Modernity has become Individualistic – Coronavirus Allows us to Change

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2020 by steve

“Our lives have changed in the last two weeks. COVID-19 started as a far-away problem, something we felt completely and utterly far removed from as we continued to live our lives, as usual. College, lectures and coffees on campus with our friends to kill time. Little did we know, life was about to change …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 21 March]

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Seanad elections to continue despite Trinity’s closure

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2020 by steve

“Elections for the three Dublin University seats in Seanad Éireann are continuing as normal despite the University being closed, a spokesperson for Academic Registry has confirmed to Trinity News. ‘We are still receiving ballots at the moment, we are currently on a rota and each staff member is sitting in separate rooms for safety purposes’, they stated, adding that ‘the university is planning to proceed with the count at present’ …” (more)

[Comhall Fanning, Trinity News, 21 March]

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No Decision As Yet on Trinity Ball, Says College

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2020 by steve

“Trinity is yet to make a decision on whether Trinity Ball will go ahead, the College has confirmed, amid ongoing uncertainty about the lasting impact of the coronavirus …” (more)

[Ella Connolly, University Times, 21 March]

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Global Hindsight

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 21st, 2020 by steve

“It’s hard to take in the full impact of the coronavirus catastrophe on Higher Education in Ireland. For fifteen years, many colleges have been pursuing an ever more intensive global agenda. My own university’s strapline is famously ‘Ireland’s Global University’ and the first iteration of our newly global strategy was equally clear: ‘Forming Global Minds’. This agenda quickly became all-invasive. Not educationally, however …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 21 March]

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Major universities suspend most lab research – but not into coronavirus

Posted in Research on March 21st, 2020 by steve

“This week, Erin Goley froze research at her Johns Hopkins University lab — literally. With the university sending students and professors packing in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, Goley stopped experiments in the medical school lab, went to a freezer and stored bacteria that scientists are studying …” (more)

[Susan Svrluga, Washington Post, 21 March]

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Western Universities Rely on China. After the Virus, That May Not Last.

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 21st, 2020 by steve

‘In Britain, the United States and Australia, the coronavirus could blow huge holes in the budgets of universities that have “become addicted to one source of income …” (more)

[Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, 21 March]

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Residents in DCU on-campus accommodation will not be asked to vacate their apartments

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2020 by steve

“Residents in accommodation across DCU’s three campuses will not be asked to vacate their apartments. Student’s living on campus were contacted by the campus residences team on Tuesday, March 17 and told that some DCU accommodation may need to be made available to the HSE at short notice in order to help tackle the COVID-19 crisis …” (more)

[Aoife O’Brien, The College View, 20 March]

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The Covid-19 Crisis Is Widening the Gap Between Secure and Insecure Instructors

Posted in Teaching on March 21st, 2020 by steve

“Like many in higher education, Rachel J Tollett, an instructor of music and humanities at Harold Washington College, part of the City Colleges of Chicago system, is busy moving her courses online. (Harold Washington suspended classes this week to allow faculty members to shift online.) …” (more)

[Megan Zahneis, Chronicle of Higher Education, 18 March]

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Council in talks with other colleges over campus after IT Carlow snub

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2020 by steve

“Wexford County Council are to look to other third level institutions in a bid to establish a new state of the art college campus in Wexford following the latest snub from IT Carlow. In a long running saga, IT Carlow had funding allocated for a new Wexford campus in 2015 and since pulled out of deals for sites at Ferrybank and Newtown Road …” (more)

[Wexford People, 21 March]

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The Irish Times view on disruption to education: Keep calm and stay focused

Posted in Teaching on March 21st, 2020 by steve

“Like so much else during the coronavirus crisis, our education system is in uncharted waters. Parents and teachers have no firm of idea of when schools will reopen. Junior and Leaving Cert students do not know if they will have exams during the summer …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 March]

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Oral and practical sections of Leaving

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 21st, 2020 by steve

“Sir, – The decision by the Department of Education to award full marks for oral and practical components of Leaving Certificate examinations is ill-judged at least and reckless at most …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 21 March]

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Second and first year grade contribution for final degree of Humanities and Social Sciences students suspended

Posted in Teaching on March 21st, 2020 by steve

“This year’s second year and first year grade contribution on the final degree awarded to Humanities and Social Sciences students was suspended, the executive dean of the faculty, professor John Doyle, said in an email addressed to the faculty …” (more)

[Brendan Fernando Kelly Palenque, The College View, 20 March]

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German universities in crisis mode, postpone semester

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2020 by steve

“Universities in Germany have postponed the start of the summer semester by several weeks as part of the country’s efforts to stem the coronavirus pandemic. The crisis is having a severe impact on academic exchange …” (more)

[Michael Gardner, University World News, 18 March]

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