Medical student recruitment company sues College of Surgeons

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on November 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A company which recruited students from Saudi Arabia for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is suing the college in the High Court over the level of fees paid by the students. The Nahj Company for Services is in dispute with the college over whether the €16,000 fee for participation in the medical commencement programme was inclusive or exclusive of a €5,000 commission said to be payable to the recruiting company …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 13 November]

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Trinity, UCD and RCSI have fewest students receiving SUSI grant

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students from Trinity are among the least likely to receive a Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) grant in a comparison of students around the country. According to a recent report by the Department of Public Expenditure, students from Trinity, University College Dublin (UCD) and the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) are the least likely to receive grant-aid, with only 5-25% being entitled to receive Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) grants …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 22 October]

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Irish jobs: UCC, Trinity, UCD and more offer 100+ roles with incredible salaries

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than 100 jobs are currently up for grabs in Ireland’s top education institutions. You could be paid more than €150,000 a year to work in some of the country’s best universities. And while you’ll have to be very well qualified to work in many of these jobs, it always worth having a look as there are some very varied roles available …” (more)

[Sam Roberts, Irish Mirror, 22 September]

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Irish medical schools phase campus openings

Posted in Teaching on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The country’s six medical schools plan reopening this month on a phased basis for hybrid and campus teaching programmes while clinical placements have got underway …” (more)

[Valerie Ryan, Irish Medical Times, 1 September]

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Safety protocol for international students in place

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

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) University of Medicine and Health Sciences has joined with other higher education institutes (HEIs) to develop a protocol that is to facilitate the safe arrival of international students, many of whom are returning to Ireland to continue their studies …” (more)

[Valerie Ryan, Irish Medical Times, 1 September]

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Third-Level Institutions Band Together For Freshers’ Week Online Concert

Posted in Governance and administration on August 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Entertainment Officers of Trinity College Dublin, Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), University College Dublin (UCD), Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) and Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) have banded together to produce an online concert in aid of Jigsaw – an organisation working to support the mental health of young people …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 26 August]

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Hundreds of RCSI medical students to use Croke Park as new satellite campus

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

Ireland“Hundreds of medical students are to use Croke Park as a make-shift college campus over the coming academic year to allow them to learn while social distancing. The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) has signed a deal with GAA headquarters to allow 650 students will use event spaces and restaurants over a six-day week …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 July]

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New President honoured to lead RCSI during crisis

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

Ireland“Prof Ronan O’Connell replaces outgoing President, Mr Kenneth Mealy, following the RCSI’s biennial Council Elections. The newly elected President of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has said it was a great honour to be asked to lead the College during the unprecedented challenge of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Peter Doyle, Irish Medical Times, 4 June]

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RCSI students join frontline effort in Beaumont and Connolly hospitals

Posted in Life on April 15th, 2020 by steve

“More than two dozen medical students have been drafted in to work alongside frontline healthcare workers in Beaumont and Connolly hospitals as the numbers of cases of Covid-19 continues to rise in Ireland. Students from RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences have been trained in prone positioning – turning intubated patients to lie on their front to make breathing overnight easier – with 26 young people working in the ICUs of the two hospitals in recent weeks …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 15 April]

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RCSI to bring forward exams amid concern over spread of coronavirus

Posted in Teaching on March 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The RCSI is to bring forward final examinations for medical students amid concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus, Covid-19. The examinations which were to be held towards the end of April will take place this weekend. The Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland said on Thursday that it had taken the move to avoid any delays in the graduation of the final year class this year as a result of any restrictions that could be put in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Martin Wall and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 March]

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How RCSI became a university

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In December, the Education Minister Joe McHugh tweeted a picture from his office with the message, ‘Sign-off. Putting pen to paper on university status for @RCSI_Irl after a 235-year history’. It was a signature moment for RCSI, which could finally call itself a university in Ireland after years of lobbying. It had met the criteria under a new legal process …” (more)

[Catherine Reilly, Medical Independent, 17 February]

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RCSI given green light for €90m Dublin city centre development

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons has been given the go-ahead for the development of a €90 million education and research building in Dublin city centre, despite opposition from local residents and An Taisce. An Bord Pleanála has upheld the decision of Dublin City Council to grant planning permission to the RCSI for the new third-level education facility …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Time to take the royal out of the college

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – Now that the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is to be given the status of a university, it is an ideal occasion to change the name to better reflect Ireland’s political status as an independent republic with no royal connections …” (more)

[Seanán Ó Coistín, Irish Times, 12 December]

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Royal College of Surgeons becomes State’s ninth university

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) has been formally authorised to use the title of ‘university’ for the first time in 235 years. The institution is to describe itself as ‘RCSI university of medicine and health sciences’ in future …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 December]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor announce Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) granted ‘university’ title

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (10 December 2019) announced that the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) has been authorised to use the title of university in Ireland …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 10 December]

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RCSI agrees €40m loan to help fund Dublin campus development

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) has agreed a €40 million loan with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to part-fund the development of its city centre campus. The €90 million redevelopment of a block in the Ardilaun Centre on St Stephen’s Green, which is subject to planning permission, will provide enhanced research, teaching, learning, faculty and student facilities …” (more)

[Ciara O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 October]

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Trinity College Dublin: Time to forget about THE?

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

Ireland“Global rankings, especially THE‘s, have been very useful to British universities, at least to those sitting at the apex of the system. If a Russell Group university falls in the rankings then it is the fault of impending Brexit and/or the terrible austerity inflicted on the nation’s research prowess. If it rises then this is cause for congratulation but with a hint of foreboding …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 26 September]

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Irish universities tread water while rivals make waves

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The flaws with college rankings are well documented. They are produced by commercial organisations which sell their expertise on how to perform better. They ignore key aspects of college life such as the quality of teaching and learning. And the science behind some of the indicators is suspect, at best. But there is no denying their influence …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 September]

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Trinity College calls for university rankings strategy after falling 44 places in worldwide list

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has called for a ‘national strategy for university rankings’ after dropping 44 places in the World University Rankings today. The university is now rated as 164th best in the world in the Times Higher Education list compared with 120th last year …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 September]

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‘Royal’ prefixes and Irish institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The proposed conferring of university status on the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is perhaps an opportune time to reflect on the appropriateness of the continued use of ‘royal’ prefixes by a large number of Ireland-based institutions …” (more)

[Tom Cooper, Irish Times, 29 July]

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