The unsurprising performance of our work placement students

Posted in Teaching on May 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In my school in DCU we spend an awful lot of time angsting about our students. We worry abut how much they study. We worry about their writing skills, their attention to detail and their numerical skills …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 21 May]

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On Research, the Pandemic Has Widened a Troubling Gender Gap

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“From the rise of authoritarianism to gender inequality, the coronavirus pandemic has forced us to confront some ugly truths. Women make up over 50% of the world’s population, over 50% of the EU’s graduates and just under 50% of grade C academic staff. However, in academia, that is where gender parity ends …” (more)

[Naoise D’Arcy, University Times, 21 May]

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Campus Swampy

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Three of the main prerequisites for running anything successfully, from the simple to the complex, from a Turkey Shoot to the Starship Enterprise to a regular earthlings War, are: 1. a clear understanding of which of the three you’ve signed up for, because the rules of engagement are not the same; 2. an understanding of the difference between intelligence and expertise; 3. a sense of self-preservation …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 21 May]

NUIG postgraduates launch petition for ‘fair working environment’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway’s Postgraduate Workers Alliance launched a petition this week calling for ‘a fair working environment and Covid-19 response’ for PhD and post-doctoral researchers at the university …” (more)

[Kernan Andrews, Galway Advertiser, 21 May]

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Government’s back and forth on Leaving Certificate left colleges in uncertain positions

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on May 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“After a long period of uncertainty, Leaving Certificate students have finally been given clarity on exams. Minister for Education Joe McHugh announced on May 8 that examinations would be cancelled and replaced with calculated grades in a U-turn from the government’s previous decision to delay the exams until late July. While this clarity has been welcomed by many, the changing plans has led to confusion for colleges who have made plans based on inconsistent information …” (more)

[Kate Glen, Trinity News, 20 May]

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Emergency Measures to tackle the Labour Market Crisis of Researchers

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on May 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The COVID-19 pandemic has had an extraordinarily negative impact on the university sector. However, this impact will not be felt equally by all categories of staff. We, the Irish Research Staff Association, are writing on behalf of various groups of research staff, including post-doctoral researchers and research assistants …” (more)

[IFUT, 20 May]

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Leaving Cert students must ‘opt in’ to receive calculated grades

Posted in Teaching on May 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students will not automatically receive calculated grades but will have to to opt-in for them under a new online system being set up to manage the cancellation of exams. Students will also have the opportunity to re-nominate their subject levels – such as higher, ordinary and foundation – at which they wish to receive their calculated grades, according to well-placed sources …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 May]

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