Limerick Institute of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2020 by steve

IrelandCathal Crowe (Clare, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if consideration will be given to including Limerick Institute of Technology in plans for the Munster Technological University in addition to Cork Institute of Technology and IT Tralee …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 July]

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Language Schools

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her views on the issues facing the language school sector in view of the fact that 70% of its revenue is generated during their peak season from March to September but the schools have remained closed during this time; the supports which will be put in place to assist English language teaching organisations with these issues; and when these schools can reopen in view of the fact that they have not been included in the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 July]

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NUI Galway criticised for €295 charge to repeat exam online

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students from NUI Galway have slammed the university’s decision to charge them almost €300 to repeat an exam online from home. NUI Galway charges a €295 repeat exam fee, regardless of how many exams the student is resitting. This means the college’s repeat fee is already one of the highest in the country, with other universities only charging students a fee per exam …” (more)

[Aine Kenny, Irish Examiner, 10 July]

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The possibility of schools being legally liable if staff or pupils contract coronavirus on the premises has not been ruled out

Posted in Legal issues on July 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The possibility of schools being legally liable if staff or pupils contract coronavirus on the premises has not been ruled out. Seán Ó’Foglú, secretary general of the Department of Education, told the Oireachtas Covid-19 committee today that he could neither ‘confirm nor deny’ that such an eventuality could become a legal matter for schools …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 July]

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Landlord ‘has turned blind eye’ to concerns of residents near UCC

Posted in Legal issues on July 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The landlord who owns two of the student houses near University College Cork, which have been dubbed ‘Covid Party House’ and ‘Party Central’, was found by a district judge to have turned a blind eye to the concerns of residents. After hearing an environmental complaint by residents against the landlord for two hours today, Judge Olann Kelleher said he accepted the evidence of the residents …” (more)

[Liam Heyliny, Irish Examiner, 10 July]

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Returning to third level college is going to be ‘exceptionally challenging’ says Limerick TD

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Returning to third level college in the autumn is going to be ‘exceptionally challenging’ says Limerick TD Niall Collins. The newly appointed Minister of State at the Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science with responsibility for Skills and Further Education was speaking following the announcement by the University of Limerick of their plans for the new academic semester …” (more)

[Aine Fitzgerald, Limerick Leader, 9 July]

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Trinity gets ‘Normal People bounce’ with record application numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin appears to have benefitted from a ‘Normal People bounce’ after it recorded its highest number of college applicants this year. Students have made more than 40,000 applications to study courses at Trinity through the Central Applications Office (CAO) system, an 11% increase on last year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 July]

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LIT Gaelic Grounds to continue as Covid-19 Test Centre and host GAA matches

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The LIT Gaelic Grounds is to remain a Covid-19 Test Centre when Limerick GAA competitive fixtures return next week. For the coming months, the Ennis Road venue will uniquely play host to hurling and football matches and a Covid-19 testing facility …” (more)

[Jerome O’Connell, Limerick Leader, 9 July]

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Students want clarity but they’ll settle for empathy

Posted in Life on July 10th, 2020 by steve

“Right now, normality feels special. We’ve all endured so many changes this year that being able to point to something that’s happening as planned gives us an anchor, a little piece of solid ground when everything else is so uncertain …” (more)

[Robert Perry, Wonkhe, 9 July]

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NUIG researchers secure over €10m from disruptive technologies fund

Posted in Research on July 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway researchers and company partners have been awarded over €10 million as part of a Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund. The fund was established under Project Ireland 2040 and is run by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation with administrative support from Enterprise Ireland …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 9 July]

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EU tasks TU Dublin to help create ‘European University of Technology’

Posted in Teaching on July 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“TU Dublin is one of eight universities chosen as part of an EU project that could lead to a European-wide model for third-level education. An alliance including TU Dublin has been chosen as one of the 24 winners of the second call for proposals in an EU initiative to create European universities of the future …” (more)

[Colm Gorey, Silicon Republic, 9 July]

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