Durham University retracts controversial plan to provide online-only degrees

Posted in Teaching on April 25th, 2020 by steve

“Durham University has retracted controversial plans to provide online-only degrees due to the coronavirus pandemic following a backlash from students and lecturers. The university’s senate was due to vote on a resolution that would see Durham develop a range of online degrees to ‘complement its existing high quality residential educational programme’ …” (more)

[Rachel Hall and David Batty, Guardian, 25 April]

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Junior cycle exams in September set to be replaced with school assessments in May

Posted in Teaching on April 25th, 2020 by steve

“Junior cycle written exams planned for thousands of students in September look set to be abandoned in favour of school-based assessments in May. The move follows concerns that delaying the exams would lead to unnecessary anxiety among students and logistical problems for schools …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 April]

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Could Online Teaching – Ushered in Mid-Pandemic – Be Here to Stay?

Posted in Teaching on April 25th, 2020 by steve

“The coronavirus has upturned everything we knew for certain about the Trinity experience. Students and staff alike are now scrambling to understand what happens when everything we thought we needed to go to College – in-person exams, lecture halls, the library – becomes at best not strictly necessary and at worst less useful than some of the tools we can avail of using technology …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 24 April]

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Student Accommodation providers must offer refunds TD insists

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2020 by steve

“Student accommodation providers must provide refunds to people who had to leave college due to the Covid-19 pandemic a Galway TD has said. Roscommon-Galway TD Denis Naughten has said he’s received reports of several private student accommodation providers in Galway who will not refund rent to people who have been forced to leave due to Covid-19 …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 24 April]

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UCD May Lose €100m Over COVID-19 Financial Fallout

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2020 by steve

“University College Dublin (UCD) has indicated that the financial cost of COVID-19 restrictions on the university may approach €100 million this year. The government restrictions bring financial uncertainties for the university which has become increasingly reliant on non-exchequer income since the 2008 financial crash …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 24 April]

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There’s Concern 4,000 Irish Students Might Lose Their Place In UK College Courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 25th, 2020 by steve

“That’s if Leaving Cert results aren’t back by the end of August. A stakeholder meeting is taking place today to discuss ongoing issues with the state exams …” (audio)

[Stephen Murphy, Red FM, 24 April]

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