Coronavirus: Queen’s expects to open for some teaching in September

Posted in Teaching on June 4th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University (QUB) expects to open all of its campus for teaching and other activities in September. However, lectures will continue to be provided online and facemasks will be provided for staff and students …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 4 June]

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Foreign languages could be taught in preschool and primary – Department

Posted in Teaching on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Teaching foreign languages should be considered in preschools and primary schools, according to Department of Education school inspectors. In a new report on the quality of teaching practice, inspectors said pre-school teachers could be trained to integrate languages such as French, German and Polish in early learning settings …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 June]

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Covid-19: ‘Open the gates’ approach to third level was dismissed over drop-out fears

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An ‘open the gates’ approach to third-level entry was considered as an alternative to this summer’s Leaving Cert, but the suggestion was dismissed over concerns it would lead to ‘significant’ drop-outs. Matriculation exams and SAT admissions tests were also considered as alternative routes to third level this year …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 4 June]

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Trinity is Considering Drastic €20m Cutbacks on Its Building Projects

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is looking to slash its capital expenditure by €20 million over the next 18 months through a series of budget cuts that could delay completion of its flagship Engineering, Environment and Emerging Technologies (E3) Institute and see its Law School project deferred until 2023, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 4 June]

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Trade unions call for emergency funding to tackle ‘crisis’ facing third level colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions representing staff at all levels of the education system have joined forces to call for emergency funding to ease the ‘crisis’ facing third level institutions. The Irish Congress of Trade Union’s education sector group – which includes unions representing staff at primary, secondary and tertiary level – says the coronavirus pandemic has exposed serious flaws at the heart of the third level system …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 June]

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New President honoured to lead RCSI during crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Prof Ronan O’Connell replaces outgoing President, Mr Kenneth Mealy, following the RCSI’s biennial Council Elections. The newly elected President of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has said it was a great honour to be asked to lead the College during the unprecedented challenge of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Peter Doyle, Irish Medical Times, 4 June]

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€201k salary for Trinity College head breaches approved limit

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The head of Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College Dublin, has been overpaid since 2011 as his salary is ‘in breach’ of what was approved by the Department of Education. Paddy Prendergast is paid €201,000 a year, but an external audit report, seen by the Irish Examiner, concludes that benefit-in-kind relating to his use of the provost’s lodge on campus exceeded the approved rate …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 4 June]

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The Lecture is Dead, Long Live the Lecture

Posted in Teaching on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I listened with interest on RTÉ radio’s Drivetime programme to Professor Patrick Prendergast, Provost of Trinity College, discussing the re-opening of Trinity for the next academic year. He is a sensible Wexford man who tells it as he sees it, and points out that the inevitable loss of revenue, due mostly to an expected huge drop in foreign students, will affect not only Trinity, but the entire third level sector …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 4 June]

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Three simple questions to re-define higher education

Posted in Research on June 4th, 2020 by steve

“The purpose and future of universities, higher education and research has been subject to ceaseless debate, often focused on complex issues of the bureaucratic structure of universities and their relationship to the state. Matt Rosen argues that by returning to three basic questions about higher education – What should the end or aim of education be? What should its form or shape be? What is the picture of human life in which a notion of education with this end and form fits? – it might be possible to refocus this debate and open new pathways and opportunities to develop a more meaningful system of higher education …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 4 June]

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Migrants higher unemployment despite having higher education – ESRI

Posted in Research on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A new study published by the Economic and Social Research Institute shows that many migrant groups have higher unemployment levels despite having higher educational qualifications. The data on migrants born in 100 countries compares differences in educational qualifications, English-language skills, unemployment and job quality to Irish people …” (more)

[Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News, 4 June]

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Academic freedom is under pressure in Irish universities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Academic freedom is essential to the university’s mission of discovering new knowledge and teaching existing knowledge to students. It is unfortunately under threat worldwide from pressures both internal and external to the academy …” (more)

[William Reville, Irish Times, 4 June]

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IT Carlow President Confident That Regional ‘Tech Uni’ Will Be Realised

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of Carlow’s Institute of Technology (ITC) has told staff that financial challenges and legacy issues must be addressed in furthering the bid to achieve Technological University (TU) status in co-operation with Waterford IT (WIT). However, in an all-staff email issued this week, Dr Patricia Mulcahy stated …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 3 June]

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University fees and online classes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As a prospective student who will hopefully be starting an engineering degree in Queen’s University Belfast this autumn, it is with growing concern that I read of various developments regarding next year’s teaching methods …” (more)

[Szymon Gorczynski, Irish Times, 4 June]

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Trinity Considering ‘Rotas’ in College Accommodation Kitchens, Says Provost

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is weighing up a ‘rotation system’ in its accommodation next year, which could see students allowed to use shared kitchens on a rota in order to ensure social distancing protocols are followed, Provost Patrick Prendergast said tonight …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 3 June]

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Students and lecturers: Share your views on remote learning

Posted in Teaching on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Online lectures are set to continue for students at colleges and universities in September, combined with some face-to-face seminars in some institutions. The Irish Times would like to hear from students and lecturers …” (more)

[Irish Times, 3 June]

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