Petition to close Trinity due to coronavirus passes 1,000 signatures

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A petition calling for Trinity to use online teaching methods to allow students the option to work from home in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus has reached over 1,000 signatures as of this evening. The petition states that Trinity should close to ‘avoid gatherings so that the virus will not spread’ …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 8 March]

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Trinity Residents Banned from Hosting Non-College Guests

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students living in Trinity’s student accommodation have been banned from hosting non-resident guests, both during the day and overnight, in an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus on campus …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 8 March]

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Irish universities face financial black hole over coronavirus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities face losing tens of millions of euro in tuition fees from the impact of coronavirus due to large numbers of international students from China and elsewhere being forced to cancel or postpone enrolments. Sources across several universities say contingency plans being drawn up include delaying international student entry or providing online courses for these students until the virus threat subsides …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 March]

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UCD Rent Protests 101: The Full Story

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCD’s on-campus accommodation will increase by 4% year on year for the next three years. A premium of €1,000 on average will also be charged to the 1,000 newly built student bedrooms. This news was announced on February 5th by UCD Students’ Union. In the weeks to follow, Belfield would see several acts of protest from various student groups on-campus, with unending calls to reverse the increase …” (more)

[Conor Capplis and Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 8 March]

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University Slows Down Rate of Tree Planting

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In 2019, the UCD campus saw an increase in the rate at which trees were being felled, figures obtained by the College Tribune under the Freedom of Information Act have shown. In 2018, the number of trees felled in UCD versus those planted was 7.2%. In 2019, this number rose to 19.5%. Despite a marginal increase in total trees planted, a larger proportion of trees were felled in 2019 than in the previous year, culminating in a slower growth of new trees on campus …” (more)

[Alex Lohier, College Tribune, 8 March]

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Quitting EU Erasmus scheme would ‘blow a hole’ in UK economy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 8th, 2020 by steve

“Quitting the EU’s Erasmus student exchange programme would ‘blow a hole’ in the UK’s economy, taking away income of £243m a year and depriving 17,000 British young people of valuable work experience, according to a group of education and business leaders …” (more)

[Richard Adams, Guardian, 8 March]

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UCD To Introduce Mandatory Sexual Harassment Workshops

Posted in Teaching on March 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On Tuesday 25th February, the University held its official launch of UCD Report and Support. The event, held in the Student Centre’s Fitzgerald chamber, saw a large turnout from staff across the UCD community. Speakers at the event announced 90-minute classes on preventing sexual assault, an anonymous bystander reporting tool for all members of the UCD community and the Students’ Union announced an upcoming ‘It Stops Now’ campaign …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 8 March]

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After two years of planning, Trinity College replaces iconic 150-year-old trees

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin today planted a two new trees to replace the university’s iconic Oregon Maples. The first maple collapsed in June 2018, while a second Oregon Maple was removed later because of fears it could also collapse …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, TheJournal.ie, 7 March]

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