40% of International Students Sharing a Room With Three or More People

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2020 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has called for protections to be put in place for international students in Ireland amid the coronavirus, with many living in overcrowded conditions and some unable to avail of pandemic unemployment payments despite losing their jobs …” (more)

[Danielle Varley, University Times, 13 May]

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TDs claim predictive grade Leaving Cert discriminates against working class students

Posted in Teaching on May 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Concerns have been raised over the Leaving Certificate predictive grade mechanism and how it will impact students. Last week the Government cancelled the Leaving Certificate exams which were due to begin on July 29. Instead, students will now be offered the option of accepting grades calculated by their teachers or sitting the Leaving Certificate at a later date when the pandemic eases …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 13 May]

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Athena SWAN Awards Still a Priority for Trinity, Despite Financial Fears

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is pushing ahead at school level with applications for Athena SWAN – a ‘critical’ third-level gender equality scheme, with significant implications for College’s research funding – despite the coronavirus pandemic, a top official has said …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 13 May]

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‘That is a disgrace’: Row erupts over claims ‘school profiling’ will discriminate against some students

Posted in Teaching on May 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A row erupted in the Dáil this afternoon over concerns raised about the Leaving Certificate predictive grade mechanism and how it will impact students. Last week the Government cancelled the Leaving Certificate exams which were due to begin on July 29 …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 13 May]

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Manipulated images: hiding in plain sight?

Posted in Legal issues, Research on May 13th, 2020 by steve

“Many years ago, I took a taxi from Manchester Airport to my home in Didsbury. It’s a 10 minute drive, but the taxi driver took me on a roundabout route that was twice as long. I started to query this as we veered off course, and was given a rambling story about road closures. I paid the fare but took a note of his details …” (more)

[BishopBlog, 13 May]

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The Drive to Working from Home

Posted in Teaching on May 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I’m glad I am not a property developer building a new office block, or a landlord sitting on an empty building right now. I am wondering if some companies who are considering expanding their workforce still feel the need to rent/buy new offices. Perhaps there is even another property crash ahead? Some offices in Dublin have been empty for years already! …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 13 May]

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Quick thoughts on a year in academia

Posted in Research, Teaching on May 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“So another academic year, my 34th ends. All that’s left to do is mark my only exam and attend an exam board or two and that’s that. It’s been an unusual year for me. I had a very reduced workload and although I gave all my lectures and ran my lab modules, I generally took a step back from things …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 13 May]

Leaving Cert students cannot contact teachers or discuss estimated marks – Department of Education

Posted in Teaching on May 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Teachers and Leaving Cert candidates cannot have any further discussions about the student’s performance in the past two years, nor can they talk about the estimated mark that the teacher will award a pupil under the new calculated grades system …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 May]

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