Trinity plans to limit deferrals for students in the next academic year

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

Ireland“College has stated that they plan to put a cap on the number of students who will be allowed to defer places in the next academic term. The plan comes after a leaked Higher Education Authority (HEA) report that said a ‘significant’ number of students are likely to defer from taking college places this year …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 31 May]

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International enrolment drop to cost universities US$4.5bn

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 31st, 2020 by steve

“United States colleges and universities are bracing for declines in international student enrolments in the coming autumn (fall) semester, a prospect that could lead to a loss of revenues as high as US$4.5 billion and further slow the momentum of overseas recruitment, a pair of reports examining the impact of COVID-19 on US higher education suggest …” (more)

[Mary Beth Marklein, University World News, 30 May]

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Can public sector pay rises be justified during coronavirus?

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

Ireland“Up to 1.2m workers in the private sector have lost their jobs, had their pay cut or are on some form of State support since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. On the other hand, you have about 300,000 public sector employees who are not only safe from a pay reduction but are set to receive pay increases later this year. Under the final phase of the current public sector pay deal, all 330,000 public servants including nurses, teachers, gardaí and council staff are due to get a 2% pay rise in October …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 30 May]

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Concern after 994 students fail to register

Posted in Teaching on May 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Almost 1,000 Leaving Cert candidates have not registered on the calculated grades portal. When the extended deadline passed at noon yesterday, 60,035 of 61,029 students who had entered for the June exams had signed up. The calculated grades system was devised to replace the summer Leaving Cert exams, which have been cancelled because of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 May]

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Third level and a change of mind

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Leaving Cert students who are contemplating their CAO forms at the moment will be grateful for the Change of Mind 2020 supplement and Brian Mooney’s advice about choosing your college course carefully (‘Decision time: what should you study?’, May 26th) …” (more)

[Mary Cannon, Irish Times, 30 May]

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Reopening education

Posted in Teaching on May 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As Ireland struggles to find ways to reopen schools and universities, the focus has been on how social distancing lengths of one or two metres are the rate-limiting factor. While these are key determining factors, they are not the only ones …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 30 May]

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UL student accommodation refunds to cost about €3.45m

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

Ireland“Students who vacated on-campus accommodation at the University of Limerick when the Covid-19 pandemic hit are to receive more than €3.4 million in rent refunds. In a statement on Friday the university said Plassey Campus Centre (PCC) Ltd, the company which manages its on-campus accommodation, ‘has approved the return of rental income to the students who left their accommodation on foot of the government’s decision to close the university campus in March’ …” (more)

[Kitty Holland, Irish Times, 29 May]

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Trinity’s Erasmus Decision Spawns as Many Questions as it Answers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“When it comes to making critical College-wide decisions, Trinity rarely follows the crowd. Today’s decision on its Erasmus exchange programme has proven that. While long-awaited, the result of the decision to be made had seemed almost predictable in the days leading up to release of today’s email, from Juliette Hussey, the vice-president for Global Relations …” (more)

[Faye Curran, University Times, 29 May]

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Student Accommodation

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

IrelandAnne Rabbitte (Galway East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will consider introducing a means-tested intervention to assist student accommodation providers that may not be able to reimburse students for the time they will not be using student accommodation due to Covid-19 restrictions which would allow students to end their tenancy early without financial penalty; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 May]

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Student Grant Scheme

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

IrelandDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the situation that applies to students that are not classed as independent for the purposes of the SUSI grant whose parents are temporarily unemployed due to Covid-19-related circumstances but do not know if they will be taken on again such as, for example, in the bar or retail trade; and if persons in these circumstances will qualify for the change of circumstances clause in SUSI …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 May]

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Limerick Institute of Technology unveils roadmap to reopening its campuses

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Limerick Institute of Technology has unveiled the roadmap to reopening its campuses and outlined preliminary plans for the new 2020-2021 academic year. The institute of technology which has campuses in Limerick, Tipperary and Clare, has operated its teaching, learning and administrative work through essentially online means since the introduction of Covid-19 restrictions on March 12 …” (more)

[Donal O’Regan, Limerick Leader, 29 May]

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What We Know About Trinity’s Plans for a New Normal on Campus

Posted in Life, Teaching on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This week, The University Times has published a slew of details about the various plans Trinity is pondering as it seeks to get back to teaching in the next academic year. For weeks now, we’ve known that students’ return to College – most likely on September 28th – will be only partial, but until this week we didn’t have much in the way of details about the specifics of what this return will look like …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 29 May]

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Erasmus Exchange for Trinity Students to Go Ahead for First Semester

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has opted not to cancel Erasmus exchanges for the first semester of the upcoming academic year, and will make a decision in September about the viability of exchanges in the second semester …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Cormac Watson, University Times, 29 May]

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DCU offers flexible accommodation to meet new Covid-19 arrangements

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin City University have been offered flexible accommodation for the upcoming academic year as it is ‘highly unlikely’ they will be on campus for full weeks. With the university planning a mix of face-to-face lab classes, practical sessions and online lectures in the coming academic year, not all students will be on campus at the same time …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 29 May]

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Saturday Classes ‘Incredibly Unfair’ and ‘Not Practical’

Posted in Life, Teaching on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I’m a student with a learning disability and a chronic illness, and I’ve already had to withdraw from this year due to the disruptions of my mental health. The lack of structure and support from online learning has made it nearly impossible for me to continue to study, part of my learning disability means I need structure and routine and I’ve lost all of that due to how poorly organised measures were for my course …” (more)

[College Tribune, 29 May]

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Almost 1,000 students fail to register before calculated grades deadline

Posted in Teaching on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Almost 1,000 Leaving Cert students have failed to register for their calculated grades ahead of Friday’s extended noon deadline. A total of 98% of the 61,029 students registered to sit the Leaving Cert have registered and are set to receive their results in August …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 May]

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UCC Suspends Study Abroad Scheme for First Semester Next Year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has become the latest university to partially suspend its international study abroad programmes, informing students that the programme will not run in the first semester of next year …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 29 May]

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Covid-19 student days: Empty lecture theatres, online learning and micro-communities

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A few weeks ago. Dublin City University president Brian MacCraith requested experts to advise on how the capacity of its largest lecture theatre would be affected by social-distancing rules. ‘We have a 500-seat, tiered lecture theatre here’, says MacCraith. ‘When we measured it, we realised it would only accommodate about 50 people’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 May]

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Student Stories: Final Years Leave With Emotional Anti-Climax

Posted in Life on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“For most UCD students, the end of the exam period is met with heavy sighs of relief. Finally, the burden of online exams and radically altered assessment comes to an end. For some students however, the end of the exam period marks more than the end of a semester, it instead signifies their last moments in their degree. We interviewed four different students sitting their final year assessments in UCD this year and explored what it meant to be finished with their degrees …” (more)

[Savannah Murray, College Tribune, 28 May]

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Report Shows What UCD Will Look Like in Autumn – Very Different

Posted in Life, Teaching on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Hybrid learning, no exams in the RDS, late September start, Saturday classes, specified student groups to share classes with, and not a lot of mixing; here’s what Autumn 2020 will look like in University College Dublin (UCD). In an email circulated to UCD staff, President Andrew Deeks shared a document outlining what the Autumn Trimester will probably look like …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 28 May]

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