Hiccups and Reflections on On-line Teaching #vlog10

Posted in Teaching on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Week 4 has now passed – a third of the way through the semester. Hiccups are still happening and causing me some frustration. here are some reflections on last evening’s class …” (video)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 9 October]

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Cracking the College Code

Posted in Life on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Presented and produced by Seán Delaney. On this week’s programme I speak to Catherine O’Connor about making the transition from post-primary school to college. Catherine is author of the book, Cracking the College Code: Making the Most of the First Year College Experience …” (more, audio)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 3 October]


IT Tralee Students’ Union President says education on consent needed at second level

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More education is needed around the area of consent according to the President of the Students’ Union at the Institute of Technology Tralee. It follows alarming statistics on alleged rapes and sexual assault on college students in Cork and Galway …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 26 September]

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LYIT continues to pursue cross border linkage agenda

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As discussions on a future Technological University designation continues, Letterkenny IT has also put in a separate application for funding to strengthen the cross border links established with Ulster University and North West Regional College in Derry …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 21 September]

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HEA chief executive announces resignation

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fiona O’Loughlin, Chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on Education, discusses the resignation of the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Morning Ireland, 22 August]

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Limerick Institute of Technology sets out stall with five-year strategic plan

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2018 by steve

“Limerick Institute of Technology has launched an ambitious five-year plan aiming to invest €150 million on infrastructure, increase student numbers and position the institute as a Technological University after 2022 …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 10 May]

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Meanwhile, At Trinity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This afternoon. At Trinity College Dublin. Students protesting over a flat fee of €450 for supplement exams block the entrance to the Book of Kells (top), occupy the college’s dining hall (third pic) and block the college’s Nassau Street entrance (above) …” (pictures, video)

[Broadsheet, 13 March]

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‘Enough is enough’ – Trinity students block access to Book of Kells in exam fees protest

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A number of Trinity College students blocked access to the Book of Kells this afternoon in protest of the college’s decision to introduce supplementary exam fees. Activist group ‘Students against Supplemental Exam Fees’ had been blocking the main entrance, before moving to the Book of Kells, one of the city’s main tourist attractions …” (more)

[Jason Kennedy, Independent, 9 March]

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Lecturers at Magee to strike this week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2018 by steve

“There have been calls for the people of Derry to support striking university lecturers. Lecturers at Magee are set to go on strike this week in response to plans by University bosses across the UK, including at Ulster University, to slash contributory pensions which workers have been paying into …” (more)

[Highland Radio News, 26 February]

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Technological University bill making its way through the Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A bill on the formation of Technological Universities, including one in Kerry, is making its way through the Seanad …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 30 January]

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Calls for cross-party support for Magee medical school project plans

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2018 by steve

“There are calls for cross-party support to ensure the planned medical school for Derry remains on track. Local Councillor Mickey Cooper is to put forward a motion this week calling for Derry City and Strabane District Council to raise the matter with the head of the Department of Health …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 22 January]

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WIT economist says benefits of Technological University status are unclear

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2017 by steve

“A WIT economist says it’s not certain what, if any, benefit that Technological University designation would bring to the South East. Waterford and Carlow ITs have committed to merging in a bid to secure TU status, however it’s believed there are still hurdles to clear before a formal application can be made …” (more)

[Anthony McFeely, WLR FM, 26 September]
[Interview with Ray Griffin is available on Soundcloud]

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Solving the third level education crisis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“We spoke to Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education with special responsibility for Higher Education. Keelin Shanley began by asking her how concerned she is about where all of those students are going to live” (audio).

[RTÉ – News at One, 22 August]

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‘No protocol’ for UL President’s protest against honourary doctorate for Brian Cowen

Posted in Governance and administration on August 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The founding president of the University of Limerick Professor Edward Walsh is handing back the honorary doctorate awarded to him by the NUI because he objects to former Taoiseach Brian Cowen receiving the honour …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 1 August]

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Queen’s University student collects degree wrapped in Pride flag at graduation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2017 by steve

“Student Ciara Cinnamond, from Newry, a Politics, Philosophy and Economics graduate made a statement at her graduation in Queen’s University Belfast over the weekend after she unfurled a Pride flag when collecting her degree …” (more, video)

[Ciara Cinnamond, Independent, 6 July]

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University of Limerick President to engage with whistleblowers following review

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The President of the University of Limerick says he will deal ‘sympathetically’ with two whistleblowers who have been suspended for more than two years following the conclusion of an independent review into governance, HR and financial practices at the university …” (more, video)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 22 June]

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HEA calls for greater powers to investigate third-level sector

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandDr Graham Love, CEO of the HEA, discusses the issues raised about the governance at some Irish universities and Institute of Technology as revealed on RTÉ Investigates (audio).

[RTÉ – Morning Ireland, 26 May]

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Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Management at GMIT has insisted it has no plans to downgrade or close its facility in Castlebar, following suggestions that it’s being run down and could become unviable. John Cooke has been at the GMIT in Castlebar speaking to students, we also spoke to President of the GMIT Dr Fergal Barry.” (audio)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 15 May]

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The Turkish academics who are on hunger strike

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2017 by steve

“Two Turkish academics, Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca, have been on hunger strike for the last two months to protest their dismissal by the government, after the failed coup attempt in 2016.” (video)

[BBC News, 13 May]

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What NUI Galway are trying to do at the High Court

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This short video explains what NUI Galway are trying to do in the High Court on May 4th and why we need to demonstrate to expose their hypocrisy. If you want to join us you can come on our bus from Galway …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 1 May]

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