof our country’s economic and social wellbeing, writes Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD …” (more)

[Eolas, January]

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Quality and qualifications in Ireland: A collaborative approach

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) is the state agency responsible for promoting the quality, reputation and integrity of Ireland’s further and higher education and training system. Chief Executive Officer Padraig Walsh outlines the importance of strategic partnerships in the development and delivery of the organisation’s direction and priorities for the next three years …” (more)

[Eolas, January]

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UCC plan moves closer for ‘one of Ireland’s largest academic buildings’ in Cork city centre

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has appointed architects as part of its plans for a brand new building for the Cork University Business School (CUBS), which it has said will contribute to the ‘regeneration and revitalisation’ of the city centre. The site is at the location of a former Brooks Haughton builder’s yard, between Copley Street, Union Quay and South Terrace …” (more)

[Sean Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 January]

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University governance

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 4th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – Once again it is reported that ‘Trinity-specific provisions in the legislation’ on university governance are to be made (‘Universities face sweeping changes in oversight and governance under new Bill’, News, January 3rd) …” (more)

[Neil Robinson, Irish Times, 4 January]

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Waterford IT postpones graduation ceremonies

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has made the decision to postpone next week’s graduation ceremonies for 2021 graduates. The ceremonies will be moved to a later date and the planned ceremonies will not take place as scheduled in January …” (more)

[Clodagh Nagle, Waterford Live, 3 January]

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