Maynooth University Library Cat Update

Posted in Life on July 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I’m busy today reading a PhD thesis in advance of a virtual viva voce examination tomorrow morning but since a few people have asked, I’m taking a kun break to update about Maynooth University Library Cat. The weather has been fairly grim for the last few weeks so he’s been keeping to the various sheltering places he uses …” (more)

[In the Dark, 12 July]

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UCD Residences to be ‘Filled as Normal’ Despite No Clear Guidance from Government

Posted in Governance and administration on July 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Deputy President and Registrar of University College Dublin (UCD), Professor Mark Rogers, has this week outlined plans regarding on-campus student accommodation for the coming academic year. Despite ongoing concerns over the pandemic, UCD’s eight student residences, which remained open to some students throughout the lockdown period, will ‘be filled as normal’, with ‘additional special arrangements’ to ensure the safety of its occupants from September …” (more)

[Gemma Farrell, College Tribune, 12 July]

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Universities Have a Seat at the Table. It’s Time to Reimagine Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on July 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The creation of a Department for Higher Education has long been sought by the universities as something of a ‘holy grail’ – finally wresting control of the budget for the sector away from the ‘Department for Schools’ …” (more)

[Tom Boland, University Times, 11 July]

We can’t let educational equality be a casualty of the coronavirus

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Covid-19 is exposing the cracks in our schools system and favouring those who have the means to pay, writes Ita O’Kelly. Responsibility for the return of schools rests with the minister in the Department of Education and Skills (DES). Norma Foley is both policy and decision-maker in chief. And she has control of the purse strings …” (more)

[Independent, 12 July]

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