Dear Universities, You’re About to Cause a Greater Public Health Crisis Than Covid-19

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on July 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There were sniggers this week as Trinity reported an increase in applicants due to Normal People’s romanticism of Irish university life. Most of the Twitter mockery was justified; Marianne’s Victorian townhouse, for instance, is certainly far from your average Dublin student accommodation. But there is one aspect of Irish student life which the show really nailed on the head: Connell’s appalling mental health …” (more)

[Bláthnaid Corless, College Tribune, 13 July]

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Viva Zoom!

Posted in Life on July 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“They say that there’s a first time for everything and this morning I conducted my first ever viva voce examination as an External Examiner via Zoom. Given the Covid-19 restrictions it was inevitable that I’d have to do this at some point! As it turned out candidate in question happened to be at University College London …” (more)

[In the Dark, 13 July]

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There is a Sexual Violence Epidemic on Campuses. Students Need to Force the Government to Act

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An extensive survey of third level students has revealed that almost one-third of women experienced ‘non-consensual penetration during their time in college’. The figure is 28% for non-binary students and 10% for males …” (more)

[Ruth Coppinger, University Times, 13 July]

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UCD Management: Not Economically Viable to Hire More Counselling Staff

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minutes from a meeting of the University Management Team (UMT) last February states that the UCD Counselling Service must partially out-source services to cope with demand and that it is not economically viable to hire more staff to cope with excess demand during peak months. The College Tribune has obtained minutes from a UMT meeting held on the 18th of February describing a need to sub-contract services during peak counselling periods …” (more)

[Emma Hanrahan, College Tribune, 13 July]

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Tom Boland and Pink Floyd

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I was going to write about the teaching of Maths today but got distracted by Tom Boland’s article in the University Times. Boland suggests that a key part of the education system’s recovery from the Covid crisis will be for institutions to re-imagine how they operate. Specifically, he suggests …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 13 July]

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The Coronavirus Has Betrayed the Weaknesses of Relying on Commercialisation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“For years, Trinity’s critics have been shouting into the wind that commercialisation is a flimsy revenue-generating strategy – and means students end up playing second fiddle to firms collaborating with College. This week’s news that Trinity’s years-long partnership with Bank of Ireland would be ending next month may have proved them right …” (more)

[University Times, 12 July]

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Irish students have much higher levels of anxiety over exams

Posted in Legal issues on July 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Irish students have much higher levels of anxiety over schoolwork and exam-related stress than other developed countries, according to a report compiled for the Department of Education. The findings are contained in a report by the National Educational Psychological Service …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 July]

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Is Erasmus participation under threat in Brexit Britain?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2020 by steve

“Evidence from surveys are not always borne out by the facts. But you might say there are straws in the wind when 84% of prospective European Union students, in response to an online survey, indicate that they will ‘definitely’ not study in the United Kingdom if charged international student fees …” (more)

[Anne Corbett and Claire Gordon, University World News, 11 July]

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No, Appointing One Female University President Does Not Shatter the Glass Ceiling

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Prof Kerstin Mey’s appointment as interim president of the University of Limerick (UL) earlier this week has – rightly – been lauded as historic. She is the first woman to lead one of Ireland’s universities in the 400 year-long history of third-level education in Ireland …” (more)

[University Times, 12 July]

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What agents say about the plans of Chinese students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2020 by steve

“Universities that host international students face grim COVID-related challenges. There is a lot of uncertainty among international students regarding their plans to study abroad. For a large number of universities around the world there is an urgent need to understand what these students will do …” (more)

[Ying Yang, Jenna Mittelmeier, Miguel Antonio Lim and Sylvie Lomer, University World News, 11 July]

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