Education

Educate Together Primary and Secondary School

Report No. 142/2014 of the Executive Manager (J. Keogan) – Proposed Draft Variation (No.17) of the Dublin City Development Plan 2011-2017: Site at the former Enterprise Ireland Lands at Griffith Avenue and Ballymun Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9.

Educate Together Secondary School Glasnevin

There is an urgent need for an Educate Together Secondary School in Glasnevin as evidenced by the 2,500 expressions of interest across the Northwest in this project from parents of prospective students.

I intend to make this the Social and Educational Project for the next term at DCC. I will try to gather together as many councillors as possible to lobby for a site for the school and to get the project off the ground immediately. One parent suggested that premises vacated by DIT when moving to Grangegorman could form an initial site while a Glasnevin area site is being organised. I suggested a greenfield or brownfield site at the southeast end of Tolka Valley Road.

The Department of Education may have other school sites available given the changing cultural demographic in the area.

DIT makes ‘top 100’ for up-and-coming third-level institutions

 

 

College listed 94th on Times Higher Education’s 100 under 50 ranking

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It is the first time DIT has made the top 100 list, which features two other Irish institutions: Dublin City University, which has slipped from joint 84th place last year to joint 92nd, and NUI Maynooth, which has risen from 74th to joint 67th. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

Joe Humphreys

First published: Wed, Apr 30, 2014, 21:00

Dublin Insititute of Technology has been named as one of the world’s top 100 higher education institutions under the age of 50.

The college, which is in the process of seeking university designation under a merger plan with two other IoTs in the city, was listed 94th on the Times Higher Education “100 under 50” ranking which describes itself as a “bespoke evaluation” of the world’s up-and-coming centres of learning.

It is the first time DIT has made the list, which features two other Irish institutions: Dublin City University which has slipped from joint 84th place last year to joint 92nd, and NUI Maynooth which has risen from 74th to joint 67th.

Times Higher Education 100 Under 50, 2014

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Change one Thing: Teaching needs to be restored to a profession of secure, full-time jobs

 

Around 30 per cent of teachers – and half of those under 35 – are part-timers, writes Gerard Craughwell, TUI president

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There remains a common but utterly flawed perception that all teachers are in full-time jobs and secure employment. In Ireland’s second-level education system, this bears not even passing resemblance to an increasingly harsh reality.

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) conservatively estimates that around
30 per cent of our membership, and as much as 50 per cent of our membership aged under 35, are in part-time employment. Where once teachers applied for full-time, permanent positions, now they apply for fragments of jobs with no guarantee of being retained from year to year. Many struggle to get by and meet even the most modest of financial commitments. As if this was not bad enough, those who entered the profession after 2011 are on a severely cut salary scale.

While a small number may be part-time by choice, the overwhelming majority aspires to whole-time work.

For students, the result is that they are often taught a particular subject by a succession of teachers over the Junior Cycle. Teaching continues to attract graduates of a very high calibre, but there is a clear risk that the absence of viable career paths and financial security will damage Ireland’s capacity to attract and retain such graduates.

This culture of casualisation emerged over the past decade following transposition into Irish law of EU directives designed to protect employees. These were intended to limit the use of part-time and fixed-term working, but perversely, ended up worsening the problem.

This has been exacerbated by the actions of some local school managements, who have sought to exploit the vulnerability of those teachers in part-time or fixed-term (that is, temporary) employment. These teachers can be made feel excessively beholden to school management. For example, they are very susceptible to being pressurised into undertaking additional unpaid duties in schools. So what can be done to tackle this multi-faceted problem?

As a first step, a mechanism must be established to accelerate the augmentation of the part-time contracts of existing teaching staff. Where hours become available in their subject areas, these must be assigned to them rather than appointing yet more part-time staff to teach these hours. This mechanism should be mandatory and directed by the Department of Education and Skills.

More generally, there must be a return to the sound, educationally-valid practice of making initial teacher appointments on a permanent basis. Before the damaging drift to casualisation, the proportion of part-time teaching staff was, on average, about five per cent.

