Trinity plans to limit deferrals for students in the next academic year

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College has stated that they plan to put a cap on the number of students who will be allowed to defer places in the next academic term. The plan comes after a leaked Higher Education Authority (HEA) report that said a ‘significant’ number of students are likely to defer from taking college places this year …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 31 May]

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The Demented University

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“What happens when a university starts acting as a bagman for the global trade in academic credentials? It totally loses the plot, that’s what. And what if the rot only affects a limited section of the university, UCD Global Ltd, for example? Same difference. In a totalitarian set-up, it doesn’t matter whether UCD Legal is renamed UCD Legal Ltd or UCD Lawless Unlimited …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 31 May]

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Thoughts on the Dermot Ferriter article

Posted in Teaching on May 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Historian, David Ferriter’s recent Irish Times article will have resonated with a lot of people working in the higher education sector, including me. I had recently been chatting with a colleague about how rumours were going around about the fact that our online materials would have to come suitably ‘branded’. I’ve no idea if that is the case and what ‘branding’ means in this context but the word is not one that one would have heard in a university even ten years ago …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 31 May]

More thoughts on lower and higher-order thinking

Posted in Teaching on May 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I’ve been too busy being parent over the last few days to write much but ideas have been swirling around in my head. So I hope to write couple of posts this morning. My first post today is a follow-up to this one on the concept of higher and lower order learning. In that post I was trying to make two key points …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 31 May]

International enrolment drop to cost universities US$4.5bn

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 31st, 2020 by steve

“United States colleges and universities are bracing for declines in international student enrolments in the coming autumn (fall) semester, a prospect that could lead to a loss of revenues as high as US$4.5 billion and further slow the momentum of overseas recruitment, a pair of reports examining the impact of COVID-19 on US higher education suggest …” (more)

[Mary Beth Marklein, University World News, 30 May]

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What are scientific papers for?

Posted in Research on May 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Writing scientific papers and publishing them in academic journals is an essential part of the activity of a researcher. ‘Publish or perish’ is truer now than ever, and an extensive publication list is essential for anyone wanting to have a career in science. But what are these papers actually for? What purpose do they serve? …” (more)

[In the Dark, 30 May]

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Maurice Quinlivan TD welcomes UL decision to ‘do the right thing’ on student rents

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD for Limerick City Maurice Quinlivan has said that today’s news that students at UL will be granted refunds for vacating student accommodation early due to COVID 19 is very welcome. UL have finally done the right thing. Speaking today in Limerick, Teachta Quinlivan said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 29 May]

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Can public sector pay rises be justified during coronavirus?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Up to 1.2m workers in the private sector have lost their jobs, had their pay cut or are on some form of State support since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. On the other hand, you have about 300,000 public sector employees who are not only safe from a pay reduction but are set to receive pay increases later this year. Under the final phase of the current public sector pay deal, all 330,000 public servants including nurses, teachers, gardaí and council staff are due to get a 2% pay rise in October …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 30 May]

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In the UK, Liberal Arts Offer a Different Philosophy on Higher Education

Posted in Teaching on May 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In 2000, Northern Ireland was in the process of forging its identity as a post-conflict society. The task at hand was unprecedented – what loomed around the corner for society and politics was intrinsically unclear. What was in no doubt, however, was the fact that every facet of Northern Irish life would now have to navigate a new position for itself in an utterly transformed world …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 30 May]

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No €6,750-a-year JP McManus scholarships for calculated grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Valuable college scholarships, sponsored by billionaire JP McManus, will not be awarded on the basis of calculated grades, in a major blow to students from disadvantaged backgrounds …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 May]

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Concern after 994 students fail to register

Posted in Teaching on May 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Almost 1,000 Leaving Cert candidates have not registered on the calculated grades portal. When the extended deadline passed at noon yesterday, 60,035 of 61,029 students who had entered for the June exams had signed up. The calculated grades system was devised to replace the summer Leaving Cert exams, which have been cancelled because of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 May]

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Third level and a change of mind

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Leaving Cert students who are contemplating their CAO forms at the moment will be grateful for the Change of Mind 2020 supplement and Brian Mooney’s advice about choosing your college course carefully (‘Decision time: what should you study?’, May 26th) …” (more)

[Mary Cannon, Irish Times, 30 May]

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Reopening education

Posted in Teaching on May 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As Ireland struggles to find ways to reopen schools and universities, the focus has been on how social distancing lengths of one or two metres are the rate-limiting factor. While these are key determining factors, they are not the only ones …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 30 May]

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Anne Kernan obituary: trailblazing Irish physicist

Posted in Life on May 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dr Anne Kernan, the Dublin-born physicist who was on the research team of Prof Carlo Rubbia and Dr Simon van der Meer, winners of the 1984 Nobel prize for physics, has died in Florida. One of a small number of high-ranking female physicists of her generation, Dr Kernan spent the latter half of her career lecturing at the University of California, Riverside in the United States and as a researcher at CERN, the European organisation for nuclear research near Geneva in Switzerland …” (more)

[Irish Times, 30 May]

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Assessing the Leaving Certificate

Posted in Teaching on May 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – It is grossly unacceptable that any notes used in the formulation of predicted results for Leaving Cert students are to be destroyed prior to any marking appeal by students (‘Teachers advised to ‘destroy’ documents relating to students’ grades’, News, May 27th) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 30 May]

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UL student accommodation refunds to cost about €3.45m

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students who vacated on-campus accommodation at the University of Limerick when the Covid-19 pandemic hit are to receive more than €3.4 million in rent refunds. In a statement on Friday the university said Plassey Campus Centre (PCC) Ltd, the company which manages its on-campus accommodation, ‘has approved the return of rental income to the students who left their accommodation on foot of the government’s decision to close the university campus in March’ …” (more)

[Kitty Holland, Irish Times, 29 May]

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Trinity’s Erasmus Decision Spawns as Many Questions as it Answers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“When it comes to making critical College-wide decisions, Trinity rarely follows the crowd. Today’s decision on its Erasmus exchange programme has proven that. While long-awaited, the result of the decision to be made had seemed almost predictable in the days leading up to release of today’s email, from Juliette Hussey, the vice-president for Global Relations …” (more)

[Faye Curran, University Times, 29 May]

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Finance Minister Confirms Public Sector Pay Rise

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Finance Minister has confirmed that public sector workers will get a planned pay rise in October. Unions have been campaigning for the increase to go ahead despite the predicted 30 billion euro hole in the state’s finances due to the Covid-19 pandemic …” (more)

[Kim Buckley, Today FM, 29 May]

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Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2020 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status the development of each of the proposed technological universities …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 May]

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Third Level Admissions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 30th, 2020 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the consultation which has taken place to date on the provision of additional spaces at third-level institutions for the coming term; if agreement has been reached that these places will be made available to current leaving certificate students; if additional supports will be provided to third-level institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 May]

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