DCU students finding new ways to interact – President

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has found it can only fit 48 students in a 500-seat lecture hall under the social distancing measures currently in place. The university, which will accept returning students in September, says large lectures are simply impossible, and plans are being put in place for a mixed online and face to face learning scheme …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 6 June]

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University of Limerick president comes under fire ahead of his early exit

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of the University of Limerick, Dr Des Fitzgerald has come under fire from some quarters for citing the impact of Covid-19 on his ability to serve the university, as the reason for stepping down from his post, just three years into his 10-year term …” (more)

[Aine Fitzgerald, Limerick Leader, 6 June]

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Union College’s new university link-up after break with QUB

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2020 by steve

“The Presbyterian Church has appointed the Reverend Professor Gordon Campbell as the new principal of Union Theological College in Belfast. He will take over in January for a three-year term and will succeed outgoing principal the Very Reverend Dr Stafford Carson, who took up the post in 2013 …” (more)

[Alf McCreary, Belfast Telegraph, 6 June]

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Students petition Trinity to establish Black Studies module

Posted in Teaching on June 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A petition has been launched for Trinity to include a Black Studies module in its future electives programme following the ongoing debate on racial education in Ireland. The module would be the second of its kind in Ireland …” (more)

[Madalyn Williams, Trinity News, 6 June]

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Joint Communication Issued by both Presidents of UCC and CIT and the Presidents of both Student Unions

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The letter highlights their concerns about what they describe as ‘distressing incidents’ of anti-social behaviour particularly in the College Road and Magazine Road area …” (more)

[Red FM, 5 June]

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End Of The Line For Student Fee Compensation Movement

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Conor Anderson, incoming University College Dublin (UCD) Students’ Union president, informed students that the university is not set to be compensating fees due to Covid-19 crisis. In a post to the Facebook group ‘Students for Fees Compensation’, Anderson outlines the response he received from his meeting with UCD Registrar and Deputy President, Mark Rogers …” (more)

[Savannah Murray, College Tribune, 5 June]

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Colleges Should Have Made Unified Decision on Erasmus, Says USI

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has criticised universities and colleges for not showing ‘alignment’ in their decisions to cancel or go ahead with exchanges abroad in light of the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 5 June]

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My Chinese Pals

Posted in Life on June 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Their names are Pat and Dan and they’ve been one of the biggest influences on my academic life within UCD over the past few years. Pat is a panda. Dan is a girl dragon. Between them, they entirely changed the way I think about the place of ‘Languages and Literatures’ and of ‘Languages and Cultures’ in the University and beyond …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 5 June]

Recruitment Freeze Could Continue, in Plan to Save €30m on Day-to-Day Costs

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s staff recruitment freeze – implemented as a result of the pandemic – looks likely to continue for the foreseeable future, among a series of biting cutbacks that will see College attempt to save €30 million in day-to-day costs over the next 18 months …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 5 June]

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Public Lectures?

Posted in Teaching on June 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Taking a break from marking examinations and other assignments I was thinking about the next academic year. Although we’re planning to give as much teaching as possible in face-to-face form from September, it is likely that we will have some material online …” (more)

[In the Dark, 5 June]

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Trinity Condemns ‘Culture of Racism’ in US, Promises Changes on Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity this afternoon condemned a ‘culture of racism’ in the US in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd last week, as well as admitting that ‘more needs to be done’ in Trinity on the issue of racism …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 5 June]

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Normal People Shatters the Illusion of the College Dream. Thank God for It

Posted in Life on June 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Last year, I wrote an article for this newspaper lambasting the hype surrounding Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People. I was fed up with being told that Rooney was the voice of my generation, and that Connell and Marianne’s story was the only worthwhile millennial tale out there …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 5 June]

USI call for students to be entitled to €350 pandemic payment for work lost during summer months

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students’ in Ireland (USI) has called for the government to allocate adequate unemployment payment to students who will miss out on summer work due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This follows Taoiseach Leo Varadakar’s statement yesterday that the unemployment payment is due to be cut for some part-time workers …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 5 June]

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Sinn Féin and SDLP MLAs clash over Magee Medical School

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2020 by steve

“An SDLP MLA and Sinn Féin MLA exchanged words at Stormont yesterday over the issue of the Magee Medical School. Foyle MLA Sinead Mclaughlin voiced the need for urgency to get the project over the line for a 2021 start date while Upper Bann MLA John O’Dowd accused her of playing ‘party politics’ and the ‘Derry media’ of writing ‘negative’ headlines …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 4 June]

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