Intense discussions ongoing over LYIT reopening

Posted in Teaching on June 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of Letterkenny Institute of Technology has given reassurances that extensive discussions are on-going as to how the college can reopen safely in September …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 2 June]

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Remote learning will be deployed at IT Sligo next year

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The president of IT Sligo, Brendan McCormack has warned of a changed landscape and novel challenges for third level student in the new academic year. Fears had been expressed this week that many students will find it difficult to return to third level education due to the financial consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 21 May]

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Chief Medical Officer congratulates UL graduates following ‘remote’ conferring

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

Ireland“The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan and President Michael D Higgins have sent messages of congratulations to over 130 new doctors who have graduated from the University of Limerick. The final year students at the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) are UL’s first ever cohort of students to be conferred remotely in absentia due to the Covid-19 crisis …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 29 April]

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There’s Concern 4,000 Irish Students Might Lose Their Place In UK College Courses

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

“That’s if Leaving Cert results aren’t back by the end of August. A stakeholder meeting is taking place today to discuss ongoing issues with the state exams …” (audio)

[Stephen Murphy, Red FM, 24 April]

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UL works with Limerick hospital to make 100,000 visors

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

“A collaboration between University of Limerick and UL Hospitals Group is enabling the design and manufacture of 100,000 face visors for HSE front-line staff. The Rapid Innovation Unit at UL, an SFI Confirm Centre funded 3D printing activity that works in collaboration with University Hospital Limerick, mobilised a team to innovate immediate solutions in response to the Covid-19 crisis …” (more)

[Aine Fitzgerald, Limerick Leader, 16 April]

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The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union Say They’re Disappointed That The Student Voice Was Not Sufficiently Consulted Last Week

Posted in Teaching on April 14th, 2020 by steve

“A decision on the postponement of the Leaving Cert exams was finalised. The Education Minister announced on Friday that the Leaving Cert has been postponed until the last week of July or early August with the Junior Cert cancelled and will be replaced with class-based tests …” (more)

[Red FM, 13 April]

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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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