Academic Integrity in Online Assessment

Posted in Teaching on April 4th, 2020 by steve

“In support of the move to online assessment in the context of Coronavirus Covid19, the following recommendations may be useful in the design and implementation of alternative assessment to minimise concerns about academic integrity …” (more)

[IUA, 3 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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Universities engage with students on exam supports and accessibility initiatives

Posted in Teaching on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“The seven universities represented by the IUA plan to complete arrangements for end of semester assessments within the next week. The primary objective of the universities is that students be able to successfully complete this semester and either graduate or progress to the next year of their studies …” (more)

[IUA, 3 April]

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Students call on universities to ensure grades do not suffer in online exams

Posted in Teaching on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Thousands of third-level students have signed petitions calling on their colleges to ensure their grades do not suffer as a result of disruption to education linked to the coronavirus pandemic. Universities which had been closed since mid-March are to hold alternative online exams or remote assessments to replace traditional end-of-year exams in study halls this year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 March]

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Universities finalise arrangements for end of year exams amid coronavirus closures

Posted in Teaching on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Universities say they will take into account the challenges and stresses facing students as a result of the Covid-19 emergency in designing and assessing end-of-year exams …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 April]

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Presidents of Irish Universities, Institutes of Technology and Higher Education Colleges contact up to 250,000 students

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

“The Presidents of all of Ireland’s Universities and Institutes of Technology have today (Monday March 16th) issued a plea to every student to fully follow set guidelines on social distancing to protect themselves from infection and to slow down the spread of Covid 19 in order to protect others …” (more)

[IUA, 16 March]

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IUA Statement: Universities coordinate contingency planning for dealing with spread of Coronavirus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The seven universities represented by the IUA are implementing risk mitigation measures across our campuses and are developing detailed contingency plans to respond to the evolving Coronavirus crisis. Our absolute priority is to protect the health and well-being of our staff, students and visitors …” (more)

[IUA, 11 December]

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COVID 19 – Coronavirus – HSE Advice for Universities

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

Ireland“The health and well-being of staff and students is a priority of all 7 IUA member universities. Universities will fully adopt the national advice from the HSE and HSE Public Health Outbreak Control Team. The HSE is providing regularly updated health advice for the education sector nationally in relation to the COVID – 19 Coronavirus health emergency …” (more)

[IUA, 3 March]

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Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin Hits Out at University Rent Increases

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has written to university presidents seeking a meeting over ‘deeply disappointing’ rent increases that he says ‘are not recognising the spirit’ of new laws introduced to curb the price of student accommodation …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 17 February]

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IUA join 36 EU and UK higher education and research organisations in joint-declaration of cooperation post-Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Research on February 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) has joined 36 other higher education and research organisations from across the European Union and the United Kingdom in a joint declaration of cooperation on research and student exchange. All 37 pan-European organisations have signed the statement calling on governments across Europe for their continued commitment to the Erasmus+ and Horizon Europe programmes …” (more)

[IUA, 3 February]

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Voters face stark choices when it comes to higher education

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

Ireland“Earlier this week, Leaving Certificate students met the CAO deadline to submit their course preferences for September. Later this week, voters will fill in their preferences for who will make up the next government. The first exercise will largely determine the individual lives of many secondary school leavers while the second exercise will help shape the future of Ireland’s economy and society …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Irish Times, 4 February]

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In Election, a Simple Message to Politicians: Don’t Fail Third-Level

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

Ireland“Elections in Ireland come around every four or five years. They provide an opportunity for voters to pick the parties and individuals who will best represent the interests of the country and its people. It is a time for our politicians to set out their stall on why they should be entrusted with government …” (more)

[Jim Miley, Lorna Fitzpatrick and Joseph Ryan, University Times, 31 January]

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Country ‘sitting on a timebomb’ over crisis in third-level funding, says Trinity Provost

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The third-level sector is currently underfunded, and a system of student loans should not be introduced, each of the major parties’ spokespeople on education agree. However, the parties remain divided on how best to address such a funding deficit, identified in the landmark Cassells report, first published in 2016 …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 28 January]

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Minister admits need for increased funding as parties debate future of higher education

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

Ireland“Representatives from six of Ireland’s main political parties clashed over the future of higher education at a debate held in Trinity today, with significant attention given to the balance between a system funded by taxation or by student fees and the current Fine Gael government’s allocations to higher education, which Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said were larger than suggested by other parties but conceded that the sector still required ‘extra funding …” (more)

[Lauren Boland and Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 28 January]

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Students and colleges warn third level sector is ‘losing ground’ on rivals

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students and third level colleges have united to call on political parties to commit to invest more in higher education to prevent Ireland ‘losing ground’ against international competitors. In a joint statement, the Union of Students in Ireland, the Irish Universities Association and the Technological Higher Education Association said State funding per student at third level is now 40% less than it was a decade ago …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Third-level timebomb must become a election priority

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“‘Crisis, what crisis?’ Three words that helped bring down Jim Callaghan’s Labour government in the 1979 UK general election. The prime minister never actually uttered these words. A Sun subeditor fashioned the headline but it captured the popular impression of an administration unaware of a serious state of affairs which had caught up with it …” (more)

[Lorna Fitzpatrick, Joseph Ryan and Jim Miley, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Higher education colleges call for pre-election commitment to €100m annual funding boost

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Higher education colleges and students have come together to push for a pre-election commitment for politicians for an increased €100m a year for the third-level sector. State funding per student to third level institutions is now 40% less than it was a decade ago because of austerity-era cuts that have not been reversed …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 23 January]

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Higher Education interest groups present joint funding plan ahead of general election

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Just two weeks before the Irish general election, higher education interest groups have put out a united call for greater funding for the sector. The Irish Universities Association (IUA), the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA), and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have rallied to campaign for a pre-election commitment to hundreds of millions of euros of higher education funding …” (more)

[Madalyn Williams, Trinity News, 23 January]

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As Election Looms, Trinity to Host Cross-Party Higher Education Debate

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity will next week play host to a higher education debate featuring education spokespeople from Ireland’s political parties, ahead of a general election in February. Organised jointly by the Irish Universities Association (IUA), the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and the Technological Higher Education Association, the debate will bring politicians from several parties to the Business School for a debate on the future of higher education and research …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 21 January]

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Surplus in State training fund set to climb to €1bn in 2020

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

Ireland“The Government is facing calls for an ‘urgent review’ of a State training fund after it emerged that the surplus is set to climb to almost €1 billion this year. The scale of the surplus has emerged at a time when the higher education sector claims it is facing a financial ‘crisis’ linked to reduced State investment …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 January]

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