UL President expects college to reopen in mid-June

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“University of Limerick (UL) President Des Fitzgerald has expressed his belief that the college will not reopen to students until mid-June, outlining that UL may host a field hospital on its campus if the health services are ‘overwhelmed’ by the demands of the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 16 March]

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Students urged to avoid parties and volunteer to help the elderly instead

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“College presidents and student leaders have come together to ask students to avoid parties and other large social gatherings to slow the spread of Covid-19. The joint appeal is emailed out to 250,000 students to reinforce the critical importance of social distancing in the current public health crisis. There was shock over the weekend when it emerged that some students had attended ‘virus parties’ to mark the closure of colleges last week on public safety grounds …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 March]

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Presidents of Irish Universities, Institutes of Technology and Higher Education Colleges contact up to 250,000 students

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“The Presidents of all of Ireland’s Universities and Institutes of Technology have today (Monday March 16th) issued a plea to every student to fully follow set guidelines on social distancing to protect themselves from infection and to slow down the spread of Covid 19 in order to protect others …” (more)

[IUA, 16 March]

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Parts of CIT campus could be used as field hospital if coronavirus crisis worsens in Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) has had requests from the health authorities regarding facilities and skilled staff members who may be suitable for roles in the health sphere. In a statement to The Echo, the Institute said: ‘We are reviewing potential areas but these are probably quite limited given the requirement for toilets/showers in close proximity …'” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 16 March]

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Coronavirus: University of Limerick likely to set up field hospital on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“University of Limerick is likely to host a field hospital on its campus should health services become overwhelmed from the coronavirus pandemic over the coming weeks. UL president Prof Des Fitzgerald said he expects it will be at least mid-June before the college reopens to students and the campus may be need to assist health services in the meantime …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 March]

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Archibald welcomes Queen’s University move on Coronavirus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has welcomed the move from Queen’s University to deliver lecture material remotely with all face-to-face lectures ceasing. The party’s Economy Spokesperson said: ‘I strongly welcome this action by Queen’s University to protect the health and well-being of students, staff and the public during the Coronavirus crisis …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 16 March]

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Suddenly trying to teach humanities courses online?

Posted in Teaching on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“What weeks ago seemed unthinkable is now a reality for many professors: take all your courses online, suddenly and indefinitely, due to COVID-19. And while technical and other practical challenges abound for instructors in all fields, those in the humanities face some particular ones: creating virtual classroom environments that foster the deep and often intimate discussions that promote trust and learning …” (more)

[Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, 16 March]

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QUB switches to online lectures over coronavirus

Posted in Teaching on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast has said it will no longer hold face-to-face lectures from Wednesday due to the coronavirus outbreak. At this stage, laboratory sessions, tutorials and seminars are unaffected – unless advised otherwise by specific schools within the university – but further contingency plans are being put in place …” (more)

[ITV News, 16 March]

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QUB coronavirus expert Broadbent steps back from media after online abuse

Posted in Research on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“A leading virologist has pulled back from speaking to the media about the spread of coronavirus after she was targeted by online trolls. Dr Lindsay Broadbent posted on Twitter over the weekend that she is stepping back from commenting publicly on the health crisis in order to preserve her own mental health …” (more)

[Lisa Smyth, Belfast Telegraph, 16 March]

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DCU car park could be used as location for drive-thru COVID-19 testing

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“A Dublin university could be one of the locations used in the capital for drive thru COVID-19 testing. If the plans go ahead, the Dublin City University campus in Glasnevin will be establishing the coronavirus swabbing centre in one of its car parks …” (more)

[Laura Lyne, Dublin Live, 16 March]

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Fifth Trinity Student Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Surf Club Self-Isolating

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“A Trinity student, who travelled with Dublin University Surf Club on their trip to Fuerteventura last week, has tested positive for COVID-19, the club announced tonight. The student is the fifth person in Trinity to contract the virus …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 15 March]

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It’s Inconsequential, But For Final-Years, Today May Be a Sad College End

Posted in Life on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“When that fateful email was delivered to all of us on Tuesday afternoon, confirming the rumours that lectures would be cancelled for the remainder of term, my initial reaction was one of pure, unbridled delight. No longer would I endure the trauma that comes with 9am lectures – or, as was more commonly the case for me, the guilt that comes with missing said 9am lectures. Instead I was looking forward to ‘learning remotely’ from home in my bed …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 12 April]

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The idea of a university for Derry

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“The New Decade New Approach document has included a commitment to university expansion in Derry, the North’s second city, and fourth largest city on the island. The stated commitment is good news, although it’s hard not be cynical. We’ve had promises for decades, while student numbers dwindle and courses disappear …” (more)

[Anne McCloskey, Derry Now, 16 March]

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COVID-19: The internationalisation revolution that isn’t

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 16th, 2020 by steve

International“The coronavirus crisis is upending higher education – as well as economies and the lives of millions of individuals around the world. Universities have been closed, with teaching cancelled or put online. Conferences have been called off. Of direct relevance to international higher education, prospective students have been unable to take examinations, and international students have been unable to travel to their campuses or to return home …” (more)

[Philip G Altbach and Hans de Wit, University World News, 14 March]

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The debate about technology in education is focused on devices rather than content

Posted in Teaching on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“When Apple released the iPad a decade ago, there was a rush among early adopters to embed such an innovative device into their lives. There was also a surge in the uptake of digital technology in schools around the world at the same time. Ireland was no different …” (more)

[Ann Marcus Quinn, Irish Times, 15 March]

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