Brexit can give Irish colleges a boost says MEP Sean Kelly

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish colleges can get an unexpected boost this year, thanks to Brexit. Ireland South MEP Sean Kelly says over 100,000 EU students came to Britain last year to study under the Erasmus programme …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 18 January]

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Will St Angela’s College be part of new technological university?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of Education has heard that an amalgamation between St Angela’s College in Sligo with the proposed new technological university for the north west makes more sense than continuing the link with NUI Galway …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 15 January]

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Munster Technological University president looking forward to taking up the role

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The new president of the Munster Technological University (MTU) is looking forward to taking up the role. Professor Maggie Cusack, who is from Glasgow, is to be appointed the first president of the MTU …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 15 December]

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Student nurses are paid in Scotland, so why not in Ireland?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“‘Student nurses’ are ‘nursing students’ who are in a clinical setting – in Ireland, they are not paid. If they were paid where would the money come from? Would already graduated nurses seek back pay? The Government certainly has many issues to consider before making any change, but in the short term the question is being hotly debated by the opposition …” (more)

[Elaine Murphy,, 14 December]

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Local UCD student says move to online learning has affected the mental wellbeing of students

Posted in Life on December 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A local UCD student says the move to online learning has affected the mental wellbeing of students. Over 70% of college students want more on-campus learning, according to a survey by the Irish Universities Association …” (more)

[Northern Sound, 3 December]

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Student Nurses

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

Ireland“Paul Murphy, RISE TD for Dublin South West, reacts to the defeat of a motion calling for student nurses and midwives to be paid for the work they do on placement in hospitals …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 3 December]

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How the pandemic has affected UL international students

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

Ireland“Every year students from all over the world attend the University of Limerick for a semester as part of the Erasmus program. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Universities throughout Ireland have adopted online teaching methods this semester, which has resulted in many international students being unable to travel to Limerick for the year …” (more)

[Luyao Liu, Limerick Voice, 29 November]

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Third Level Payments

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Niall Collins, Junior Education Minister, talks to Cormac about the €50 million scheme launched today to help third level students …” (audio)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 19 November]

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Students and Contract Cheating

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on November 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dr Brian Maguire, Director of Quality Assurance at Quality and Qualifications Ireland, and Kevin McStravock, Deputy President and VP for Academic Affairs for the Union of Students in Ireland, discuss e-learning and contract cheating …” (audio)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 18 November]

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College accommodation amid a pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“John Cooke reports from NUI Galway as he meets with students who are planning a very different college year with various different plans for what they will do in relation to accommodation …” (audio)

[RTÉ Drivetime, 25 September]

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#TheReset Podcast – Steve Bradley on the future of Derry …

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2020 by steve

“Steve Bradley is a regeneration consultant, you can follow him on Twitter. Steve is a very popular writer on Slugger with some of his posts getting over 40k readers, you can view an archive of his posts here. In this podcast, we discuss the future of Derry and the Northwest. In particular, we discuss: the future of Ulster University in Derry or lack thereof; the potential for an independent University; how Covid-19 will affect Derry …” (podcast)

[Brian O’Neill, Slugger O’Toole, 20 September]

[University policy is discussed throughout the podcast, but it focuses on this from 26:40 onwards]

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Ulster University launch consultation to bring health science to Magee

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2020 by steve

“Ulster University has launched a consultation on the potential of bringing some health science courses to Magee. Urging people to respond, Foyle MLA Karen Mullan said …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 12 September]

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Minister keen to see delivery of Connacht Ulster Alliance

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education has confirmed that significant progress is being made in relation to the Connacht Ulster Alliance of LYIT, Sligo IT and GMIT in meeting the relevant criteria …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 10 September]

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China v America: why universities are on the front line

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 6th, 2020 by steve

“The covid-19 pandemic could cause a massive drop in the number of Chinese students travelling abroad. That would be disastrous for many Western universities – but for the Chinese government, it is a geopolitical opportunity …” (video)

[The Economist, 4 September]

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IT Tralee students will face serious consequences if they host house parties

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on August 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There’ll be serious consequences for any students of the Institute of Technology Tralee who hold house parties. That’s according to Interim President of IT Tralee, Brendan O’Donnell …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 25 August]

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UCC to develop Treasures Gallery to display the Great Book of Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On Thursday 20th August at 22.10, RTÉ One will premiere a documentary on The Great Book of Ireland (Leabhar Mór na hÉireann), which has been termed as ‘Ireland’s modern-day Book of Kells’. Samuel Beckett’s last handwritten poem is among the original work of 121 artists, 144 poets, and nine composers in this extraordinary 278 page single volume vellum manuscript …” (more)

[Mary Bermingham,, 19 August]

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Extension plans announced for LyIT

Posted in Governance and administration on August 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Extension plans for Letterkenny Institute of Technology have been announced as part of a national project to deliver 11 new higher education buildings, facilitating 8,000 additional student enrolments …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 18 August]

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Reopening work well underway at LyIT

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Further reassurances have been given that the Letterkenny Institute of Technology will be able to reopen doors safety at the end of next month. New guidelines on how third level institutions are to operate going forward have been released and President of the LyIT Paul Hannigan says they are confident that it’s a good roadmap to move forward with …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 10 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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Harkin airs concerns over progress on Connacht-Ulster Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Sligo/Leitrim TD is calling for a commitment from Taoiseach Micheál Martin and the Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris that the application for a Connacht-Ulster Technological University will be submitted by the end of this year …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 21 July]

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