CIT aim to open arena in September 2021 as sod is turned on €22m sports complex

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The sod has been turned on a €22m sports complex on Cork Institute of Technology’s Bishopstown campus. It will deliver an indoor arena, with basketball courts and seating for 400 people, capable of hosting exams and conferences for up to 1,000 people, and an indoor high-performance indoor athletics centre, which will include a large multi-event zone, with a sprint track and elite training labs …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 22 June]

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Trinity Teaching Staff Angered by Lack of College Funding for IT Equipment

Posted in Teaching on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Teaching staff in Trinity have hit out at College for failing to provide additional funding to facilitate online teaching and learning, which will continue into the next academic year. The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has been told that individual schools will be responsible for securing funding to ensure that staff can facilitate online teaching and learning from their homes …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 22 June]

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Can Modern Languages fly again in Irish HE?

Posted in Life on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In a triumph of faith over experience, I’ve been preaching for well over a decade that UCD needs to introduce BA majors in Arabic, Russian, Japanese or/and Chinese language and literature. I believe this will happen one day. Later rather than sooner, I suspect. In the meantime, my organisation will continue to fail ourselves and to fail Ireland and its future. There are, granted, two flickers of hope …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 22 June]


Students urged not to defer going on to third level over virus restrictions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of IT Sligo has urged students not to defer going on to third-level education because of Covid-19 restrictions. Dr Brendan McCormack said there have been growing concerns about the potential impact of Covid-19 on the experience of student life in the coming semester, but advised students to continue to apply for third-level courses …” (more)

[Eileen Magnier, RTÉ News, 22 June]

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Referendum result on extending Seanad vote may be put into effect after 41 years

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than 40 years after a referendum was passed to extend Seanad voting rights to graduates of all third level institutions, legislation to finally give effect to the result could be among the first Bills debated if a new government is formed …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 22 June]

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NUI Galway announces new scholarships for immigrant groups and Travellers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has announced an expansion in scholarships for vulnerable immigrant groups and Travellers …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 20 June]

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A Scholars Mess Trinity Could, and Should, Have Avoided

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“To the neutral observer, the abiding question after this week’s accommodation scandal – involving a very public spat between College and its Scholars – will surely have been: has Trinity ever been more Trinity? From start to finish, this was a fracas indicative of a College at its most self-parodic – complete with ambiguity, outrage and a resolution that left you wondering how everyone managed to get so worked up in the first place …” (more)

[University Times, 21 June]

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Three in 10 female students experience non-consensual sex at college

Posted in Legal issues on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Three out of 10 female students experience non-consensual sex during their time at college, as a national survey reveals high levels of sexual violence and harassment in higher education. One in 10 male students, and 28% of non- binary students, also reported experiencing non-consensual penetration, either through force or threat of force or while incapacitated and unable to give consent …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 22 June]

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Commuting: ‘More Buses’ May Be Needed For UCD Students Returning In September

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the anticipation of a new, post-coronavirus academic year approaches, many students who commute to University College Dublin (UCD) are facing the prospect of new and additional challenges. Following this week’s announcement that Trinity College Dublin is working with Dublin City Council to improve infrastructure for students walking and cycling in the wake of the pandemic, questions are being raised over the future difficulties likely to be faced by many UCD students who commute, and what may be done to help them in September …” (more)

[Gemma Farrell, College Tribune, 21 June]

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Lockdown parties: Residents near UCC pledge complaint to PRTB

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Residents living near University College Cork have pledged to bring their grievances over students in rented houses holding parties in breach of Covid-19 regulations to the Private Residential Tenancies Board …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 21 June]

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Is Cassells Dead? Yes, if the Programme for Government is Anything to Go By

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Is the Cassells report fully dead and buried? For university heads, that question is hardly a new one, but the answer is starting to become ominously clear. This week, we saw a draft programme for government that scarcely mentioned its existence, let alone committed to acting on its promises …” (more)

[University Times, 21 June]

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Zoom, shut up and write: How PhD students cope amid COVID-19

Posted in Research on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

International“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted researchers, academics and students worldwide. No one in academia is spared the direct or indirect consequences of this novel coronavirus. For higher degree research (HDR) students (masters and PhD students), the impact of COVID-19 on their research and how they keep themselves sane and academically productive during these unprecedented times is profound …” (more)

[Kimkong Heng and Daeul Jeong, University World News, 20 June]

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