Landlords must refund students who have vacated property in midst of Covid-19 Emergency – Matt Carthy TD

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

“Cavan Monaghan Sinn Féin TD, Matt Carthy, has called for government intervention to ensure that students who have left rented accommodation due to the Covid-19 emergency receive refunds from the landlords in respect of time not spent in that accommodation …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 4 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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An expansion of tobacco-free Trinity to Halls would undermine students’ autonomy

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

“In January, the Trinity’s Health Promotion Officer visited Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Council to present a proposal which had been circling: the idea of expanding Trinity’s tobacco-free campus to Trinity Hall. The presentation was informal, and designed as an effort to seek feedback from students on whether they would support or reject the idea …” (more)

[Darragh McDonagh, Trinity News, 3 April]

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Claims emerge that student nurses not being paid for their work

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

“There have been claims that student nurses who are on placement are not being paid for their work. Last week Health Minister Simon Harris announced that student nurses would be paid for their efforts at tackling Covid-19. In light of the claims, Aontu leader, Peadar Toibin, has called for the immediate reopening of the written question facility for TDs …” (more)

[EchoLive, 4 April]

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UL students demand accommodation refunds

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

Ireland“University of Limerick has come under immense pressure from students, parents and politicians alike to refund accommodation fees to its students who vacated the campus due to Covid-19. Students who have returned home have been told they can claim back deposits they paid at the beginning of the year, but will not be refunded rent that covers the rest of the semester …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 4 April]

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The chicken shit meeting

Posted in Research on April 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I think it really hit me at the chicken shit meeting. There we were, in a meeting room, some lecturer colleagues and I, discussing chicken shit. Literally shit-loads of it. Some company, obviously in the chicken business, wanted us to help out with some of their chicken-shit problems …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 4 April]

Post pandemic outlook for HE is bleakest for the poorest

Posted in Research on April 4th, 2020 by steve

International“In the midst of crisis, with the scope and outcomes largely unclear, it is too early to accurately predict the broader implications of the coronavirus pandemic for higher education or for society in general …” (more)

[Philip G Altbach and Hans de Wit, University World News, 4 April]

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Academic Integrity in Online Assessment

Posted in Teaching on April 4th, 2020 by steve

“In support of the move to online assessment in the context of Coronavirus Covid19, the following recommendations may be useful in the design and implementation of alternative assessment to minimise concerns about academic integrity …” (more)

[IUA, 3 April]

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Trinity casts doubt over whether Erasmus programmes will go ahead

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

“Trinity’s TSM (Two Subject Moderatorship) office appeared to cast doubt over the possibility of foreign exchange programmes going ahead next year due to the coronavirus pandemic in an email circulated to all TSM Erasmus and Non-EU Exchange candidates in their Senior Fresh year …” (more)

[Madalyn Williams, Trinity News, 3 April]

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Courage of student nurses

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

“Sir, – As nurses, we are writing to express our admiration of and gratitude to the country’s student nurses. It takes courage and dedication to step up and support the country in a time of crisis and student nurses are demonstrating great leadership and bravery in these challenging times …” (more)

[Catherine Clune Mulvaney and Catherine O’Neill, Irish Times, 4 April]

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On Zoom call, provost confirms ‘no detriment’ policy discussion next week

Posted in Teaching on April 4th, 2020 by steve

“The possible implementation of a ‘no detriment’ policy for summer assessments will be discussed at the University Council meeting next Wednesday, the provost confirmed on a Zoom call with Trinity residents, while also offering assurance that leases will be extended …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 3 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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Study reveals Leaving Cert students split on cancelling exams

Posted in Teaching on April 4th, 2020 by steve

“Leaving Cert students are split on whether the June exams should be cancelled, according to a new survey. Almost half – 49% – want to cancel the June sittings and to be assessed through a system of predicted grading, based on previous results. However, 45% of student don’t want the traditional exams abandoned, with many supporting the idea of a July or August sitting if they can’t happen in June …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 April]

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Seven of Ireland’s Universities are to Roll Out Online Assessments at the End of this Semester

Posted in Teaching on April 4th, 2020 by steve

“The IUA says detailed information on timetables will be issued as soon as possible. Seven of Ireland’s universities are replacing their face-to-face exams at the end of this semester with online assessments …” (more)

[Red FM, 3 April]

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Field hospital in University of Limerick at ‘advanced stage’

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

“When University of Limerick president Dr Des Fitzgerald said in March that its grounds could be used for a field hospital, many thought he was being alarmist. However, the words of the cardiologist and former Professor of Molecular Medicine at UCD have come to pass …” (more)

[Donal O’Regan, Limerick Leader, 3 April]

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‘Lagging wifi, internet freezes, distractions’: Students on the reality of online classes

Posted in Teaching on April 4th, 2020 by steve

“As a result of the public health restrictions facing the entire country, higher education institutions have moved to host their classes and lectures online. Face-to-face exams are also being replaced by alternative online and remote assessment procedures. However, many students who face challenging and stressful circumstances worry that they are falling behind and their grades will suffer …” (more)

[Irish Times, 3 April]

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Investigation after creepy online posts target over 20 female UCC students

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

“UCC are investigating after some online posts were made targeting a number of female students. A probe has been launched after over 20 women had their pictures posted on an Instagram account which appeared to run a competition where viewers could rate them based on their looks …” (more)

[Gavin O’Callaghan, CorkBeo, 3 April]

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