IUA Statement: Universities coordinate contingency planning for dealing with spread of Coronavirus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The seven universities represented by the IUA are implementing risk mitigation measures across our campuses and are developing detailed contingency plans to respond to the evolving Coronavirus crisis. Our absolute priority is to protect the health and well-being of our staff, students and visitors …” (more)

[IUA, 11 December]

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Break Points

Posted in Teaching on March 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It is now Week 6 of the Spring Semester at Maynooth University. My lectures on Engineering Mathematics take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday so today I gave the 18th of the semester, which means I am halfway through the module. Next week is a scheduled Study Week so there are no lectures planned after this Friday until 23rd March. Just two days to go before the breaking …” (more)

[In the Dark, 11 March]

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Further education courses boost students’ chances of graduating from third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students who first complete further education courses are significantly more likely to graduate from third-level degree courses, new research suggests. Solas, the umbrella body for the further education sector, says the latest data shows that up to 75% of students with a foundation in a Post-Leaving Cert (PLC) course who move on to higher education complete their degree …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 March]

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Trinity to reduce library study capacity to enable ‘social distancing’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The number of study spaces in Trinity’s libraries will be reduced to allow for ‘social distancing’ in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Caoimhe Ní Lochlainn, Trinity’s Head of Library Communications, confirmed to Trinity News that the library is ‘looking at how best to implement the guidelines on social distancing, with the recommended 1 metre between our readers’ …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 11 March]

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Concerns over Beamish and Crawford student apartments on Airbnb

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Concerns have been raised about the listing of some of Cork’s newest student apartments on Airbnb. Guests can pay up to €550 per night to stay at the five-bed apartments in Lee Point, on the former Beamish and Crawford site …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 11 March]

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Work in the time of Corona

Posted in Teaching on March 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This is day three of my working-from-home period. Some things I’ve found: 1. I’ve a lot more energy at the end of the day. I suspect this is because I have no commute. 2. I really need to do a spring clean …” (more)

[Education and other Things, 11 March]

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Closing Colleges and Schools in the face of Covid-19

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“With the advent of Covid19 Ireland is facing into what a leading health scientist, Dr Sam McConkey, called a combination of the Spanish Flu with the Wall Street Crash and the Civil war. Well, we have had a crash, if not quite 1929, and the evidence is that the virus is possibly possessed of the mortality rate of the Spanish Flu, so let’s hope we avoid the trifecta …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 10 March]

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Diversity of third-level sector is a strength

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Your article ‘Does Ireland have too many universities?’ (Education, March 10th) risks diverting attention from key issues of underfunding and soaring student numbers in higher education. Ireland has seven conventional ‘universities’ and a new technological university. Denmark, of similar size and population to Ireland, has eight …” (more)

[Joan Donegan, Irish Times, 11 March]

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Trinity plans to cut staff-student ratios and invest in more research

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is reducing its staff-student ratio and also aims to become Ireland’s largest research institution, under a new five-year strategic plan. The university will increase student numbers from 18,500 to 21,500 by 2025, partly to cater for the surge in school-leavers coming down the tracks …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 March]

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NUIG to consider transition to online learning in bid to curb spread of virus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It’s understood NUI Galway is to consider a transition to online learning in a bid to curb the potential spread of coronavirus, with a decision to be made later in the week …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 10 March]

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Why I can’t sign the petition condemning anti-Protestant bias at Queen’s University

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2020 by steve

“My esteemed colleague and friend Ruth Dudley Edwards has called for signatures for a petition that speaks of ‘the continual alienation of Protestant and unionist students at Queen’s University Belfast and all other universities’. Once again I find myself on the other side of the fence from Ruth on issues as diverse as Brexit, Europe and the Orange Order …” (more)

[Professor Liam Kennedy, Belfast Telegraph, 10 March]

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COVID-19 (coronavirus) Update

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ireland remains in the Containment Phase regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and all necessary measures, based on public health advice, should continue to be implemented. It is advisable that higher education institutions are appropriately prepared for any incidents which might arise and are ready to take appropriate measures, as required …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 10 March]

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Dundalk IT confirm range of precautionary measures adopted to combat COVID-19

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) says it has established a COVID-19 taskforce, to review the situation at DkIT, and which it says will decide upon appropriate actions it will take in relation to the coronavirus, COVID-19 …” (more)

[Donard McCabe, Dundalk Democrat, 10 March]

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TCD could lose at least €3 million after decision to close Book of Kells due to coronavirus fears

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin could face losing at least €3 million in revenue following its decision to close the Book of Kells exhibition amid Covid-19 concerns. Yesterday, the university announced that all lectures would be delivered online for the rest of the semester …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 March]

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Increase in CAO applications for science and environment courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of school-leavers are choosing careers in science and the environment this year, according to the latest Central Applications Office (CAO) application trends. These figures back-up reports of a surge in interest among Leaving Cert students in careers linked to tackling climate change and promoting sustainability …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 March]

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