All landlords must refund students who had to end their licences early because of COVID-19 – Eoin Ó Broin TD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has called for all landlords, private and university, to refund students who have had to end their licences early because of COVID-19. Deputy Ó Broin said: ‘We have received hundreds of emails from students and their parents who have had leave their private rented accommodation and end their licenses early due to COVID-19. They have been refused rent refunds …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 1 April]

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It’s academic …

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2020 by steve

“A week passed, so activists had time to galvanize colleagues via an online petition. Hundreds immediately protested against the proposed dilution of the principle of Academic Freedom. And now, the Chair of UCD’s committee on Academic Freedom has issued a statement. The statement asserts UCD’s devotion to the principle of undiluted Academic Freedom. So far, so academic …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 1 April]

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Contact tracing centre established at GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2020 by steve

“A contact tracing centre has been established at GMIT. GMIT staff commenced work this week at the Dublin Road facility, which has been set up in partnership with the HSE. Work is also ongoing to operate another contact tracing centre in the Mayo campus of GMIT in Castlebar …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 31 March]

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Recent petitions on change.org

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2020 by steve

Change.org is emerging as a significant forum of protest for those dissatisfied with the state of Irish higher education. Here are petitions for the last month:

‘No Detriment’ Policy for Technological University Dublin (31 March)

“No detriment” Policy for UCD (31 March)

“No Detriment” policy for the Waterford Institute of Technology (31 March)

“No Detriment” Policy for Trinity College Dublin (31 March)

Show Compassion: Refund UL Students no longer using on-campus accommodation 2019/20 Sem. 2 (30 March)

Protect Academic Freedom at University College Dublin! (30 March)

“No Detriment” Policy for Cork Institute of Technology (30 March)

“No Detriment” policy for Maynooth University (30 March)

‘No Detriment’ Policy for Dublin City University (30 March)

“No Detriment” Policy for University College Cork (30 March)

Establish a “No Detriment” policy in UL (30 March)

Ulster University: Introduce a ‘safety net’ mitigation system for summer assessments (27 March)

Queen’s University: Introduce a ‘safety net’ mitigation system for summer assessments (26 March)

To ensure students are given Rent relief given the Covid-19 situation! (25 March)

Queen’s University: Give Students the Option to Keep Current Grade as Final Mark (25 March)

10% added to Degree Classification for Final Year Students in COVID-19 Pandemic (24 March)

Urging Ulster University to reconsider the tuition fees for the year of 2019/2020 (23 March)

Maynooth University Student Accommodation Refund (23 March)

No online exams for QUB Students (19 March)

Suspend Student Accommodation rent for those who have had to return home due to COVID-19 (19 March)

Extend the History Dissertation Deadline at QUB (16 March)

Airlift Indian Students from Ireland (16 March)

Kylemore Reinstate Staff during Coronavirus #BoycottKylemore #BoycottKSG (13 March)

Queens University Belfast- Shut Down Lectures (12 March)

Close NUIG, Keep Sult Open (9 March)

Petition for Online Teaching in QUB under COVID-19 Threat (7 March)

Stop Unionists interference in QUB students voice. Support Grian Ni Dhaimhin as President (3 March)

Stop the 12% rent increase in UCD (2 March)

End the Sectarianism towards Protestants and Unionist Students at QUB! (1 March)

DCU Students’ Union urge the University to reverse its decision to increase rents by 4% (1 March)

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Trinity Sets Up Contact Tracing Centre in Business School

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has set up a contact tracing centre in the Tangent area of the Business School, run by College volunteers trained by army cadets from the Irish defence forces. Volunteer staff from the College working in the centre will make calls to people who have tested positive to find out if there are others they may have infected …” (more)

[Ella Connolly, University Times, 31 March]

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Coronavirus crisis: Rent-a-room tenants ‘are being made homeless in a pandemic’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2020 by steve

“Students, migrants and young people renting rooms are being left in ‘legal limbo’ as some are facing eviction during the coronavirus crisis. Despite emergency legislation being amended to prevent all tenants – including those not covered by the Residential Tenancies Act – from being evicted during the Covid-19 pandemic, housing charity Threshold says it remains unclear whether people living under the rent-a-room scheme are being afforded the same protections …” (more)

[Amy Molloy, Independent, 31 March]

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Irish ambassador urges people on J1 visas in the US to return home

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2020 by steve

“Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States has urged those who are currently in the country on J1 visas to return home as soon as possible. Daniel Mulhall posted a video on his Twitter page urging people to return to Ireland, saying that people affected should contact their airline immediately …” (more)

[Rudi Kinssella, joe.ie, 31 March]

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Pre-Paid Rents Must Be Returned To Students Who Have Left University Accommodation – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2020 by steve

