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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No Plans to Use Vaccine Certs for Lectures, Says Harris

Posted in Teaching on October 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students will not have to show proof of vaccination to attend face-to-face lectures, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said, following an announcement yesterday that vaccination certificates will continue to be used until next year …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 20 October]

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The disappearance of women researchers in times of pandemic

Posted in Research on October 20th, 2021 by steve

International“When an article is published in a scientific journal, three authorship positions indicate who the study’s principal researchers are: first author, last author and corresponding author. These positions are used for decision-making, particularly in the evaluation of scientific careers and the awarding of possible promotions. Previous studies have shown that women less frequently occupy these authorship positions than men do, especially as last authors, a position reserved to senior scientists …” (more)

[AlphaGalileo, 20 October]

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The story of AIT

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

Ireland“In this, the first of two articles, Ian Kenneally charts the development of Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) as it made its journey from regional technical college to technological university …” (more)

[Westmeath Independent, 20 October]

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Trinity defends using year-old pre-recorded lectures for some classes this year

Posted in Teaching on October 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has defended its use of year-old pre-recorded lectures for students in some courses as an alternative to face-to-face teaching. Some courses at the university were found to have uploaded one-year-old lectures to the platform Blackboard …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 19 October]

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Hypocritical post from the University of Limerick draws criticism

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick has come under criticism from the student body in relation to their stance on rent prices. The University posted a graphic yesterday afternoon highlighting their recommended rent prices for first-time renters …” (more)

[Martin Mongan, Limerick Voice, 19 October]

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Students complain about ‘climate change denier’, ‘anti-LGBTQ’ guest lecturer

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

Ireland“The School of Engineering has declined to act on complaints over the conduct of a guest lecturer in one of its modules. Several senior sophister students raised concerns …” (more)

[Jack Kennedy, Trinity News, 19 October]

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Students should have ‘stronger say’ in Leaving Cert reform, principals group says

Posted in Teaching on October 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students should continue to be given a stronger say in their Leaving Cert learning and assessment, according to the representative group for post-primary school principals …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 20 October]

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Academic pay and ethnic minorities

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

Ireland“A chara, – It is is difficult to see how the headline conclusion can reasonably be drawn from the Higher Education Authority survey into third-level pay as no factor other than ethnicity seems to have been taken into account (‘Ethnic minorities in higher education more likely to be on lower pay’, News, October 18th) …” (more)

[Dave Slater, Irish Times, 20 October]

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Residents take legal challenge over 698-bed student accommodation near UCD

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A High Court judge has granted leave for a challenge aimed at overturning permission for a 698-bed student accommodation development in Goatstown, south Dublin. Two local residents have brought the judicial review case over An Bord Pleanála’s expedited permission in June for the eight-block development on the former site of Our Lady’s Grove school, some 850m from University College Dublin …” (more)

[Irish Times, 19 October]

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