Coronavirus Reactions

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I was having lunch last week when a colleague from another department here stated that he thought that within two weeks that he thought that within a fortnight Maynooth University would be closed down owing to the threat from Covid-19 (the Coronavirus). I’m not sure whether he meant it seriously …” (more)

[In the Dark, 2 March]

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The College’s Athena SWAN Mix Up Betrays a Lack of Joined-up Thinking

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on March 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“When Trinity wrote in its still-unpublished strategic plan that it aimed to have achieved a silver Athena SWAN award by 2025 – two years too late for crucial research funding deadlines – eyebrows must have been raised among those casting eyes over the document. Ireland’s universities have for years underwhelmed on Athena SWAN …” (more)

[University Times, 2 March]

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University of Limerick’s Killaloe home sold after 10 years

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has sold its presidential Killaloe home after it lay vacant for more than ten years – with the funds immediately put towards another property. The four-bedroom home which overlooks Lough Derg and is known as The Downs, was sold in late 2019 for €790,000, with an estimated value of €850,000 …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 2 March]

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EU leaders desert research in Brussels budget showdown

Posted in Research on March 2nd, 2020 by steve

“Individual countries are failing to champion European Union research spending, raising doubts about the bloc as a serious funder of science, university lobbyists in Brussels have warned after a recent budget summit ended in deadlock. In recent years, Brussels policymakers have talked up research and innovation as a key part of what the EU does …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 2 March]

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What should universities do to prepare for COVID-19 coronavirus?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2020 by steve

“UK public health efforts to deal with coronavirus (COVID-19) may have to shift from containment to delay. Universities have already taken action, but more needs to be done to prepare for potentially serious disruption …” (more)

[Doug Clow, Wonkhe, 2 March]

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Ruth Coppinger interviews UCD students fighting rent hikes

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I’ve come here this morning to show solidarity with students who are protesting against huge rent hikes that are taking place here in UCD. So I have with me here Joanna, who is the President of the Students Union and Úna who is the Welfare Officer …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 1 March]

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