Archive for 19 November 2009

TCD registration fees ‘not used for services’

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 19 November 2009 by Steve

“Just a third of the registration fee paid by students of Trinity College Dublin is used on student services, an Oireachtas committee heard today. A copy of accounts sent to the Oireachtas Education committee by TCD student’s union reveal that much of the registration fee was used in lieu of cuts in the Government grant for the college, committee chairman and Green education spokesman Paul Gogarty said …” (more)

[Irish Times, 19 November]

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Rise in registration fees possible, says Lenihan

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 19 November 2009 by Steve

“The Minister for Finance, Mr Brian Lenihan, has refused to rule out a further increase in registration fees for third level students. In an exclusive interview last week with Trinity News (see Business and Careers Section) the Minister was asked what plans his government have with regard to the annual ‘student services’ registration fee which has increased substantially over the last few years. Mr Lenihan said he could not offer an assurance that it would not rise again in the coming academic year …” (more)

[Lisa Keenan, USI Facebook page, 19 November]

Two pensions for college lecturer

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , , on 19 November 2009 by Steve

“A third-level lecturer who resigned after breaching his contract by working in two colleges at the same time looks set to receive pensions from both of the schools when he reaches retirement age …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 19 November]

Adult learning hit by ban on hiring

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 November 2009 by Steve

“A ban on public service recruitment is worsening the crisis facing people seeking adult education services, it was claimed yesterday. AONTAS, the national adult learning organisation, is receiving hundreds of calls a month from people on waiting lists for courses. But, it says, problems are increased by the inability of Vocational Education Committees (VECs) to fill vacancies when adult education officers, guidance counsellors and co-ordinators of back-to-education programmes retire or take extended leave …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 November]

Student fighting for life in hospital

Posted in Life with tags on 19 November 2009 by Steve

“The driver of the car in which four students were killed on the Galway-Mayo border on Tuesday evening was fighting for her life last night. Michelle O’Donnell, a 21-year-old third-year arts student, remained in a critical condition at Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar …” (more)

[John Fallon and Colm Kelpie, Irish Examiner, 19 November]

Happiness research makes academics rather unhappy

Posted in research with tags on 19 November 2009 by Steve

“£4.4m ESRC study of subjective wellbeing labelled ‘disgraceful’ and ‘spooky’. A research project on how to make people feel happier when they are unemployed or in unfulfilling jobs has been greeted with cynicism by academics. The £4.4 million project will look at the relationship between work and ‘subjective wellbeing’, which is happiness or satisfaction as reported by individuals …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education, 19 November]