College-endorsed student accommodation should issue refunds to tenants – Crowe

Posted in Governance and administration on June 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil TD for Clare Cathal Crowe is calling on privately run third level student accommodation providers to follow the example of some campus accommodation services in issuing refunds to students for this academic year …” (more)

[Owen Ryan, Clare Champion, 11 June]

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Student Grant Scheme – Covid-19 payments

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandPádraig Mac Lochlainn (Donegal, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the additional income provided to students that were working part-time and are now in receipt of the pandemic unemployment payment will be factored into their income eligibility for student grants under SUSI in 2021 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 June]

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Language Schools

Posted in Governance and administration on June 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandMichael Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the timeframe for the reopening of English language schools; the supports his Department can provide to the sector in view of the impact of Covid-19 on it; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 June]

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HPAT and calculated grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandMatt Shanahan (Waterford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of students that recently took their HPAT exams; his views on whether these exams took place in and around the time of the pre-examinations those students with an ambition to study medicine would have focused more on the HPAT than the pre-leaving certificate; his further views on whether these students are now at a distinct disadvantage in view of the recent announcement that their calculated grades will be partially based on those pre-results; his plans to provide equity for these students; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 June]

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Student Grant Scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the eligibility criteria for SUSI grants will be changed to take account of changed financial circumstances that parents of students are experiencing presently; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 June]

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Third Level Education – Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to, and his views on a document (details supplied); if he will be in a position to provide additional funding to the third-level sector; if this will include additional funding to ensure places through SUSI, HEAR and DARE spaces; and if it will increase the number of university places overall and increase funding to ensure that sustainability and innovation within the sector is safeguarded …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 June]

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Academic Freedom on Leave from UCD

Posted in Life on June 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Academic freedom takes on a very ‘real’ complexion when you’re on research leave. Each day you’re absolutely free, in theory, to decide how to spend your time. In practice, the choices are limited. And this is not just because you will rightly have to account for your full-salaried time in your end-of-leave report …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 11 June]

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Just over 50% of teens starting secondary school expect to reach third level – ESRI

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Research on June 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“One in three thirteen-year-olds whose parents expect them to go to college do not think they will make the cut. Just 51% of teens joining secondary school expect to reach third level but 79% of mothers think they will …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 11 June]

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HEA publishes ‘Graduate Outcomes Survey: Class of 2018’ report

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on June 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The HEA today publishes the Graduate Outcomes Survey: Class of 2018 report. Findings show high levels of employment for graduates who were seeking work at the end of 2018 and early 2019 …” (more, download)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 11 June]

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The Follies of Technological Determinism

Posted in Teaching on June 11th, 2020 by steve

“One of the most enraging things about people doing drive-by takes on higher education is their insistence on focussing on the ‘implications of technology’ rather than looking at consumer demand …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 11 June]

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IUA/EDTL Webinar: Planning for effective remote teaching during Covid-19 – 24th June 12.30-13.30

Posted in Teaching on June 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Join us on 24th June from 12.30-13.30 for a discussion on planning for effective remote teaching during Covid-19 and the launch of the EDTL Approach: outlining a pathway for those adapting a module or programme, normally taught wholly or partly face-to-face, for the start of the new academic year …” (more)

[IUA, 11 June]

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University of Limerick defends its decision to confer students ‘in absentia’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has defended its decision to cancel conferring ceremonies as originally planned for August ‘in light of the public health directives issued by the government’ in relation to Covid-19 …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 11 June]

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Universities and the QS rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – While it is good news to see Irish universities, including UCD, where I teach, climb up the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings (News, June 10th), it is equally important to remember that some of the reasons that they have risen, as well as for the fact that they have not risen higher, have absolutely nothing to do with the quality of the education that they offer …” (more)

[Kathleen James-Chakraborty, Irish Times, 11 June]

On Student Homelessness, Experts Say a Data Vacuum is Hampering Change

Posted in Governance and administration on June 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Universities are currently battling to put out more fires than you can shake a stick at. They’re attempting to put in place a workable model for online teaching, considering the implications of re-opening their accommodation in a pandemic, and facing down the barrel of financial meltdown …” (more)

[Gillian O’Neill, University Times, 10 June]

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If Trinity is to be Anti-Racist, it Must be Anti-Aramark – Not Run Adverts For It

Posted in Governance and administration on June 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“For many, the past number of weeks have offered a crash course in centuries of racial oppression. The death of George Floyd, and the protests that have sprung up all over the globe, provoked a mass outcry on social media in support of those fighting racism and police brutality …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 10 June]

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Trinity Expresses Regret Over ‘Difficult Choice’ for Students Mulling Erasmus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has expressed regret over the ‘difficult choice’ students will have to make in the coming weeks when it comes to their Erasmus exchanges, after it left up to them the decision on whether to travel abroad for their studies in September …” (more)

[Jordan Nann, University Times, 10 June]

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Residents near UCC urge Gardaí to crack down on ‘student parties’ amid tension

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Frustrated residents living near University College Cork (UCC) continue to speak out against what they claim are parties being held in violation of Covid-19 restrictions, following a confrontation with students renting in the area …” (more)

[Jamie Mc Carron, The College View, 10 June]

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Normal People is Flawed, But it Filled a Gap: Stories for College Students

Posted in Life on June 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“If you were to ask my eight-year-old self what my top three favourite books were, I would have ranked them as follows: (1) Molly Moon Stops the World, (2) The Dragonfly Pool and (3) Under the Hawthorn Tree. Molly Moon takes the lead, of course …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 10 June]