First call centre outside HSE set up at UCD to provide coronavirus support

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2020 by steve

“UCD is operating the first call centre outside the HSE to provide test results, information and advice to people who have had COVID-19 tests and to gather information on close contacts for tracing purposes …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 March]

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Medical Students Remain On Placement Despite Covid-19 Threat

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2020 by steve

“Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing students claim they are facing difficulties in remaining on hospital placement. UCD and the HSE are insistent they continue with their placements. Medical students must complete mandatory ‘placements’ in Irish hospitals in order to progress through their degree, consisting of practical work in a clinical setting. In a statement from a 2nd year nursing student who wishes to not be named; the Tribune has been told of a ‘miscommunication’ from UCD on the decision to continue running medical placements …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 22 March]

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Many Nurses, Midwives Pulled from Placement, But Interns Still Attending

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2020 by steve

“Many nursing and midwifery students have been pulled from their clinical placement this week, amid the ongoing spread of the coronavirus pandemic, but final-year nurses on internships are still being required to attend …” (more)

[Alex Connolly, University Times, 22 March]

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Staff Continue to Receive Pay as Campus Shuts for Business

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2020 by steve

“Businesses on UCD campus and around Ireland have abruptly shut down due to the university shutdown, which has affected their staff. This is one of many disruptive changes on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. The UCD Clubhouse has been forced to close its doors for an indeterminate length of time. While many students would give their right arm to be back there now, the closure means uncertainty for its staff. The bar has committed to pay all full-time salaried staff and also part-time staff up to the end of the current published roster …” (more)

[Conor Paterson, College Tribune, 22 March]

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Trinity did not put contract for campus tours out for tender

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2020 by steve

“Trinity did not put a €6.7 million contract to provide guided tours of its campus out for tender, according to a report in the Sunday Times. The contract to become Trinity’s official tours provider, which is held by Authenticity Tours, the company run by the assistant junior dean, Joseph O’Gorman, was awarded without an invitation to tender being put out, which would have allowed other companies to bid for the contract …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 22 March]

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Statement from the Department of Education and Skills for students in the English language education sector

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Covid-19 outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and the welfare of all students is a priority for the Department of Education and Skills. This is especially the case for those students from overseas who have travelled to Ireland to study English and who may be particularly vulnerable at this time …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 22 March]

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Department focused on State exams going ahead this summer

Posted in Teaching on March 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has said there is no intention at this moment to cancel or postpone either the Junior or Leaving Certificate this summer. Despite a report in a Sunday newspaper a statement from the Department of Education says it ‘remains completely focused on running both sets of state exams’ … (more)

[RTÉ News, 22 March]

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Going online: it’s not about us

Posted in Teaching on March 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I’ve always felt that a big part of the reason that many unproven teaching innovations gain traction is that they tend to they make the job of teaching more enjoyable. I love teaching laboratory classes because it is quite a social way of teaching. I like to call it ‘teaching by walking around’, my version of the well-known concept of ‘managing by walking around’ …” (more)

[Education and other Things, 22 March]

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