Cassells report

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when he will publish the economic evaluation of the Cassells report; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 November]

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UCC to Hold Exams Online Due to Rising Case Numbers

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) will move the majority of its exams online this semester due to concerns over rising coronavirus cases. A small number of exams will still be held in person for courses that need to meet certain accreditation or professional body requirements …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 23 November]

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DCU release statement after massive backlash to lecturer’s ‘disgusting’ BLM blog

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin City University lecturer has caused controversy online after his ‘offensive’ personal blog was discovered …” (more)

[Emma Nevin, Dublin Live, 23 November]

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Simon Harris confirms ‘contingency’ shutdown plans are in place for colleges as Covid rates rise

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister Simon Harris is confident colleges can stay open with high Covid rates, but he has revealed that contingency shutdown plans are ‘of course’ in place as well. Third level colleges have coped well with the latest wave of Covid, with campuses open and lectures running as normal across most colleges and universities …” (more)

[Ferghal Blaney, Irish Mirror, 23 November]

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Higher Education is in a Funding Crisis. It’s Time to Act

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It has always been my firm and passionate belief that education should be free from cradle to grave – paid for indirectly through taxation. This is a core principle, a key tenet of social democracy and socialism – it’s about redistribution of wealth, and universality of access …” (more)

[Ivana Bacik, University News, 23 November]

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College reopening proceeds as planned

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Last week, College saw its second phase of reopening, as students returned to campus after reading week to increased face-to-face classes and greater social mobility within campus …” (more)

[Jamie Cox, Trinity News, 23 November]

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New north-west institute named the Atlantic Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education, Simon Harris announced on Tuesday the name of the Technological University in the west and north-west as the Atlantic Technological University (ATU) …” (more)

[Kenneth Fox, BreakingNews.ie, 23 November]

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Students protest in Cork over cost of third-level education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students held the first of three protests across the country in Cork on Monday, to call for increased State funding of third-level education. Clare Austick, president of the Union of Students Ireland (USI), said Irish students faced ‘increasing’ costs of living, alongside the highest college fees in the European Union …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 22 November]

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30,000 staff third level colleges to be surveyed on bullying at work

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Staff in third-level colleges are being surveyed on the extent and nature of bullying and cyberbullying in the workplace and other work-related experiences. It comes amid increasing anecdotal evidence that bullying among staff is an issue …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 November]

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Students to stage three-day protest in fight against fees

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students are gearing up to take their frustration with college fees, the housing crisis, and the cost of higher education to the streets. Today marks the start of three days of regional student protests organised by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and to take place in Cork, Galway, and Dublin …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 22 November]

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NUI Galway may rebrand amid confusion over its title

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It was formerly known as Queen’s College Galway and University College Galway. Now, NUI Galway looks set to change its name once again. College authorities are considering rebranding to ‘University of Galway’ in a bid to strengthen its identity and emphasise its status as a university to an international audience …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 November]

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Hackers ‘extremely likely’ to attack as NUI Galway goes back online

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The head of tech security at NUI Galway has said it is ‘extremely likely’ the university will be targeted by hackers again when it begins to open up its IT systems to the internet over the coming days …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 22 November]

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Students hit out at ‘college is too cheap’ comment by UCC President

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland” University College Cork’s president, John O’Halloran, told the Irish Examiner last week that he believes that an ‘honest conversation’ should be had about the price of college. O’Halloran stated that this was ‘cheap’ in comparison to some private secondary schools …” (more)

[Christine O’Mahony, The College View, 20 November]

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New university town would be worth billions to local economy

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The designation of a 260-acre site bordering the University of Limerick campus as a strategic development zone would clear the way for a project worth more than €1.5 billion a year to the local economy. That’s according to the university’s Founding President Dr Ed Walsh …” (more)

[Limerick Post, 18 November]

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Plans for Dun Laoghaire student accommodation meet with widespread opposition

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A proposed 276 unit student accommodation building in Dun Laoghaire has been opposed by locals, a nearby nursing home, An Taisce, and received criticism from IADTSU. The six-story building is intended as student accommodation for the Institute of Art, Design and Technology …” (more)

[Jamie McCarron, The College View, 18 November]

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Christmas jumpers outnumber face masks as hundreds of Cork students queue for pubs

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It was Christmas jumpers that were the order of the day as opposed to face coverings as students gathered at pubs across Cork City today to mark an early start to the festive season. To the outside observer, the optics were not great …” (more)

[Steve Neville, Irish Examiner, 18 November]

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Minister Harris invites expressions of interest to fill Chairperson and Ordinary Members positions on the first Governing Body of the new Technological University for the West and Northwest

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, today (16 November 2021) invited expressions of interest from suitably-qualified and experienced candidates, for consideration for nomination as Chairperson and Ordinary Members of the first Governing Body of the new Technological University for the West and Northwest …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 16 November]

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Graduate’s challenge to Seanad voting system rejected

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The High Court has rejected a University of Limerick graduate’s claim that he should be entitled to a vote in the Seanad Éireann elections under the university and vocational panels. Tomás Heneghan claimed the State’s failure to facilitate his registration as an elector was unlawful, unconstitutional and a breach of the European Convention on Human Rights …” (more)

[Irish Times, 17 November]

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Queen’s and Ulster staff to stage three-day strike as part of UK-wide action at UK universities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2021 by steve

“Staff at Queen’s University and Ulster University are to stage a three-day strike next month in disputes over pensions, pay and working conditions. The two Northern Ireland universities are two of 58 institutions that will be affected by the strikes across the UK before the Christmas break …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby and Gillian Halliday, Belfast Telegraph, 16 November]

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Student Nurses protest poor conditions and pay in INMO protest

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Over 200 people have attended a protest outside Leinster House to protest poor placement conditions and pay for Student Nurses. Student nurses and midwives have called for payment and better working conditions for quite some time …” (more)

[Michael Bolton, SIN, 16 November]

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