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Clearly, every school needs to be in a position to offer its students a broad curriculum, and some schools do not have the teaching allocation to facilitate this. Consideration should be given to the employment of teachers to provide some minority subjects across a number of schools within an appropriate geographic area. This would facilitate schools in offering the necessary broad choice and would also allow teachers of these subjects to have viable careers.

The TUI has prioritised the cause of new and recent entrants to the profession. In addition to tackling casualisation, we are campaigning for the elimination of the discriminatory attacks on the conditions of recent entrants to the profession. Future pay negotiations will have to address this issue.

Politicians across all parties regularly assert the importance of education. They also pay lip service to the centrality of teaching in our education system. It is high time that they recognised and explicitly demanded a viable career structure.

Teaching must be restored to a profession of secure, full-time jobs.
Gerard Craughwell is president of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland, whose annual c ongress starts in Kilkenny today

Bro Declan Duffy, Marian College

Marian College

 

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Marian College PPU Bulletin
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Brother Declan Duffy who gave a lifetime of service to the Marist Brothers, to Marian College and to Irish secondary education.

He was a member of the first team of teachers when the college opened on 8th September 1954 and he became school Principal in 1959 and remained in that role until 1971. During his time at the school, he added the “prep” block and the swimming pool, as well as the third store on the main building. He also founded the Summer School whch thrived until the ealry 2000’s.

In the 1970’s Declan became a very important player in Catholic Education. He was central to the formation of Community schools and from 1977 to 1996 he served as Secretary General of the Joint Managerial Body which represents the voluntary faith schools at second level.

He lived at Marian College for almost 60 years and only recently moved to a nursing home. He passed away on the morning of 22nd April.

His remains will be laid out in the Oratory at the College from 11.00am on Thursday (24th) April. Everyone will be welcome to pray with the Brothers at the remains throughout the day. His removal to Star of the Sea Church will take place at 4.45pm, on that day, arriving at the Church in Sandymount at 5.00pm.

The funeral Mass will take place at 12 noon in Star of the Sea Church, Sandymount on Firday 25th April with the burial taking place after the journey to the Marist Plot in Athlone at around 3.30pm. that afternoon.

Our condolences to the Provincial of the Marist Brothers, Bro Brendan Geary, to Bro John Hyland, the supperior at Marian College, and to all his confreres in the Marist Brothers. Our condolences also to his family in Ballaghdereen.

May he rest in peace.

Paul Meany

Principal

Marian College

 

Prof Brian Nolan for Oxford

Oxford announced today that Professor Brian Nolan will join the University in September as a Professor of Social Policy and Director of the new Employment, Equity and Growth Programme at INET Oxford.

Following the launch of a new programme to investigate UK incomes and economic inequality, Professor Brian Nolan has been appointed for the new Employment, Equity and Growth Programme at INET Oxford.

He will join the University in September as a Professor of Social Policy and Director of the new Employment and will also become a Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College.  Prof. Nolan is an economist and one of the world’s leading experts on economic inequality.  He is currently research co-ordinator of the GINI project, funded by the European Commission, focusing on the economic, social and political impacts of growing inequality, and he joins from University College Dublin, where he is the Principal of the College of Human Sciences.

Commenting on the new programme, Professor Nolan said: “The Great Recession has put the spotlight on the so-called ‘squeezed middle’ but the reality is that the ‘squeeze’ started long before. The growth models of developed economies have driven a gap in living standards and wealth that is not sustainable in the long term.  Our research will aim to deepen our understanding into why this is happening and we will make recommendations for policy and institutional change designed to lead to a better, fairer growth model.”

