Does Ireland have a diversity problem at third level?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“How many ethnic minority students go to college in Ireland? Nobody seems to know – and it’s putting a generation at risk of being left behind. Race, Ethnicity and Change in Higher Education, a new report from the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) and the British Council in Ireland, says that this lack of data may be harming the educational and career opportunities of black, Asian, Traveller and other ethnic minority students in Ireland …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 1 November]

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UCD Launches Diversity Screen to Track Equality Progress

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

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has launched a Diversity Screen programme, asking staff to divulge personal information to track diversity progress. The voluntary scheme asks staff members to report their gender, sexuality, date of birth, ethnicity, nationality, religion, civil status, family status and disability. The information is not mandatory to divulge, however, UCD is seeking to track their progress on implementing Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) goals …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 20 November]

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Diversity, EDI and me

Posted in Life on May 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Before the operation goes any further, and it has quite a way to run, I should probably explain why I have my knife in UCD’s EDI tomfoolery. The fact is that questions of diversity and the pathological history surrounding them fall right within my own surgical specialism. Most of my work, my thinking, my writing has at its very heart this dizzying question: how important is human diversity? …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 23 May]

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Publication of Gender and Diversity Statement

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As part of her opening address to the European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education today, Monday 20 August, Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD announced the launch of the first Gender and Diversity Statement for higher education institutions …” (more)

[Technological Higher Education Association, 20 August]

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Anne Scott is Shepherding NUI Galway Towards Equality

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Anne Scott has listened to the critics and, as NUIG’s gender equality vice-president, is promising big changes. It was walking down a street in Kenya, surrounded by people with a different skin tone to her own, that Prof Anne Scott was struck by what it meant to be treated differently …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 3 January]

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Caricaturing Third Level Education

Posted in Teaching on December 9th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The ongoing debate in the media about the proposed changes to the Junior Cert is interesting for all sorts of reasons. But one aspect that has caught my eye is the impression I get that many people’s perception of third level education is based on nothing more than a caricature …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 9 December]

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Going beyond the points race to ensure greater diversity at Third Level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 21st, 2014 by steve

“Learning, ideally, is its own reward. In practice, though, the education young people gain in secondary school is translated annually into a numerical value. ‘How many points did you get?’ is the question school-leavers were asked this week as the Central Applications Office (CAO) began making offers for college places …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 August]

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Gender profile in top higher education posts

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Sir, – The publication by the Higher Educational Authority of a Performance Evaluation Framework for Higher Education (December 28th) purports to facilitate a new approach to strategic planning in such organisations and the attainment of national objectives …” (more)

[Pat O’Connor, Irish Times, 2 January]

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Research Funding Does Not Seem to Match Research Performance

Posted in Research on June 29th, 2013 by steve

“From the abstract: ‘Agencies that fund scientific research must choose: is it more effective to give large grants to a few elite researchers, or small grants to many researchers? Large grants would be more effective only if scientific impact increases as an accelerating function of grant size.’ …” (more)

[Constantin Gurdgiev, True Economics, 29 June]

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To stay in the global race, British universities may have to go private

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 11th, 2013 by steve

“If the devil were to conduct an experiment into mankind’s ability to resist temptation, it would look something like Stanford University. It is built in one of the world’s most agreeable climates and everyone dresses as if they have just stepped off the beach …” (more)

[Fraser Nelson, Spectator Blogs, 10 May]

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Bruton defends educational diversity

Posted in Governance and administration on August 13th, 2012 by steve

“Former Taoiseach John Bruton has defended denominational education as a means of protecting diversity in Ireland. Opening the Parnell summer school at Avondale, Co Wicklow, yesterday, he said that Parnell had recognised that Irish people saw a link between ethical formation and religious belief …” (more)

[Stephen Collins, Irish Times, 13 August]

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Mission diversity – the case of mature students in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 14th, 2011 by steve

“A key policy objective of many higher education systems is to have a diverse set of higher education institutions whose missions are distinctive and different but which combined result in a coherence that enables the system as a whole to meet all potential requirements …” (more)

[Richard Thorn,, 12 December]

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Universities agree to sharpen profiles

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2010 by steve

“Universities across Europe are attempting to sharpen their distinctive profiles in response to an era of multiple reforms and deep cuts in government spending …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 31 October]

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On the road to something less inclusive

Posted in Life on May 12th, 2010 by steve

“In the higher education system of this country, we are still talking the talk of inclusiveness and diversity, but in fact we are retreating from that position and walking the walk of a return to elitism. OK, maybe I am overstating the case a little, but it is time to sound an alarm …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 12 May]

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Diversity of mission in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2009 by steve

Ireland“The easy part of this is the idea that there should be institutions in higher education with different missions; the harder part is to work out what levels of diversity are compatible with membership of the same overall system and to what extent ‘equality of esteem’ is really possible. These issues are also topical in Ireland right now, as the higher education sector struggles with the rationalisation agenda and as institutions currently without university status seek to acquire it …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 22 June]

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