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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Challenges of student recruitment in the age of COVID-19

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

“More than half of the world’s learners are affected (51%, 890.5 million students) by the impact of COVID-19. With mass high school and university closures in an increasing number of countries, concerns about the implications for future international student enrolments and ultimately the impact on institutional cash flow are high on university leaders’ agendas …” (more)

[Janet Ilieva and Vincenzo Raimo, University World News, 28 March]

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COVID-19 shows the need to make learning more flexible

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

International“The closure of schools has meant the COVID-19 outbreak has affected more than 130 countries, impacting over 80% of the world’s student population. At the higher education level, close to 60 million, that is one in four, previously enrolled students are currently not attending a higher education establishment …” (more)

[Michaela Martin and Uliana Furiv, University World News, 28 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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Is it in students’ interests to enrol in September?

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

“Elsewhere on the site, Canadian HE expert Alex Usher describes the big decision facing universities around the world when it comes to what to do in September. I’ve been thinking about big decisions too – but rather than those faced by universities, I’ve been trying to think about the decisions now facing students …” (more)

[Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe, 29 March]

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University of Limerick to close to public access due to Covid-19

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) is set to close public access due to the outbreak of coronavirus. Access to the vast campus in Castletroy will be locked, with barriers put in place across all entrance paths and roads. Entrance to the facility will be by the main gate only, which will be controlled …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 29 March]

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Senior Medicine Students Asked to Volunteer in Intensive Care Units

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

“Third and fourth-year medicine students have been asked by Trinity to volunteer to work in intensive care units in hospitals, as fears grow that the coronavirus pandemic could severely stretch Ireland’s healthcare system …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 28 March]

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Final-Year Nursing Interns, in ‘No-Man’s Land’, Battle for Clarity in Crisis

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

“When Minister for Health Simon Harris announced this week that student nurses and midwives on placement would receive a wage for their work, many celebrated. The move means hundreds of unpaid, or supernumerary, students around the country won’t have to work on the frontlines of the health service – in the midst of a terrifying pandemic – for free …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 27 March]

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Saved by Technology: An Inside Look at UCD’s Online Learning Platform

Posted in Teaching on March 28th, 2020 by steve

“After a two weeks break, on March 23rd classes have restarted for all UCD students through the online learning platform made available by the university. This is as a result of the nationwide university shutdown aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 …” (more)

[Alessia Mennitto, College Tribune, 27 March]

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Use university labs to clear the testing bottleneck

Posted in Research on March 28th, 2020 by steve

“The coronavirus has invaded every country across the world and paralysed social and economic activity. First-hand accounts from healthcare workers on the frontline describe warzone-like experiences with patients being subject to triage reminiscent of its historical context in the treatment of the battlefield wounded …” (more)

[Paul Moynagh, Irish Times, 25 March]

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Tens of thousands of scientists are redeploying to fight coronavirus

Posted in Research on March 27th, 2020 by steve

International“Working around the clock, scientists at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts can run about 2,000 COVID-19 tests per day. In places where testing is still scarce – which is to say much of the world – similar efforts can provide vital relief to public-health systems stretched to their limits …” (more)

[Giuliana Viglione, Nature, 27 March]

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HSE and Dundalk IT Team Up To Deliver New Covid-19 Drive-Thru Testing Facility

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2020 by steve

“The HSE and Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) have teamed up to deliver a new drive-thru Covid-19 testing facility which will become operational from today. The sampling service is being provided on an appointment-only basis and only those who are displaying symptoms and have been referred (to the drive through or clinic) by their GP will be seen …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 27 March]

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TCD provost says new students may end up starting college ‘slightly later’ this year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 27th, 2020 by steve

“The provost of Trinity College Dublin has said new students may end up starting college ‘slightly later’ this year on foot of disruption to education linked to the coronavirus pandemic. In a video message to students, Dr Patrick Prendergast reassured secondary students hoping to study at Trinity that it will welcome new students in the autumn …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 26 March]

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