Tommy Tormey at University at Maynooth

Irish University Undergraduate Outcomes

University Degrees Grades

First is >70%
Upper second (2.1) 60 to 69%
2.2 50 to 69%
pass or 3rd class is 40 – 49%

DCU  Ist 16% : 2.1 55%; 2.2 23% Pass 6%

NUIG 1st 14% : 2.1 47%: 2.2 35%: Pass 7%

NUIM 1st 11% : 2.1 46%: 2.2 35% Pass 8

TCD 1st 17%: 2.1 59%: 2.2 20% Pass 4%

UCC 1st 18%: 2.1 48%: 2.2 25% Pass 9%

UL 1st 12%: 2.1 36%: 2.2 38%: Pass 14%

UCD 1st 12%: 2.1 53%: 2.2 31%: Pass 4%

Erasmus + at University of Ulster

To all staff at the University.  For information only.
Please do not reply directly to this message.

WORKSHOP: “ERASMUS+ – WHAT’S IN IT FOR ULSTER?”

Coleraine campus:    Tuesday 2 December, Room C001, 1415 – 1615
Jordanstown campus:  Wednesday 3 December, Room 4F03, 1415 – 1615

Dr John Reilly, Bologna Expert, in conjunction with the International
Department and Professor Rory O’Connell, Bologna Expert, will be
presenting a workshop to give an overview of the funding opportunities
available through Erasmus+, the new EU programme for education,
training, youth and sport from January 2014.  This workshop will be
particularly relevant to Deans, Heads of School, Departmental Erasmus
Coordinators, Placement Tutors and Academic staff.

Erasmus+ will streamline several existing programme, including Erasmus,
Tempus, Alfa, Erasmus Mundus, Grundtvig and Leonardo, into one single
integrated programme.  Erasmus+, which is due to be fully approved,
is expected to cover 3 Key Actions:

1.    Learning Mobility of Individuals – to include
*  Student credit mobility
*  Staff mobility
*  Student degree mobility – joint degrees
*  Student degree mobility – loan guarantee
2.    Cooperation for Innovation and Good Practice – to include:
*  Strategic partnerships
*  Knowledge alliances
*  Capacity building partnerships
3.    Support for Policy Reform
Many aspects of the Lifelong Learning Programme, which will cease at the
end of 2013, will continue under Erasmus+.  However, a range of new
opportunities, which will be of interest to Ulster, will be available.

Commission Officials from DG Education and Culture have recently indicated
that the first call for proposals under the Erasmus+ programme will be
announced in December 2013.

It is very important that you avail of this important opportunity and I
would encourage you to attend.  If you are able to attend one of the two
workshops, please send an email to Clare Armour (c.armour@ulster.ac.uk)
by Friday 22 November 2013 with the following details:

Your name
Your telephone extension
The campus on which you plan to attend:
Coleraine (2 December)
Jordanstown (3 December)

For more information about Erasmus+, please look at http://www.erasmusplus.org.
I look forward to full attendance from all those working on Erasmus
initiatives. It will be a great opportunity to have the most up to date
information on Erasmus opportunities in the future.

With best wishes

Professor Anne Moran OBE
Pro- Vice-Chancellor, (Educational Partnerships and International Affairs).

Respond! College are happy to invite enquiries and applications for our up-coming Certificate in Community Studies.

This (HETAC level 6) certificate in Community Studies is designed to explore concepts of community and community development within a social analysis framework. It will introduce learners to key technical and analytical skills that support and encourage participation within a community setting.

This course is suitable for anyone who is,

§  Working in a community setting, housing authority or NGO (paid or voluntary) who would like to broaden their understanding of community.

§  Hoping to become more involved in their community and looking to learn more about how this can be achieved.

§  Interested in the social structures that shape community living.

By the end of the course successful participants will have,

§  Explored concepts of community and community development.

§  Increased their understanding of theories and concepts that shape modern society.

§  Developed their capacity in group work and facilitation.

§  Gained a range of other skills required when engaging with communities.

Modules covered include;

1.    Community studies (10 credits)

2.    Group work and facilitation (10 credits)

3.    Introduction to sociology (10 credits)

Programme cost is €995 which includes registration, library access and all materials.

The closing date for applications is Monday January 20th 2014,  and the course will begin the week of February 3rd 2014.

For more information or to receive an application form contactKatie.murphy@respond.ie or phone (0818357901)