UCC rejects calls for ‘no detriment’ assessment policy

Posted in Teaching on April 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has rejected calls from students to implement a ‘no detriment’ policy for summer assessments in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The policy, advocated for by the students of several Irish universities and implemented in a number of UK universities, would mean that as long as students receive a passing mark, their overall average grade cannot be brought down by upcoming assessments …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 6 April]

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‘We Have The Necessary Supports’ – UCD Introduces New Measures, Rejecting No-Detriment

Posted in Teaching on April 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCD has extended the end of trimester exams by one week in order to give students ‘the best spread of assessments as possible’ and to allow ‘more time to prepare and complete assessments’. A number of assessments will also be altered in order to reflect the position students currently find themselves in. UCD have now hinted that assessments may be graded easier, saying that ‘all results will be considered and reviewed taking account of these challenging circumstances’ …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 6 April]

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Eoin Ó Broin Blasts Government As Students Fight for Housing Refunds

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has blasted the government for its handling of student accommodation refunds amid the coronavirus, criticising a ‘very disappointing’ response from Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor …” (more)

[Danielle Varley, University Times, 6 April]

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NUIG medical students graduate early and online to join pandemic fight

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The graduation of 190 medical students from NUIG has been fast-tracked to ensure more doctors are available to work during the Covid-19 pandemic. NUI Galway’s 2020 graduation event, which was held online for the first time, took place on Monday morning through a Facebook live event. The students’ final year exams had previously been brought forward to enable them to enter the healthcare workforce without delay …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 6 April]

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Disappointing response from higher education Minister on student accommodation refunds – Eoin Ó Broin TD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has described the response from the Minister of State for Higher Education on the issue of student accommodation refunds as ‘very disappointing’. Deputy Ó Broin said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 6 April]

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Academic Libraries at a Pivotal Moment

Posted in Research on April 6th, 2020 by steve

“Higher education institutions are suffering tremendously from the impacts of the pandemic. And, as one university president noted last week, if any colleges and universities are unable to reopen for residential instruction in the fall due to the pandemic’s continuing effects, the results will be ‘cataclysmic’. Even putting aside worst case scenarios, instability in the economy means that many higher education institutions will likely face reduced revenue this upcoming academic year …” (more)

[Roger C Schonfeld and Christine Wolff-Eisenberg, The Scholarly Kitchen, 6 April]

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No Detriment Isn’t a Perfect Policy – But It’s the Best Proposal We’ve Seen

Posted in Teaching on April 6th, 2020 by steve

“This week, a new student movement exploded. Around the country, thousands on social media called on their colleges to implement ‘no detriment’ policies – which would essentially safeguard grades against falling – for this summer’s assessment periods. It’s not hard to see why the proposal – already adopted in some UK universities – is so popular …” (more)

[University Times, 5 April]

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Teaching, learning and technology

Posted in Teaching on April 6th, 2020 by steve

“Sir, – Education at its simplest presumes a student who wants to learn and a teacher who is willing to teach. That’s the dynamic driving a wonderful relationship which makes the classroom such an exciting place. But it is the human relationship which is its primary driver …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 6 April]

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State examinations and fairness

Posted in Teaching on April 6th, 2020 by steve

“Sir, – The Taoiseach, Minister for Education and the State Exams Commission are to be commended for confirming that the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert exams are to go ahead. This is the clarity that students, teachers and parents have requested over recent weeks. Some students are now expressing the view that the exams should not go ahead …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 6 April]

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Coronavirus: Construction industry collapses as restrictions take hold

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2020 by steve

“Construction collapsed at record speed to its lowest level in 11 years as Covid-19 restrictions halted building across the Republic last month, the latest figures show. Work on big projects – including the National Children’s Hospital, Grangegorman Technological University Campus, new roads such as the Macroom-Ballyvourney route in Co Cork – and house-building stalled across the Republic last week, hitting up to 30,000 jobs …” (more)

[Barry O’Halloran, Irish Times, 6 April]

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How can universities climb out of the coming financial abyss?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2020 by steve

“The UK higher education sector is ‘looking over the edge into a very significant financial abyss’, said University of Exeter vice chancellor Steve Smith at a UUKi event recently …” (more)

[Debbie McVitty, Wonkhe, 5 April]

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Coronavirus: Primary school measures are reinforcing inequality, report says

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on April 6th, 2020 by steve

“The coronavirus pandemic is reshaping primary school education, but the impact of the changes is reinforcing social inequalities, according to an emergency report prepared for educational professionals. Not all parents have the skills, time or health to help children with distance learning and not all schools and pupils have the necessary technology to enable such learning either, the researchers say …” (more)

[Sheila Wayman, Irish Times, 6 April]

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