Seven of Ireland’s Universities are to Roll Out Online Assessments at the End of this Semester

Posted in Teaching on April 4th, 2020 by steve

“The IUA says detailed information on timetables will be issued as soon as possible. Seven of Ireland’s universities are replacing their face-to-face exams at the end of this semester with online assessments …” (more)

[Red FM, 3 April]

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Student nap pods on loan to frontline hospital workers

Posted in Governance and administration on April 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University Library has loaned two high-tech ‘nap pods’ to frontline workers at Tallaght University Hospital. The pods, which are usually used by students to take 20-minute naps to help keep their energy levels up during a busy day at college, were transported and installed at the hospital yesterday evening …” (more, video)

[RTÉ News, 2 April]

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LyIT rule out written exams for end of academic year

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 26th, 2020 by steve

“Students at Letterkenny Institute of Technology have been told they will have no written exams at the end of this college year. The move comes after the government announced an extension of the closure of schools and colleges until April 19 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 26 March]

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IT President: Come off WiFi to allow students to study online

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

“The President of IT Sligo has said people need to come off their household WiFi to allow students to continue their studies. This comes after reports of many secondary and third levels students across the North West are struggling to study and access online resources due to poor broadband connectivity …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 24 March]

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IT Sligo President says the health of students and staff is paramount

Posted in Governance and administration on March 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The president of IT Sligo has said their primary concern is for the health and wellbeing of the students, staff and their families, above education. Dr. Brendan McCormack has said they are closely monitoring the well being of their 300 international students studying in Sligo on a social isolation level as the majority of the students would not be from the area or indeed Ireland. The have also set up a support system for local students …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 13 March]

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Major new sports campus could be on way to Letterkenny

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

Ireland“Almost €370,000 has been allocated for the development of a new sports campus on lands owned by Letterkenny Institute of Technology in the Knocknamona area of Letterkenny …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 6 March]

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Student Rent Protest

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Drivetime’s John Cooke reports on NUIG’s student rent protest, and Joanna Siewierska, President of UCD Student’s Union, and David Condon, Commercial and Communications Officer UCC Student Union, discuss the student rent increases in Ireland …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 28 February]

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University Accommodation Cost

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Joanna Siewierska, President of UCD Students Union, talks to Mary about the rise in the cost of student accommodation …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 17 February]

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Former Lord Mayor says issuing fines to students for anti-social behaviour has proved successful

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Issuing fines to students has worked wonders for the area around UCC says Catherine Clancy. That’s according to former Lord Mayor and Chair of Magazine Road and Surrounding Areas Community Association Catherine Clancy who is welcoming plans by CIT to implement a similar policy in the future …” (more)

[Red FM, 11 February]

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Students At UCC Have Paid More Than €11,000 In Fines For Anti-Social Behaviour

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The policy has led to a drop in complaints. Particularly during Rag and Fresher’s weeks over the past two years …” (audio)

[RedFM, 5 February]

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Chair of Kerry TUI says members are reluctantly striking

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Chair of the Kerry branch of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland says members will be reluctantly taking to the picket line today. Over 400 members of the TUI in Kerry will strike today as part of an ongoing row with Government over what the union says is a two-tier pay system, which is discriminatory and unfair for new entrants …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 4 February]

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£60m for Medical School at Magee College in Derry but MP wants 10,000 students and full university status

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2020 by steve

“The guarantee of £60m to build and staff a new medical School has been warmly welcomed in Derry this week but the expansion of student numbers at Magee remains a key demand. The announcement that the money has been ring-fenced was hailed by Foyle MP Colum Eastwood in the House of Commons yesterday …” (more)

[Kevin Mullan, Derry Journal, 17 January]

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How students feel about the General Election being on a Saturday

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Gill Stedman reports live from Maynooth University and speaks to students on the significance of the Saturday vote …” (audio)

[RTÉ Radio 1, 16 January]

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‘We can’t do this alone’ – NUIG reveals investment strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has set out a 5-year investment strategy that will see the development of an innovation district, a new performance space, a library and a new sports campus. The university, which is 175 years in existence, wants to be a driver of transformational change for Galway and the region …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 9 January]

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Women-only Professorships

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

Ireland“Yvonne Galligan, TU Dublin Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, speaks to Philip about the introduction of women-only professorships …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 6 January]

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20 women-only professorships to be established this year

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

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister responsible for higher education, tells us about women-only professorships and responds to calls for greater state support for third-level colleges here …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – This Week, 5 January]

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IUA call for third level funding to be made an election issue

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

Ireland“Jim Miley, Director General of the IUA, tells us why he has called for on students, parents and staff to make third level funding an issue on the doorsteps …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – This Week, 5 January]

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University Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Frank Jones, Deputy General Secretary of IFUT, speaks to Mary about university funding” (mp3).

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 29 November]

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New Chair of Governing Body of LIT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Today on Morning Focus, Tony Brazil joined Pat on-air as he has been appointed as the new chair of Limerick Institute of Technologies Governing Body. He also spoke about the expansion of LIT campuses to here in Ennis …” (more, audio)

[clare.fm, 28 November]

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Exam Mills

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on November 18th, 2019 by steve

IrelandDrivetime‘s John Cooke talks to students in UL about exam mills, and Deirdre Stritch, programme manager with QQI, talks to Mary about the new rules that have been introduced to clamp down on academic cheating …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 18 November]

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