DCU introduces flexible student housing system to accommodate for ‘new reality’ in coming year

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at DCU can avail of a new flexible housing system for the upcoming academic year. The university is delivering a hybrid model of teaching which includes online learning and on-campus lectures. DCU said it is highly unlikely that any student would need to be on campus for more than a small number of days per week, so the accommodation requirements will be very different …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 16 June]

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UCD Foundation Restarts Alumni Donation Call Centre As College Scrambles For Cash

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As Irish universities hurtle towards a funding crisis in the wake of COVID-19, the UCD Foundation is restarting its phone fundraising campaign. Aside from their role as a source of fundraising for the University, most students will recognize the UCD Foundation for its call centre, whose efforts account for about €800,000 of its overall annual income and serves as a popular source of on-campus employment. The Foundation also manages the University Club …” (more)

[Jack McGee, College Tribune, 16 June]

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CAO applicants willing to go to college in autumn, but concern around making friends and online learning – survey

Posted in Life on June 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Almost all CAO applicants in a recent survey said they would take up a college place in autumn, despite the Covid-19 restrictions. However, many have concerns about adapting to an online learning environment and making friends …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 June]

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Universities Step Up the Fight for Open-Access Research

Posted in Research on June 16th, 2020 by steve

“Five years ago, when Jeffrey MacKie-Mason first joined the University of California team that negotiates with academic publishers, he asked a colleague what would happen if he failed to strike a deal. What if, instead, he simply canceled their subscription? ‘I was told I would be fired the next day’, the UC Berkeley librarian says …” (more)

[Gregory Barber, Wired, 16 June]

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Trinity Will Deal With Non-EU Exchanges on a Case-by-Case Basis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity will not make a blanket decision on the cancellation of Study Abroad programmes, instead dealing with exchanges on a case-by-case basis. Last month, Trinity opted not to cancel Erasmus exchanges for the first semester of the upcoming academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 16 June]

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Dolores Cahill: Students Blast Head of Medicine with 15,000 Word Letter after Failing to Respond to Complaints

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Dean and Head of School of Medicine at University College Dublin (UCD) has not responded to complaints from students regarding Professor Dolores Cahill’s recent false and misleading claims regarding COVID-19. Following coverage from this publication on UCD Professor Dolores Cahill’s misleading and false claims on COVID-19, The College Tribune received information that a number of students have complained to the UCD School of Medicine about Cahill’s misleading medical advice, but have received no response …” (more)

[Adam Boland, College Tribune, 16 June]

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Trinity’s PhD Campaigners Slam New Government Plans for Third-Level

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s PhD workers’ rights group has denounced a new draft programme for government for its failure to promise a new department for higher education, arguing it represents a ‘failure to show a strong commitment to our youth’ …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 16 June]

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Maintaining trust in university data handling

Posted in Legal issues on June 16th, 2020 by steve

“How do organisations use our data? We’re living in a world of surveillance capitalism in which our activities are analysed in the interests of a corporation, and we hope to get some benefit back. More personalised content, for example, or more relevant information. Perhaps the occasional freebie. In education, the flow is significantly different …” (more)

[Andrew Cormack, Wonkhe, 15 June]

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Will the pandemic force universities to address the challenges of copyright?

Posted in Legal issues on June 16th, 2020 by steve

“Higher education policies related to copyright and teaching have rarely been given much management attention in UK universities. There is still considerable uncertainty about what material can legally be included in online courses, and many institutions struggle to communicate the complex world of copyright and licensing to their staff and students …” (more)

[Chris Morrison and Jane Secker, Wonkhe, 16 June]

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Freagra Measctha Faighte ag an Ábhar Faoin nGaeilge sa Dréachtchlár Rialtais

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Tá sé fógartha inniu go gcuirfidh an rialtas nua reachtaíocht chuimsitheach ar fáil don Ghaeilge sa chóras oideachais – ón réamhscoil go dtí an tríú-leibhéal – mar chuid den dréachtpholasaí rialtais. Ach níl na páirtithe leasmhara don Ghaeilge ar aon fhocal maidir leis na beartais don teanga …” (níos mó)

[Malachi Ó Marcaigh, University Times, 15 June]

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USI Calls for Specifics, Amid Plan for New Third-Level Funding Model

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has called for clarity from the government on the details of a new funding model for third-level education, as well as criticising plans to keep Ireland’s highest-in-the-EU student fees at their current level …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 15 June]

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What Third-Level Can Expect from Ireland’s Next Government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Almost four months after the general election, Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party have drawn up a programme for government, which will now be put to their members for a vote …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins and Emer Moreau, University Times, 15 June]

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Urgency of TU and proposed ‘Irish Sea Way’ Feature in Draft Government Programme

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The draft programme for government (PFG), which has been pored over by political anoraks and reporters across the country today, ‘recognises the urgency attached to the establishment of the TU of the south east of Ireland’ …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 15 June]

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