‘Philistine’ Government Hindering Irish Research, Says Fianna Fáil

Posted in Research on September 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil has criticised Fine Gael’s ‘short-sighted and philistine’ approach to research funding in Ireland, after the country won just one of 400 grants from the European Research Council. Fianna Fáil spokesperson on science, technology, research and development James Lawless said the government’s approach is hindering research in Ireland …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 16 September]

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University Presidents Call for Urgent Changes to State Research Funding Following Poor Outcome from EU Programme

Posted in Research on September 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Presidents of Ireland’s seven universities, represented by the IUA, have called on the Government and the national research funding agencies to urgently address strategic deficiencies in how Irish research is funded, following the outcome of the latest European Research Council (ERC) funding programme. Only one Irish-based researcher was funded out of a total of 408 grant awards from the €621 million funding programme …” (more)

[IUA, 13 September]

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IUA Calls for Funding Rethink, as Ireland Gets Only One EU Research Grant

Posted in Research on September 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of all seven Irish universities today called for a rethink on how research is funded in Ireland after the European Research Council’s granted Irish-based researchers only one of its 408 grants …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 13 September]

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Universities Round on Joe McHugh After Government Fee Promise

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have rounded on Minister for Education Joe McHugh after he pledged not to increase student fees in the next five years, calling for ‘positive solutions on funding’ from the government. In a statement released this afternoon, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) said that McHugh’s promise not to increase fees beyond €3,000, made in an interview with the Sunday Independent, ‘tells us what the Minister will not do’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 12 August]

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Government Hits Back at Fianna Fáil Higher Education Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on July 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The government has hit back at Micheál Martin’s proposal to create a new government department for higher education and research, questioning the feasibility of a plan mooted by the Fianna Fáíl leader at a higher education conference this morning …” (more)

[Ross Malervy, University Times, 17 July]

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DCU president to lead HSE’s ‘rapid review’ into IT glitch that left 800 without smear test results

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of DCU is to lead an ‘immediate rapid review’, commissioned by the HSE, into the latest Cervical Check controversy. Professor Brian McGrath was appointed as the independent external chairperson for the review after it emerged that 800 women did not receive their smear test results because of an IT glitch at a US lab …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 15 July]

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UCC and DCU defend late filing of annual accounts

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has told the Dail’s spending watchdog that it is ‘fully financially sustainable’ despite failing to file its 2018 financial accounts on time, it can be revealed. A number of the country’s leading universities, including UCC and Dublin City University, have had to defend the late filing of their annual accounts in correspondence sent to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 20 June]

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DCU’s ‘major, once off’ accounting issue caused delay in filing financial statements

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University suffered a ‘major, once off’ accounting issue last year which prevented it from filing its financial statements to the State’s spending watchdog on time. The issue arose from the consolidation of different parts of the college, DCU has told the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee …” (more)

[Jack Horgan-Jones, Irish Times, 20 June]

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IUA fear fee-paying international students may replace Irish students at third level institutions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) have suggested the possibility of having to limit University places for Irish students in future years due to funding shortages within the sector. The IUA have attributed this possible move to the growing number of students in the sector, and lowered investment by the government …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 4 April]

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How Dublin’s ‘young’ university expanded by fostering 700 tech jobs

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“What is Dublin City University? Is it a business college? A technology-focused one? This is one of the first questions I put to Professor Brian MacCraith, the university’s energetic president. ‘Believe it or not, our biggest faculty is now humanities and social sciences’ …” (more)

[Adrian Weckler, Independent, 31 January]

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DCU president adds voice to calls on Justice Minister for review of deportation case of student

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“DCU president Professor Brian MacCraith has added his voice to the calls on Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan for a review of the case of a Zimbabwean student under deportation order. Shepherd Machaya is a second year student on a degree programme in management of information technology and information systems at DCU …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and David Fleming, Independent, 19 October]

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Universities Share IFUT’s Concerns on Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The 2018 Kennedy Summer School in New Ross opened on 6 September with a discussion on the Future of Higher Education. Peter Cassells, Author of the 2016 Cassells Report on Higher Education and Professor Brian MacCraith, President of Dublin City University were among those who echoed IFUT’s position regarding the treatment of Higher Education …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 13 September]

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New thinking on funding for fairer tuition fees is needed, says DCU chief

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A university president has called for a radical new approach to third-level funding that would limit the number of students paid for by the State, while others, who could afford it, would be liable for full fees. Professor Brian MacCraith of Dublin City University (DCU) said there were ‘people who can afford to go to university, in the same way as they can afford to pay for private schools’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 September]

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Kennedy Summer School – Round Table Discussion on the Future of Higher Education – New Ross, 6 September

Posted in Research on July 4th, 2018 by steve

IrelandA high quality, responsive higher education system is crucial to delivering on our national ambitions for our economy and quality of life. As the new academic year begins, the Kennedy Summer School has gathered some of Ireland’s leading education professionals to examine the key challenges and opportunities facing our third-level institutions.

The Roundtable will be chaired by Professor Tom Collins. Participants will include: Professor Richard Aldous (Bard College, New York), Peter Cassells (Chair of the Expert Group on Future Funding for Higher Education), Professor Mary Daly (President, Royal Irish Academy), Professor Richard Hayes (Vice President for Strategy, Waterford Institute of Technology), Professor Brian MacCraith (President, Dublin City University), and Professor Kerstin Mey (Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Engagement, University of Limerick).

This is a free event but places are limited and MUST be booked in advance. To reserve a space on a first come basis, email brian.a.murphy@dit.ie to receive confirmation of ticket allocation.

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DCU president calls for government intervention as student complex hikes rents by 27%

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2018 by steve

“The President of DCU has called on the government to regulate the student accommodation sector after students staged a sleep out last night to protest rising rents. A group of students staged the protest last night in response to plans by Shanowen Student Residences in Santry to hike rents by 27% for the coming term …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 6 April]

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‘Students are being exploited’ – DCU President calls on Govt to act on rental costs

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

“The President of DCU has called on the Government to regulate private student accommodation. It comes after the Shanowen Square complex announced plans to increase their prices by 27% next year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 30 March]

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DCU becomes University of Sanctuary for people in Direct Provision

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Refugees in Direct Provision will be the focus of attention in DCU this week when the facility becomes the first designated University of Sanctuary in Ireland. A series of events will take place, including sport and language practice opportunities. Some students at the university will try to live on €21.60 cents for the week – the amount received by those in Direct Provision …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 29 January]

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Comments on the new STEM policy document of the DES

Posted in Teaching on December 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The STEM Policy Document produced by the Department of Education and Skills was recently launched. It follows on from the report produced by an advisory group chaired by DCU President, Brian McCraith. That report was generally sensible and made some good suggestions about how science and technology education could be improved in schools …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 18 December]

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Call for review of Leaving Cert maths bonus over third-level fears

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There are concerns over the basic skills of Leaving Cert maths students who are passing the higher-level paper but struggling to cope at third level, according to a university president …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 August]

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Students to get ‘living portfolios’ aimed at boosting job prospects

Posted in Governance and administration on May 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of third-level students are to receive new online learning portfolios aimed at enhancing their job prospects when they leave college. Dublin City University has created a ‘living portfolio’ for its 17,000 students which, it says, will allow them to showcase their academic, professional and personal achievements …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 May]

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