Minister launches service to make condoms freely available in colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The majority of colleges across the country will soon have free condom dispensers on campus. The Health Minister Simon Harris has today launched the roll-out of the National Condom Distribution Service in a bid to reduce unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 5 November]

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Trinity Declined to Disclose Details of Artwork Hidden From Public View

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has refused to disclose how much of its collection of artwork is concealed from the public, after the Irish Times made a request for the list under the Freedom of Information Act. The College’s art collections include various paintings, prints, sculptures and statues, with a particular focus on portraiture …” (more)

[Danielle Varley, University Times, 4 November]

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Cut The Rent Debacle Exposes A Timid Council’s Conservatism

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union’s council on Tuesday voted against supporting Cut the Rent, a student-led grassroots movement calling for a rent strike on Trinity’s campus. The group had been building support in the weeks leading up to council: collecting 200 signatures, canvassing students and even getting national media traction …” (more)

[University Times, 4 November]

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How Should Universities Respond to China’s Growing Presence on Their Campuses?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2019 by steve

“Over the last several months, opponents of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong have clashed with protest supporters at universities across the world. In Australia and New Zealand, pro-Beijing students have occasionally shoved, doxed, and threatened peaceful protesters …” (more)

[ChinaFile, 4 November]

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Was the Leaving Cert harder in the old days?

Posted in Teaching on November 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“What sort of so-called modern maths exam lacks matrices, calculus and complex numbers? Dr David Malone, a mathematician at Maynooth University, noticed the question posed by a friend on Twitter and he wondered: has our maths education been dumbed down? Malone dug out a copy of an old Intermediate Cert (the precursor to the Junior Cert) maths paper from the mid-90s, when his friend sat the exam …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 5 November]]

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UCC Food Banks Are A Symbol Of The Increasing Hardships Students Face

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on November 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This week, University College Cork (UCC) became the first Irish university in modern times to open a food bank for struggling students. The organiser, University College Cork Students’ Union (UCCSU), follows in the footsteps of several smaller institutes, which have recently reported on the success of food bank initiatives in their colleges. That such measures are needed, however, no doubt sounded alarm bells for many …” (more)

[University Times, 4 November]

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