Students Will Be Asked to Sign ‘Honour Declaration’ Ahead of Summer Exams

Posted in Teaching on April 21st, 2020 by steve

“Trinity students will be asked to sign an ‘honour declaration’ promising to submit their own original work in this year’s summer assessments, which start next Monday. In an email to students today, Senior Lecturer Kevin Mitchell wrote that …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 21 April]

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Dept confirms no Junior Cert exams this year

Posted in Teaching on April 21st, 2020 by steve

“The Department of Education has confirmed that there will be no state certified Junior Certificate exams this year. It has confirmed that while Junior Certificate papers prepared by the State Examinations Commission will be sent to schools for use in school based exams in the Autumn – completed exam papers will not then be used for any form of state certification …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 21 April]

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How Reliable Are University Rankings?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I think most of you probably know the answer to this question already, but now there’s a detailed study on this topic. Here is the abstract of a paper on the arXiv on the subject …” (more)

[In the Dark, 21 April]


Coronavirus means income from overseas students likely to be wiped out

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 21st, 2020 by steve

“You can hardly turn on the news these days without hearing an academic expert explaining the latest developments in the global fight against Covid-19. Some have become household names …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Irish Times, 21 April]

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‘My entire degree is going down the drain’, Students Speak Out On Virtual College

Posted in Life, Teaching on April 21st, 2020 by steve

“‘I am an agricultural student in final year, most of my final year grades are attributed to large projects and assignments, so resitting exams wouldn’t cut it. I’ve had to shoulder the lambing and calving on the farm alone, as my father has lung issues and is cocooning, and the single employee to help him is a transplant recipient, so is on immunosuppressants and is too high risk to continue working here … ‘” (more)

[Savannah Murray, College Tribune, 20 April]

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Dundalk IT president on Covid-19 impact and what future holds for institute

Posted in Governance and administration on April 21st, 2020 by steve

“The unprecedented nature of the impact of Covid-19 has been felt right across society, and local students have been no exception. With many asking questions about what will happen before the end of term, the Democrat spoke to Dr Michael Mulvey, President of DkIT, about how the institute is dealing with the closure and what the future holds for the institute’s current and prospective students …” (more)

[David Lynch, Dundalk Democrat, 20 April]

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Halls Residents Incensed Amid ‘Mafioso Style’ Rent Extension Charges

Posted in Governance and administration on April 21st, 2020 by steve

“Residents in Trinity Hall are outraged at the College’s move to charge them rent over the extended exam period, as well as for its decision to move all residents staying longer than May 17th into the same apartment block …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 20 April]

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Ceist na scrúduithe ar líne fós míshocair i measc mic léinn

Posted in Teaching on April 21st, 2020 by steve

“Is tréimhse iontach dúshlánach é do mhic léinn agus léachtóirí araon san Ollscoil, toisc gur fadhb í seo nach raibh aon choinne againn léi. Ba chor gurb í an tseachtain seo caite an tseachtain múineadh deireanaí do chuid mhór na mac léinn Ollscoile in Éirinn ach mar gheall ar an ngalar cuireadh na modúil ar fad ar líne …” (more)

[Conor Brummell, Irish Times, 20 April]

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On Ageism

Posted in Life on April 21st, 2020 by steve

“I almost got myself banned a few weeks ago from my family’s main ‘What’s Ap’ group chat. I had forwarded (from my Bookclub channel) a very rude, politically incorrect piece about ageist abuse in the post-Covid Irish public sector. The general tenor of the piece concerned compulsory redundancy and suchlike for the over-fifties … I thought it was side splitting but it appears that my own children were deeply ashamed of me …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 20 April]


National Seminar Series 2020/21

Posted in Teaching on April 21st, 2020 by steve

“Applications are now invited for the 2020-21 National Seminar Series. The National Seminar Series gives those working in higher education the opportunity to connect with colleagues and to focus on shared interests in both the research and practice of teaching and learning enhancement …” (more)

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