Leaving Cert students unlikely to progress to third-level courses before November

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 17th, 2020 by steve

“Leaving Cert students who progress to third-level education are likely to begin their courses as late as November this year, according to education sources. The decision to postpone the Leaving Cert until late July or early August means students’ results and college offers will be pushed out much later than usual. Several third-level institutions say they are planning to admit first-year students in either late October or November under best-case scenarios …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 April]

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Taoiseach to address medical graduates at historic UCC graduation

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2020 by steve

“The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar will address 197 medical graduates at University College Cork (UCC) in a special video message tomorrow (Friday, April 17th) as they take part in the University’s first-ever online graduation ceremony. Their graduation has been brought forward to assist the health service during the COVID-19 pandemic …” (more)

[Mary Corcoran, EchoLive, 16 April]

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Trinity Freezes Staff Recruitment Due to Coronavirus Financial Concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2020 by steve

“Trinity has frozen all staff recruitment due to the ‘significant financial consequences’ of the coronavirus, according to an email sent to staff this afternoon. The email, sent by HR Director Antoinette Quinn and seen by The University Times, told staff that the College’s ‘Executive Officers Group decided this week on a freeze on all further recruitment within the college’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee and Emer Moreau, University Times, 16 April]

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Survey: Students Seek Academic Relief as Struggle With Virtual College Continues

Posted in Research on April 17th, 2020 by steve

“We surveyed a group of UCD students pursuing mainly undergraduate degrees at the university. In recent weeks, there has been growing demand from students for the implementation of a No-Detriment policy in universities. Online petitions have gained well over 10,000 signatures nationwide …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 16 April]

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UL works with Limerick hospital to make 100,000 visors

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2020 by steve

“A collaboration between University of Limerick and UL Hospitals Group is enabling the design and manufacture of 100,000 face visors for HSE front-line staff. The Rapid Innovation Unit at UL, an SFI Confirm Centre funded 3D printing activity that works in collaboration with University Hospital Limerick, mobilised a team to innovate immediate solutions in response to the Covid-19 crisis …” (more)

[Aine Fitzgerald, Limerick Leader, 16 April]

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Leaving Cert exams could run until early September

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on April 17th, 2020 by steve

“The Leaving Cert may end up finishing in early September with just a single exam each day under plans to minimise public health risks, according to senior education sources. In addition, the possibility of the new school year beginning later than normal – with the staggered return of classes over the course of a number of weeks – is being explored in talks between Department of Education officials and education partners …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 April]

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Cancellation of the Junior Cert

Posted in Teaching on April 17th, 2020 by steve

“Sir, – There has been justified concern expressed in recent days about the postponement of the Leaving Cert exams and the difficulties posed for students and teachers. There has been very little comment regarding the plight of the Junior Cert students whose exams have been cancelled just one week after the Government committed to proceeding with these exams this year ‘by hook or by crook’ …” (more)

[Miriam Wiley, Irish Times, 17 April]

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Election of Scholars, Fellows to Take Place Online, in Break From Tradition

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2020 by steve

“Trinity will elect its Scholars and Fellows – a longstanding tradition that takes place every year as part of Trinity Week – online next Monday, amid the ongoing shutdown of the College due to the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Emma Donohoe, University Times, 16 April]

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UCD Athletic Union Council Speaks out on COVID-19 Sports Suspension

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2020 by steve

“Since 9am on March 13th, all UCD Clubs and Society activities have been suspended in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sports activities have been suspended until at least April 19th, and with the rate of infections continuing to rise, it seems like sports in Belfield won’t return for a long time …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 16 April]

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