Trinity Confirms Abandonment of Casual Staff Pay Cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Following major backlash from postgraduate students, Trinity’s Finance Committee has confirmed the restoration of pay rates for casual staff to their previous levels. Last month, The University Times reported that Trinity’s casual workers – including many TAs and postgraduate students – were facing pay cuts of almost 20% for their teaching duties …” (more)

[Alex Connolly, University Times, 3 March]

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Education needs to evolve

Posted in Teaching on March 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“When it comes to education I’m instinctively conservative. I believe in the power of knowledge and the need for distinct disciplines. I believe that hard work, delayed gratification and perseverance are at the heart of education. I believe that ‘engagement’ is a poor marker for real learning and I don’t believe that we can teach skills like problem-solving or creativity in a context-independent way. But I’m not so conservative that I think everything is fine with how we educate third level students …” (more)

[Education and other Things, 3 March]

Students’ Union and UCC to enter mediation talks on rent issue

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has confirmed that UCC Students’ Union executive have accepted the offer of mediated talks on the student rent issue. They are set enter into independently mediated talks with the board of Campus Accommodation UCC. A protest has been taking place at the UCC quad since last week, with students camping out in protest at rising rents in the college …” (more)

[Sarah O’Dwyer, EchoLive, 3 March]

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Universities do not exist ‘to produce students who are useful’, President says

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“President Michael D Higgins has warned that the capacity of universities to provide a ‘moral space’ for discussion is being eroded at a time of growing political populism. Mr Higgins, who was opening a celebration of Trinity College Dublin’s College Historical Debating Society, said ‘universities are not there merely to produce students who are useful’ …” (more)

[Jack Horgan-Jones, Irish Times, 2 March]

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UL backs off from one-term lease rule

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has backed off from its plans to make students living on campus book their accommodation for a whole academic year. The original ‘no single semester’ rule announced a week ago has now been removed. It would have meant students paying around €3,000 for accommodation they would not be occupying while on Erasmus or placement away from the university …” (more)

[Bernie English, Limerick Post, 2 March]

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COVID 19 – Coronavirus – HSE Advice for Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The health and well-being of staff and students is a priority of all 7 IUA member universities. Universities will fully adopt the national advice from the HSE and HSE Public Health Outbreak Control Team. The HSE is providing regularly updated health advice for the education sector nationally in relation to the COVID – 19 Coronavirus health emergency …” (more)

[IUA, 3 March]

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Technology, education and fads

Posted in Teaching on March 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – For years, teachers were told that the introduction of iPads in school classrooms was innovative and progressive education at its best. Despite the objections of many teachers, the advice of experts and other interested parties was used to justify the use of these devices …” (more)

[Sean Keaveny, Irish Times, 3 March]

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DCU Denies Coronavirus Case on Campus, Amid Social Media Rumours

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has denied any cases of coronavirus on its campus after rumours circulated on social media that a student had contracted the disease. The rumours started after an image of an ambulance, which appeared to be on DCU’s campus, was posted on Instagram and then shared on Twitter …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 3 March]

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NUI graduates split on extending Seanad vote to Irish abroad, survey finds

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“National University of Ireland graduates are split on extending the right to vote in Seanad elections to Irish citizens living abroad, according to findings of a survey on reforming the Upper House …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 2 March]

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Mumps confirmed at Cork college

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“CIT has this morning confirmed that reports of mumps within the college are correct. Students were emailed this morning about the contagious disease caused by a virus that passes from one person to another through saliva, nasal secretions and close personal contact. The news comes nearly a week after a case of rubella was identified at Apple’s Hollyhill campus, the first in over a decade …” (more)

[Niamh Aine Ryan, Cork Independent, 2 March]

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UCC rent row: Small acts of kindness keep protesting Cork students going

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the UCC students who are occupying the Quad move into their second week camping in poor weather conditions, their spirit of determination and of hope has not abated. What began as a relatively humble gathering has now swelled significantly and students are continuing to join the protest as the days go on …” (more)

[Amy Nolan, EchoLive, 2 March]

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Why should students living at home subsidise those living in campus accommodation?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The housing crisis, as well as long commutes, were clearly major issues with many young people who voted for Sinn Féin in last month’s general election. For many students too, many of whom travel long distances to get to university on a daily basis or pay high rents, accommodation was the defining issue …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Irish Times, 3 March]

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