Maynooth University to Reverse 3% Rent Increase and Freeze Prices

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has reversed a proposed 3% rent increase in on-campus accommodation and have introduced a rent freeze. In a statement online today, Maynooth Students’ Union (MSU) announced the decision, saying it was a result of ‘student pressure’ following a number of protests on campus …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 23 April]

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Maynooth University offering student apartments to allow returning frontline health care workers to self-isolate for 14 days

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University (MU) is opening its student apartments to allow returning frontline health care workers to self-isolate for 14 days when they come back from abroad to help tackle the Covid-19 crisis. MU is partnering with the Answer Ireland’s Call initiative to provide 20 rooms free of charge, with security, cleaning and other costs funded by private donations and Maynooth alumni …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 23 April]

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DCU opens Covid19 Assessment Unit on Glasnevin campus

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“With the assistance of Dublin City University, the HSE has opened a Covid19 Assessment Unit in the Healthy Living Centre on the DCU Glasnevin Campus. The Assessment Unit is designed to assist patients who need assessment but who do not need immediate hospital care. This is to avoid referrals to acute hospitals where possible …” (more)

[DCU, 22 April]

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Last Class of Semester

Posted in Teaching on April 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It’s always a weird feeling when I reach the last class in a semester. Last evening I held my final class on the ‘Programming for Big Data’ module which is part of our on-line Higher Diploma in Data Analytics course. This course was delivered on-line from the beginning, so it is not one of our courses that had to switch from the classroom to on-line …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 23 April]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcomes deferral of HPAT results

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has welcomed the decision to defer this year’s HPAT-Ireland results until after the leaving certificate examinations are complete, bringing them in line with previous years …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 23 April]

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Universities are expecting 230,000 fewer students – that’s serious financial pain

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Our universities are a vital and unique part of our society with an importance that far outweighs their considerable economic value. Yet research into the impact of Covid-19, conducted by London Economics for the University and College Union, shows that universities face a black hole of at least £2.5bn in fee and grant income for 2020-21 as students both in the UK and around the world defer or abandon their plans to study here …” (more)

[Jo Grady, Guardian, 23 April]

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Deferring exams ‘a massive mistake’

Posted in Teaching on April 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Delaying this year’s Leaving Certificate is a mistake according to renowned educator and film producer David Puttnam. In a video interview with the Irish Examiner, Mr Puttnam said he believes deferring the exams is a ‘massive mistake’ … (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 23 April]

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CIT responds to reports of students in tears because lecturers showed ‘no compassion’

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) says it is working to resolve issues regarding the operation and delivery of the BA in Social Care Work. It follows the publication of a statement on CIT’s Student Union’s (CITSU) Facebook account, where President Aaron Buckley said he had received a number of complaints from students regarding the programme …” (more)

[EchoLive, 22 April]

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SUSI grant eligibility criteria must be clarified in light of Covid-19 – Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has said that the Minister for Education needs to clarify the eligibility criteria for SUSI grant applications for those whose incomes have been affected as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. He made his remarks as the SUSI grant application process opens tomorrow (23rd April). Teachta Ó Laoghaire said: …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 22 April]

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Future Planning Group at UL will prepare a ‘number of options’ for students

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2020 by steve

“The president of UL, Dr Des Fitzgerald says it is ‘very unlikely’ students and staff will ‘come back together physically as a community until some stage in the late summer’. And he says that it could be the autumn of 2020, ‘probably in late October’ when new students will enter University of Limerick …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 22 April]

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Correspondence to the Principal Officer, Department Of Education and Skills

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2020 by steve

“… We would request that formal consultation procedures should be immediately established to deal with all pandemic-related issues. To set the scene for the sort of conversation which IFUT feels needs to take place, perhaps it might be useful if I gave you a flavour of the type and range of concerns which our members have been communicating to IFUT at both Local Branch and at Head Office level …” (more)

[IFUT, 21 April]

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Most parents opposed to postponement of Leaving Cert exams – survey

Posted in Teaching on April 23rd, 2020 by steve

“A large majority of parents of Leaving Cert students are not in favour of the Government’s decision to postpone exams until August, according to a survey by the National Parents Council. The poll of more than 30,000 parents – which included about 19,000 whose children are due to sit the Leaving Cert – found that 71% were not in favour of deferring the exams …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 April]

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UCD President’s Attitude ‘Quite Sexist’, Says Students’ Union President

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2020 by steve

“University College Dublin’s (UCD) Students’ Union President has called University President Andrew Deeks’ attitude towards the voice of students ‘quite sexist’. In an interview with the Irish Times in February, President Deeks said that students had reacted ‘quite emotionally’ to the recent decision to increase the cost of on-campus accommodation, following a number of protests on campus …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 22 April]

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State working on contingency arrangements in case Leaving Cert can’t go ahead in July – Education Minister

Posted in Teaching on April 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Education Minster Joe McHugh has confirmed they are working on other contingency arrangements in case the Leaving Cert can’t go ahead at the end of July. While the minister previously announced that the July/early August start was subject to public health advice, his comments today will create fresh uncertainty in the minds of exam candidates …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 April]

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