Back to Exams

Posted in Teaching on October 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“After a welcome break for yesterday’s traditional Hallowe’en Bank Holiday it’s time today to embark on the tradition of the Writing of the First Semester Examinations. I have to come up with four papers (two main exams for January and two repeat exams for next August) by next week, complete with solutions …” (more)

[In the Dark, 26 October]

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Precarious employment threatens research and higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2021 by steve

“The Higher Education and Research Standing Committee (HERSC) of ETUCE’s member organisations met on 19-20 September 2021 to discuss some of the key issues faced by researchers and academics in the higher education sector …” (more)

[ETUCE, 26 October]

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DCU Restricts Access to Research by Seanad Bye Election Candidate

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has suspended public access to research by former army captain and Seanad bye election candidate Tom Clonan, after two participants complained that they are identifiable …” (more)

[Siothrún Sardina, University Times, 25 October]

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Front Gate is Open Again, But Trinity Must Not Act Like the Pandemic is Over

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Last Friday, Trinity’s gates finally opened to the public after a year and a half of restricted access. For 18 months staff and students have scanned in and out at airport-like checkpoints, security guards watching like hawks …” (more)

[University Times, 25 October]

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Fresh delay to new Ulster University campus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2021 by steve

“A proposed move of staff and students to a new multi million pound campus of Ulster University in Belfast city centre has been further delayed. Courses were due to start at the £363.9m campus in January next year, but supply issues in the building trade have forced a further delay to the project, which is already years behind schedule …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 25 October]

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Colleges told to stop use of NDAs in cases of sexual harassment

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Colleges have been warned against using non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to silence victims of sexual harassment and bullying. Higher Education Minister Simon Harris condemned the practice …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 24 October]

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Ending public service ‘austerity’ hours costs same as 11,000 new jobs, department says

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The cost of eliminating additional, unpaid working hours introduced for staff across the public service as part of austerity measures nearly a decade ago will be €645 million a year, the Department of Public Expenditure has forecast …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 25 October]

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Will the EU’s COVID recovery plan help the HE sector?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2021 by steve

“How big a deal is NextGenerationEU – the European Union’s COVID economic recovery plan – for universities? It depends mostly on where the university operates. Most national recovery and resilience plans have been submitted and endorsed by the EU’s institutions, though the scale and contents of these roadmaps differ greatly …” (more)

[Enora Bennetot Pruvot, University World News, 23 October]

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British scientists being ‘frozen out’ of EU research due to NI row, claims MP

Posted in Research on October 25th, 2021 by steve

“UK scientists are being ‘frozen out’ of the £80bn EU research programme Horizon Europe because of the ongoing dispute over the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol, a House of Lords committee has claimed …” (more)

[Lisa O’Carroll, Guardian, 24 October]

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Trinity’s colonial ties in focus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“At the beginning of September, work began on the Trinity Colonial Legacies project, first announced in February of this year, when Dr Mobeen Hussain was appointed postdoctoral research fellow to the project …” (more)

[David Wolfe, Trinity News, 22 October]

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Answers sought from UL over student accommodation crisis and reduction in private car use

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is being urged to engage with elected members of Limerick City and County regarding its plans to deal with the student accommodation crisis and to reduce the use of private cars within its staff and student population …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 21 October]

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Drink spiking: UU students in Londonderry say drinks were spiked

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) says it has received three reports from students who believe they have had their drinks spiked in Londonderry. The incidents are alleged to have occurred in the past week, UU said …” (more)

[BBC News, 21 October]

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Universities and the Leaving Certificate

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Jim Miley, director general of the Irish Universities Association, has described the current timing of Leaving Certificate results as ‘not fit for purpose’, due to the impact on CAO offers (‘Universities call for Leaving Cert results to be given in June’, Education, October 18th). I would suggest that the opposite is closer to reality …” (more)

[Colm O’Connor, Irish Times, 21 October]

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Fewer than 1% of coronavirus tests on college campuses are positive

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A pilot project aimed at detecting Covid-19 on college campuses using antigen and other forms of rapid testing has found low levels of the virus among staff and students. Less than 1% of more than 12,000 rapid Covid-19 tests in third-level colleges have registered positive since campuses reopened …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 October]

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From Maynooth to SFI

Posted in Research on October 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Last month I mentioned that I attended an event to mark the departure of Professor Philip Nolan at the end of his term as President of Maynooth University. Over drinks afterwards he wasn’t very forthcoming about what he was planning to do next …” (more)

[In the Dark, 20 October]

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Trinity’s Graduation Dress Code Needs a 21st-Century Rethink

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“For many, graduating from college is an incredibly important life event. It marks the closing of one chapter on someone’s path through life and the opening of a new one. Perhaps, for this year’s graduates, after over a year of being apart, it is even more important as it gives us an opportunity to be together for one last time …” (more)

[Jonathan Andrews, University Times, 20 October]

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Budget 2022 fails to address cost of higher level education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“On 12 October, the announcement of Budget 2022 evoked mixed reactions from third-level stakeholders. It was announced that €3.7bn would be allocated to students, universities and young people in next year’s Budget …” (more)

[Bonnie Gill, Trinity News, 20 October]

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Holylands Strategic Partnership Group

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2021 by steve

Deirdre Hargey (Sinn Féin): The strategic partnership group for the lower Ormeau and wider university area has met twice, on 26 July and 6 September, and agreed its terms of reference. The group is considering an intervention proposal that was tabled by Belfast City Council …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly, 19 October]

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Campus to Re-open to Public This Friday

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s campus will re-open to the public this Friday, October 22nd, after 18 months of restricted access. Social distancing is to be scrapped in College from that date …” (more)

[David O’Connell, University Times, 20 October]

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Verdict on Cassells Report to be Published by the End of the Year

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said he will publish a verdict on the Cassells report – which was published in 2016 – before the end of the year. Harris has said he will not advocate for the introduction of student loans …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 20 October]

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