Plans Advanced For UL Temporary Hospital

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Plans are well underway for the development of a large Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) on the floor of the main gymnasium in the University of Limerick’s Sports Arena. It is expected that this temporary facility will be kitted out to accommodate between 120 and 164 patients, depending on staffing, on the basis of a Health Service Executive template in line with a similar one planned for City West in Dublin …” (more)

[Dan Danaher, Clare Champion, 13 April]

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ASTI executive to meet amid confusion over Leaving Cert exams

Posted in Teaching on April 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The executive of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) is to meet on Tuesday morning amid confusion about teaching arrangements for the delayed Leaving Cert exams. Minister for Education Joe McHugh announced last week that the exams would go ahead in July. This was followed by a meeting of the ASTI executive on Friday night, after which a statement relating to arrangements for teachers was posted on the ASTI website …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 April]

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Optional Resits May Pose ‘Big Challenge’ to College Calendar, Warns IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has warned that optional resits in this year’s summer assessments – approved last week among a slew of new measures – ‘could place great pressure’ on August’s supplemental exam period and raise questions about when the next academic year starts …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 13 April]

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Byrne Calls For Clarity On Summer School Time For Leaving Cert Students

Posted in Teaching on April 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne has written to the Education Minister to seek clarity in relation to the rearranged Leaving Certificate exam. Plans to delay the exams until late July or August were announced last week but parents and students still have many unanswered questions surrounding the exams …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 13 April]

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Trinity Gets €2.7m from Fáilte Ireland for Old Library Revamp

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has received a grant of €2.7 million from Fáilte Ireland, Ireland’s government body for tourism, towards the overhaul of its Old Library. The reconfiguration of the 300-year-old building is part of a College strategy to improve the conditions in a library that houses some of its oldest manuscripts and book collections …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 13 April]

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Trinity’s safety net policy is not enough

Posted in Life, Teaching on April 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The talk of future employers devaluing grades awarded during the Covid-19 crisis has felt surreal. It is a sensation comparable to when you are listening to someone speak your second language, and you believe your interpretation to be at fault, as it is highly implausible that they’re saying what you’re hearing. You think you understand the individual words, but the way they are being put together doesn’t make any sense …” (more)

[Sam Cox, Trinity News, 13 April]

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Leaving Cert proposal not feasible, union claims

Posted in Teaching on April 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Associations of Secondary Teachers, Ireland have told its members the Leaving Cert proposal cannot be enforced. The State exam has been pushed back from its traditional start date at the beginning of June, to either late July or early August …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 13 April]

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UCC researchers develop early-warning system to detect Covid-19 symptoms in healthcare workers

Posted in Research on April 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has developed a remote early-warning system to detect Covid-19 symptoms in frontline medical staff at Cork University Hospital. The Covid-19 Remote Early Warning System (CREW), which has been developed with a software firm, remotely identifies those who may be developing a temperature and who shouldn’t go to work …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 13 April]

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Leaving Cert and drop-out rates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Dr Mark Ryan (Letters, April 8th) criticises Prof Áine Hyland for her suggestion that the Leaving Cert should continue to be the basis for entry to third level. Dr Ryan suggests that the high drop- out rate in first year indicates that using Leaving Cert results must be flawed. It is widely accepted that this is not so …” (more)

[John Mc Avoy, Irish Times, 13 April]

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TCDSU must pressure College to implement ‘no detriment’, say petition founders

Posted in Teaching on April 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The creators of the original petition calling for a ‘no detriment’ policy to be implemented have called on Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) to carry on the campaign. The no detriment policy, which Trinity have declined to implement, would have meant that as long as students receive a passing mark, their overall average grade would not be brought down by upcoming assessments …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 12 April]

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University Commits Over €3.5 Million In New Tenders Since January

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Since the start of 2020, UCD have put out over €3.5 million worth of tenders, excluding VAT. In reality this figure is higher, but due to the nature of certain tenders, the contractual value is not public information. As recently as April 7th, UCD put out a tender for €300,000 (excluding VAT) for the ‘design, implementation and roll out of an online programme management system’ for the Smurfit Executive Development Programme, a contract which would last 4 years …” (more)

[Alex Lohier, College Tribune, 12 April]

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Engineering hope: GMIT team making PPE masks

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As Brian de Souza’s wife told him how a friend working in a pharmacy had rung her in despair about having no personal protective equipment (PPE), he was already thinking about what he could do to help. As a lecturer in mechanical engineering in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) he felt ‘surely we could engineer a solution’ to help the friend and others in the same predicament …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 April]

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