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# Higher Education

Last week
22nd January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# UCD
Tweets about 'thousands' of books being trashed caused a bitter row at UCD
The row kicked off last year when an academic tweeted that books were being ‘thrown into a bin lorry’.
Last year
2022
# no justice for us
Third level 'needs full attention' of Harris while he takes Justice brief, say lecturers
Harris is taking the role of Minister for Justice in addition to his current job until Helen McEntee returns from maternity leave.
# out the gap
Thousands of students stage walk-out from lectures in cost of living protest
The protest aims “to remind college authorities and politicians that students aren’t an endless money pit”.
# Higher Education
University lecturers' union to ballot members for industrial action in September
The Irish Federation of University Teachers said it will ballot all members unless an agreement is reached on pay.
# Higher Education
Additional €2 million in financial supports for underrepresented and disadvantaged students
The new funding will allow people who are on existing scholarships to retain funding for additional courses, including graduate entry medicine.
# Education
Minister says Irish third-level students fleeing Ukraine can continue their studies in Ireland
Simon Harris said work is also underway to ensure Ukrainian people can access higher education in Ireland too.
# Next Level
Over 20% increase in applications for courses related to the environment, new CAO figures show
There was a significant drop in the number of people seeking to study midwifery in 2022.
# Survey
Half of third-level students intervened in an incident of sexual violence or harassment - survey
Three in ten students said they did not feel well informed about intervening as a bystander.
All time
New technological university announced for the north west
Galway-Mayo, Sligo and Letterkenny institutes of technology are to combine to become a Technical University.
# back on campus
Occupancy limits and sanitation: Higher education announces plans for 'safe return' to campuses
Colleges will implement sanitation and ventilation measures, as well as occupancy limits in certain locations.
# Third Level
Return of large scale lectures ‘contingent’ on mass vaccination
Large-scale antigen testing will likely be rolled out in colleges and universities.
# Higher Education
Simon Harris says the pandemic has been particularly hard for college students - but next year will be different
CMO Dr Tony Holohan has endorsed the return to college campuses in the coming academic year.
# Higher Education
Trinity College ranks 101st in global university ratings
The best university in the world, for a tenth consecutive year, is Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
# Third Level
Increased funding needed to tackle sexual violence in colleges, report finds
Investigations must be “independent, trauma-informed and fair to all parties”, the new Promoting Consent and Preventing Sexual Violence report says.
# Higher Education
CAO system set to be overhauled as government plans to ramp up apprenticeship numbers
At present the CAO doesn’t include applications for apprenticeships, or some further education traineeships.
# Third Level
€300,000 allocated to colleges to support Travellers in higher education
The funding is to support Traveller students progressing to higher education and during their studies.
# Coronavirus
Colleges and universities told to move most lectures online for next two weeks
The move comes as efforts step up to limit the spread of Covid-19 in the community.
# College
Students should have rents refunded in event of second lockdown, says higher education minister
Simon Harris also defended the fact that college fees would remain the same, even as courses move online.
# july stimulus
Government to spend €200 million on re-education and job incentives
Employers will be given incentives to hire apprentices and young, unemployed workers.
# Higher Education
Over €100 million in Covid-19 support funds sought for third-level sector
The two-metre social distancing rule is also expected to apply on university campuses that reopen in the autumn.
# education for all
DCU announces multiple new scholarships for asylum seekers and refugees
A recent study by DCU proved that access programmes help improve participation by refugees in higher education.
# Students
Minister reminds that SUSI grants and other student funds continue as more applications expected
There is a focus on student learner needs and wellbeing at the moment.
# Higher Education
Universities and colleges scrap all in-person exams taking place during the Covid-19 pandemic
Online exams or rescheduled exams will take place instead.
# College campuses
Irish colleges to develop €80,000 online system for reporting sexual assault and harassment
The Department of Education has funded the nationwide project.
# Higher Education
Women-only professorships 'not discriminating against men', says Mitchell O'Connor
20 female-only professorships are expected to be in place by September this year.
# Religion
Plans to modernise chaplaincies at third level institutions have stagnated, despite major review
A 2015 review found several institutions had no public appointment or tendering procedure for the employment of chaplains.
# international students
Number of non-EEA students in Ireland reaches record level: here's where they're coming from
There has been a 45% increase in students from non-EEA countries since 2013.
# Higher Education
Number of students in higher education continues to grow as sector takes in €1.1bn in fees
New figures show that Ireland’s undergraduate population has grown by 8% over the last five years.
Voices
Opinion: A virtual college changed my life and my family's future
I’m a single mother of four who was once homeless but now I’m working and studying for a degree. I want to let everyone know about An Cosán Virtual Community College, writes Róisín Kelly
Voices
Mary Mitchell O'Connor on consent: If no means no and yes means yes, where does the confusion lie?
Minister for Higher Education says the statistics paint a picture of our third level institutions hot housing harassment and assault.
# Pay Gap
More women than men are in full-time work after graduating - but they earn less over time
The CSO and HEA released the report that monitored graduates from 2010 to 2014.
# State Examinations
Proposal would give the State powers to investigate universities quickly
It comes after a report last week into universities found “unacceptable” financial practices.
# Further Education
'The Cinderella sector' of Irish education needs extra funding just as badly as our top universities
“Even in high-tech companies you need non-graduate staff to fill a lot of roles within the company.”
# All the options
The future of third-level education could mean no fees
Alternatively, it might mean student loans. A new report by an expert group puts three options up for consideration.
# cold hard cash
Should businesses help to fund higher education? The TUI thinks so
The union said a 1% levy on profits could be used to remove the €3,000 student registration fee.
Voices
Students loaded with loans are less free to conduct their lives in the way they wish. It's a bad idea
We know very well the negative consequences of a student loan system. Just look at the United States, writes Julien Mercille.
# come on over
Inside the PR machine - how Ireland's top universities recruit Chinese students
International tuition fees have become an important source of revenue for cash-strapped Irish universities.
# Leaving Cert
Teenager in direct provision gets 575 points, but can't afford college fees
Anna Kern and her mother moved to Ireland from Ukraine in 2013.
# Girls and Boys
Ireland's first ever female minister has a new job
An independent panel, chaired by former European Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, is to investigate the issue.
# enough is enough
Academics at Irish colleges stressed over 'flex' hours contracts
Union says academics’ working hours are far greater than established norms.