Irish Colleges to Struggle to ‘Compete’ With Online Teaching, Warns SFI Chair

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Teaching on May 15th, 2020 by steve

“Irish universities will struggle to ‘compete’ in the sphere of online learning when it comes to attracting students over the coming years, a top research official has warned. Peter Clinch, the chairman of Science Foundation Ireland, said the ‘centralised’ approach to IT of Ireland’s universities means it will be difficult for them to implement ‘blended learning’ – a combination of online and in-person learning – in the coming months and years …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 15 May]

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DCU sets September 21 as start date for first year students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 15th, 2020 by steve

“Dublin City University (DCU) has set September 21 as the start date for first years, two weeks ahead of the general return of students on October 5. The September 21 date is provisional and will depend on the final timelines for the Leaving Cert results and CAO offers …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 May]

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Staff Told Not to Return to Campus Next Monday, Despite Government Directive

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2020 by steve

“Trinity’s teaching staff have been instructed not to return to College next Monday despite a government directive that says they can come in to prepare online learning. Meanwhile, only current residents will have access to the campus, Trinity confirmed on May 15th, despite previously confirming that residents would be allowed back on campus as normal …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 14 May]

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Parents and Leaving Cert students warned against offering incentive to teachers in bid to influence grades

Posted in Teaching on May 15th, 2020 by steve

“The Department of Education has warned parents and Leaving Cert candidates off offering any inducement to teachers in a bid to influence grades they award under the new assessment system replacing the Leaving Cert …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 May]

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Governing Authority Gives No Sign Of Implementing Calls For Partial Refunds

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2020 by steve

“The Governing Authority (GA) of University College Dublin (UCD) has given no indication of seriously considering calls to partially refund fees to students, GA sources suggest. In recent weeks, a group of primarily international and graduate students have called on the university to consider a 30% rebate due to lack of access to promised on-campus facilities as a result of COVID-19 restrictions …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 15 May]

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DCU establishes Research and Innovation Hub to tackle Covid-19 challenges

Posted in Research on May 15th, 2020 by steve

“DCU has established a new research hub focused entirely on finding solutions to challenges posed by Covid-19. Dublin City University (DCU) has established the Covid-19 Research and Innovation (R&I) Hub, which will support 16 multi-disciplinary projects focused exclusively on challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Colm Gorey, Silicon Republic, 13 May]

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UCD Suspends Erasmus and Study Abroad for Autumn Trimester

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 15th, 2020 by steve

“University College Dublin (UCD) has suspended all outbound Erasmus and non-EU college exchanges for the upcoming autumn trimester due to the coronavirus pandemic. The college is now the second Irish university to suspend international exchanges for its students …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 15 May]

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All Areas of College to Produce Safety Statement Before Staff Return to Work

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2020 by steve

“All areas of Trinity will have to produce a safety statement and workplace audit before staff return to work, as part of the College’s roadmap to re-opening fully amid the pandemic. Trinity has set up a Return to Work Committee to manage the transition back to College for staff, and current staffing levels will not be increased before an audit undertaken alongside the College safety officer, according to an email sent to staff members of Unite the Union last Friday …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 15 May]

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Education is not oppression

Posted in Teaching on May 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Having given myself the challenge of writing every day, I realise now that to keep this whole thing going, I’m going to have to get more and more personal. But don’t worry, I’m not going to be so open as to be embarrassing or cringey. But last night as I was watching Thor Ragnarok with Leo, I was reminded how important it is in life to have a sense of humour …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 15 May]

Micheál Martin Interview – Universities ‘Under Significant Pressure’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2020 by steve

“Micheál Martin has been a TD for Cork South-Central since 1989. He is the current leader of Fianna Fáil and is currently in talks to form a Government with Fine Gael and The Green Party. The College Tribune’s Neil Stokes was very grateful for the opportunity to speak with him on a wide range of matters including education, government formation, climate change, housing and his lengthy political career …” (more)

[College Tribune, 14 May]

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Nearly Time for Timed Assessments

Posted in Teaching on May 15th, 2020 by steve

“Friday 15th May is the first day of the summer examination period at Maynooth University. I’ve written posts at the start of every examination period I’ve been involved with over the 11 years or so I’ve been blogging but this is definitely the strangest …” (more)

[In the Dark, 14 May]

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Cautious welcome given to North Main Street plans

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2020 by steve

“A cautious welcome has been given to the proposed plans for the development of North Main Street by traders. Developers BMOR intend to lodge plans for a mixed use development, which includes 280 student accommodation beds and two new retail units …” (more)

[Sarah O’Dwyer, EchoLive, 14 May]

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Campus Will Re-Open to Residents Next Monday, But Staff Told to Stay Home

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2020 by steve

“Trinity’s residents can return to campus from next Monday onwards, as part of phase one of the re-opening of Ireland amid the coronavirus pandemic, Provost Patrick Prendergast announced tonight …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 14 May]

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