Archive for 4 November 2009

Pro life groups slam conference line-up

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 4 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“A row has broken out over a conference in NUI Galway on the divisive issue of abortion. Pro-life campaigners say the conference is one sided, with pro-life supporters excluded from addressing the conference. However, organisers say the conference is not designed to be a debate on abortion …” (more)

[Colin Bartley, Galway Independent, 4 November]

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NUIG in line for further upgrades

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 4 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“NUI Galway could be set for further building as the college have applied to demolish the iconic National Diagnostics Laboratory Building and replace it with a new Human Biology Building. The proposed development would be the latest part of the college’s redevelopment as the construction on the long awaited €40 million Engineering Building has recently commenced …” (more)

[Declan Rooney, Galway Independent, 4 November]

Chaplain vacancy at UCC may be hit by jobs embargo

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 4 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The country’s second-largest university is seeking a new Catholic chaplain but might not be able to fill it because of a public service jobs embargo. University College Cork (UCC) advertised the post this week and is seeking to appoint somebody with a degree in theology, pastoral care, spirituality or chaplaincy. But filling the job – which has a salary of between €50,000 and €60,000 – will be subject to the same strict criteria applied to all third-level appointments because of a recruitment ban in the public service …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 4 November]

College staff ‘must change attitudes to teaching disabled students’

Posted in Life with tags , on 4 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“College staff need to change their methods and their attitudes to teaching students with disabilities, it was claimed. The number of third-level students with disabilities has risen significantly and applications for third-level places from people with disabilities or specific learning difficulties rose by a quarter this year, but the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability (AHEAD) believes much more can be done to facilitate these students …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 4 November]

Campaigning for education

Posted in Life with tags on 4 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“A new campaign in support of education has just been launched: Stand Up for Education. According to its website, the aims are to secure funding for education in Ireland amounting to 7 per cent of GDP, to prevent further education cuts in the coming Budget and Estimates, and to reverse previous cuts over a period of time. It is sponsored by the Teachers Union of Ireland, which also tells us that its main focus is not third or fourth level …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 4 November]

Public sector jobs freeze will last years, unions told

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 4 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The Government’s rigid freeze on public sector recruitment will continue for a number of years, a union chief claimed last night. Trade unions were also told that public sector numbers will be cut, but the Government did not spell out any specific figures during talks in Government Buildings yesterday. The talks, taking place against the backdrop of An Bord Snip recommending a 20,000 cut in numbers, are expected to hear more specific details on the Government’s plans today …” (more)

[Aine Kerr, Independent, 4 November]

We help the economy, so give us more money, say universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 4 November 2009 by Steve

UK“Universities make billions for the economy and should receive more public funding, according to a report published today. Vice-chancellors were recently warned by David Lammy, the Higher Education Minister, not to expect an increase in public funds and told to take more responsibility for raising private money for their institutions …” (more)

[Nicola Woolcock, Times, 4 November]