Interview: USI’s Craig McHugh on Ireland’s ‘Enormous’ University Funding Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government’s decade-long underfunding of universities has presented the sector with a myriad of issues, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed unreliable non-exchequer sources of income. Staff and students nationwide are crying out for the government to take action and reintroduce the funding levels seen before the last recession …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 25 May]

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Government warns it won’t cover huge Covid-19 black hole in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government will not cover Covid-19 losses of at least €500m facing third-level colleges, the Department of Education has warned. Department officials have signalled support for extreme cases, where cash flow difficulties may be serious enough to threaten a college’s viability …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 26 May]

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Normal People

Posted in Life on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I wholly agree with Diarmaid Ferriter’s article in which he argues that Normal People sets the sexual bar too high (Opinion & Analysis, May 22nd). However, this is not the only topic which sets the bar too high. The book creates an unrealistic image of academic success, with the main characters getting top results in school and university …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 26 May]

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Predicted grades may leave Leaving Cert students set for US scholarships ‘nervous’, says consultant

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students who are set to study in American universities on scholarships may be ‘nervous’ over predicted grades, says a sports consultant. Mark Finnegan, founder of All Sports Recruitment, says there are many positives for predicted grades for students looking to study stateside …” (more)

[Emma Costello, Extra.ie, 25 May]

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Third level gears up for blended learning

Posted in Teaching on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As prospective students finalise their CAO choices and social restrictions introduced to disrupt the coronavirus pandemic are eased, what should this year’s crop of first year undergraduates expect when they start college in September? …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 26 May]

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Coronavirus fallout means universities look to online delivery

Posted in Teaching on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As restrictions aimed at curtailing the spread of Covid-19 are likely to continue for several months, life for many students starting third level is likely to be very different this year than previously. Flexibility will be key in the coming months as most college settings don’t support spatial separation and will have adopted special measures to ensure syllabus delivery …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 26 May]

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UCD rules out fees refund sought by students due to Covid-19 ‘disruption’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has ruled out part refunds on fees following a campaign by students who believe the impact of Covid-19 on their third level experience warrants some redress. Over 1,100 students have signed a petition regarding the ‘disruption’ and are seeking a rebate in the order of 30% …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 25 May]

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International students at UCD seeking compensation over fees paid

Posted in Legal issues on May 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A UCD student from India has begun a petition calling on the college to compensate international students who paid substantial fees to study at UCD only for their year of study to be disrupted by Covid-19 …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 25 May]

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Top Academics Call for Establishment of Higher Education Department

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Over 800 academics and researchers – including College’s Senior Lecturer Kevin Mitchell and Luke O’Neill, the Trinity professor well known for his work on the coronavirus – are calling for the establishment of a Department of Higher Education and Research …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 25 May]

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Minister McHugh announces online registration for Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades opens on Tuesday 26 May

Posted in Teaching on May 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“­All Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied students should register now on gov.ie/leavingcertificate. The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today (Monday 25 May 2020) announced that the new online Calculated Grades Student Portal will open for registration to Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied students tomorrow Tuesday 26 May …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 25 May]

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I’m Due for Erasmus Next Year – I Need Trinity to Tell Me if It’s Happening

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In the midst of a global pandemic, travelling abroad seems so far removed from reality that it’s almost fantasy. The thoughts of a warm rush of air as you take your first step onto the Mediterranean tarmacadam of the runway brings a tear to the eye …” (more)

[Faye Curran, University Times, 25 May]

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Time for a Department of Higher Education and Research: COVID-19 makes it clear we need a voice for science at Cabinet

Posted in Research on May 25th, 2020 by steve

IrelandAn Open Letter to the Members of Dáil Éireann. Five years ago over 1,000 Irish scientists wrote to government urging a rebalancing of funding toward basic research. Basic discovery research is exactly the type that produces the scientists, skills and serendipitous solutions we need when faced with an unexpected challenge like COVID-19. Half a decade on from that letter little has changed for the better …” (more)

[IrishScientists.org, 25 May]

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A question of loyalty

Posted in Teaching on May 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Let’s suppose your institution is promoting ideas that you believe are potentially damaging. What should you do? It’s a tricky question, especially if you have a certain degree of attachment to your institution, as I have …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 25 May]

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Student Accommodation Will Be Radically Different Next Term

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on May 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As colleges plan ahead to the 2020/2021 academic year, it is looking increasingly likely that the conventional university teaching methods will not be able to take place when college begins again later this year. While this will impact all students, it causes a particular worry for students who normally are now finalising plans for student accommodation for the next academic year …” (more)

[Conor Paterson, College Tribune, 25 May]

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There’s absolutely no anonymity in this year’s Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on May 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“And we’re off! The Covid-19 Leaving Certificate is under way and “guidelines” were our starting gun. There literally wasn’t time to finish reading them before one of the teacher unions asked its members to exercise caution before engaging with them …” (more)

[Irish Times, 25 May]

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Calls For Minister For Education To Intervene In UL

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Clare’s Fianna Fáil TD has asked for the Minister for Education to intervene in regard to UL issuing refunds for third level accommodation for the latter part of this college year …” (more)

[Clare FM, 24 May]

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Equity and the Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on May 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Covid pandemic seems to have encouraged many people to think about equity in education – for obvious reasons. And, as one would expect, the Leaving Cert and the industry that has been built up around it are blamed for the inequities that undoubtedly exist …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 24 May]

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Leaving Cert ‘not as fair as we might think,’ says Professor calling for ‘re-think’ on exams

Posted in Teaching on May 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Leaving Cert is not as fair as people think, according to a UCD Professor and former teacher. Covid-19 has meant for the first time the written exams have been cancelled and replaced with predictive grades, which will be given by teachers …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 24 May]

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Universities are pressing the self-destruct button

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 25th, 2020 by steve

“Online lectures and virtual years abroad will only make prospective students wonder why they should attend at all …” (more)

[Joanna Williams, spiked, 25 May]

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Educating Rita in Maynooth

Posted in Life on May 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Not a lot of people know that the 1983 film Educating Rita, starring Julie Walters and Michael Caine, though mostly set in Northern England, was entirely shot in Ireland …” (more)

[In the Dark, 25 May]

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