DCU to Replace First, Second and Third Year Exams With Alternatives

Posted in Teaching on March 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“First, second and third year exams in Dublin City University (DCU) are to be replaced by alternative assessments in response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Undergraduate exams planned for May, with the exception of final-year students, are to be replaced with alternatives …” (more)

[Jordan Nann, University Times, 12 March]

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Decision to shut schools, childcare facilities made without Cabinet approval

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The decision to shut every school, college and childcare facility in the country, as well as cultural institutions, was done without Cabinet approval, it can be revealed. The Irish Examiner has confirmed that the decision to execute the shut down was not subject to Cabinet approval before it was announced this morning, but that some ministers were contacted to be told of the decision …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, BreakingNews.ie, 12 March]

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UCD Moves Online For Remainder of Year Amid COVID-19 University Closures

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCD President Professor Andrew Deeks emailed students and staff this evening, detailing changes in response to the governments decision today to shut ‘schools, colleges and childcare facilities’ from tomorrow until the 29th of March …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 12 March]

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Trinity Encourages College Residents to Return Home

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College is encouraging students and staff living on campus – both those from Ireland and abroad – to consider moving home, after today’s announcement that the College is to close until March 29th. Residents who remain have been instructed to reduce ‘discretionary social contacts as much as possible’, and a blanket ban has been placed on parties in College accommodation …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 12 March]

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Closure of schools and universities necessary, however clarity needed for students, parents and teachers – Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has welcomed the decision of the Chief Medical Officer and the Government to close schools with effect this evening. Speaking today, Teachta Ó Laoghaire said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 12 March]

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How ‘cold house’ for unionists at Queen’s lifts veil on world of Irish cultural nationalism

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2020 by steve

“Grian Ni Dhaimhin, a student from Strabane, is the incoming president of the Students’ Union at Queen’s University. She was elected to that position by her fellow students and will take up office later this year. Most Students’ Union presidents get elected and serve their term in office without generating major controversy, but Grian is different …” (more)

[Nelson McCausland, Belfast Telegraph, 11 March]

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How long will the shutdown last?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“How long will the shutdown last? This morning, the Taoiseach and his Government announced a national shutdown of Schools and other public places for an initial period of two weeks, along with a nationwide programme of social distancing. It was the right call. But it’s worth asking: How long could this shutdown actually last? …” (more)

[John McGuirk, Gript, 12 March]

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Closing Down in Maynooth

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Not unexpectedly the (acting) Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced that from 6pm today all schools college and cultural institutions will close until 29th March. Indoor events involving more than 100 people will be banned, as will outdoor events involving more than 500 people. I think this decision is sensible, if perhaps a bit late …” (more)

[In the Dark, 12 March]

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Covid-19 – a Breakthrough for Technology in Education? #CoronaVirus

Posted in Teaching on March 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There is already a lot of Technology in education – we have become so reliant on it that most of us can no longer envisage learning without some kind of technology in the classroom. Despite some setbacks (eg, see: Co Meath school to reverse iPads-only policy after review), students everywhere are using their computers for learning. There’s no going back on this …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 12 March]

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Statement from the Department of Education and Skills

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An announcement was made this morning by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD of the closure of schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings, for a period until 29 March 2020, to support efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19. This will take effect from 6pm this evening, Thursday 12 March. This is in line with the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 12 March]

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Schools, colleges, childcare facilities to close over Covid-19

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the country’s schools, colleges and childcare facilities are to close in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. From 6pm today, schools, colleges and childcare facilities will close. In relation to cultural institutions, indoor gatherings of more than 100 people will not be permitted and a maximum outdoor gathering of 500 people will be allowed. The restrictions will stay in place until 29 March …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 12 March]

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Coronavirus: Trinity College confirms second positive test for Covid-19

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has confirmed that a second member of the university community has tested positive for Covid-19. The college told staff and students earlier this week that a member of its community was diagnosed with coronavirus but appeared to have made a good recovery …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 12 March]

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‘Impossible’ to know cost of Book of Kells closure, says College

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The uncertainty around the duration of the coronavirus outbreak and already reduced tourist numbers make it impossible to estimate losses, say Trinity. It is ‘impossible to say what the cost of closure’ of the Book of Kells exhibition in Trinity’s Old Library due to coronavirus will be, a College spokesperson has said …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 11 March]

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Universities must stop making it up as they go along on staff-student complaints

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 12th, 2020 by steve

“Recent media attention has highlighted problems in complaints processes for addressing sexual misconduct in higher education. These media stories have highlighted issues within both student-student as well as staff-student complaints processes, and it is clear that urgent work is needed to address both …” (more)

[Anna Bull, Georgina Calvert-Lee and Tiffany Page, Wonkhe, 12 March]

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