‘It’s like a ghost town’ – Scenes from an empty UCD campus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, UCD has closed its doors for teaching … for the most part. There are still plenty of buildings open. I took a stroll around Belfield campus to see what’s going on at the moment. Unsurprisingly, there’s not much. It’s like a ghost town …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 17 March]

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Students Unable to Find Travel Can Extend Move-Out, Says Provost

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“Students unable to make travel arrangements to get home can extend their deadline for moving out of Trinity’s accommodation, Provost Patrick Prendergast has said …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 17 March]

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Coronavirus: Trinity students criticise move to shut campus housing

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“Students living in Trinity College Dublin accommodation have described the university’s decision to shut student housing and force residents to vacate rooms within 24 hours notice as ‘egregious’. The decision was taken in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus among students living in close-quartered accommodation …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 17 March]

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Student nurses should be paid for placements as they help to fight coronavirus, says TD

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“Student nurses on work placements across the country should be paid for helping to fight the coronavirus outbreak, according to a Fianna Fáil TD in Kerry. Norma Foley says she has been in contact with nurses on placement who say they are working the same hours as qualified staff but without pay …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 17 March]

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Coronavirus: UCD to open library for students without internet access

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“University College Dublin (UCD) is to open one of its libraries on campus for students without internet or laptop access at home, despite a two-week shutdown of schools and colleges ordered in response to the coronavirus outbreak …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 17 March]

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By Forcing Students to Leave, Trinity is Knowingly Throwing Them to the Winds

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College’s decision to give its student residents so little notice of their eviction is hard to fathom. By now, life as we know it is well on the way towards changing beyond recognition, as the coronavirus sows chaos in almost every sector of Irish society …” (more)

[University Times, 17 March]

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UCC confirms visitor tested positive for Covid-19; Contact tracing underway

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Contact tracing activities are underway after a case of COVID-19 was identified in a person who had visited UCC. According to a statement on the University’s website and on its social media channels, the individual had visited the Western Gateway Building on the Western Road in recent days …” (more)

[EchoLive, 17 March]

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‘Questionable at best’: Politicians criticise Trinity decision to remove students from campus accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“Politicians have criticised a decision to remove students from university accommodation with 24 hours notice. Trinity College in Dublin took the decision yesterday that all students must leave campus accommodation, Trinity Halls, and other linked private student accommodation in an effort to tackle the coronavirus …” (more)

[Aoife Moore, Irish Examiner, 17 March]

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‘Let common sense prevail’: Annual St Patrick’s partying by students in Belfast raises Covid-19 concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“The notorious St Patrick’s Day parties in Belfast’s ‘Holylands’ area – an annual source of concern for local residents – are causing particular anxiety this year as Northern Ireland grapples with the spread of Covid-19 …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 17 March]

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Reading Week Relief

Posted in Teaching on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“Never was a week free of classes so welcome. Even though our St Patrick’s Day is more like a Doomsday, it too is a welcome break for everyone in Ireland – for one day at least we don’t have to worry about going to work. Reading week offers students an opportunity to draw breath after 8 weeks in a busy semester …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 17 March]

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USI President Hits Out After Trinity Tells Student Residents to Vacate

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“The president of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has criticised Trinity’s decision to instruct students to leave College accommodation this week, calling the move ‘extremely concerning’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 16 March]

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Investment firms snap up Liberties student housing site

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“Round Hill Capital, an international real estate investment firm, and NBK Capital have bought a 368-bed student accommodation development in the Liberties, Dublin 8. NBK Capital, a Middle Eastern investment company, will help co-fund the development, which has a value of €85m …” (more)

[Ellie Donnelly, Independent, 17 March]

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Ulster University moving towards ‘remote study’

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“Preparations are underway at Ulster University to allow students and staff to work from home in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Universities in the South of Ireland and in other parts of the world have taken the decision to facilitate home study in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 16 March]

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Trinity College tells students living on campus they must go home, except in very exceptional cases

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“Trinity Dublin has told all its students living on campus that they must go home, other than in very exceptional cases. The dramatic move comes tonight as college authorities confirm that it is aware of at least eight confirmed cases of coronavirus in Trinity, with many more students and staff self-isolating …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 March]

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Keeping schools open in Northern Ireland not a political decision, says minister

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“Stormont’s education minister has insisted his stance on keeping schools open is not political and is in line with the expert medical advice. Peter Weir was challenged during a sitting of the Assembly as to why schools, colleges and childcare facilities in Northern Ireland remain open, when in the Republic of Ireland they were all closed as part of efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 16 March]

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Three more cases of coronavirus reported in Trinity community

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“Three more cases of coronavirus have been confirmed among Trinity staff and students, bringing the total number of Covid-19 cases in Trinity to eight. The three additional cases were listed on Trinity’s website this evening …” (more)

[Trinity News, 16 March]

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