Maynooth University Library Cat Update

Posted in Life on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Quite a few people have been asking me how the Maynooth University Library Cat is coping with the lockdown. I always visit him when I take the daily exercise (usually after lunch) allowed by the Covid-19 restrictions. I know that others are looking after him too so he’s doing well …” (more)

[In the Dark, 3 April]

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Universities engage with students on exam supports and accessibility initiatives

Posted in Teaching on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“The seven universities represented by the IUA plan to complete arrangements for end of semester assessments within the next week. The primary objective of the universities is that students be able to successfully complete this semester and either graduate or progress to the next year of their studies …” (more)

[IUA, 3 April]

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Trinity Taking No-Detriment Calls ‘Very Seriously’, Vice-Provost Tells Campaigners

Posted in Teaching on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Vice-Provost Jurgen Barkhoff has told students that Trinity is taking ‘very seriously’ calls for the implementation of a no-detriment policy in College’s summer assessments. Earlier today, students began a ‘bombardment campaign’ calling on Trinity to put in place the policy – which would mean students with a passing grade will finish with a final grade that’s either the same or higher than their average so far this year …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 3 April]

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GMIT staff volunteer for contact tracing

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Staff at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) have started work as volunteers at a newly-established contact tracing centre at their Galway campus. Over 80 volunteers are supporting the national effort against Covid-19 after getting training from HSE public health workers over the last two weeks …” (more)

[Fórsa, 3 April]

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Students call on universities to ensure grades do not suffer in online exams

Posted in Teaching on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Thousands of third-level students have signed petitions calling on their colleges to ensure their grades do not suffer as a result of disruption to education linked to the coronavirus pandemic. Universities which had been closed since mid-March are to hold alternative online exams or remote assessments to replace traditional end-of-year exams in study halls this year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 March]

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NUI Galway to hold virtual conferrings for over 300 medical graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“NUI Galway is to hold two virtual conferring ceremonies for more than 300 medical graduates and their families. The university took the decision to bring the final year medical examinations and graduation forward to ensure that the medical graduates would be available to enter the healthcare workforce …” (more)

[Conall Ó Fátharta, Irish Examiner, 3 April]

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Universities finalise arrangements for end of year exams amid coronavirus closures

Posted in Teaching on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Universities say they will take into account the challenges and stresses facing students as a result of the Covid-19 emergency in designing and assessing end-of-year exams …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 April]

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Mayo third-level students told exams are going ahead online

Posted in Teaching on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Mayo third-level students have been informed that their college examinations will go ahead remotely as an alternative to the traditional hall exams. Students have switched to online tuition following the cancellation of all campus lectures a number of weeks ago …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 3 April]

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With Email Bombardment, Students Step Up ‘No Detriment’ Campaign

Posted in Teaching on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Trinity students have today begun a campaign of email bombardment against the College, demanding the implementation of a ‘no detriment’ policy for this year’s summer assessment. The move marks an escalation of a campaign – launched by students Amber Davy and Grainne Sexton – that began with a petition earlier this week …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 3 April]

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Montrose Students Denied Refunds Amid Covid-19 Lockdown

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Students that are currently renting properties from Aparto student accommodation in Montrose have been told they are not in a position to receive a refund. Despite many students having to return to family homes both in Ireland and abroad, Aparto maintain their accommodation is ‘still safe’ …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 3 April]

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Secondary students want State exams replaced with predicted grades

Posted in Teaching on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Tens of thousands of secondary school students have called for this year’s State exams to be cancelled and replaced with predicted grades. In an online survey of 47,000 Junior and Leaving Cert students over the past week, the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union found that most want their grades to be based on their coursework to date due to the disruption caused by schools being closed due to the coronavirus outbreak …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 April]

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We need to cancel the Leaving Cert and give students predicted grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Along with thousands of other Leaving Cert students, I find myself in an extraordinary position. Schools are closed and look set to remain shut until the summer. Many of us do not have quiet spaces in our homes or have unreliable wifi and sub-standard laptops. Significant numbers face being unable to complete the school curriculum. What impact will all this have on students studying for exams which are supposed to be fair and equitable? …” (more)

[Lucy Donegan, Irish Times, 3 April]

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Government plans for Leaving Cert and Junior Cert exams to go ahead

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Plans are being developed to allow for the Leaving and Junior cert exams to go ahead this year. Yesterday, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the Government wants sixth year students to be able to start college later this year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 3 April]

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Students ‘Not Expected’ to Bear Brunt of COVID-19 Financial Fallout, says UCD President

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“UCD President Andrew Deeks has said that students are not expected to receive any additional costs due to potential financial fallout in the university. He has also stressed delays in additional student supports and a negative short-term impact on UCD. This comes after Deeks warned staff of ‘very severe’ financial implications for the university due to COVID-19 …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 2 April]

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Zooming Eve: academic satire in the coronavirus era

Posted in Research on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Everyone loves a TV programme or movie about higher education. Particularly if they are half way decent, which occasionally they are. We’ve looked before at some portrayals of university leaders on the big and small screen …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Wonkhe, 2 April]

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College students face remote test for summer exams

Posted in Teaching on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“College examinations will go ahead remotely with alternatives to the traditional hall exams at Galway’s two biggest colleges which switched tuition online following the cancellation of all campus lectures …” (more)

[Denise McNamara, Connacht Tribune, 2 April]

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University of Limerick slammed for not offering student accommodation refunds

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“The University of Limerick is refusing to make refunds to students who have vacated the university accommodation due to the COVID crisis. UL Student Union has released a statement urging the university to consider refunding students, demanding that ‘The University of Limerick must show a duty of care to its students during the COVID-19 pandemic’ …” (more)

[Ali Condon, Extra.ie, 2 April]

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