Third Level Expenditure – Space Requirements

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

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of carrying out the capital projects identified in the Higher Education Authority space utilisation of third level conducted in 2010 in respect of projects that were identified as being in need of repair or replacement, taking deterioration that may have occurred since the report into account; if he will include any of these projects in the capital investment plan over a five, ten and 20-year period; the details of this; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 June]

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Irish contestant in Lynx Apollo space flight competition

Posted in Life on July 15th, 2013 by steve

“DCU student, Seán Corcoran has been chosen to compete in the Lynx Apollo Space Academy National Challenge in London in a bid to win a coveted place on board a space flight next year …” (more)

[, 15 July]

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UL researcher could be heading to space

Posted in Life on May 12th, 2013 by steve

“A University of Limerick researcher has been selected to undergo two days of ‘gruelling’ tests in London this summer to determine if she has what it takes to go into space …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 11 May]

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Limerick researcher could be first Irishwoman in space

Posted in Life on January 16th, 2013 by steve

“A University of Limerick engineer is aiming to go where few have gone before – to space, if she gets enough votes from the public. Dr Norah Patten, 29, a researcher on a European Space Agency project at UL, has just entered a competition launched by Buzz Aldrin to win a place on a space shuttle …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 16 January]

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Student’s research project has lift off

Posted in Life on July 8th, 2011 by steve

“A third-level student is on countdown today at the NASA Kennedy Space Centre for lift-off of the final space shuttle mission which has his science project on-board …” (more)

[Barry Duggan, Independent, 8 July]

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The Architecture of Legal Education (literally)

Posted in Teaching on January 9th, 2011 by steve

“When I started graduate school in law, I took a seminar on legal education. Our first assignment was to reflect on the relationship between space and learning – how, for example, a lecture hall feels different than a seminar room, how chairs in rows give rise to a different learning experience than chairs in a circle. It was an eye-opening experience as each student shared her or his own take on the question …” (more)

[Dean Sossin’s Blog, 9 January]


Using space in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2010 by steve

“What does it mean to talk about the ‘efficient’ use of university space? What is the ‘social’ in ‘social learning’? What is the appropriate student response to a room full of bean bags? What is the role of the university in the 21st century? …” (more)

[Perry Share, University Blog, 21 April]


The final frontier

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“In my university, and I think in most others in Ireland, and I suspect in many universities the world over, one of the key scarce resources is space. Quite often now the key problem with any new programme, new research project, new recruitment prospect, new anything really, is that we have to work out how we can accommodate it. DCU’s campus is, in terms of acreage, the smallest in Ireland, but for almost all of the university’s life there has been relentless growth; first in particular in undergraduate numbers, more recently strongly in postgraduate and staff research. During all that time there has been almost constant construction around the campus, but now the campus is very nearly fully occupied, and as you might expect the amount of construction, while significant, has still not kept pace with growth …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 27 April]

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