Universities issue advice for students on coronavirus

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

Ireland“Universities are advising students to take a number of precautions to help limit the potential spread of the new strain of coronavirus until more is known about the infection. Amidst an outbreak of a new strain of the virus that has so far been linked to 132 deaths, students who have come to Ireland from Wuhan, China in the last 14 days, should notify the Department of Public Health …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 29 January]

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Trinity Plans €29m Recruitment Drive to Reduce Student-Staff Ratio

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

Ireland“Trinity could spend €29 million to recruit 263 new academic staff members over the next five years, The University Times has learned, as part of an ambitious plan to bring its staff–student ratio in line with other major European universities and arrest a series of rankings slides …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 29 January]

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University of Limerick suspends travel to and from China amid coronavirus fears

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick has suspended all ‘university-related’ travel by all staff and students to and from China, due to the coronavirus outbreak. Any student that has travelled from China to UL in the last 14 days is being asked by the University to notify the Student Medical Centre …” (more)

[Ryan O’Rourke, Limerick Leader, 29 January]

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Country ‘sitting on a timebomb’ over crisis in third-level funding, says Trinity Provost

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The third-level sector is currently underfunded, and a system of student loans should not be introduced, each of the major parties’ spokespeople on education agree. However, the parties remain divided on how best to address such a funding deficit, identified in the landmark Cassells report, first published in 2016 …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 28 January]

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DCU bringing students back from China to Ireland due to coronavirus fears

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

Ireland“A Dublin university has asked its students based in China to return to Ireland due to the spread of the coronavirus. DCU has a number of students that are based in China for the 2019/2020 academic year, though none are based in the Hubei region which is at the centre of the virus …” (more)

[Orla Dwyer, TheJournal.ie, 29 January]

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Political parties rule out student loans to fund third level

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

Ireland“All major political parties have ruled out a student loan scheme as a way of funding higher education over the coming years. The comments were made at a debate on the future of higher education involving the spokespeople for the main political parties at Trinity College Dublin on Tuesday moderated by Newstalk’s Shane Coleman …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 January]

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Belfield Papers: Case Closed?

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In November 2019, the College Tribune discovered highly sensitive UCD documents open to student access. Included in these files were payroll reports, employee bank account details, PPS numbers and details of TD donations to student political societies. After the UCD Data Protection Office (DPO) investigated into the matter, the Data Protection Commission (DPC) was informed by the university with a late breach notification …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 28 January]

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Parties outline education vote-grabbing proposals

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

Ireland“Bonus points for honours Mandarin in the Leaving Cert – the first exams are coming in 2022 – may seem an unlikely vote-grabber, but it is among the pre-election promises from Fianna Fail …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 January]

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UCD Take Easy Route in Empty 5-year Strategy

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

Ireland“UCD recently released their strategy document for the period 2020-2024. Named ‘Rising to the Future’ this document’s overall aim is to continue to flourish in an ‘age of unprecedented opportunity and challenge’. The strategy is based around four central themes that are said to shape every activity the university engages in. The strategy is based around a forward-pointing arrow where strategic themes, key enablers and core objectives all facilitate the attainment of strategic goals …” (more)

[Adam O’Sullivan, College Tribune, 28 January]

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Call for large class sizes in schools to be addressed by next government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Social Justice Ireland says students from disadvantaged areas need greater access to third level. High pupil to teacher ratios and large class sizes in schools must be addressed by the next government, Social Justice Ireland (SJI) has said …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 29 January]

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Labour Party make Dundalk IT Technological University status pledge

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

Ireland“According to local Labour election candidate Ged Nash, his party has pledged to deliver Technological University Status for DkIT as part of its manifesto. In a statement to the Democrat, Senator Ged Nash said: …” (more)

[David Lynch, Dundalk Democrat, 28 January]

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