Coronavirus: Queen’s expects to open for some teaching in September

Posted in Teaching on June 4th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University (QUB) expects to open all of its campus for teaching and other activities in September. However, lectures will continue to be provided online and facemasks will be provided for staff and students …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 4 June]

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Trinity Considering ‘Rotas’ in College Accommodation Kitchens, Says Provost

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

Ireland“Trinity is weighing up a ‘rotation system’ in its accommodation next year, which could see students allowed to use shared kitchens on a rota in order to ensure social distancing protocols are followed, Provost Patrick Prendergast said tonight …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 3 June]

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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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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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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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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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Coronavirus: Universities plan to limit student access to campuses

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

Ireland“Most Irish universities are planning to limit access to campus to a few days a week for students and replace most lectures with online tuition in the new academic year. However, colleges say students will still be able to access smaller face-to-face tutorials, laboratory work and other forms of group work on campus …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 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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In Plan to Re-Open Accommodation, Students to be Told: ‘Do Things Differently’

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

Ireland“Trinity’s student residents will need to ‘do things differently’ next year, The University Times has learned – they’ll be told to keep kitchens and shared spaces clean, as part of College’s plans for a phased re-opening of its accommodation …” (more)

[Jordan Nann, University Times, 28 May]

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Two-Metre Rule Could Mean Only 20% of Students on Campus for Lectures

Posted in Teaching on May 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s current two-metre social distancing protocols could mean Trinity is able to accommodate just 20% of students for lectures on campus when it re-opens, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 28 May]

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Coronavirus fallout means universities look to online delivery

Posted in Teaching on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As restrictions aimed at curtailing the spread of Covid-19 are likely to continue for several months, life for many students starting third level is likely to be very different this year than previously. Flexibility will be key in the coming months as most college settings don’t support spatial separation and will have adopted special measures to ensure syllabus delivery …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 26 May]

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The Offices of the University

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

Ireland“Although we’re still in the middle of this year’s examination period at Maynooth University many of us are having to give considerable thought to how we might manage the forthcoming return to work that is being phased in. The next stage is due to begin on June 8th …” (more)

[In the Dark, 22 May]

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Phase 1 Approaches

Posted in Teaching on May 17th, 2020 by steve

“Phase 1 of the Roadmap for relaxation of its Covid-19 restrictions would commence as planned on Monday 18th May. This won’t make a huge difference to those people working in third level institutions because it means that anyone who can work from home should continue to do so …” (more)

[In the Dark, 16 May]

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DCU announces plans for the delivery of programmes in the 2020/2021 academic year

Posted in Teaching on May 17th, 2020 by steve

“DCU announced on Friday that there will be a combination of both online and face-to-face classes for the coming 2020/2021 academic year. In a statement, the university confirmed they would be providing a ‘hybrid delivery of programmes for students in [the] new academic year’ …” (more)

[Aoibhín Meghen, The College View, 16 May]

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Leaving Off

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 9th, 2020 by steve

“So yesterday the Government of Ireland announced that this year’s Leaving Certificate examinations will be cancelled. That decision seems to have surprised quite a few people but to me it looked inevitable once the Covid-19 Roadmap was published last Friday …” (more)

[In the Dark, 9 May]

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Can we plan for a socially distanced campus?

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on May 7th, 2020 by steve

“As we move from the reactive phase of our response to the Covid-19 pandemic and turn our focus to planning for an as yet unclear future we need to consider a range of possibilities …” (more)

[Graham Scott, Wonkhe, 6 May]

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