House parties continue in Cork despite warnings and protests

Posted in Governance and administration on June 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Lockdown house parties continued in Cork’s university precinct over the weekend with reports that a marquee was found in the back garden of one rented property when gardaí called. And the presidents of UCC and CIT have advised third level students that while the academic year is over, they are still subject to disciplinary procedures …” (more)

[EchoLive, 7 June]

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UCC announces reopening date

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on June 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has announced it will reopen for the next academic year from September 28 with earlier starts for certain programmes such as medicine. The teaching will be delivered in a hybrid model of online and face to face classes, with online seminars for larger groups and face to face classes for smaller meetings such as tutorials and laboratories …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 5 June]

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UCD Musical Society Apologises For Use Of Black/Brown Face

Posted in Governance and administration on June 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCD Musical Society apologised for its past use of black/brown face in a statement issued on their Facebook page on the 5th of June. The apology was provoked by the society’s members highlighting its portrayal of characters of colour through the use of black/brown face …” (more)

[Ahmed Jouda, College Tribune, 7 June]


Philosophy, Science, Story

Posted in Life on June 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday I re-read an online article on Richard Kearney. It was written in 2008 and it’s called ‘Richard’s Choice’. For me, Richard Kearney is Ireland’s greatest continental philosopher. And I would say that, when still living in Ireland, he was our foremost engaged academic and intellectual …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 7 June]

College Students Among Worst Hit From Cuts To Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On Friday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced cuts to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment for part-time workers from €350 to €203 a week, affecting students who were working part-time during the academic term. For many students, the summer months are a time for saving money to pay for college accommodation and student fees. The payment cut affects those who were working part-time and making less than €200 a week prior to Covid-19 …” (more)

[Rachel Healy, College Tribune, 6 June]

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How to strengthen internationalisation post-COVID-19

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on June 7th, 2020 by steve

International“Numerous commentators writing over the last several months generally conclude that COVID-19’s impacts on higher education finances, practices, and internationalisation will be strong and enduring. Early budget data and opinion from governments and universities is similarly pessimistic, as I have pointed out in the past …” (more)

[John Hudzik, University World News, 6 June]


‘We will continue to combat racism in our community and beyond’, says UCC President

Posted in Governance and administration on June 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of University College Cork (UCC), Professor Patrick O’Shea has vowed that UCC will ‘continue to combat racism in our community and beyond’. In a message of solidarity with the black and minority ethnic community issued on Friday, Professor O’Shea said that he was saddened and angered by the violence against George Floyd and other people of colour that has been witnessed …” (more)

[Mary Corcoran, EchoLive, 5 June]

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Amid Cashflow Fears, Trinity to Drop Entry Criteria for Non-EU Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity will significantly drop the academic requirements for non-EU students next year in a bid to cushion the financial blow from the coronavirus, accepting some students whose predicted grades equate to just 80% of the CAO points required for their course, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 6 June]

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Aramark and UCD: A Controversial Romance, With Direct Provision At The Heart

Posted in Governance and administration on June 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The recent killing of George Floyd in the US and the subsequent Black Lives Matter movement has exploded worldwide. It has brought direct provision services in Ireland once again into sharp focus. The controversial system for housing asylum seekers has allowed private companies to profit from the system, including Aramark, who also provide catering services on the University College Dublin (UCD) campus …” (more)

[Conor Paterson, College Tribune, 6 June]

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