Leaving Cert students will have to opt-in online next month to receive grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students who wish to receive a calculated grade will be required to ‘opt in’ online next month in advance of results being issued. More than 60,000 students have already registered with a student portal and they will be contacted directly when it is time to indicate if they wish to opt-in to receive their calculated grades. A department spokesman said this is due to take place in July …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 June]

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UCC student rent rises still on the table

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Planned rent increases remain on the cards at University College Cork (UCC), with students continuing to ask the university to consider reversing its stance on the matter. In February, students pitched tents on the UCC quad and vowed to stay put until the university backed down on the planned 3% hike in campus accommodation rates …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 25 June]

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Ireland–UK Fee Agreement to Continue Into 2021/22, Government Confirms

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Existing fee arrangements will be maintained for Irish students enrolling in UK universities in 2021/22, Ireland’s government has confirmed. Due to the Common Travel Area agreement between Ireland and the UK, students starting in 2020/21 had been told existing arrangements would apply to them – meaning UK students in Ireland would continue to pay €3,000, and Irish students would still pay the same fees they did before Brexit …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 25 June]

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Universities: English Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Daniel McCrossan (Social Democratic and Labour Party): Mr McCrossan asked the Minister for the Economy what steps she plans to take in response to the UK Government’s decision to restrict the number of English students able to study at local universities …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly, 23 June]

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IUA / NUI / THEA / TU Dublin Statement: concerning students who have studied Leaving Certificate 2020 subjects outside school and who have not been able to obtain calculated grades in those subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) joins with the National University of Ireland (NUI), the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA), and the Technological University Dublin on an agreed common approach in relation to students who have studied Leaving Certificate 2020 subjects outside school and who have not been able to obtain calculated grades in those subjects …” (more)

[IUA, 25 June]

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UCD Investigated for Delayed Disclosure of Public Information

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) was one of five public bodies which were investigated for compliance to Freedom of Information (FOI) regulations by the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) for the year 2019. The report found that UCD ‘has not managed to issue original decisions on time in a significant proportion of cases’ …” (more)

[Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 25 June]

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UCC and dozens of shareholders to split €80m from sale

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The €80m sale of Cork based PrecisionBiotics is set to benefit shareholders including University College Cork (UCC), Enterprise Ireland and dozens of private investors alongside top executives at the probiotic gut health company …” (more)

[Donal O’Donovan, Independent, 25 June]

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TCDSU President Beston Slams Plans to Cut Number of Students on Board

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) President Laura Beston has hit out at Trinity’s plans to potentially cut the number of student representatives on College Board from four to as low as one …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 24 June]

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Maynooth University survey shows 62% of students felt ‘optimistic’ a little, or a lot, less often than usual’

Posted in Life, Teaching on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The latest results from a survey of Maynooth University students in response to Covid 19 show ‘62% of students indicate that they felt ‘optimistic’ a little, or a lot, less often than usual in the 30 days preceding the survey’ …” (more)

[Leinster Leader, 24 June]

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Restructured College Board could see just one student representative appointed

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The ongoing process to restructure College Board could potentially see just one student representative appointed to Board rather than four, according to a document published by College today. College has opened submissions on proposals to reshape Trinity’s Board following the publication of a consultation document that outlines significant potential changes to Board’s structure, which could include the reduction of Board members by almost half, the introduction of an external chair, and a decrease in student representatives from four to two, or one …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 24 June]

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Traditional Leaving Cert exam will happen in November ‘at earliest’ – McHugh

Posted in Teaching on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The traditional version of the Leaving Certificate exam will be held in November at the earliest, the Education Minister Joe McHugh has said. More than 60,000 students were due to sit the written exam this year but it was postponed and replaced with calculated grades due to the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Independent, 24 June]

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Cork Residents Living A Nightmare As Students Host Large ‘COVID Parties’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“People living near University College Cork say they have been living a nightmare during the COVID-19 pandemic due to ongoing student house parties. Residents on Magazine Road and College Road in Cork City say up to 60 people are attending the house parties – with some of them lasting for days …” (more)

[Newstalk, 24 June]

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Emergency call point pillars with strobe lights installed at University of Limerick to reduce risk of sexual assault

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Six dedicated emergency call point pillars have been installed in the University of Limerick campus in order to further enhance the security of students and reduce the risk of sexual assault. The news comes as the president of the university, Dr Des Fitzgerald, addressed the issue of sexual assaults on the campuses of higher education institutions in Ireland saying there ‘can be no mistaking the fact that they are grossly underreported’ …” (more)

[Aine Fitzgerald, Limerick Leader, 24 June]

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World Rankings Should Be Ignored, Say University Academics

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Kathleen James-Chakraborty, a Professor of Art History in University College Dublin (UCD), wrote to The Irish Times criticising Irish universities’ approach to the QS World University Rankings. Eunan O’Halpin, a Professor of Contemporary Irish History in Trinity College Dublin, responded to her letter in agreement …” (more)

[Brigid Molloy, College Tribune, 24 June]

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