“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education, Thomas Byrne, has called on the University of Limerick to do the right thing and refund rent to students who had to leave campus accommodation early due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Deputy Byrne said that UL should be following in the path of other Universities who are refunding pre-paid rents to students who have left …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 30 March]

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Ulster University postpones summer graduations due to coronavirus restrictions

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2020 by steve

“Ulster University has decided to postpone summer graduations because of coronavirus with a view to rescheduling ceremonies for later this year. In a letter to students and staff Professor Paul Bartholomew Interim Vice-Chancellor said …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 30 March]

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Waterford IT exams won’t go ahead with ‘alternative assessment’ found

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2020 by steve

“The Academic Council at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has announced today that as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic all semester 2 examinations scheduled for May 2020 are to be replaced by alternative assessment. The submission dates for the revised assessment will be set by the lecturers for each module and can be expected within the period of 8-18 May 2020 …” (more)

[Justin Kelly, Waterford Live, 30 March]

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UL Under Fire After Refusing Refunds to Residents Moving Out

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2020 by steve

“The University of Limerick (UL) has come under fire after refusing to issue refunds to students who leave the college’s accommodation early due to the coronavirus pandemic. Students leaving UL’s accommodation have been told they can claim back deposits paid at the beginning of the year, but will not be refunded rent that covers the rest of the semester …” (more)

[Alex Connolly, University Times, 30 March]

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Seanad election: Covid cocooning means new NUI returning officer

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2020 by steve

“A new returning officer is to be appointed to supervise a Seanad election panel because of cocooning rules for the Covid-19 pandemic. Chancellor of the National University of Ireland (NUI) Maurice Manning is also the returning officer but because he is over 70 he will be forced to stay at home …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 30 March]

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Coronavirus (8) – Scenario Planning

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2020 by steve

“For the last three weeks, life on university and college campuses has all been about doing what is needed to save the semester and move to remote learning/remote working format. I get the sense that this is the week when everyone’s attention is going to shift to ‘omg, what do we do now?’ The answer to that question will vary, of course, but if there is just one piece of advice I could give everyone, it is that the absolute worst thing any institution could do right now is centre its planning around a re-opening on a certain specific date …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 30 March]

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UL student accomodation paid for the rest of the semester will not be refunded

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2020 by steve

“Students at the University of Limerick (UL) are urging the university to refund rent to students who leave campus accommodation early due to the coronavirus outbreak. UL has told students they can claim their deposit back early but that rents paid for the rest of the semester will not be refunded. It is in stark contrast to other universities …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 30 March]

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Coronavirus: IT Carlow cancels scheduled examinations

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 30th, 2020 by steve

“The Institute of Technology Carlow has cancelled examinations and other face-to-face assessments scheduled to take place at the end of the summer term in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The examinations will be replaced ‘where feasible’ by alternative online assessments or online exams, the institute confirmed today …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 30 March]

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LOCKDOWN: UCD To Completely Shut Campus From 6pm Tomorrow

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2020 by steve

“UCD students and staff have been given a ‘grace period’ until 18:00 on Monday night to retrieve their belongings from lockers and offices. In light of new government restrictions, the campus is due to completely shut, save for non-essential activities. The Residences will remain open for tenants only …” (more)

[Alex Lohier and Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 29 March]

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If Hospital Staff Are Heroes, Why Do Many Feel They’re a Government Afterthought?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2020 by steve

“Student nursing interns face a litany of unanswered questions, even as the government hails healthcare workers. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, one thing that’s become crystal clear to most people is how much we rely on our healthcare workers. Recent weeks have seen an explosion of public gratitude towards the country’s doctors and nurses, as they work every day on the frontlines of a health service bracing itself against a tidal wave …” (more)

[University Times, 29 March]

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Coronavirus: Student accommodation charging to end of April

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2020 by steve

“Students renting from a UK-wide university accommodation company are being held liable for hefty fees despite the coronavirus outbreak. The Student Roost, which has 20 locations across the country including four facilities in Belfast, is charging students for their digs up until April 30 despite course cancellations and campus closures …” (more)

[John Toner, Belfast Telegraph, 29 March]

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Delay Phase – Arrangements for All Public Service Employees

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2020 by steve

To: The Presidents of the Universities. The Minister for Education and Skills wishes to inform Universities on the implementation of the regulations and procedures regarding the special arrangements to cater for COVID-19 for staff employed in approved posts funded by monies provided by the Oireachtas …” (more)

[DES, 27 March]

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Senator cannot vote in Seanad election but wife, daughter cast ballots as NUI graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2020 by steve

“Counting begins on Monday in probably the most unusual election in the history of the Seanad. As contingency measures are made to conduct the election which must go ahead because of constitutional obligations, Cathaoirleach Denis O’Donovan appealed to candidates and their agents to waive their legal right to attend the counts at three locations across Dublin …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 30 March]

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