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What happens when universities treat students as customers

Time has a revealing opinion piece on how universities develop when they try to emulate big business and join the rankings arms race. How American Universities Turned Into Corporations is a brief but telling article that shows that, while applying business … Continue reading

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Can we really measure research supervisory quality?

Originally posted on Brian M. Lucey:
Research metrics are fraught with danger. Usually they are dangerous when they are abused. We can measure the citation history of a paper but that tells us little beyond its citation history. We can measure…

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Union official’s on-campus consultations

SIPTU Education Sector Organizer Louise O’Reilly is to provide regular consultations for individual union members at DCU. You can drop in to meet Louise in the SIPTU office, Room PG08 (near the main restaurant), from 12 to 2.30pm on May 9th, … Continue reading

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Technological Universities: The Shotgun Marriages

Originally posted on Network for Irish Educational Standards:
What with all of the hullabaloo surrounding the creation of Technological Universities, it is time to cut through the hype and look at the grim reality. In this the first piece in…

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DCU union supports Tyndall staff

The DCU SIPTU Section Committee, representing all grades of staff at the University, has voted to express its support for colleagues at the Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork, in their dispute over the status of their employment.

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Third level spending cut by a fifth

Spending on third level education in Ireland fell by over 20% between 2003 and 2012, according to a new CSO report.

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Solidarity with UK colleagues in dispute

The DCU SIPTU Section Committee strongly support our UK colleagues currently in dispute over pay cuts, as part of their efforts to resist the continued attacks on third level education there.

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