USI expresses concern over programme for government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has expressed concern about the lack of a plan to reduce Irish student fees in the programme for government put forward by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, and the Green Party this week. In a statement issued today, USI said that while some elements of the programme were promising, there was a lack of detail on how a number of actions will be taken …” (more)

[Patrick Coyle, Trinity News, 18 June]

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TCD plan will smooth the way for students to walk and cycle to college

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The journey to college is never easy, but Trinity College Dublin is making attempts to smooth the road for students and staff with an application for improved footpaths and cycle lanes between its campuses and residences. The college is seeking to widen footpaths and install bicycle lanes on more than 8km of key routes around Dublin to enable its 17,000 students and 4,000 staff to walk and cycle safely as the city opens back up …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 18 June]

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THEA ‘Strongly Encourage’ Students to Start and Continue Their Studies For The Coming Year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Technological Higher Education Association released a statement on June 16, urging students to begin and continue studies for the coming year. This is despite a leaked report in May 2020, which claimed ‘Significant numbers of Leaving Cert students are likely to defer taking up college places this year because of disruption linked to the coronavirus pandemic’ according to the Irish Times …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 18 June]

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DCU announces multiple new scholarships for asylum seekers and refugees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University has announced 15 additional scholarships for refugees, bringing the total number to 30 for the 2020 academic year. The announcement, which comes days before World Refugee Day, will allow more Irish-based refugees’ and asylum seekers to access higher education …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally, TheJournal.ie, 18 June]

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Calculating Academic Impact

Posted in Life on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Every academic currently working in an Irish university knows what ‘impact’ is. We all understand that, operationally, it’s a fairly brutal accounting tool, a means of calculating the individual academic’s net value to their employer and, indirectly I suppose, to Ireland inc. Perhaps other Irish universities are different, but certainly mine is not in the business of employing academics for the benefit of some nebulous ‘greater good’ or ‘common-wealth’ …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 18 June]

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University of Limerick students launch online petition to save graduation

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Over 2,500 people have signed an online petition calling on the University of Limerick to defer the Autumn 2020 graduation ceremonies until a safer date, rather than digitize the event. UL have cancelled the conferring ceremonies due to take place between Monday 24th of August and Friday 28th of August 2020 …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 18 June]

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Trinity College asks Dublin City Council to improve walking and cycling routes as restrictions are eased

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has put a request in to Dublin City Council asking that footpaths and cycle routes are widened as lockdown measures are eased. The university said the proposals are in line with the council’s own objectives to ‘look at how a more pedestrian, cycle and public transport friendly centre can be set out’ in the months following lockdown …” (more)

[Conor McCrav, TheJournal.ie, 18 June]

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British Universities Largely Plan for In-Person Fall

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on June 18th, 2020 by steve

“97% of universities in the United Kingdom plan to provide in-person teaching at the start of the fall term, and 78% said they will offer in-person social opportunities to students, including sports events, in line with government and public health guidance, according to a survey by Universities UK, an association of college leaders …” (more)

[Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, 18 June]

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Scholars’ Accommodation Decision ‘In No Way Challenges’ Statutes, College Says

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has reacted angrily to the suggestion that its decision not to make first-round accommodation offers to Scholars based in Dublin contravened the College’s statutes, saying it regretted how the Scholars had responded to the matter …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 17 June]

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Dundalk IT launch ‘ambitious’ new three-year plan

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT) has today launched a new three-year strategic plan, signalling what the institute describes as ‘a new era of growth and positive transformation for the institute and wider region’ …” (more)

[David Lynch, Dundalk Democrat, 17 June]

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How UCD’s silence on Dolores Cahill has damaged trust

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“‘We are future physicians, but right now our classmates are working in hospitals around Ireland and the globe as nurses, laboratory staff, phlebotomists, radiography technicians, pharmacists, in administrative roles, and in research positions. Our classmates are cleaning healthcare facilities, delivering meals and medications to our most vulnerable community members, caring for our children and elderly family members, and taking the necessary steps to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe, while also completing all required coursework to finish the spring trimester …'” (more)

[College Tribune, 17 June]

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Denying Dublin-Based Scholars Rooms Goes Against Statutes, Provost Told

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Scholars tonight denounced Trinity’s move to restrict places in its accommodation next year – a decision that could deny some Dublin-based Scholars a room on campus or in Halls – as well as arguing it puts College in conflict with its own statutes …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 17 June]

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Reimagining University in the age of Covid-19

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Over the past months, much attention has been given to the impact of Covid-19 on those embarking on their third level education journey. Should you defer your university spot in the hope of a future college experience à la Normal People? Or would it be better to plough onwards, embracing Zoom lectures as part of the ‘new normal’? …” (more)

[Alison Burns, Irish Times, 17 June]

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