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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Petition to implement ‘no detriment’ policy in DCU hits over 1,000 signatures

Posted in Teaching on March 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A petition to get DCU to implement a ‘no detriment’ policy due to students working from home has passed over 1,300 signatures on Change.org. The policy, which would be brought in to alleviate pressure brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, would apply for all end of semester exams or final assignments …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally, The College View, 31 March]

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Petition launched for Trinity to implement ‘no detriment’ policy for summer assessments

Posted in Teaching on March 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An online petition has been launched urging College to implement a ‘no detriment’ policy for this year’s summer assessments. The policy, similar to measures taken by several UK universities in light of the coronavirus pandemic, would mean that as long as students receive a passing mark their overall average grade cannot be brought down by upcoming assessments …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 31 March]
[See: TCD petition, UCC petition, DCU petition, UCD petition]

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IT Tralee students won’t sit end of semester exams

Posted in Teaching on March 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students of the Institute of Technology Tralee will not be sitting end of semester exams this summer. It’s revealed in a letter issued to students today by Acting Vice President of Academic Affairs and Registrar, Aileen Kennedy …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 31 March]

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Student assessment changes due to Covid-19 could be an opportunity

Posted in Teaching on March 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Following an announcement from the Vice President for Academic Affairs in DCU, Professor Eithne Guilfoyle, all final examinations planned in May for first and second year students have been cancelled. Instead, there is now an onus on lecturers to design alternative assessments for students, to replace these exams. While of course this is disruptive for students, many of whom have been studying for final exams for their modules since January and in some cases last September, it also compels us to assess the effectiveness of final examinations overall …” (more)

[Niall Briody, The College View, 31 March]

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Coronavirus crisis: Rent-a-room tenants ‘are being made homeless in a pandemic’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2020 by steve

“Students, migrants and young people renting rooms are being left in ‘legal limbo’ as some are facing eviction during the coronavirus crisis. Despite emergency legislation being amended to prevent all tenants – including those not covered by the Residential Tenancies Act – from being evicted during the Covid-19 pandemic, housing charity Threshold says it remains unclear whether people living under the rent-a-room scheme are being afforded the same protections …” (more)

[Amy Molloy, Independent, 31 March]

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Coronavirus (9) – September and Big Classes

Posted in Teaching on March 31st, 2020 by steve

“(Yes, I know, I said I would try to stay off Coronavirus topics. But it’s bloody hard to talk about anything else, isn’t it?) One of the least attractive features of the modern university is the mega-classroom: the huge, 300-1000 student classes that dominate first-year courses. These courses, point-blank, are terrible. I mean, I know, fields of study all have entry points and there are some basics about each one that students need to master before moving on to other courses …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 31 March]

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Irish ambassador urges people on J1 visas in the US to return home

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2020 by steve

“Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States has urged those who are currently in the country on J1 visas to return home as soon as possible. Daniel Mulhall posted a video on his Twitter page urging people to return to Ireland, saying that people affected should contact their airline immediately …” (more)

[Rudi Kinssella, joe.ie, 31 March]

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Pre-Paid Rents Must Be Returned To Students Who Have Left University Accommodation – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2020 by steve

“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education, Thomas Byrne, has called on the University of Limerick to do the right thing and refund rent to students who had to leave campus accommodation early due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Deputy Byrne said that UL should be following in the path of other Universities who are refunding pre-paid rents to students who have left …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 30 March]

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Ulster University postpones summer graduations due to coronavirus restrictions

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2020 by steve

“Ulster University has decided to postpone summer graduations because of coronavirus with a view to rescheduling ceremonies for later this year. In a letter to students and staff Professor Paul Bartholomew Interim Vice-Chancellor said …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 30 March]

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Cancel the Junior Cert – says Fianna Fail TD

Posted in Teaching on March 31st, 2020 by steve

“The Junior Cert should be cancelled to alleviate pressure on families during the coronavirus crisis, Cork South West Deputy Christopher O’Sullivan said, joining calls by Fianna Fáil education spokesperson Thomas Byrne that all efforts be directed to ensuring the Leaving Cert goes ahead …” (more)

[Bryan Smyth, TheCork.ie, 30 March]

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Why You Should Ignore All That Coronavirus-Inspired Productivity Pressure

Posted in Life on March 31st, 2020 by steve

“Among my academic colleagues and friends, I have observed a common response to the continuing Covid-19 crisis. They are fighting valiantly for a sense of normalcy – hustling to move courses online, maintaining strict writing schedules, creating Montessori schools at their kitchen tables. They hope to buckle down for a short stint until things get back to normal. I wish anyone who pursues that path the very best of luck and health …” (more)

[Aisha S Ahmad, Chronicle of Higher Education, 27 March]

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Waterford IT exams won’t go ahead with ‘alternative assessment’ found

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2020 by steve

“The Academic Council at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has announced today that as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic all semester 2 examinations scheduled for May 2020 are to be replaced by alternative assessment. The submission dates for the revised assessment will be set by the lecturers for each module and can be expected within the period of 8-18 May 2020 …” (more)

[Justin Kelly, Waterford Live, 30 March]

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UL Under Fire After Refusing Refunds to Residents Moving Out

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2020 by steve

“The University of Limerick (UL) has come under fire after refusing to issue refunds to students who leave the college’s accommodation early due to the coronavirus pandemic. Students leaving UL’s accommodation have been told they can claim back deposits paid at the beginning of the year, but will not be refunded rent that covers the rest of the semester …” (more)

[Alex Connolly, University Times, 30 March]

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Seanad election: Covid cocooning means new NUI returning officer

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2020 by steve

“A new returning officer is to be appointed to supervise a Seanad election panel because of cocooning rules for the Covid-19 pandemic. Chancellor of the National University of Ireland (NUI) Maurice Manning is also the returning officer but because he is over 70 he will be forced to stay at home …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 30 March]

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Experiences of an Irish University Library: My internship at Maynooth University

Posted in Life on March 30th, 2020 by steve

“I study in Leipzig in Western Saxony. That’s in Eastern Germany between Berlin and Munich. When I finished secondary school, I worked as a volunteer in a children’s library for one year. I really liked that and decided a library career was for me …” (more)

[Theres Rudolph, libfocus, 30 March]

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Coronavirus (8) – Scenario Planning

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2020 by steve

“For the last three weeks, life on university and college campuses has all been about doing what is needed to save the semester and move to remote learning/remote working format. I get the sense that this is the week when everyone’s attention is going to shift to ‘omg, what do we do now?’ The answer to that question will vary, of course, but if there is just one piece of advice I could give everyone, it is that the absolute worst thing any institution could do right now is centre its planning around a re-opening on a certain specific date …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 30 March]

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UL student accomodation paid for the rest of the semester will not be refunded

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2020 by steve

“Students at the University of Limerick (UL) are urging the university to refund rent to students who leave campus accommodation early due to the coronavirus outbreak. UL has told students they can claim their deposit back early but that rents paid for the rest of the semester will not be refunded. It is in stark contrast to other universities …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 30 March]

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Coronavirus: IT Carlow cancels scheduled examinations

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 30th, 2020 by steve

“The Institute of Technology Carlow has cancelled examinations and other face-to-face assessments scheduled to take place at the end of the summer term in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The examinations will be replaced ‘where feasible’ by alternative online assessments or online exams, the institute confirmed today …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 30 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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