Trinity Students Receive Degrees In Zoom Commencement Ceremony

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“Some 532 Trinity students have been conferred with their degrees in absentia in a commencement ceremony on Zoom, marking the first time a graduation has been held online. Chancellor Mary McAleese conferred the degrees in the traditional Latin, in a ceremony that will be later uploaded online, according to Provost Patrick Prendergast …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 7 April]

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A Different Future?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“Fine Gael’s decade long policy of frustrating the emergence of a university in Waterford might be at an end. It was a crafty master-stroke to snarl up the future of WIT in a car-crash merger with Carlow …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 7 April]

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Fourth-year nursing students to be paid more

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“Fourth-year nursing students who are currently working as interns in hospitals are set to be paid more, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has confirmed. In an update to its student members the INMO said that the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive had clarified that fourth-year interns, who were earning less than Healthcare Assistants (HCAs), will now be paid on the HCA salary scale …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 7 April]

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UCC’s School of Nursing transformed into HSE Oncology Day Service during COVID-19 crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“University College Cork has made a premises available to the HSE to facilitate treatment for vulnerable cancer patients during the COVID-19 crisis. Ordinarily the School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC uses its simulation centre to facilitate and support student learning. However over the last few weeks UCC and the HSE have worked together to enable the provision of onsite clinical services at the centre, which will now be used to deliver chemotherapy to patients with cancer …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 7 April]

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UCD Waives Extenuating Circumstances Requirements

Posted in Teaching on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“The Extenuating Circumstances Policy of UCD has been altered to fit COVID-19 Special Arrangements. Students are no longer required to provide a ‘Formal Statement of Circumstances’ verified by supporting evidence to validify their requests for extenuating circumstances. Students must still, however, provide the ‘Formal Statement of Circumstances’, outlining their case clearly, and there will be no further requirement of supporting documentation …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 7 April]

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New GMIT President takes up post amid coronavirus shutdown

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“GMIT has welcomed the appointment of a new President, Dr Orla Flynn, who has started work at the deep end amid the coronavirus pandemic. GMIT, like all other colleges in Ireland, was ordered to close in the earliest days of the pandemic here, along with schools and childcare centres …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 7 April]

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Student nurses could be fast-tracked to qualification to tackle Covid-19

Posted in Teaching on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“Hundreds of nursing students could be placed on the nursing register early under plans being drawn up to tackle the Covid-19 crisis. One document, compiled by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) and seen by TheJournal.ie, suggests that nursing interns across the country could become registered nurses as soon as July – several weeks before planned registration dates …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 6 April]

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Erasmus Students Offered Reflective Essay In Place Of Lost Credits Abroad

Posted in Teaching on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“In the unprecedented times of Covid-19, UCD has been putting measures in place to allow students to continue their learning. Students who are currently studying abroad have been particularly affected and in recent days university staff have put in place alternative arrangements for students unable to complete their full credits in their host university …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 6 April]

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3 Bad Educational Ideas that COVID-19 Will Hopefully Kill

Posted in Teaching on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“It will be a stretch to find the educational silver linings of COVID-19. A catalyst for online education? Not so much. Traditional online education is all about aligning practice with research, learning design with learning science. We are all trying, and we will get closer the longer this goes on, but nobody in the online education community would claim that remote and online learning are synonymous …” (more)

[Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed, 6 April]

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WIT Responds To National Call During Covid-19 Emergency

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“Playing their part in with the national effort to address challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, students, staff and researchers at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have made their own significant contribution. Professor Willie Donnelly, President of WIT, spoke of the Institute’s immense pride at their efforts over the past number of weeks …” (more)

[Claire Quinn, Waterford News and Star, 6 April]

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The Secret Teacher: Giving students full marks for cancelled tests isn’t fair

Posted in Teaching on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“Is your glass half empty or half full?” asked the mole. ‘I think I’m grateful to have a glass’, said the boy. If the mole – from Charlie Mackesy’s The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse – had travelled the length and breadth of Ireland with that question after the cancellation of Leaving Certificate oral and practical exams he’d have encountered a wide variety of reactions …” (more)

[Irish Times, 7 April]

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