College ‘not yet in a position’ to allocate accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In an email to students today, College has outlined that it is not yet able to allocate accommodation places to applicants for the 2020/21 academic year. The email, signed by Registrar of Chambers Philip Coleman and Warden of Trinity Hall (Halls) Roja Fazaeli, outlined: ‘Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, we are not yet in a position to advise applicants of the outcome of their accommodation applications for next year’ …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 20 May]

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No more face-to-face lectures at Cambridge University until summer of 2021

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“News today that Cambridge University, and all its Colleges, are moving all lectures on-line for the 2020/2021 academic year. The immediate questions are: If Cambridge are doing it, should the rest of us follow? If it is good enough for a hallowed and respected institution like Cambridge – is it good enough for the rest of us? …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 20 May]

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One in five students could defer going to university due to Covid-19 – poll

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 20th, 2020 by steve

“Around one in five prospective students could defer going to university in the autumn if institutions are not ‘operating as usual’ amid the Covid-19 crisis, analysis suggests. An estimated 120,000 students may delay attending British campuses when the academic year begins in September and October, which would lead to a significant loss in tuition fee income for institutions, a report by London Economics for the University and College Union (UCU) warns …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby, Belfast Telegraph, 20 May]

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No Decision on Re-Opening of Book of Kells Exhibition, Says Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College has not yet made a decision on when the Book of Kells exhibition, which has been closed since March, will re-open for visitors. Provost Patrick Prendergast ordered the closure of the exhibition on March 10th, along with the Science Gallery and Douglas Hyde museum …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 20 May]

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Why I’m drawn to the humanities

Posted in Life on May 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“When I was a student I devoured books on astrophysics and cosmology, but also philosophy. In fact, I ploughed my way through Bertrand Russell’s History of Western Philosophy and at one stage fancied myself as a disciple of Spinoza. These days, I remember nothing of Spinoza’s thoughts but I remember that Einstein was a fan …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 20 May]

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Are women publishing less during the pandemic? Here’s what the data say

Posted in Research on May 20th, 2020 by steve

International“Quarantined with a six-year-old child underfoot, Megan Frederickson wondered how academics were managing to write papers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lockdowns implemented to stem coronavirus spread meant that, overnight, many households worldwide had become an intersection of work, school and home life …” (more)

[Giuliana Viglione, Nature, 20 May]

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DCU launches Covid-19 emergency fund as university sees 183% increase in students seeking financial help

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2020 by steve

“DCU has said it has seen a 183% increase in students looking for help from its Student Assistance Fund since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. The Dublin university has today launched the Covid-19 Student Emergency Fund in response to the challenges and financial hardship facing students due to the Covid-19 global pandemic …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 20 May]

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University of Limerick establish dedicated institute for the study of infectious diseases

Posted in Research on May 20th, 2020 by steve

“The University of Limerick have today announced the establishment of a dedicated institute for the study of infectious diseases, including COVID-19. The Midwest Institute for Infectious Diseases at UL has already secured seed funding of €3.5m in a philanthropic contribution from the JP McManus Pro-Am 2021 and is being developed to harness core expertise, including medicine, health sciences, mathematics & statistics and life sciences, that exists at University of Limerick …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 20 May]

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ASTI: Leaving Cert students allowed to choose assessment level

Posted in Teaching on May 20th, 2020 by steve

“Leaving Cert students will be able to choose what level they are assessed under before their calculated grades are finalised. Students can nominate whether they are assessed under Higher or Ordinary level before their grade estimations are completed, the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI) has told its members …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 19 May]

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When NCAD Students Took On an Institution, and the State – and Won

Posted in Research on May 20th, 2020 by steve

“Radical change is not for the narrow-minded or weak-hearted. Whether protests are large or small, domestic or international, we cannot underestimate their cataclysmic power – a fact that students have, historically, been attune to …” (more)

[Lucy Sherry, University Times, 19 May]

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Cambridge University moves all lectures online until summer 2021

Posted in Teaching on May 20th, 2020 by steve

“Cambridge has become the first university to set out measures for the full 2020-21 academic year, announcing that it will move all ‘face-to-face lectures’ online for the duration. The institution added that it was ‘likely’ social distancing would continue to be required …” (more)

[Guardian, 19 May]

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More virtual graduation excitement

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2020 by steve

International“We recently looked at the issue of how universities were going to approach graduation under lockdown. One of the most entertaining approaches included the involvement of robots in place of graduands at a Japanese university …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Wonkhe, 18 May]

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‘Further work’ needed to guarantee student intake at Magee Medical School in 2021

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2020 by steve

“The department responsible for delivering the Magee Medical School says ‘further work’ is needed to ensure students can enrol in September 2021. It comes after Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill yesterday announced that the long-awaited Derry medical school had been ‘agreed’ by the Executive …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 19 May]

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Teachers must declare conflicts of interest when grading Leaving Cert students

Posted in Teaching on May 20th, 2020 by steve

“Teachers will be directed to declare conflicts of interest when grading Leaving Cert students who are close family members under official guidance to be issued shortly. In such circumstances, another teacher in the school or the deputy principal may be asked to examine available evidence of a student’s performance and mark the candidate accordingly …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 May]

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