SIPTU Calls on College to Reverse Directive on Cleaning, Catering Staff

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trade union SIPTU has demanded that Trinity row back on its decision to call catering and housekeeping staff into College, arguing there is no ‘credible justification’ for keeping them in work after the closure of the College on Friday …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 15 March]

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Coronavirus: Campus closure leads to loss of catering jobs at UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork is to seek a meeting with Kylemore Services Group (KSG) after the company laid off catering staff at the campus following its closure this week arising out of the Covid-19 outbreak. A spokesman for UCC said he was unable to comment on the specifics in relation to KSG …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Examiner, 15 March]

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Coronavirus: Solidarity with catering workers laid off at UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2020 by steve

“There has been widespread solidarity shown with catering workers in University College Cork, who have been laid off from their posts amid the shut-down of the campus. Kylemore (KSG) has the contract to provide catering services to UCC but, following the Government’s directive to close colleges, it is understood a number of staff who worked in the university have been laid off …” (more)

[Sarah O’Dwyer, EchoLive, 15 March]

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Shock at reports of students holding ‘virus parties’ as 39 new cases of coronavirus confirmed

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2020 by steve

“Leading medical figures have spoke of their shock at reports of students holding ‘virus parties’ in the wake of stricter controls announced on Thursday, March 12. The controls which included the closure of all schools, universities and creches, were introduced in a bid to contain the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus) …” (more)

[Leinster Express, 14 March]

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Coronavirus and copyright – or, the copyright concerns of the widespread move to online instruction

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on March 15th, 2020 by steve

“I work in Trinity College Dublin, which announced on Tuesday that education would be delivered online from next Monday. The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education has put together a very useful spreadsheet of links to useful online teaching resources. But, in our race to go online in time to deliver classes to our students, we must not forget that copyright law continues to apply …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 15 March]

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Irish researchers win backing from €344m pilot fund

Posted in Research on March 15th, 2020 by steve

“Researchers from University College Cork, University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin, as well as a number of Irish startup companies, were among the successful applicants to a new €344m European pilot innovation fund. The Irish universities were chosen from among what the European Innovation Council (EIC), which runs the fund, described as 100 game-changing ideas from across Europe …” (more)

[Fearghal O’Connor, Independent, 15 March]

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At the Frontlines of the On-Campus Rent Wars

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2020 by steve

“At the beginning of the year, when the results of the general election began filtering in, the nation was in a state of shock. Back before we realised that the coronavirus was about to change the way we live our lives, at least for a period of time, many thought the event that would rock Irish society could be the formation of a left-wing government …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 14 March]

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