A new Department of Higher Education risks creating a two-tier education system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“We need to foreground educational equality in the public debate as we seek to rebuild Ireland. More equal societies invariably do better; now is the time to tackle systemic issues of disadvantage to create a fairer, more inclusive Ireland. Indeed, as part of the social contract, we are obliged to strive for equality and social justice …” (more)

[Niamh O’Reilly, Irish Times, 12 June]

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Marking Time

Posted in Teaching on June 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In among all the other things I have to do I’ve just finished marking my portion of examinations and other assessments in time for next week’s Examination Boards. I have to attend two (virtually), one for Theoretical Physics and one for Engineering Mathematics. You may recall that, this year, along with many other universities, we switched from the usual examination format to online timed assessments …” (more)

[In the Dark, 12 June]

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Many students will struggle to find part-time jobs as costs drop only slightly

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on June 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The projected cost of living for students away from home has dropped for the first time in a decade to just under €12,000, according to a survey by Technological University Dublin. The marginal decrease from €12,171 to €11,948.25 is primarily down to lower mobile costs and the curtailment of social activities due to Covid-19. The survey of over 1,500 students was completed last month …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 12 June]

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Pensioners feel forced out of Cork neighbourhood by ‘Covid parties’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Pensioners living near University College Cork have complained their lives are being put at risk by hundreds of students who have descended on the area for ‘Covid parties’ …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 12 June]

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Many Irish were implicated in the slave trade and the legacy lives on

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The entrance to Trinity College Dublin through the College Green front gate is one of Dublin’s best-known images. Few know it was built with money in the early 17th century from tobacco duty, a slave crop …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 12 June]

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Male graduates paid average €3,000 more than women for their first job

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Male graduates in their 20s are paid an average €3,000 a year more than their female counterparts in their first job after leaving college. The gender pay gap for the under 30s – predominantly honours degree graduates – rises to an average €4,500 when all ages are included …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 June]

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New Student Group Seeks Mandatory Accessibility Classes for Lecturers

Posted in Teaching on June 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students, alongside the Disability Service, have launched a new co-operative with the aim of introducing mandatory accessibility classes for lecturers and promoting awareness of students with disabilities on campus …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 11 June]

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