Students most worried about families’ health and work uncertainty amid crisis

Posted in Research on April 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The health of family members and employment uncertainty are the biggest worries third-level students in Ireland have amid the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new survey. The online survey was conducted by GradIreland from 25 March to 1 April and 716 university students responded …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 14 April]

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Why Ninth Level Ireland has passed its sell-by date

Posted in Life on April 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It seemed like a great idea: a sort of clearing house where links to articles and papers of broad educational significance would be provided. It used to be my go-to website first thing in the morning when I wanted to get my brain in gear. I though it was brilliant. I aspired to be Number 1 on its most-read list …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 14 April]

The Blogmeister writes: It’s settled, then – no new post will be published here until Greg verifies that (1) the author wasn’t ‘disgruntled’ and (2) the views in it aren’t ‘ridiculous’. Then this blog will return to its former glory, and all will be well 😎.

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Third-level institutes to provide IP free to help end Covid-19 crisis

Posted in Research on April 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A new non-exclusive royalty-free licence has been created to allow Irish researchers to share intellectual property with industry to help bring an end to the Covid-19 crisis. It is hoped the new licence will enable third level institutions to assist businesses to diagnose, prevent, contain, treat and/or minimise the impact of the coronavirus …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 14 April]

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DCU’s lack of clarity over how final year exams will take place is worrying

Posted in Teaching on April 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“With a nationwide lock-down resulting in the closure of schools, libraries and co-working spaces, where do DCU expect students to prepare for examinations? There has been a lot of uncertainty among students and lecturers alike regarding how DCU will hold this year’s summer examinations. For final year students especially, this has been a most stressful time in our entire university experience …” (more)

[Joy Nwagiriga, The College View, 14 April]

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Colleges ‘face financial ruin’ without bailout

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2020 by steve

“Lecturers are calling for an emergency plan for universities, which they believe could be facing financial ruin due to a likely collapse in the number of foreign students enrolling in the next academic year due to the Covid-19 crisis. With international students accounting for up to a third of fee income for many colleges across the country, third-level staff lay-offs may be inevitable without an urgent rescue package for the sector, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has warned …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 14 April]

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TUI will work with State Examinations Commission to help vulnerable Leaving Cert students

Posted in Teaching on April 14th, 2020 by steve

“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland says it will be working with the State Examinations Commission to help vulnerable Leaving Cert students. It says those with underlying health issues and special education needs must not have their prospects further damaged by the coronavirus crisis …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 14 April]

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‘Anticlimactic’: Final years submit dissertations online, in break from tradition

Posted in Teaching on April 14th, 2020 by steve

“In a break from tradition for some departments, many final year students submitted their dissertations online this year due to college’s closure in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Students were stripped of the opportunity to post photographs of their printed and bound thesis’ on social media, as typically occurs in mid-Hilary Term, as many final year project deadlines occurred after the shutdown of Irish colleges …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 13 April]

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Postponing the Leaving

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on April 14th, 2020 by steve

“Sir, –I am puzzled by some of the media commentary concerning the postponement of this year’s Leaving Certificate. Of course, the proposed delay is an unwelcome development for students and they deserve great sympathy and support. But what is the alternative? The concept of predicted grades may be appealing in principle, but it makes no sense in practice at the current time …” (more)

[Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, Irish Times, 14 April]

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Agriculture students paying over the odds in bid to avoid being stranded in New Zealand

Posted in Life on April 14th, 2020 by steve

“A number of agricultural science students are hoping to get home from New Zealand over the coming days – paying twice the normal price – as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to restrict travel, leaving thousands of Irish stranded across the globe. The students have been in New Zealand on work experience since early January and were originally scheduled to return in May …” (more)

[Michael Keaveny, Independent, 14 April]

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Leaving Cert students in a stronger position than they may realise

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on April 14th, 2020 by steve

My son is due to sit the Leaving Cert this summer. I’m worried that he’s underprepared due to the disruption to the school year. Would he be better off repeating and going to third level in 2021? Despite the uncertainty hanging over this year’s Leaving Cert class, their academic prospects may be quite bright …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 14 April]

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Students Didn’t Get No Detriment – They Got a College Unusually Ready to Compromise

Posted in Teaching on April 14th, 2020 by steve

“In some ways, Trinity’s decision on no detriment last week – eagerly anticipated by students, and first revealed in this newspaper – felt almost anticlimactic. Student campaigners, who had mobilised en masse and pushed the issue firmly onto the agenda and into the national media, didn’t have their demands met by University Council. But College explained its rationale, and worked hard to capture the spirit of the campaign in a way that fits into its assessment structures …” (more)

[University Times, 13 April]

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We Can’t Take Academic Freedom for Granted. Troubling Developments in UCD Prove It

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2020 by steve

“Last week’s news that University College Dublin (UCD) has abandoned plans to amend its policy on academic freedom came at a timely moment. While the world’s eyes are largely fixed on one point right now, many experts are urging caution about some of the potentially life-changing measures being hurried in to fight the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[University News, 13 April]

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Emergency support package required for higher education, say IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2020 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for the introduction of emergency supports for higher education similar to those implemented for business, combined with the establishment of an ‘all-stakeholder’ consultation process to address the education cliff around the corner …” (more)

[IFUT, 12 April]

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Postponing the Leaving Certificate is the wrong call

Posted in Teaching on April 14th, 2020 by steve

“Every decision taken by the government during this crisis is challenging, but the decision to postpone the Leaving Certificate is the wrong one. It is not what students want and our voice should be heard …” (more)

[Bébhinn O’Brien, Business Post, 13 April]

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The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union Say They’re Disappointed That The Student Voice Was Not Sufficiently Consulted Last Week

Posted in Teaching on April 14th, 2020 by steve

“A decision on the postponement of the Leaving Cert exams was finalised. The Education Minister announced on Friday that the Leaving Cert has been postponed until the last week of July or early August with the Junior Cert cancelled and will be replaced with class-based tests …” (more)

[Red FM, 13 April]

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