Students will return to ‘near normal’ college experience in September

Posted in Research, Teaching on August 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students will return to a ‘near normal’ third level experience when colleges reopen in September, Nphet’s Prof Philip Nolan said. Prof Nolan, a public health expert and president of Maynooth University, said some mitigations such as mask wearing and distancing measures will remain …” (more)

[James Ward, Belfast Telegraph, 23 August]

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Former professor ‘disagrees’ with Maynooth president at Labour Court hearing

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A former professor at Maynooth University said he ‘strongly disagreed’ with the conclusion of the college’s president, Prof Philip Nolan, that the professional relationship between two senior academics had broken down and one of the parties needed to be moved to a different role where they had no teaching or research work …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Times, 14 May]

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Prof Philip Nolan accused of acting as ‘judge, jury and executioner’ in row between two senior academics

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The president of Maynooth University, Philip Nolan, has been accused of acting as ‘judge, jury and executioner’ in dealing with a row between two senior academics, which has left one professor on an annual salary of €154,000 without work for almost five years …” (more)

[Sean McCarthaigh, Irish Examiner, 13 May]

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Eeva Leinonen unveiled as next Maynooth University president

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has announced the appointment of Prof Eeva Leinonen as its next president. Prof Leinonen will formally assume the position on October 1st and replaces Prof Philip Nolan who has led the university for the last 10 years …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 8 March]

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Announcement of the Next President of Maynooth University

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Governing Authority of Maynooth University today appointed Professor Eeva Leinonen to be its next President effective from 1 October 2021. Professor Leinonen will succeed Professor Philip Nolan who has led the University for the past 10 years. Professor Leinonen has held the role of Vice Chancellor of Murdoch University, Perth, Australia since 2016, having previously been Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia …” (more)

[Maynooth University, 8 March]

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Who will be the next President?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The question on everyone’s lips here at Maynooth University is who will take over from Professor Philip Nolan when his ten-year term as President of the University comes to an end in August next year. Over the last few months the current President has had to combine the duties of his office with …” (more)

[In the Dark, 11 October]

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University and college staff being paid in book tokens, Oireachtas told

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

Ireland“Some staff at financially struggling universities and colleges are being paid in book tokens, the Oireachtas spending watchdog has heard. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is to ask the Higher Education Authority to appear before TDs to answer questions about the impact of gaping deficits in third-level funding …” (more)

[Brian Hutton and Shauna Bowers, Irish Times, 24 September]

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Not Returning to Campus

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Well. Having spent the day yesterday getting our return to campus sorted, the Government last night announced restrictions on the counties of Offaly, Laois and Kildare. Following that a message came round from the President of Maynooth University, Philip Nolan including this …” (more)

[In the Dark, 8 August]

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Thoughts on Evidence Informed Policymaking

Posted in Governance and administration on July 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I attended the recent IUA/RIA panel discussion on ‘Evidence-informed policy making: The Role of Higher Education and Research’. As usual, Philip Nolan gave a very interesting talk: he’s clearly the most thoughtful and analytical of our university presidents …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 3 July]

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Leaving Cert cancellation was ‘right decision at right time’, says President of Maynooth

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The president of Maynooth University, Professor Philip Nolan has said that the decision to cancel the Leaving Certificate examination this year was the ‘right decision at the right time’ and that Maynooth university expects to admit a ‘near to normal cohort’ of first year students this autumn …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Irish Examiner, 11 May]

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Maynooth University to Reverse 3% Rent Increase and Freeze Prices

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has reversed a proposed 3% rent increase in on-campus accommodation and have introduced a rent freeze. In a statement online today, Maynooth Students’ Union (MSU) announced the decision, saying it was a result of ‘student pressure’ following a number of protests on campus …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 23 April]

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European alliance for academics at risk to be based out of Maynooth University

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new European initiative to support hundreds of academics whose lives or careers are at risk due to discrimination, persecution or violence is to be based out of Maynooth University. A record number of academics are seeking support, such as teaching temporary posts, due threats against their lives or careers in countries such as Turkey, Syria, Iran and Yemen …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 October]

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Public Accounts Committee: Maynooth University

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“… No 2354B is from Professor Phillip Nolan, President, Maynooth University, dated 29 July 2019, responding to a request from the committee for details on an investment by the university in a subsidiary which will not be recovered, as well as information regarding employment contracts for employees in the organisation. Professor Nolan confirms the loss and states the investment was appropriate based on the information and advice available at the time …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 3 October]

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Review focuses on staff workload in Maynooth University

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Issues relating to staff workload management and the availability of informal learning spaces have been highlighted in a review of Maynooth University by the State’s regulator for higher education qualifications. Maynooth University (MU) and Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) are the latest education institutions to successfully complete quality checks known as the Cinnte cycle of reviews …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 4 July]

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Maynooth University rated in top 50 of 2019’s Young University Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has today been recognised as one of the leading new universities in the world. The Times Higher Education (THE) ranking has put the Irish university at number 50 in its latest Young University Rankings, climbing from number 80 last year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 26 June]

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Maynooth University to open €14m school of education as college celebrates 90-year teaching tradition

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University (MU) is celebrating a tradition in teacher training that goes back more than 90 years, with the opening of a new €14m school of education. From a modest six students on the higher diploma in education at Maynooth in 1926 , an average of 600 teachers a year now qualify in Maynooth and it has more than 12,600 graduates on the Teaching Council register …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 February]

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Leaving Cert assessment must change – university head

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

Ireland“The way students are assessed in the Leaving Certificate needs to change, according to Maynooth University president Professor Philip Nolan. Prof Nolan said the reliance on the traditional written exams in June was too narrow …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 August]

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Far-reaching reforms aim to slow down CAO ‘points race’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The most-far reaching reforms in the Leaving Cert in 25 years will kick in on Wednesday when about 58,000 students get their exam results. The introduction of new exam grading, along with an overhaul of the CAO points system, is designed to be fairer and will take some of the heat out of the ‘points race’, according to Maynooth University president Professor Philip Nolan …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 August]

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Maynooth University plots €300m redevelopment

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University is planning a €300m redevelopment of its campus over the next seven to 10 years as it seeks to cater to growing numbers of students. The university’s president, Professor Philip Nolan, told the Sunday Independent that €157m in funding had been secured – with a large chunk of this coming from the European Investment Bank – and that the university is looking to raise the rest of the funding …” (more)

[Gavin McLoughlin, Independent, 16 April]

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Education journalism and entry to college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It won’t make me popular to say this but we have a problem with education journalism in this country. This morning there have been two articles, one in the Irish Times and one in the Examiner in which Philip Nolan, president of University of Maynooth, is given free rein to continue his campaign to make general entry the normal mode of entry to third level education …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 11 January]

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