Unions insist public sector’s 2% pay rise must be honoured

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2020 by steve

“Union leaders have said a 2% pay rise for the public sector must go ahead as planned in October, despite the dire state of the country’s finances following the coronavirus lockdown. Patricia King, general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu), also said at the weekend that the minimum wage should be increased from €10.10 to €12.30 …” (more)

[Laura Lynott, Independent, 18 May]

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That’s another fine corner you’ve backed yourself in to

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I was reading about XtraVision the other day. Remember them? Remember when you had to get in the car to go to your local video shop to collect a couple of movies on VHS only to have to bring them back the next day. I don’t know about you, but I was regularly fined for late returns. At the time, though, it was wonderful – you didn’t have to wait years for films to appear on regular TV …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 18 May]

Gifts for teachers to be treated as ‘serious attempt’ to undermine Leaving Cert grades

Posted in Teaching on May 18th, 2020 by steve

“Any attempt to offer teachers gifts or inducements in relation to students’ Leaving Cert results will be treated as a ‘serious attempt’ to interfere with an entire school’s grades, under new Department of Education rules. Department officials are finalising official guidance for teachers and schools over the use of calculated grades for students and it is likely to issue to teachers’ representatives in the middle of this week …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 May]

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Three Colleges Have Made Decisions on Erasmus. Why is Trinity so Quiet?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 18th, 2020 by steve

“By now, three of Ireland’s universities have announced at least the partial suspension of their Erasmus and Study Abroad programmes. Trinity, at the time of writing, is not among them – and students are struggling in the information vacuum …” (more)

[University Times, 17 May]

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First Years Prioritised, No Large Lectures and Campus Rotas

Posted in Teaching on May 18th, 2020 by steve

“The return of all universities in autumn could see no large lectures, ‘blended learning’ between virtual and on-campus, large cutbacks in numbers of on-campus accommodation, and a rota for students on when they can be on campus with first years prioritised, according to Jim Miley, Director General at Irish Universities Association (IUA) …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 17 May]

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Colleges, Take Note: A Third-Level Expert Just Poured Cold Water on Online Teaching

Posted in Teaching on May 18th, 2020 by steve

“When it comes to online teaching, we’ve heard a lot of positive talk from Ireland’s university heads in recent times. Almost all of it has seen colleges going out of their way to laud the work of academics forced in the blink of an eye to confront a new pedagogical reality. You can’t blame the institutes – good news, and good PR, are more important than ever in a pandemic, and most teaching staff deserve the plaudits they’re getting …” (more)

[University Times, 17 May]

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