University of Limerick to review decision not to refund student accommodation fees

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2020 by steve

“The University of Limerick has confirmed it is to carry out a ‘serious review’ of its decision not to refund accommodation fees to students who vacated the campus due to Covid-19. The decision was made this Friday afternoon after the issue was raised at a scheduled meeting of the UL Governing Authority – which was held remotely …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 24 April]

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Have your say: Are you due to graduate this year?

Posted in Life on April 24th, 2020 by steve

“This year’s college graduates were due to enter the strongest job market in years. Now, research indicates graduate earnings will lag their peers for up to a decade. The massive economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic means the class of 2020 looks set to graduate into a deep recession …” (more)

[Irish Times, 24 April]

SUSI grant eligibility criteria must be clarified in light of Covid-19 – Martin Browne TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 24th, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin TD for Tipperary Martin Browne 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 said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 24 April]

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Mid-Virus, Trinity Students Abroad Reckoned With the End of an Exchange

Posted in Life on April 24th, 2020 by steve

“As lockdown in Ireland drags on, the frenzy of college and school closures last month now seems a distant memory. But, while Trinity students in Dublin were scrambling to empty lockers, book flights home and clear out accommodation, another cohort – students abroad – were quietly dealing with their own problems …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 24 April]

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10,000 face masks sent to Cork from Chinese university

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2020 by steve

“Ten thousand face masks have been sent to Cork by the Minzu University of China (MUC) in Beijing – a partner university to University College Cork (UCC). UCC and MUC have been partner universities for a number of years and together they organised the delivery to frontline healthcare workers in Cork. Separately, UCC alumni in China have also made donations so that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can be purchased for frontline healthcare workers …” (more)

[Conall Ó Fátharta, Irish Examiner, 24 April]

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Maynooth’s Virtual Open Day

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2020 by steve

“Tomorrow is going to be interesting! Saturday 25th April was scheduled to be an Open Day at Maynooth University for undergraduate admissions which would normally have led to thousands of students visiting the Campus …” (more)

[In the Dark, 24 April]

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College is Considering Holding Large Lectures Online Until January

Posted in Teaching on April 24th, 2020 by steve

“Trinity is considering moving large lectures online for the first semester of next year, The University Times has learned, with the return of some face-to-face teaching potentially pushed back until as late as January 2021. College is currently examining a range of options for next year amid widespread uncertainty …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 24 April]

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Leaving Cert students will have exam timetable by June 1, Minister says

Posted in Teaching on April 24th, 2020 by steve

“Students will be told their Leaving Cert timetable on June 1, the Education Minister has confirmed. Speaking in the Dáil this evening, Joe McHugh said that his department was planning for the exams to begin on July 29, with a timetable issued at the beginning of June. Mr McHugh said that this would allow public health advice to be given and ensure a long enough timeframe for plans to be made …” (more)

[Paul Hosford, BreakingNews.ie, 23 April]

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College Moves Four Exams Beyond Designated Exam Period Amid Technical Fears

Posted in Teaching on April 24th, 2020 by steve

“Trinity has made last-minute changes to the scheduling of four real-time exams, meaning students in some modules will sit their exams outside of the designated exam period and in a contingency week previously set aside for the return of assignments …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee and Cormac Watson, University Times, 23 April]

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Professional Staff to Have Chance of Career Progress, After New Policy Greenlit

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2020 by steve

“After months of protracted negotiations and reports of a climate of ‘stagnation’, Trinity’s technical, support and administrative staff will be given the chance for career progression in the coming weeks, and have pay increases backdated, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 23 April]

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Leaving Cert to begin on July 29th, Minister for Education tells Dáil

Posted in Teaching on April 24th, 2020 by steve

“The Leaving Certificate exams will start on July 29th, Minister for Education Joe McHugh has confirmed. He told the Dáil that the formal timetable would be announced in the first week of June when details would be released. Earlier however he said the Government was considering all contingencies including predictive assessment …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 23 April]

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Give Magee Medical School the green light, says Derry Chamber President

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2020 by steve

“The President of the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has written to Executive Ministers urging them to make an immediate decision on the Medical School at the Ulster University’s Magee campus. Redmond McFadden has written to the First and deputy First Minsters and Health Minister Robin Swann this week asking the Executive to bring forward a decision on the Graduate Entry Medical School at Magee to ensure it can open to new students in September 2021 …” (more)

[Derry Now, 23 April]

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Survey of Past, Current and Potential Mature Students

Posted in Research on April 24th, 2020 by steve

“Indecon International Consultants have been appointed by the HEA to undertake research on the issues and challenges faced by first-time mature students in higher education, and to make recommendations for how mature students can be supported in the future. As part of this, a learner survey is being carried out so that we can learn more about your experience in accessing Higher Education as a mature student …” (more)

[Mari Tighe, HEA, 23 April]

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