Call for student nurses to be paid for placements during crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Student nurses and midwives completing unpaid placements during the Covid-19 pandemic should be taken on as paid employees during the crisis, the head of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has urged …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 23 March]

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UCC and UCD to give free course to help more nurses treat coronavirus patients

Posted in Teaching on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“University College Cork and University College Dublin are to provide a course, free of charge during the coronavirus pandemic, to help more nurses treat patients with Covid-19. The National Foundation module in Critical Care Nursing is an online accelerated programme aimed at increasing the number of nurses available to provide critical care to patients with Covid-19 as well as to other patients who require intensive care …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 23 March]

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On lectures and other things #isolation

Posted in Teaching on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Being in a high risk category, I’ve been in isolation for over two weeks now, and I’ve hardly been out the door in the last week. Despite the fact that I’ve spent massive amounts of time staring at my phone, I’ve also spent a lot of time thinking and reflecting about education. Here are some of the things that have crossed my mind …” (more)

[Education and other Things, 23 March]

Clamping Down

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“So there I was, feeling heartless. Why couldn’t I feel more genuine pity for the Captains of Enterprise who had steered their Starship Universities onto the global barrier reefs? The panic was, after all, palpable in the ‘engine-room directive’ to keep the orders coming for next year’s foreign trade …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 23 March]

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(University) Life During Wartime

Posted in Life on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Since everyone is using war metaphors to describe current efforts against COVID-19, I thought it might be worth taking a trip down memory lane to look at what universities did during the World Wars …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 23 March]

Academic Library Response to COVID-19: Real-Time Data Gathering and Dissemination

Posted in Research on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“As higher education institutions in the United States began to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by moving classes online, emptying residence halls, and authorizing remote work, academic librarians found themselves in need of real-time information – not only about their own institution’s practices, but also how other libraries were responding …” (more)

[Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe and Christine Wolff-Eisenberg, The Scholarly Kitchen, 23 March]

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Students risk losing out as online teaching creates ‘digital divide’

Posted in Teaching on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“If the secondary school students in John Gavin’s Irish class thought they were getting off lightly when the schools closed, they had another thing coming. Gavin broadcasts his classes from a home-made studio equipped with a 27-inch iMac, gigabit broadband and professional-grade microphones. It allows him to conduct quizzes in real-time, screencast tutorials and share video from his computer screen …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Michaelle McBride, Irish Times, 23 March]

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When Academic Work Occurs Only Through Our Computers

Posted in Life on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Until some indeterminate date, all of our academic work will take place on our computers. Think about that for a second. For those of us higher ed people who are working full-time at home due to COVID-19 restrictions on coming to campus, all of our work will be digital …” (more)

[Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed, 22 March]

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‘Times are strange and we’re being thrown right in’: Student nurses joining the frontlines in Covid-19 crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“From this month, hundreds of student nurses across the country will begin their unpaid work placements amidst the coronavirus outbreak that is putting unprecedented spotlight and pressure on our health services …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 23 March]

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This is just the start of an unequal Leaving Cert for the class of 2020

Posted in Teaching on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Opinion: The plan to continue with the written exams in June is not possible. Today I, like 56,000 other Leaving Cert students, would normally be getting ready for a seven- or eight-hour day at school with the aim of preparing for the most important exams of my life …” (more)

[Brian Lynch, Irish Times, 23 March]

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An Accommodation Debacle That Showed Trinity’s Administration at its Worst

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“A week is a long time in College politics at the best of times – and for Trinity’s decision-makers, this one must have felt like an eternity. Last week, this Editorial Board praised the College for its response to the coronavirus pandemic. Trinity, we wrote, had acted with precision and decisiveness in uncharted waters …” (more)

[University Times, 22 March]

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UCC, CIT willing to open their facilities to HSE in virus fight

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Both University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology want to work with the HSE in the face of the global health crisis. CIT told The Echo it has provided the HSE with details of its premises and is standing by with possible staff allocations, if necessary, while UCC said it is ready to assist with any needs identified by the health service …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 22 March]

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Hunt for coronavirus cure is making science more open

Posted in Research on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

International“The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared an international public health emergency over the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus. One day later, the Wellcome Trust research charity called for researchers, journals and funders around the world to share research data and findings relevant to the coronavirus rapidly and openly, to inform the public and help save lives …” (more)

[Xin Xu, University World News, 21 March]

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