Munster Tech University ‘a perfect opportunity for Cork’s forgotten northside’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The merger between CIT and IT Tralee to form Munster Technological University is a ‘perfect opportunity to rejuvenate Cork’s long-forgotten northside when it comes to development and economic stimulus’, a TD for the area has said …” (more)

[Pádraig Hoare and Ann Lucey, Irish Examiner, 27 May]

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The Storyteller

Posted in Life on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I’m still trying to figure out how and when I’m going to open the lid on my own ‘abuse and impunity’ story. It’s proving difficult to find the right slant, so I’m advancing towards it like a crab, walking sideways. Today’s story (in two parts) will be good for a few more yards on the approach to my UCD yarn …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 27 May]

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More than 1,500 scientists issue funding warning and call for department for higher education and research

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“If Ireland’s higher education and research sector is left to face its current financial challenge on its own, ‘with the State ignoring it the way it has over the last decade, then it will buckle’ – more than 1,500 leading Irish scientists have predicted …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 May]

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USI to Back Student Tenants’ Unions in Fight for Rent Reforms Amid Pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s national students’ union will back students working to set up tenants’ unions calling for a ban on evictions in the wake of the coronavirus, in a show of support for a radical approach to student rent amid the pandemic …” (more)

[Ciaran Molloy, University Times, 27 May]

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Education unions call for third level forum

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions representing staff at all levels of the education system have called for the creation of a new sectoral forum to help address the crisis affecting the third level sector. The Irish Congress of Trade Unions Education Sector Group says emergency funding will be needed to address the immediate impact of the Covid-19 crisis on universities and other higher education institutions, which have experienced significant funding deficits as a result …” (more)

[Fórsa, 25 May]

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Classes of Up to 25 Students Could be Taught In Person Next Year

Posted in Teaching on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Classes of up to 25 students could be taught in person next year, with groups bigger than that taught online, among a number of contingencies Trinity is considering for teaching in the aftermath of the pandemic …” (more)

[Emma Donohoe, University Times, 27 May]

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Lorna Fitzpatrick Re-Elected USI President, After Running Unopposed

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Lorna Fitzpatrick has been re-elected president of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) for the coming year, having run unopposed for the position. Fitzpatrick, who served as USI’s vice-president for the southern region before being elected president last year, received 193 votes …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Cormac Watson, University Times, 27 May]

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‘Students like the flexibility’: why online universities are here to stay

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2020 by steve

“The coronavirus pandemic has forced UK universities to rapidly shift online, and no date has been confirmed for campuses to reopen. With the second coronavirus peak projected to take place in autumn, many institutions are already planning to move at least their first semester online …” (more)

[Lauren Razavi, Guardian, 27 May]

The myth of lower and higher order thinking

Posted in Teaching on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“One of the main arguments against the Leaving Cert is that it only tests ‘lower order thinking’. This conclusion is based on the undeniable fact that memory places an important role in preparing for that exam. The idea that remembering is a lower-order form of learning has its origins in Bloom’s taxonomy (see Fig 1), but most of Bloom’s ideas are the equivalent of stamp collecting or bird watching, or even trainspotting …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 27 May]

Students warned not to commit to college accommodation until they know if they need it

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students are being warned not to hand over deposits for college accommodation until they know if they need it. There is still no clarity on what the college year will be like, and how often students will need to attend campus …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 27 May]

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60% of Leaving Cert students sign up for calculated grades

Posted in Teaching on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“60% of Leaving Cert students have signed up to the calculated grading system set up by the government since it opened this morning. 37 thousand pupils in total have so far registered online, where they were required to select what level they wish to be assessed at in each subject …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 26 May]

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Many Leaving Cert students likely to defer college places this year, says report

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Significant numbers of Leaving Cert students are likely to defer taking up college places this year because of disruption linked to the coronavirus pandemic, according to an unpublished Higher Education Authority (HEA) report …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 26 May]

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New measures introduced to help English language foreign students in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“English language students who are stuck in Ireland because of Covid-19 will be allowed to remain as long as they re-enrol in an online course of study for the remainder of the academic year. Students who left the State before completion of their studies due to Covid-19 may return and resume their studies, according to new measures introduced by the Department of Justice …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 26 May]

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Leaving Cert: Teachers advised to ‘destroy’ documents relating to students’ grades

Posted in Teaching on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Teachers are being advised to ‘securely destroy’ any supporting documentation they generate in reaching a decision on a students’ grades. This may include drafts of forms, personal notes or emails in which teachers discuss a student’s estimated percentage mark or class ranking in a particular subject …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 May]

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Call for Papers: The Labour of COVID section of Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labour

Posted in Research on May 27th, 2020 by steve

International“As instructors and students brace for a fall semester taught on-line, the effects of COVID on the labour of post-secondary learning continue to set in. Course outlines and assessment criteria are being reworked. Students wrestle with rising tuition and the prospects of prolonged periods of unemployment …” (more)

[Workplace, 26 May]

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Purdue and Notre Dame Are Going to Open for In-Person Instruction

Posted in Teaching on May 27th, 2020 by steve

“In recent individual op-eds, Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue, and Father John I Jenkins, president of Notre Dame, both declared they’re going to open their campuses for in-person instruction in the fall. Daniels believes opening is the ‘best option from both a scientific and stewardship standpoint, at least for our particular institution’ …” (more)

[John Warner, Inside Higher Ed, 26 May]

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Queen’s University: New students ‘will be taught remotely’

Posted in Teaching on May 27th, 2020 by steve

“Students set to start degrees in English at Queen’s University Belfast in September have been warned they will initially be taught remotely. A letter sent to prospective students envisages courses will combine online lectures, chat groups and video calls with ‘some face-to-face teaching’ …” (more)

[Michael Fitzpatrick, BBC News, 26 May]

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University of Limerick to refund students living in campus accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick’s governing body has recommended that its students living in campus accommodation should be refunded because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Thousands of students had to leave their accommodation in March and have not been able to return to the university since. There are almost 3,000 beds in on-campus facilities …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 27 May]

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Metathesiophobia in education

Posted in Teaching on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday I was reading one those seemingly ubiquitous articles on how the world is changing so rapidly (‘exponentially!’) that the education system needs to be revolutionised to make it ‘fit for purpose’ in the 21st century. I don’t know why I read articles like this because they drive me nuts. But These articles usually contain claims about the ‘4 C’s’ …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 26 May]

University of Limerick head resigns over personal Covid-19 health concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick president Dr Des Fitzgerald is to step down from the role after just three years in charge because of personal health concerns related to Covid-19. A source within the university said the 67-year-old former heart surgeon was advised that the duties of being president, including meeting large groups of people, was ‘not the sensible thing to do’ and he risked serious illness if he contracted the virus …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 26 May]

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