New Extension given the Go Ahead at Dundalk IT

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The go ahead has been given for a new two storey extension to Dundalk Institute of Technology to facilitate new science laboratories. Dundalk IT have been granted conditional planning permission by Louth County Council for development at the North and South building of the institute on the Dublin Road …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 2 June]

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‘The Government Is Constraining Us Like Hell’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government’s decade-long underfunding of universities has presented the sector with a myriad of issues, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed unreliable non-exchequer sources of income. Staff and students nationwide are crying out for the government to act and reintroduce the funding levels seen before the last recession …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 2 June]

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Challenges and winding down

Posted in Life on June 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“My commitment to writing every day has put me under a little bit of pressure. When I look back at my posts over the last few weeks, I see a lot of typos!. I will be less judgmental with my students next year! Pressure leads to carelessness. You become word blind …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 2 June]

Intense discussions ongoing over LYIT reopening

Posted in Teaching on June 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of Letterkenny Institute of Technology has given reassurances that extensive discussions are on-going as to how the college can reopen safely in September …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 2 June]

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Colour and Class: from UCD French to France

Posted in Life on June 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“For the past three years, all UCD French graduates have read three ‘French’ coming-of-age stories – for discussion in their final-year French oral exam. We don’t ask our students to study the stories, just to read them. We’re trying to ensure they can converse intelligently in French about things French …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 2 June]

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Time to be ambitious. We need a Department of Higher Education and Research

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Every now and then, an opportunity arises for a country to fundamentally reset expectations. One example was former minister for education Donogh O’Malley’s decision to open up secondary education to all Irish people. A second example was Sean Lemass’s decision to ditch protectionism in favour of an open economy …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Irish Times, 1 June]

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The casualisation of academic labour

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Prof Diarmaid Ferriter’s trenchant criticism of damaging trends in Irish higher education should be compulsory reading for policymakers (‘Universities are preoccupied with market growth as if educators were stocks and shares’, Opinion & Analysis, May 29th) …” (more)

[Brian Murphy, Irish Times, 2 June]

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Future Leaving Cert exams may be influenced by ‘calculated grades’

Posted in Teaching on June 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This year’s calculated grades process for Leaving Cert students could influence how future end-of-school exams are carried out, the president of a teachers’ union has said. Seamus Lahart, president of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland, said the union is in principle opposed to the idea of teachers grading their own students for the purposes of State exams …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 June]

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Universities will never be the same after the coronavirus crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2020 by steve

International“The notice went out on 6 March, a Friday afternoon. All classes at the University of Washington in Seattle – the city then the US epicentre of the outbreak of COVID-19 – would shift online the following Monday. Instructors scrambled to set up remote learning options for more than 40,000 students …” (more)

[Alexandra Witze, Nature, 1 June]

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Should I defer going to college this year due to Covid-19 chaos?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2020 by steve

IrelandI’m finalising my CAO course choices but strongly thinking of deferring going to college for a year in light of the disruption Covid-19 will have on lectures, clubs and societies and social life in general. Is this a good idea? Your dilemma is shared by tens of thousands of college applicants this year …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 1 June]

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Muslim lecturer praises UCC as ‘way ahead of the curve’ as he is made head of religions department

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An ‘unapologetic Muslim’, who previously received anonymous death threats has been appointed the head of the Study of Religions Department at University College Cork. Glaswegian Amanullah De Sondy, a senior lecturer in contemporary Islam, joined the university in 2015 having taught Islamic Studies at Ithaca College in New York, and at the University of Miami …” (more)

[EchoLive, 1 June]

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Facing Irrefutable Evidence, Ireland Still Refuses to Fund its Own Future

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) recently went to the Department of Education with a cap in one hand and a fistful of harrowing figures in the other. A €508 million drop in revenue for the higher education sector in 2020 and 2021. A €44 million drop in research funding and another €34 million in student accommodation revenue …” (more)

[University Times, 1 June]

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