The Birds

Posted in Life on April 5th, 2020 by steve

“One of the far from unpleasant side-effects of the lockdown here in Maynooth is that you notice the birds much more. For one thing the marked decrease in traffic means that birdsong a lot more audible, which is very pleasant; for another, some otherwise rather shy species are to be seen out and about …” (more)

[In the Dark, 5 April]

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Assessment at a Distance

Posted in Teaching on April 5th, 2020 by steve

“In the light of the Covid-19 restrictions currently in place, Maynooth University has issued updated guidance to students about the rest of the Semester. Of particular concern to students is what will happen to their examinations, usually held in the second half of May …” (more)

[In the Dark, 5 April]

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Maynooth University Library Cat Update

Posted in Life on April 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Quite a few people have been asking me how the Maynooth University Library Cat is coping with the lockdown. I always visit him when I take the daily exercise (usually after lunch) allowed by the Covid-19 restrictions. I know that others are looking after him too so he’s doing well …” (more)

[In the Dark, 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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Experiences of an Irish University Library: My internship at Maynooth University

Posted in Life on March 30th, 2020 by steve

“I study in Leipzig in Western Saxony. That’s in Eastern Germany between Berlin and Munich. When I finished secondary school, I worked as a volunteer in a children’s library for one year. I really liked that and decided a library career was for me …” (more)

[Theres Rudolph, libfocus, 30 March]

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Díreoidh an Teastas i Múineadh na Gaeilge ar an aosoideachas agus ar fhoghlaimeoirí fásta

Posted in Teaching on March 28th, 2020 by steve

“Cuirfear tús le cúrsa nua i múineadh na Gaeilge ar líne in Ollscoil Mhá Nuad an bhliain acadúil seo chugainn. Díreoidh Teastas i Múineadh na Gaeilge ar an aosoideachas agus conas teagasc a chur ar fhoghlaimeoirí fásta …” (níos mó)

[Malachi Ó Marcaigh, University Times, 28 March]

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Life going on …

Posted in Life on March 26th, 2020 by steve

“I’ve had the feeling that this blog is in danger of turning into some sort of plague diary so I thought I’d pass on a couple of examples of life going on. It’s not quite business as usual, but there’s no point in us sitting around feeling sorry for ourselves …” (more)

[In the Dark, 26 March]

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A Longer Haul

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 24th, 2020 by steve

“To nobody’s great surprise today we received official confirmation that there will be no face-to-face teaching for the rest of the semester at Maynooth University; teaching had been due to end in early May. There will also be no in situ examinations, with all assessments being switched either to homework or remote assessments …” (more)

[In the Dark, 24 March]

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Coronavirus Ireland: Maynooth University won’t re-open for face-to-face lectures for rest of academic year

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 24th, 2020 by steve

“Maynooth University (MU) will not be re-opening for face-to-face lectures for the rest of the academic year, it has announced. The university made the announcement today amid the uncertainty over how long the Covid-19 crisis will last …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 March]

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On Virtual Meetings

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2020 by steve

“We’ve now had almost a week of campus closure here at Maynooth and it has now become clear that there will be no more face to face teaching for the remaining half of the Spring Semester. That does not mean that everything stops, just that all teaching from now on will be delivered remotely. There won’t be any in situ exams in May either. These will be replaced by assessments to be submitted online …” (more)

[In the Dark, 19 March]

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A Note from Maynooth

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

Ireland“I’m indebted to colleagues from Maynooth University Special Collections & Archives for sending out the following bit of history. It is now over 100 years ago the 1918 “Spanish ‘flu’ influenza pandemic came to Maynooth College …” (more)

[In the Dark, 18 March]

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Closing Down in Maynooth

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Not unexpectedly the (acting) Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced that from 6pm today all schools college and cultural institutions will close until 29th March. Indoor events involving more than 100 people will be banned, as will outdoor events involving more than 500 people. I think this decision is sensible, if perhaps a bit late …” (more)

[In the Dark, 12 March]

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Break Points

Posted in Teaching on March 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It is now Week 6 of the Spring Semester at Maynooth University. My lectures on Engineering Mathematics take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday so today I gave the 18th of the semester, which means I am halfway through the module. Next week is a scheduled Study Week so there are no lectures planned after this Friday until 23rd March. Just two days to go before the breaking …” (more)

[In the Dark, 11 March]

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Building Up Maynooth

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

Ireland“I thought I’d share the above picture part of an occasional series of updates about the new building going up on the North Campus at Maynooth University. This artist’s impression of what the new building will look like has appeared on the fence surrounding the construction site; you can see cranes and part of the skeleton of the new structure behind the board …” (more)

[In the Dark, 6 March]

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‘No evidence’ fee-paying schools do better at boosting academic performance

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There is no evidence fee-paying schools do better than others in maximising the academic performance of students, according to new research. The finding is contained in an academic paper, ‘Good Schools or Good Students? The Importance of Selectivity for School Rankings’, by a team of researchers at Maynooth University …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 March]

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Maynooth University Library Cat Update

Posted in Life on February 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This morning I was proceeding in a Northerly direction when I spied the local celebrity feline on post near the library. As I prepared to take a picture he turned to wash his rear parts. If he sits there when it’s raining or snowing it’s because he wants to be fed …” (more)

[In the Dark, 28 February]

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Student housing crisis: ‘We have students who are sleeping in cars, on their friends’ floors’

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

Ireland“Some students in UCD are sleeping rough, in their cars and on their friends’ floors as they can’t afford accommodation, the university’s students’ union has warned. Yesterday, students at UCD took part in a tent protest after it emerged rents at campus accommodation are to increase by 12% in the next three years …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 28 February]

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‘This is just the tipping point’: The cost of being a student in Ireland has skyrocketed in the past decade

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The cost for students to rent on campus in Irish universities has almost doubled over the past decade, with protests held earlier this week at UCD against further planned increases. The university plans to increase rents by the maximum amount allowed, 4%, in each of the next three years …” (more)

[Sean Murray, TheJournal.ie, 23 February]

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Mount Charles wins €10m catering contract at Maynooth University

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

Ireland“Outsourcing group Mount Charles has picked up an estimated €10 million contract to provide food and drink services to Maynooth University. The deal will add to the Belfast-based company’s significant client portfolio in the Republic, which includes RTÉ, the Abbey Theatre, the Customs House, the Public Appointments Service, Ordnance Survey Ireland, the National Aquatic Centre and Griffith College Dublin …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 18 February]

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Eoin Ó Broin seeks meeting with Universities on rising student accommodation costs

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin TD has written to the Presidents of University College Dublin, Dublin City University, NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth, Limerick University, Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork requesting a meeting to discuss plans to increase on-campus student accommodation charges by up to 4% per year …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 17 February]

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