Universities vow to tackle London firm’s academic gown monopoly

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s main universities have promised to do more to promote competition between suppliers of gown hire and other services to graduating students. The Irish Times has established that a number of companies supplying gown hire and photography services to graduating third-level students are all controlled by the same London owner and all operate from the same Dublin address …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 20 December]

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Be-gowned

Posted in Life on October 27th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“I was recently invited to attend an inaugural lecture by an academic who is an old friend of mine, and who had just been appointed to a professorship in his university (not DCU). His lecture was a tour de force on aspects of law and society, and the whole thing was most enjoyable and stimulating. But what struck me almost as much was that he appeared (as did the senior university officer who chaired the event) in a gown. And so I was transported between intellectual admiration and a feeling I was sitting by the set of Goodbye Mr Chips …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 26 October]

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