D:ream, Sexology and Terminators

Posted in Life on May 19th, 2020 by steve

“One of the down sides of setting a target to write everyday is that your mind starts to become very busy. This, in turn, affects your sleep and for the last few nights I’ve been suffering from insomnia. Up to now I’ve been sleeping like a baby so I need to make a few changes in my lifestyle to nip this problem in the bud …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 19 May]

Limerick student village plan goes back to An Bord Pleanala

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2020 by steve

“Multi-million euro proposals to transform a long-derelict site opposite Punch’s Cross are back on the table. Despite ambitions proposals for a huge student halls and build-to-rent residential development being rejected by An Bord Pleanala last year, Cloncarragh Developments are back with a similar project at the old Dan Ryan garage site on one of the key routes into the city …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 19 May]

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Will Leaving Cert ‘calculated grades’ be accepted by universities abroad?

Posted in Teaching on May 19th, 2020 by steve

“Question: I’m not sure I’ll get the CAO points needed to study physiotherapy at home with ‘calculated grades’, so I’ve applied for courses in the UK and the Netherlands. Will I get my results on time and will they be recognised abroad? …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 19 May]

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UCD claims operations can weather Covid-19 challenge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 19th, 2020 by steve

“University College Dublin can sustain its operations in the current volatile environment created by the significant uncertainties associated with Covid 19, which has reduced demand from non-EU students. That is according to a note in UCD’s annual accounts where it confirms that the college’s surplus reduced by 44% to €19.46 million in the 12 months to the end of September last …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 19 May]

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Magee Medical School announced by Deputy First Minister

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2020 by steve

“Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill has just announced that the long-awaited graduate entry medical school at Magee has been approved. ‘It will allow the first student intake of 70 in September 2021’, she explained, ‘this is a hugely important investment decision for the North West and it adds to the Executive’s recent announcement on the Derry and Strabane City Deal and Inclusive Future Fund …'” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 18 May]

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‘Blended Learning’ Could Spell Trouble For UCD

Posted in Teaching on May 19th, 2020 by steve

“Sir, – The College Tribune’s report on Jim Miley’s concerns regarding Teaching and Learning in the next academic year hints at wider problems that UCD (along with all other universities) now has to face. In March and April, lecturers transitioned material designed for face-to-face delivery to the virtual realm, yet this stopgap measure is not something that can be repeated for a full trimester …” (more)

[Wolfgang Marx, College Tribune, 18 May]

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Minor Easing of Restrictions On Campus as Ireland Enters Phase 1

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2020 by steve

“University College Dublin (UCD) begins easing restrictions from today, in line with the government’s commencement of Phase 1 of the COVID-19 exit roadmap. Staff will now be permitted on campus to fulfil essential tasks …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 18 May]

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Please don’t let an algorithm have the final say on Leaving Cert grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 19th, 2020 by steve

“Algorithms built on biased data can never be unbiased, and the recent decision to adjust grading for the Leaving Cert based on previous school performance will weigh heavily on DEIS students …” (more)

[Elaine Burke, Silicon Republic, 18 May]

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College to begin phased reopening of campus today

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2020 by steve

“The first phase of College’s reopening is to begin today as activities including construction, the College Health Service and a Library van restart on a limited basis. College has been closed since 6pm on March 12, once the government initially announced that all schools, colleges and childcare facilities were to be closed to stop the spread of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 18 May]

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