‘We Need You’, Taoiseach Tells Trinity’s Graduating Medicine Students

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2020 by steve

“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today told Trinity’s graduating medicine students that they’ll play a vital role in battling the coronavirus pandemic, in an online graduation ceremony held so students can join the frontlines in the next month …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 28 April]

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Nearly half of international students against doing degrees online amid Covid-19

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 28th, 2020 by steve

“More than two in five prospective international students have no interest in studying their degree online amid Covid-19, a survey suggests. The proportion of students who have changed their plans to study in the UK and deferred their entry by a year rose between February and March, according to findings in a think tank report …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby, Belfast Telegraph, 28 April]

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Covid-19: Quarantined Leaving Cert students could sit exams in isolation

Posted in Teaching on April 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Education authorities are working on plans to allow Leaving Cert students who are ill or in quarantine to sit their exams in isolation from other students. The State Examinations Commission (SEC) is consulting with public health experts and school management bodies on safeguards aimed at minimising the risk of infection to candidates, superintendents and other school staff …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 April]

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Financially hit universities consider recruitment freeze

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Recruitment freezes are on the cards at universities as the sector braces for the financial impact of Covid-19 on higher education. With the pandemic expected to have a major financial impact on the sector, universities are working through the many implications of the shutdown for all aspects of their operations …” (more)

[Jess Casey and Áine Kenny, Irish Examiner, 28 April]

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Putting a value on education

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2020 by steve

“Sir, – With the revelation that the State spends 40% less per student than a decade ago (Diarmaid Ferriter, ‘We need a new definition of economic decency’, Opinion and Analysis, April 24th), do you think it may be possible for the Green Party to add an 18th demand, namely educational spending …” (more)

[S Montgomery, Irish Times, 28 April]

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Time for a rethink on Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on April 28th, 2020 by steve

“Sir, – I was heartened to read Barry O’Callaghan’s excellent piece ‘Could predicted grades work for this year’s Leaving Cert? Yes. Here’s how’ (Education, Opinion, April 22nd). He clearly lays out the challenges faced by this year’s Leaving Cert students and suggests a well-thought out alternative that he argues ‘offers the fairest possible outcome’ in what are ‘exceptional circumstances’ …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 28 April]

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Undergraduate Open Day at NUIG to be held online for first time

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2020 by steve

“NUI Galway’s Undergraduate Open Day will be held online for the first time on Thursday, 7 May. The Open Day will give students, parents and guidance counsellors the chance to connect with staff and students at NUIG and explore the undergraduate courses on offer …” (more)

[Michael Malone, Galway Daily, 27 April]

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College Restarts Could Cause ‘Enrolment Chaos’, Warns Trade Union

Posted in Teaching on April 28th, 2020 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has warned that autumn 2020 could bring ‘enrolment chaos’ for colleges around the country, and called for funding pledges from the government to protect a sector facing financial turmoil due to the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 27 April]

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Poor wifi, home distractions: Students on the reality of online classes

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2020 by steve

“School and college closures have resulted in an almost overnight switch from face-to-face classes to learning online. Looming over the entire enterprise is a cloud of fear and urgency: it is critical that remote learning succeeds if students are to avoid setbacks …” (more)

[Irish Times, 28 April]