Is now a good time for a gap year from College?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Many new and returning students are facing into uncertain times when the new academic year begins in September. For many students, deferring admission or continuation for a year is suddenly far more attractive. Many Universities and Colleges have still to finalise if classes will be held on campus and/or on-line …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 19 June]

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University of Limerick will not charge rent for arena

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Despite its serious financial difficulties, the University of Limerick is not charging the HSE for use of the University’s Sports Arena as a temporary hospital, the Limerick Post has learned. The arena has been transformed into a €1 million field hospital to treat non-Covid patients and free up bed capacity at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) …” (more)

[David Raleigh, Limerick Post, 18 June]

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Black Studies module to be offered by Trinity as early as next year

Posted in Teaching on June 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An elective module in Black Studies may be available to students at Trinity from Hilary term of 2021, according to a post from a campaign group advocating for the module. The authors of a petition, which now has over 2,800 signatures and urges for the introduction of the module in Trinity, issued a statement on social media that they have met with Provost Patrick Prendergast and have his support …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 18 June]

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Accommodation Won’t be Denied to Any Scholar Next Year, Says Provost

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has said that accommodation in College ‘will not be denied to any Scholar’ who wants it next year, but said Trinity is asking Scholars to forfeit their right to free accommodation ‘in the interest of the overall community’ …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 18 June]

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Ulster University reveals full opening plans – but ‘would resume many on-campus activities and teaching earlier if public health advice allowed’

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on June 19th, 2020 by steve

“That is the final step in a five point ‘target operating plan’ provided to staff and students, according to the BBC. But it said that it would resume many on-campus activities and teaching earlier if public health advice allowed …” (more)

[Gemma Murray, Derry Journal, 18 June]

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Rugby returns to UCD as Leinster to begin training again

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leinster rugby will begin training at their High-Performance Centre (HPC) on University College Dublin’s (UCD’s) Bellfield campus on Monday, after players had undergone testing earlier this week. As part of the return to play protocols set out by the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), the HPC at UCD has been outfitted with the required infrastructure to facilitate a safe return to training, for restricted training sessions …” (more)

[Stephen Kisbey-Green, College Tribune, 18 June]

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What to do about George Berkeley, Trinity figurehead and slave owner?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As statues topple amid anti-racism protests, universities are looking at some of the hallowed names associated with their institutions with some nervousness. In Oxford, it’s Cecil Rhodes. In Dublin, one figure stands out: George Berkeley. The Anglican bishop of Cloyne (1685-1753) is Ireland’s most celebrated philosopher …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 18 June]

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Third Level Education – Estimated Losses

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2020 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated loss in funding for higher education institutions, research funding through institutions and loss in income from student accommodation likely in 2020 and 2021 for universities, institutes of technology, further education colleges and English language schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 June]

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English Language Training Organisations

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDarragh O’Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has published guidelines for the reopening of English language schools following the phased reopening of society; if so, if the guidelines will be provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 June]

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Erasmus+ Programme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 19th, 2020 by steve

IrelandPaul Murphy (Dublin South West, RISE): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will request and urge UCD to revoke the cancellation of all outgoing Erasmus arrangements for 2020 in circumstances in which the receiving institutions are willing to accept students from Ireland and in view of UCD preparing to accept international students onto campus-based courses from September 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 June]

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Student Grant Scheme – Asylum Seekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 19th, 2020 by steve

IrelandGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the SUSI requirement will be reduced for students who have applied for asylum, subsidiary protection or leave to remain here from three years in a school here to two years reflecting the duration of the leaving certificate …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 June]

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