Greater diversity needed in Royal Irish Academy in order to be ‘relevant’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“There is a need for change and greater diversity within the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) in order for the academic body to be ‘relevant to Irish society today’, a report commissioned by the body has found …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 30 November]

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A Call for Pan-Irish Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Greater cross-border collaboration on higher education will be fundamental to ‘peace and prosperity’ in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, academics say. A taskforce set up by a pan-Irish learned society, the Royal Irish Academy, calls on the Irish government and the Northern Ireland executive to use closer ties on research and education as a way of overcoming historic political and regional challenges, as well as the problems caused by Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Anna McKie, Inside Higher Ed, 24 November]

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Royal Irish Academy commissions diversity review to boost female participation

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Royal Irish Academy has commissioned a diversity review in a bid to boost female participation in the prestigious academic body which was established in 1785 to promote science and the humanities. The review, led by former University of Edinburgh vice-principal Lesley Yellowlees, also aims to increase ethnic diversity in the RIA in line with Irish society at large …” (more)

[Arthur Beesley, Irish Times, 16 May]

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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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National Forum Welcomes Establishment of Higher Education Futures Group

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

Ireland“The National Forum is delighted to welcome the establishment of a new national group of experts to explore framework options for the future development of higher education across the island of Ireland. The Higher Education Futures Group has been convened by the Royal Irish Academy …” (more)

[T&L, 19 August]

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Royal prefixes and institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Tom Cooper (Letters, July 29th) does not explain who should do the removing of royal prefixes attached to institutions by royal charter prior to independence, and in some cases prior to the union. Most, like the Royal Irish Academy, are independent and continue to serve the whole island of Ireland, even if their headquarters are in the Republic …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 31 July]

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Royal Irish Academy to establish a new academy for leading young researchers

Posted in Research on May 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) is to establish a new academy for Ireland’s leading young researchers in the sciences and humanities. It will provide ‘a forum for Ireland’s early to mid-career researchers and scholars so that their voices are heard within the RIA and by national and international policy makers’ …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 24 May]

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Plan S Briefing Presentations

Posted in Research on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“I thought it might be useful for the research community in Ireland and beyond to share the slides for the presentations used on Tuesday’s Briefing on Plan S for Open Access …” (more, sideshows)

[In the Dark, 24 January]

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Call for Ireland to maintain strong research links with UK after Brexit

Posted in Research on May 31st, 2018 by steve

“The Government’s Brexit Strategy should seek to preserve the closest possible research links between Ireland and the UK, according to the president of the Royal Irish Academy, Prof Peter Kennedy. The strength of the current relationship was reflected in the scale of research collaborations currently undertaken jointly by the neighbouring countries, he said at a ceremony in Dublin to admit new RIA members …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 29 May]

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Irish undergraduate applications to UK universities fall for fifth consecutive year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The number of Irish undergraduate applicants to UK universities has continued to drop for the fifth year in a row, according to new data from the Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS). In total, 31% fewer people from Ireland applied to UK universities this year than in 2012 …” (more)

[Lexi Demetroulakos, Trinity News, 11 February]

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Funding undergraduate education

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

Ireland“Sir, – On September 7th, two events occurred in Dublin, barely a kilometre apart, that demonstrate the policy inconsistency that besets Irish higher education. At the Royal Irish Academy, Maynooth University convened a seminar on the funding of undergraduate education, with a focus on income-contingent loans …” (more)

[Tom Boland, Irish Times, 11 September]

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USI’s Demand to be Heard Represents a Much-Needed Shift

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

Ireland“USI’s demand to be invited to speak – and subsequent protest – at Thursday’s Royal Irish Academy conference may seem a bit outlandish. After all, it was by and large set to be an academic discussion focused on the potential repercussions of an income-contingent loan scheme in Ireland – and not one for the various stakeholders to partake in …” (more)

[University Times, 10 September]

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Former Head of HEA Calls for Reform of ‘Fractured’ Relationship Between Government and Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Former Head of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Tom Boland tonight called for action from government and the leaders in higher education on reform of the embattled sector, in a wide-ranging talk that emphasised the value of third-level education while also acknowledging a ‘fractured’ relationship between universities and government …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 9 November]

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Action needed on gender equality says UCC historian

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Despite laws aimed at improving gender equality being introduced 100 years ago, the pace of progress has been slow, and action is needed now, not words, a historian has said …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 31 October]

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Why do Irish institutions still call themselves ‘royal’?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“It is puzzling that despite Irish independence since 1922, several of our major academies and institutions have maintained royal status. Why do some Irish cling to the old colonial order? Among those that retain obsolete royal identities are the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI), Royal Dublin Society (RDS), and the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) …” (more)

[Marion McEnroy-Higgins, Irish Times, 26 September]

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Emergency action urged for third-level funding

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An emergency action plan for higher education should be introduced by Education Minister Richard Bruton like the one he implemented for jobs, a leading academic has claimed. Royal Irish Academy (RIA) president Mary Daly says the sector needs a strong inter-departmental initiative, as past failure to invest in infrastructure has brought higher education to a crisis point …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 28 May]

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The abolition of fees for third level was a regressive step

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Right now we are looking at a serious underfunding of third- level colleges – a shortfall in the region of €1 billion. This figure, provided by a new Royal Irish Academy advice paper, Future Funding of Higher Education in Ireland, chaired by John Hegarty, must focus the mind and the Government on the risks facing our third-level institutions and their global ranking …” (more)

[Sean Melly, Irish Times, 19 April]

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With Little Election Debate on Third-Level, Royal Irish Academy Could Have Role to Play

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Royal Irish Academy’s report, submitted to the government higher education funding working group and published earlier this month, puts the academy considerably out of step with all the major parties with regards to higher education funding, none of whom have committed to any new funding model for third-level education after the election …” (more)

[Christopher McMahon, University Times, 26 February]

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RIA release report on future of higher level funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) released a policy paper last week titled Royal Irish Academy Advice Paper on the Future Funding of Higher Education in Ireland. In the paper, the RIA outlined the flaws in the current Higher Education system and proposed several solutions to rectify the situation …” (more)

[The report is here]
[Lorcan Kelly, University Observer, 8 February]

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Student loan scheme ‘urgently required’ at third level, says experts body

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A loan scheme for third-level students is urgently needed to arrest a decline in funding and quality in higher education, the Royal Irish Academy has warned. The RIA, Ireland’s leading body of experts in the sciences, humanities and social sciences, says higher education has lost ground over the past seven years due to funding cuts and rising student numbers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 February]

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