No plans for fee reductions as third-level courses go online

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on June 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Several Irish universities say they have no plans to reduce fees for courses beginning this autumn, even though some may be fully or partially moved online due to the impact of Covid-19. As universities and colleges introduce more blended and online learning for the upcoming academic year, on-campus physical learning hours are likely to be significantly impacted for many courses …” (more)

[Brian O’Connell, RTÉ News, 24 June]

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UL President says incidents of sexual assault on higher education campuses in Ireland are grossly under-reported

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick President Dr Des Fitzgerald said that incidents of sexual assault on higher education campuses in Ireland are grossly underreported. ‘We know that the number of official complaints of sexual assault made every year in no way reflects the reality or the frequency of sexual assault or harassment that students may have encountered either at UL or on any other higher education campus’, he said …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 June]

LIT President Vincent Cunnane

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“LIT President Vincent Cunnane joined Gavin on Wednesday’s Morning Focus to outline what education will look like when students return, and to discuss some funding issues in third level education …” (audio)

[Clare FM, 24 June]

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Arresting students will stop parties, says CIT president

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Arrests and charges could help put a stop to some of the lockdown house party activity that has been blighting communities near Cork’s third-level institutions, the president of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) said …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 24 June]

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Carceral schools and caracals

Posted in Teaching on June 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I came across a new word the other day: carceral. The first thing that came to mind was a lynx-like creature with big ears, but a quick Google reminded me that I was thinking of the Caracal, a curious-looking ‘big’ cat who has the ability to move its ears in a manner not unlike Yoda from Star Wars …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 23 June]

Irish scientist wins international award previously given to Nobel prize winners

Posted in Research on June 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An Irish scientist has been named the winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry John Jeyes Award for her research into microparticles and plastic waste. Prof Iseult Lynch, who is from Dublin but works at the University of Birmingham, was announced as winner of the prestigious biennial award on Wednesday …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 24 June]

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