Trinity College Dublin to resume with as much face-to-face teaching as possible

Posted in Teaching on June 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has announced that the university will return in September with students receiving a combination of online lecture and face-to-face seminars. New students will begin a week early with an orientation week on September 21st, while the teaching term for all students will begin on September 28th …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 June]

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Two men arrested in connection with 2015 shooting at University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí have arrested two men in relation to a shooting incident on 29 June 2015. At around 6.35am on 29 June 2015, a man aged in his 50s was shot by two masked men as he parked his car in the grounds of the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 3 June]

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Workplace skills: don’t believe the hype

Posted in Governance and administration on June 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This letter in the Irish Times is a good example of how many people, especially those at senior levels in industry and business, have come to view higher education purely as a means of preparing students for the workplace …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 3 June]

Former LYIT head to lead out on Technological University drive

Posted in Governance and administration on June 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The former Head of Letterkenny IT’s Tourism School is to spearhead the drive to establish a Technological University for the West and North West. Dr Seán Duffy has been appointed Executive Project Lead of the Connacht Ulster Alliance, which brings together three of the regions third level colleges …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 3 June]

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Ulster University hits out at proposal to cap students from England during coronavirus pandemic

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Ulster University has hit out at government plans to limit the number of students from England who can study in Northern Ireland. Economy Minister Diane Dodds and her counterparts in Scotland and Wales have reacted angrily to a temporary cap on the amount of students from England studying in their universities, saying it was beyond the government’s jurisdiction …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 3 June]

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Erasmus Gamble Marks Trinity as an Outlier. Time Will Tell If It’s Right

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“For many, Trinity’s decision last Friday on Erasmus – long-awaited by a cohort of students desperate for clarity – will likely have come as a surprise. By allowing students, ‘where possible’, the option to travel abroad for the first semester of next year, Trinity became Ireland’s first – and possibly only – university to leave up to its students the call on whether to travel …” (more)

[University Times, 2 June]

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Failed by Successive Governments, Third-Level Needs Its Own Full Minister

Posted in Governance and administration on June 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The recent revelation that universities can expect no help from the state in dealing with the enormous financial damage caused by the coronavirus crisis throws into sharp relief the fact that higher education remains an afterthought for this government …” (more)

[Kevin Mitchell, University Times, 2 June]

Third-level education and business

Posted in Governance and administration on June 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Diarmaid Ferriter portrays efforts to align the work of universities with the needs of the economy as some form of betrayal (‘Universities are preoccupied with market growth as if educators were stocks and shares’, Opinion & Analysis, May 29th). Mass education without direct economic drivers is itself an historical anomaly …” (more)

[John Thompson, Irish Times, 3 June]

Why it’s difficult to be a woman in research right now

Posted in Life, Research on June 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin’s Prof Clodagh Brook discusses how women in research have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, and what can be done to ensure that female researchers continue to be heard. Prof Clodagh Brook is an associate professor and head of Italian at Trinity College Dublin …” (more)

[Lisa Ardill, Silicon Republic, 2 June]