New Ulster University vice-chancellor to earn £300k

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2020 by steve

“Ulster University is seeking a new vice-chancellor to steer it through one of its most challenging periods ever. The new post-holder, who is expected to receive a salary of around £300,000, will take the helm as the university moves through the post-lockdown landscape …” (more)

[Emma Deighan, Belfast Telegraph, 20 June]

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Campaign group, Education Futures, says a forum is needed to tackle the crisis in Higher and Further Education

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Education Futures is a national coalition of Trade Unions, Students’ Unions, and others seeking public funding for a quality higher education system in the Republic of Ireland. It was established in 2016 and includes Fórsa Trade Union, TUI (Teacher’s Union of Ireland), USI (Union of Students in Ireland), SIPTU (Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union), IFUT (Irish Federation of University Teachers), and ISSU (Irish Second Level Students’ Union) …” (more)

[Education Matters, 19 June]

Results Released by UCD in ‘Technical Error’

Posted in Teaching on June 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCD has responded to an issue raised by students earlier today that exam results had been released three days earlier than expected. The College Tribune has now been informed that this early release is due to a ‘technical error’ which has now been resolved …” (more)

[Blathnaid Corless, College Tribune, 19 June]

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‘Fire-fighting’ coronavirus contact tracing hub in UCC stood down for now

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“One of the country’s largest HSE contact tracing hubs has been stood down with reassurance that it will be ready to go at moment’s notice if there is a second wave. Professor Ivan Perry, the dean of public health at University College Cork (UCC), who helped the HSE establish the facility on the grounds of UCC, said the vital ‘fire-fighting’ role played by staff at such centres during the pandemic should underline the need for more investment in public health infrastructure …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 19 June]

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Fate of UCD Graduation Ceremonies Still Unclear Amid Pandemic Restrictions

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, graduation ceremonies for the class of 2020 have been cancelled or postponed at schools and universities around the world. University College Dublin (UCD) is no exception, with several of the university’s conferring ceremonies already being postponed to a later date …” (more)

[Isobel Dunne, College Tribune, 19 June]

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Magazine Road residents protest at landlord’s house over student parties

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Residents pleading for a crackdown on house parties in rented property around Cork’s university precinct have taken their campaign directly to the door of a landlord. Members of the Magazine Road and Surrounding Areas residents association staged a silent and peaceful protest yesterday …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 20 June]

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Third-Year Medicine Students Receive Warning After Accusation of Cheating

Posted in Teaching on June 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity medical students have been warned that cheating in their Ear, Nose and Throat exam today may lead to ‘significant disciplinary consequences’ and possibly prevent them from receiving a grade for the module, after a review of yesterday’s Ophthalmology exam concluded that students had likely cheated on it …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 19 June]

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Amid Outrage, Neither College or Scholars Come Out of Accommodation Fight Well

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As much as you may try to deny it to your friends at home, a lot of Trinity’s allure is in its reputation. For an outsider looking in, Trinity has a lot of positive attributes. Yet what many fail to mention – and what no annual undergraduate prospectus boasts about – is a particular faction of life in College that few outsiders are aware of: the perpetual drama between College administration and its students …” (more)

[Faye Curran, University Times, 19 June]

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Push for Tech Uni status ‘Must be Front and Centre’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The push for Technological University status in the South East will require a cross-party, trade union and business-led approach according to Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane. Speaking to the Waterford News & Star, Deputy Cullinane said a collaborative shoulder to the wheel is now required ‘to get this over the line’ …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 19 June]

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TD raises concerns about Dundalk IT course issue impacting students

Posted in Teaching on June 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“What has been described as ‘serious concerns’ about the future of students on a social care course at DkIT have been raised by Louth TD Ruairí Ó Murchú. Deputy Ó Murchú says that around 42 students, who have just completed third year of the college’s Social Care course, logged onto the examination results system at DkIT last Tuesday to find their results for the year had been ‘deferred’ …” (more)

[David Lynch, Dundalk Democrat, 19 June]

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Erasmus, interrupted

Posted in Life on June 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In what would turn out to be one of my last classes at the University of Zaragoza (Unizar), a student raised her hand and asked if our assessed presentations would continue if the university had to close. The class laughed while the professor joked; we were all sure that it wouldn’t happen and so we turned our attention back to Postcolonial thought …” (more)

[Caoimhe Sweeney, Trinity News, 19 June]

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Health chief Dr Michael McBride raises concerns at ‘ill-informed commentary’ by academics in letter to QUB

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2020 by steve

“Northern Ireland’s top doctor warned of the risks caused by ‘ill-informed commentary’ in a letter that raised concerns about opinion expressed by a Queen’s University, Belfast academic … (more)

[Adrian Rutherford and Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 19 June]

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UCD school of medicine disassociates itself from professor’s views

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The school of medicine in University College Dublin (UCD) has disassociated itself from views expressed by a professor who told an online alt-right interviewer that she wanted to ‘debunk the narrative’ surrounding the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 19 June]

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Mardyke Arena UCC provides update on what their reopening will look like

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Mardyke Arena UCC has released an eight-page public document informing existing and prospective members what changes will be in place when the health and leisure centre reopens. Patsy Ryan, General Manager of the Mardyke Arena UCC said that when the Arena does reopen it will be ‘a very different facility and service to the one we knew before’ …” (more)

[Amy Nolan, EchoLive, 19 June]

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