Leaving Certificate Students May Have College Start Delayed Until November

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Leaving certificate students could sit their exams in late summer and start college as late as November, under contingency plans currently under discussion in the Department of Education, the Irish Times is reporting. Education stakeholders have in recent days discussed a range of plans if leaving certificate exams don’t start in June as a result of the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Alex Connolly, University Times, 25 March]

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37-Member UCD Governing Authority to Hold Virtual Meeting Amid COVID-19 University Shutdown

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“The UCD Governing Authority (GA) is to meet this Thursday using video conferencing tool Zoom. In a historic first, the 37-member committee will meet virtually, providing video or audio access for all governors who are working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 12-member University Management Team (UMT) have also held daily online meetings throughout the current university shutdown …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 25 March]

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Leaving Cert students could sit deferred exams and start college in mid-autumn

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Leaving Cert students could end up sitting deferred exams and starting college as late as October or November under contingency plans being discussed by senior education sources. The Department of Education has been engaging with a range of education stakeholders over alternative plans for the Leaving Cert in the event that the exams do not begin in June as planned …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, University Times, 25 March]

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Trinity Ball Refunds Will ‘Take Some Time’, Says College

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Refunds for Trinity Ball tickets will ‘take some time’ to process, College has said, following the cancellation of the ball yesterday due to the coronavirus outbreak. Ticket-holders will receive a full refund, but College has asked them to ‘refrain from emailing the Trinity Ball address with individual requests for updates …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 25 March]

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Govt looking at student nurses being paid – Varadkar

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the Government is examining the issue of student nurses working in hospitals during the Covid-19 emergency and not getting paid. He said the Minister Health Simon Harris would have proposals on the issue shortly …” (more)

[Aisling Kenny, RTÉ News, 25 March]

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Students to Get Details of Exam Arrangements by End of Next Week

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Students should get confirmation on what shape this year’s exams will take by the end of next week, Trinity said today. Trinity’s College Board today approved proposed changes to the structure of this year’s exams – previously by The University Times – that could see students sitting final assessments instead of exams or real-time online exams …” (more)

[Cormac Watson and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 25 March]

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USI calls for accommodation refunds for student tenants

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has called on operators of large-scale student accommodation to refund student tenants who have had to leave college and return home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It says landlord firms are refusing any refunds to students who are no longer living in the privately-operated student buildings, many of whom have lost part-time jobs due to closures as a result of the pandemic …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 25 March]

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Private Student Accommodation Providers Must Refund Students – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education, Thomas Byrne, has called on those providing private student accommodation to return prepaid rents to students who have had to go home as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 25 March]

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NUI Galway President Calls for Community Spirit to Support Student Accommodation Needs

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“NUI Galway President, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, has called for property owners to work with the University and show care and compassion to students during the COVID-19 emergency …” (more)

[NUI Galway, 25 March]

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Why pausing the REF makes sense but axing it doesn’t

Posted in Research on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Yesterday’s announcement that the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) is to be placed on hold ‘until further notice’ is a welcome move by Research England and UKRI, in response to the deepening Covid-19 crisis …” (more)

[James Wilsdon, Wonkhe, 25 March]

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Students want to be involved in decision-making around State exams

Posted in Teaching on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Second-level students want to involved in the decision-making around the Leaving Cert and Junior cycle exams, in the face of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU) said there was an immense feeling of uncertainty and anxiety as students await clarification on the exams …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 March]

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Student accommodation providers must show rent leniency – Ní Chuilín

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has called for student accommodation providers to show leniency and freeze rents while universities and colleges are shut to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. Carál Ní Chuilín said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 25 March]

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Coronavirus is a Wakeup Call for Academic Conferences. Here’s Why.

Posted in Research on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“The current international health crisis surrounding coronavirus is wreaking havoc across the globe and is now also having a major impact on the scholarly ecosystem. Academic conferences are being hardest hit as event after event is cancelled to reduce the risk of the virus spreading further. These cancellations are resulting in turmoil for many would-be attendees who have often spent months preparing for events and not only lose out on time and money, but also on the opportunity to discover and share valuable early-stage research …” (more)

[Sami Benchekroun and Michelle Kuepper, The Scholarly Kitchen, 25 March]

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USI calls for student nurses to be paid during Covid-19 crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland is calling for student nurses to be paid during the current health crisis. Standard practice means hundreds are in unpaid placements across the country to earn enough hours to get qualified …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 25 March]

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On the double: academics and industry breathing hope into overcoming the shortage of ventilators

Posted in Research on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Respiratory support can mean the difference between life and death for Covid-19 patients. About one in six people who contracts the disease becomes seriously ill and develop difficulty breathing. While this is most likely the elderly and people with blood pressure, heart or lung problems, or those with diabetes, about half of the patients requiring intensive care unit (ICU) admission in Ireland so far are under 50 …” (more)

[Catherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 March]

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Seanad election turnout of NUI graduates tops Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Candidates in the Seanad elections have appealed for voters on the university panels to return their postal ballot for the deadline on Tuesday, March 31st. Outgoing Trinity College Senators Ivana Bacik and Lynn Ruane expressed concern at the low turnout with just 9,500 completed ballots returned from an electorate of 70,000 graduates …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 25 March]

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Alcohol-Free Student Accommodation May Do More Harm Than Good

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“The issue of who should have access to alcohol and where they should be allowed to consume it is not a new one. Attitudes to the drug are as cyclical as they are predictable, with periods of puritanical opposition interspersed with those of a more liberal endorsement. One constant, however, when additional restrictions on alcohol consumption are mooted, is that they have a disproportionate effect on the poorer sectors of society …” (more)

[Christopher Dignam, University Times, 24 March]

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Schools, universities to remain shut until after Easter holidays

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Schools and universities will not reopen until after the Easter holidays, the Government has said. The Government confirmed that all guidelines on closures will be extended, with the hope that schools will reopen in May or June …” (more)

[Aoife Moore, Irish Examiner, 25 March]

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DCU to offer rent refunds to students leaving campus accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Rent refunds will be made available to DCU students who leave their on campus accommodation due to the university’s closure. These refunds are scheduled to come into effect on Monday, March 30th, with students asked to contact Campus Residences to confirm they have left their rooms. All students will have until April 3rd to confirm the end of their tenancy …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally, The College View, 24 March]

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How to make the switch to online teaching more effective

Posted in Teaching on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“As a result of the new coronavirus epidemic most universities in China have encouraged their professors to apply online teaching instead of in-class teaching and this is likely to continue for the indefinite future. Some professors and students have complained about problems with online teaching and lack confidence in its effectiveness, but many are still new to the whole online experience. Here are some of the problems and some potential solutions …” (more)

[Huili Han, University World News, 21 March]

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