US to force out foreign students taking classes fully online

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 8th, 2020 by steve

“Foreign students in the United States – numbering in the hundreds of thousands – will have to leave the country if their classes are all taught online this autumn or if they transfer to another school with in-person instruction, a government agency has said …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 7 July]

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Waterford councillors demand action on Technological University for the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Labour Party in Waterford is calling for a time limit to be put on the Technological University for the South East (TUSE). Alternatively, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) alone should be encouraged to establish a Waterford University under the Universities Act 1997 …” (more)

[Waterford Live, 6 July]

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Students need fairer grants system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The priority closing date for 2020 college grant applications is this Thursday (July 9th). The Student Universal Support Ireland service assesses gross family income from all sources in the previous calendar year, 2019, to determine student grant eligibility …” (more)

[Billy Ryle, Irish Times, 7 July]

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Universities criticised for ‘tokenistic’ support for Black Lives Matter

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2020 by steve

“More than 300 academics and students have criticised universities for their ‘tokenistic and superficial’ support for the Black Lives Matter movement given their poor record on tackling institutional racism …” (more)

[David Batty, Guardian, 6 July]

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UCC Sports Facilities opening in phased capacity

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In line with Government COVID-19 Policy and return to play (RTP) protocol, UCC is pleased to announce that it will begin the phased reopening of its outdoor facilities from Monday 13th July 2020 …” (more)

[UCC, 6 July]

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Third-Level ‘Too Reliant’ on Private Accommodation, says Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris today said that the third-level sector has been ‘too reliant’ on private accommodation and advocated for more university-owned accommodation …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 July]

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College settles legal action over Book of Kells

Posted in Legal issues on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has settled a High Court action which was taken by the company which sells tickets for the Book of Kells exhibition in the Old Library, the Times reported yesterday. Future Ticketing, a Tullamore based company, has run the ticketing system for the exhibition since 2016. The company had alleged that a new four-year contract to run the ticketing operation had been wrongly awarded …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 6 July]

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Supporting Faculty

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Until yesterday, when I heard a French radio documentary highlighting his role in Blair’s Northern Ireland peace-brokering, I hadn’t really registered Jonathan Powell or his Inter Mediate agency …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 5 July]

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Trinity Faces Tough Times. Candour Is Vital

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This week, The University Times reported that Dublin-based Scholars had been urged to consider giving up their on-campus accommodation by the Scholars committee in order to help shore up Trinity’s finances …” (more)

[University Times, 5 July]

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Leaving Cert student told he is not eligible for predicted grade

Posted in Teaching on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Co Waterford Leaving Cert student has been told he is not eligible for predicted grades for one of the subjects he studied because he was self-taught and did not have a tutor …” (more)

[Shauna Bowers, Irish Times, 6 July]

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Censorship Controversy Sees Rebrand for Confucius Institutes

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Ministry for Education in China has decided to rebrand its Confucius Institutes as centres for ‘language exchange and cooperation’. This decision may see the UCD Confucius Institute, which was completed last year, rebranded accordingly …” (more)

[Blathnaid Corless, College Tribune, 5 July]

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Facing Huge Hurdles, Harris Offers a Higher Education Dept With an Economic Focus

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It’s been one week since the creation of the Department of Higher Education – and slowly but surely Simon Harris, the new minister in charge of it, has shown us what the future of the department will look like. The new department, he says, will have an ‘economic focus’, and will ‘drive investment to our country’ …” (more)

[University Times, 5 July]

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Minister Harris needs to address is the immediate huge hole in our colleges finances

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A striking feature of the current Covid crisis is the emergence of a new group of scientific experts on our television screens, radios, and newspapers. From epidemiologists to immunologists and virologists to biochemists, some academics have left their laboratories to become household names …” (more)

[Declan Jordan, Irish Examiner, 5 July]

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Trump has just made it harder to attract academic talent

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2020 by steve

“On 20 June the Trump administration issued a proclamation limiting entry to the United States under H-1B visas and several categories of the J-1 exchange visitor programme. Both are fundamental for the operation of United States colleges and universities …” (more)

[Gerardo Blanco, University World News, 4 July]

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Will UK ditch Erasmus+ student exchange scheme because Brexiteers don’t like that it fosters pro-EU feelings?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2020 by steve

“If Boris Johnson is serious about creating ‘a global, trail-blazing Britain’ post-Brexit, he needs to make his mind up about UK participation in the Erasmus+ scheme. As it stands, the UK Government is perched precariously on the fence over remaining in the EU’s student exchange programme as the transition to Brexit looms …” (more)

[Douglas Chapman, The Scotsman, 3 July]

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Lecturers Miss Student Engagement the Most during Online Learning

Posted in Teaching on July 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Last semester the UCD learning experience was flipped on its head as in-person teaching was suspended and the announcement made that teaching would be moving online. The College Tribune spoke to lecturers Judy Walsh, Dr Karen Smith, and Dr Mary McAuliffe from UCD’s School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice about their experience of online-teaching and the challenges it posed …” (more)

[Sadhbh O’Muirí, College Tribune, 5 July]

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Most EU students ‘will not study in UK’ after fees decision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2020 by steve

“United Kingdom universities could suffer a 25% drop in international students as a result of the government decision to end home student status for them in England, according to a new survey …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 1 July]

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China’s Confucius Institutes rebrand after overseas propaganda rows

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2020 by steve

“Beijing is abandoning its Confucius Institute brand after a global backlash over censorship, switching to a new look as a centre for ‘language exchange and cooperation’. In a directive to lower-level agencies, the Ministry of Education said the Confucius Institute Headquarters, or Hanban, had changed its name to the Ministry of Education Centre for Language Education and Cooperation …” (more)

[Zhuang Pinghui, South China Morning Post, 4 July]

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Making EU students pay higher fees is a blow for social mobility

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2020 by steve

“On 24 June, universities minister Michelle Donelan announced that, as a consequence of Brexit, EU and EEA students would be classified as overseas students starting from the 2021/22 academic year. They will be charged full tuition (up to £20,000 in some cases), lose access to the tuition fee loan, and no longer be eligible for many needs-based funds …” (more)

[Gábor Csontos, Guardian, 4 July]

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Cork residents’ environmental complaint against landlord adjourned

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The environmental complaint by residents against a landlord for the noise allegedly caused by students at his properties near University College Cork was brought before Cork District Court today …” (more)

[Liam Heylin, BreakingNews.ie, 3 July]

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