Students studying abroad forced to come home due to Covid-19

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2020 by steve

“DCU students studying abroad were advised to return to Ireland amid the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. Students abroad have praised both DCU and their host colleges on their proactive efforts advising students to return home and have commended DCU on being extremely facilitating during the crisis. All students are currently partaking in online classes each day and completing assignments as per usual …” (more)

[Katie Lowry, The College View, 1 April]

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DCU launch at-home study toolkit

Posted in Teaching on April 1st, 2020 by steve

“DCU’s Student Support and Development faculty have launched an at-home study toolkit in response to many students being housebound over the next few weeks as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. The home study toolkit aims to help students make their days as productive and normal as possible in light of recent circumstances resulting in the closure of schools and colleges …” (more)

[Beth Molloy, The College View, 1 April]

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Trinity Sets Up Contact Tracing Centre in Business School

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

Ireland“Trinity has set up a contact tracing centre in the Tangent area of the Business School, run by College volunteers trained by army cadets from the Irish defence forces. Volunteer staff from the College working in the centre will make calls to people who have tested positive to find out if there are others they may have infected …” (more)

[Ella Connolly, University Times, 31 March]

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Petition to implement ‘no detriment’ policy in DCU hits over 1,000 signatures

Posted in Teaching on March 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A petition to get DCU to implement a ‘no detriment’ policy due to students working from home has passed over 1,300 signatures on Change.org. The policy, which would be brought in to alleviate pressure brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, would apply for all end of semester exams or final assignments …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally, The College View, 31 March]

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Petition launched for Trinity to implement ‘no detriment’ policy for summer assessments

Posted in Teaching on March 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An online petition has been launched urging College to implement a ‘no detriment’ policy for this year’s summer assessments. The policy, similar to measures taken by several UK universities in light of the coronavirus pandemic, would mean that as long as students receive a passing mark their overall average grade cannot be brought down by upcoming assessments …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 31 March]
[See: TCD petition, UCC petition, DCU petition, UCD petition]

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Student assessment changes due to Covid-19 could be an opportunity

Posted in Teaching on March 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Following an announcement from the Vice President for Academic Affairs in DCU, Professor Eithne Guilfoyle, all final examinations planned in May for first and second year students have been cancelled. Instead, there is now an onus on lecturers to design alternative assessments for students, to replace these exams. While of course this is disruptive for students, many of whom have been studying for final exams for their modules since January and in some cases last September, it also compels us to assess the effectiveness of final examinations overall …” (more)

[Niall Briody, The College View, 31 March]

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DCU to offer rent refunds to students leaving campus accommodation

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

“Rent refunds will be made available to DCU students who leave their on campus accommodation due to the university’s closure. These refunds are scheduled to come into effect on Monday, March 30th, with students asked to contact Campus Residences to confirm they have left their rooms. All students will have until April 3rd to confirm the end of their tenancy …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally, The College View, 24 March]

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Residents in DCU on-campus accommodation will not be asked to vacate their apartments

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2020 by steve

“Residents in accommodation across DCU’s three campuses will not be asked to vacate their apartments. Student’s living on campus were contacted by the campus residences team on Tuesday, March 17 and told that some DCU accommodation may need to be made available to the HSE at short notice in order to help tackle the COVID-19 crisis …” (more)

[Aoife O’Brien, The College View, 20 March]

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Second and first year grade contribution for final degree of Humanities and Social Sciences students suspended

Posted in Teaching on March 21st, 2020 by steve

“This year’s second year and first year grade contribution on the final degree awarded to Humanities and Social Sciences students was suspended, the executive dean of the faculty, professor John Doyle, said in an email addressed to the faculty …” (more)

[Brendan Fernando Kelly Palenque, The College View, 20 March]

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DCU will not reopen for the rest of the semester

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

Ireland“DCU’s Chief Operations Officer (COO) has confirmed that DCU will not reopen and all teaching will continue to be done online. In a statement, COO Declan Raftery said: ‘Following the statement by An Taoiseach on St Patrick’s night, it is clear that we will not be in a position to resume “normal” on-campus activities this semester’ …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally, The College View, 18 March]

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DCU to allow students stay in their accommodation during Covid-19 outbreak

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

“Students at DCU accommodation blocks will not be asked to leave during the coronavirus outbreak. They are distributing a questionnaire to everyone staying there for health and safety reasons …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 18 March]

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New sabbatical officers condemn DCU’s rent increases

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

“The DCUSU elect have strongly criticised the recent decision taken by the DCU management to increase the cost of on-campus accommodation calling the decision disgraceful and unfair for the students they will represent. DCU aim to increase rents for its on-campus student accommodation by 4% next year, the maximum increase permitted under rent cap laws …” (more)

[Conor Breslin, The College View, 18 March]

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DCU campus accommodation may be made available to HSE if COVID-19 pandemic worsens

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

“DCU campus accommodation may be made available to the HSE on an emergency basis if the COVID-19 pandemic worsens. Residents living across the three DCU campuses received an email this evening informing them that emergency response procedures have been put in place that may include making some accommodation blocks available to the HSE at short notice …” (more)

[Áine O’Boyle, The College View, 17 March]

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DCU car park could be used as location for drive-thru COVID-19 testing

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

“A Dublin university could be one of the locations used in the capital for drive thru COVID-19 testing. If the plans go ahead, the Dublin City University campus in Glasnevin will be establishing the coronavirus swabbing centre in one of its car parks …” (more)

[Laura Lyne, Dublin Live, 16 March]

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DCU cancels exams due to concerns over spread of coronavirus

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 13th, 2020 by steve

“All arranged examinations for non-final year students in DCU have been cancelled for this semester, due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. August resits have also been cancelled, with alternative assessments being put in place …” (more)

[Sally Madden, The College View, 12 March]

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DCU to Replace First, Second and Third Year Exams With Alternatives

Posted in Teaching on March 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“First, second and third year exams in Dublin City University (DCU) are to be replaced by alternative assessments in response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Undergraduate exams planned for May, with the exception of final-year students, are to be replaced with alternatives …” (more)

[Jordan Nann, University Times, 12 March]

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TCD and DCU make changes due to Covid-19

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Two third-level institutions in Dublin have decided to make changes to their schedules in reaction to the coronavirus. Dublin City University has postponed indefinitely Spring graduation ceremonies that were due to take place later this month …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 10 March]

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RCSI to bring forward exams amid concern over spread of coronavirus

Posted in Teaching on March 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The RCSI is to bring forward final examinations for medical students amid concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus, Covid-19. The examinations which were to be held towards the end of April will take place this weekend. The Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland said on Thursday that it had taken the move to avoid any delays in the graduation of the final year class this year as a result of any restrictions that could be put in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Martin Wall and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 March]

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On-campus accommodation almost doubled since 2014

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

Ireland“The price of on-campus accommodation in DCU has nearly doubled since 2014 according to Cut the Rent. Back in 2014, Hampstead apartments cost €4,284 while College Park apartments were €4,824. They have since increased to €6,327 and €7,001 respectively …” (more)

[Brendan Fernando Kelly Palenque, The College View, 4 March]

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DCU Denies Coronavirus Case on Campus, Amid Social Media Rumours

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has denied any cases of coronavirus on its campus after rumours circulated on social media that a student had contracted the disease. The rumours started after an image of an ambulance, which appeared to be on DCU’s campus, was posted on Instagram and then shared on Twitter …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 3 March]

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