Archive for 14 January 2011

LYIT authorities to debate National Strategy report as cross-border alliances emphasised

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 14 January 2011 by Steve

“Letterkenny Institute of Technology authorities will meet next week to debate the contents of the National Strategy for Higher Education report which could see the college benefit from a University merger on a cross-border basis …” (more)

[Paddy Walsh, Donegal Democrat, 13 January]

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Debt burden fears for third level students

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 14 January 2011 by Steve

“As fears grow that third level students could be faced with debts of up to 25,000 euro if a proposed new loans scheme is introduced, Minister for Education, Mary Coughlan insisted it was not her intention to leave students with an ‘unmanageable’ financial burden when they graduated …” (more)

[Donegal Democrat, 13 January]

AIT chief won’t rule out possible merger

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 14 January 2011 by Steve

“AIT head Prof Ciarán Ó Catháin has not ruled out a possible merger this week with another institute or university to bring the institute up to a newly-proposed Technological University status in the years ahead …” (more)

[Westmeath Independent, 12 January]

Higher education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 14 January 2011 by Steve

“The Hunt report, outlining a 20-year strategy for the higher education sector, was finally published this week. To date, the response to the document has been decidedly lukewarm with critics carping that it lacks vision and represents a missed opportunity …” (more)

[Editorial, Irish Times, 14 January]

‘Concern’ at lower maths and literacy rankings

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 14 January 2011 by Steve

“The secretary general of the Department of Education Brigid McManus said Ireland’s drop in OECD maths and literacy rankings was a ‘matter of serious concern’ but questioned the findings of the international study, an Oireachtas committee heard …” (more)

[Genevieve Carbery, Irish Times, 14 January]

Is there such a thing as a ‘university’?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 14 January 2011 by Steve

“… It is indeed true that most academics believe they are part of a department or school or maybe Faculty, and part of a discipline. Their relationship with the university that employes them is often thought to be like that of an English barrister with her or his chambers: they provide accommodation and a degree of work planning, but not a corporate identity …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 14 January]

10 to lose jobs as part of college cost-cutting plans

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 14 January 2011 by Steve

“Ten members of staff at the National College of Ireland (NCI) in Dublin’s IFSC are to be made redundant under cost-cutting plans announced by the college president, Phillip Matthews …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 14 January]