UCD Anti-Casualisation Suggests Unionisation of Graduate Workers

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On Friday 5th June, UCD Anti Casualisation (UCD-AC) penned an open letter to the management of University College Dublin (UCD) requesting a meeting by the end of June. On the same day, UCD-AC suggested that the group would ‘move towards unionisation’ of its members …” (more)

[Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 8 June]

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€1m Intermediate Care Facility opens at UL Sports Arena

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A unique collaboration between University of Limerick and UL Hospitals Group has led to the opening of an Intermediate Care Facility at the UL Sports Arena. The field hospital, which has been constructed with the assistance of the Defence Forces over the last month, was officially opened this Monday by UL President, Dr Des Fitzgerald, and Colette Cowan, CEO of UL Hospitals Group …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 8 June]

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Can we, should we? take all academic conferences online?

Posted in Life on June 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Today, the second Monday in June, would normally have been the first day of the conference I have chaired over the last 15 years, INFINITI. From a small workshop to a 200+ delegate conference it has grown over these years. As it happens we had decided to park it for the year to reassess, but it gets me thinking of why conferences happen and why they wont go away …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 8 June]

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UCD, Black Swans, Black Athena

Posted in Life on June 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Remember ‘The Ugly Duckling’? I’ve never thought to wonder how the myth of the ‘dirty’-coloured cuckoo-cygnet plays out for black children. Maybe ‘black’ swan cygnets are ‘dirty’-coloured too before they grow into beautiful, ‘pure’ black swans? …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 8 June]

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Lecturer and student relationships matter even more online than on campus

Posted in Teaching on June 8th, 2020 by steve

“In a matter of weeks, universities have changed how we teach in at least one important way: we’re now online. It is now becoming clear that this shift may last at least into the new academic year and likely longer. As lecturers, this is not necessarily something to be afraid of: it’s an unparalleled opportunity to rethink teaching and to refocus on relationships with students …” (more)

[Kate Roll and Marc Ventresca, Guardian, 8 June]

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Cork residents urge gardaí to use 1947 Act to stop house parties

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Residents living near University College Cork have called on the HSE and gardaí to use powers available under health legislation to stop students and others having house parties. Magazine Road and Surrounding Areas Residents Association spokeswoman Catherine Clancy said the gardaí and the HSE should use the 1947 Health Act to stop parties in the area in the interest of public health …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 8 June]

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Starving Universities Hunt a Cabinet Champion – and a Seat at the Table

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Last summer, when Fianna Fáil first proposed the establishment of a new department with responsibility for higher education and research, the response was mixed. There was certainly something in the idea, was the general feeling, amid a years-long funding crisis in higher education and a government that seemed spectacularly unbothered by it …” (more)

[University Times, 7 June]

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As Protests Sweep the Globe, Trinity Must Make Real, Lasting Changes on Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This week saw a global news cycle dominated by coverage of rallies and marches taking place all over the world in protest at racism and police brutality. Outrage about the death of George Floyd has been felt keenly on our shores. Thousands, including students, have marched all over the country in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and social media has been flooded with messages of solidarity with the black community …” (more)

[University Times, 7 June]

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Should students take the gamble?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on June 8th, 2020 by steve

“Jim Dickinson considers whether and how universities might encourage students to not defer in September. We got there in the end. It was complicated for some courses, and held back by either a fear of OfS bearing down on grade inflation, or a grizzled cynicism about trusting students a bit …” (more)

[Wonkhe, 7 June]

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Toilets and Shared Offices to be Flagged as ‘High-Risk’ Next Year, Staff Told

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Toilets and shared offices will be designated as ‘high-risk’ zones by Trinity next year, as part of the phased return to campus life. At a webinar yesterday focused on the return to teaching, staff heard that College’s 300 teaching spaces will all be evaluated to see how they can be used for teaching while adhering to two-metre social distancing protocols …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 5 June]

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Schools begin sending calculated Leaving Cert grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on June 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Secondary schools are due to begin sending calculated grades for more than 60,000 Leaving Cert students to the Department of Education from Monday. An online portal is due to go live from midday on Monday which will allow schools to begin feeding back their students’ grades …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 June]

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