As Decision-Day Looms, Erasmus Students Soul-Search: Stay, Or Go?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“With its decision not to cancel Erasmus exchanges for the first semester next year, Trinity has marked itself out as an outlier among Irish universities. Several other colleges have suspended outbound exchanges at least partially for the coming academic year, meaning the decision was taken out of students’ hands …” (more)

[Rachel O’Leary and Ella Connolly, University Times, 17 June]

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How Social Distancing Guidelines Will Impact Student Societies Next Semester

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Covid-19 restrictions and physical distancing bring particular difficulties for UCD societies and has compelled them to change the way they host social events. The College Tribune has contacted various societies to ask how they will modify their activities to comply with new regulations …” (more)

[Emma Hanrahan, College Tribune, 17 June]

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Government launches 17,000 free and subsidised higher education places on Springboard+ 2020 and Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Pillar 1

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Minister of State for Training Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan today announced almost 17,000 new places to be made available to people seeking to upskill or reskill …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 June]

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‘Programme for Government: Our Shared Future’ (June 2020)

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Legal issues, Research, Teaching on June 17th, 2020 by steve

IrelandThe full (draft) Programme is here; extracts related to third level are here.

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Students ‘searching in the dark’ for clarity on university reopening

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third-level students need clarity by the end of June on what to expect when colleges reopen in the autumn in order to make informed decisions about their next steps, the president of the Union of Students in Ireland has said …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 17 June]

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Dublin-Based Scholars Won’t Get Accommodation in Trinity Next Year

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity Scholars who live in Dublin will not be given College accommodation next year, as a result of the ‘continuing public health situation’ around the coronavirus, College has said …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 16 June]

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SDLP calls for cast iron assurances on Magee Medical School

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2020 by steve

“SDLP Leader, Colum Eastwood MP has expressed concern that the First Minister was unable to give SDLP MLA, Mark H Durkan, a cast iron guarantee that the Magee Medical School would be ready to open in September 2021 …” (more)

[Derry Now, 16 June]

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Doherty worries for future for Killybegs Campus of LyIT

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Donegal TD is raising concern over the future of the Killybegs Campus of LYIT. Sinn Fein Deputy, Pearse Doherty, says that LYIT have plans to move from a four school system to a three school one instead …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 16 June]

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Student Social Workers Left Stranded, Unable to Graduate Due to Postponement of Placement

Posted in Teaching on June 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Up to 50 postgraduate student social workers in University College Dublin (UCD) may be unable to graduate this year due to disruption of placements related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Social Work Masters students in UCD are required by CORU, the Health & Social Care Professionals Council, to complete 1,000 hours of placement work over the two-year programme. However, a large number of second-year students fell short of the placement requirement before UCD ceased sending students on placements in March due to COVID-19 …” (more)

[Nessa Collins, College Tribune, 16 June]

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Arlene Foster wants Magee medical school within ‘fastest feasible timetable’ but won’t guarantee intake in September 2021

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2020 by steve

“However, speaking in the Assembly on Tuesday, Mrs. Foster declined to give a guarantee on when the first intake of students would take place. She said all the ‘necessary preparatory work’ would have to be completed before the Executive could do so, after being asked for a progress update by Foyle MLA Mark Durkan …” (more)

[Kevin Mullan, Derry Journal, 16 June]

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