Blanket No-Detriment Unlikely in UCD, But New Policies to Better Support Students

Posted in Teaching on April 9th, 2020 by steve

“A Working Group has been established in UCD to negotiate the implementation of revised academic policies. The changes aim to ensure students are not at a disadvantage with their assessments this trimester due to COVID-19 restrictions. This news comes after thousands of students have backed an online petition calling for a ‘No-Detriment’ policy in the university …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 8 April]

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Minister Ignores Calls for No-Detriment Policy in Public Announcement

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 8th, 2020 by steve

“Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has announced that further and higher education institutions will not be holding written, oral or practical assessments in examination centres during the COVID-19 health crisis …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 8 April]

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UCD Waives Extenuating Circumstances Requirements

Posted in Teaching on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“The Extenuating Circumstances Policy of UCD has been altered to fit COVID-19 Special Arrangements. Students are no longer required to provide a ‘Formal Statement of Circumstances’ verified by supporting evidence to validify their requests for extenuating circumstances. Students must still, however, provide the ‘Formal Statement of Circumstances’, outlining their case clearly, and there will be no further requirement of supporting documentation …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 7 April]

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Erasmus Students Offered Reflective Essay In Place Of Lost Credits Abroad

Posted in Teaching on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“In the unprecedented times of Covid-19, UCD has been putting measures in place to allow students to continue their learning. Students who are currently studying abroad have been particularly affected and in recent days university staff have put in place alternative arrangements for students unable to complete their full credits in their host university …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 6 April]

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‘We Have The Necessary Supports’ – UCD Introduces New Measures, Rejecting No-Detriment

Posted in Teaching on April 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCD has extended the end of trimester exams by one week in order to give students ‘the best spread of assessments as possible’ and to allow ‘more time to prepare and complete assessments’. A number of assessments will also be altered in order to reflect the position students currently find themselves in. UCD have now hinted that assessments may be graded easier, saying that ‘all results will be considered and reviewed taking account of these challenging circumstances’ …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 6 April]

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Pressure Mounts to Adopt UCD ‘No-Detriment’ Policy as Student Petition Blows Up

Posted in Teaching on April 4th, 2020 by steve

“Pressure is mounting on UCD management to adopt a ‘No-Detriment’ policy for the remainder of the trimester as thousands of students back calls for academic leniency amid the COVID-19 crisis. Earlier this week, UCD student Edie Connors started a petition for a ‘No-Detriment’ policy for exams …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 4 April]

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First Off-Site Contact Tracing Centre Commences at UCD

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

“A COVID-19 Tracing Contact Centre has recently began operating in UCD, this centre is the first of its kind outside of the HSE. The centre was set up by Prof Mary Codd and Dr Patrick Wall of the UCD School of Public Health and operates to provide test results, information and advice to people who have had positive COVID-19 tests …” (more)

[Adam O’Sullivan, College Tribune, 3 April]

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Montrose Students Denied Refunds Amid Covid-19 Lockdown

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

“Students that are currently renting properties from Aparto student accommodation in Montrose have been told they are not in a position to receive a refund. Despite many students having to return to family homes both in Ireland and abroad, Aparto maintain their accommodation is ‘still safe’ …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 3 April]

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Students ‘Not Expected’ to Bear Brunt of COVID-19 Financial Fallout, says UCD President

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

“UCD President Andrew Deeks has said that students are not expected to receive any additional costs due to potential financial fallout in the university. He has also stressed delays in additional student supports and a negative short-term impact on UCD. This comes after Deeks warned staff of ‘very severe’ financial implications for the university due to COVID-19 …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 2 April]

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Coronavirus: UCD researchers using 3D printing to make medical face shields

Posted in Governance and administration on April 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An advanced manufacturing research facility based in University College Dublin (UCD) has designed a face shield for medical staff working on the Covid-19 frontline in the space of a week, and is already scaling up production. Using its expertise in 3D printing, known as additive manufacturing, I-Form is aiming to provide much-needed PPE (personal protective equipment) to healthcare staff in Dublin …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 2 April]

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UCD Abandons Restrictive Academic Freedom Policy Following Staff Backlash

Posted in Governance and administration on April 2nd, 2020 by steve

“Following vocal criticism from academic staff, UCD have abandoned a proposed addendum to the university’s Statement on Academic Freedom. Academics have expressed ‘shock’ at the addendum, calling the proposed changes ‘a source of embarrassment to our University’, and something that would ‘compromise’ the existing policy. UCD revised its position following the success of an online petition which garnered almost 500 signatures …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 2 April]

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It’s academic …

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

“A week passed, so activists had time to galvanize colleagues via an online petition. Hundreds immediately protested against the proposed dilution of the principle of Academic Freedom. And now, the Chair of UCD’s committee on Academic Freedom has issued a statement. The statement asserts UCD’s devotion to the principle of undiluted Academic Freedom. So far, so academic …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 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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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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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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A Day in the Life of UCD President Andrew Deeks

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

Ireland“The below story follows the President of UCD on an average day in the office. It should be noted that due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and university shutdown, the President’s day is vastly different, with much of his work done online and from home …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 27 March]

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37-Member UCD Governing Authority to Hold Virtual Meeting Amid COVID-19 University Shutdown

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

“The UCD Governing Authority (GA) is to meet this Thursday using video conferencing tool Zoom. In a historic first, the 37-member committee will meet virtually, providing video or audio access for all governors who are working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 12-member University Management Team (UMT) have also held daily online meetings throughout the current university shutdown …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 25 March]

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UCD President Warns of ‘Very Severe’ Financial Impact for University Over COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 24th, 2020 by steve

“UCD President Andrew Deeks has said that the potential long-term impacts of COVID-19 for UCD could be ‘very serious’ and have a severe impact on the university’s commercial activities. The President has appealed to recruitment staff to ensure international students, who make up over 20% of UCD’s annual income, attend the university next year …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 24 March]

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Academic Freedom

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

“I was asked once to write a piece on Academic Freedom. It struck me then, as now, that it’s more about ‘Responsibility’ or ‘Duty’ than about ‘Freedom’. It’s a sort of ‘Hippocratic Oath’ for truth-tellers. So how can it happen that a group of people, probably a lot younger than I am and so a lot less cognitively impaired, certainly no dumber than I was myself in previous decades, would suggest sabotaging an Irish university’s policy on ‘Academic Responsibility’? …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 24 March]

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UCC and UCD to give free course to help more nurses treat coronavirus patients

Posted in Teaching on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“University College Cork and University College Dublin are to provide a course, free of charge during the coronavirus pandemic, to help more nurses treat patients with Covid-19. The National Foundation module in Critical Care Nursing is an online accelerated programme aimed at increasing the number of nurses available to provide critical care to patients with Covid-19 as well as to other patients who require intensive care …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 23 March]

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