Student union accuses UCD of ‘exaggerating’ scope for in-person learning

Posted in Teaching on July 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In a press release today, the University College Dublin’s Students’ Union (UCDSU) have called on University College Dublin (UCD) to be ‘more transparent’ with students about details on how the college plans to open in September. The union have expressed concern that UCD has been ‘over ambitious’ in their proposed amount of time students should expect to be on campus …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 15 July]

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After Open Access

Posted in Research on July 15th, 2020 by steve

International“We are a collective of intersectional feminist and social justice journal editors. We reject the narrow values of efficiency, transparency and compliance that inform current developments and policies in open access and platform publishing …” (more)

[Critical Legal Thinking, 15 July]

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New President of Dublin City University: Professor Daire Keogh

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Professor Keogh was President of St Patrick’s College Drumcondra from 2012 to 2016, at which time the college was incorporated into DCU. Since then he has served as Deputy President of DCU. Speaking ahead of his address to staff on Thursday, July 16, Professor Keogh said …” (more)

[Education Matters, 15 July]

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UCC president to retire early for ‘personal reasons’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The president of University College Cork Professor Patrick O’Shea has announced that he will retire early at the end of this year for ‘personal reasons’. Members of the university’s governing body were informed of Prof O’Shea’s plans at a meeting on Wednesday …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 July]

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University College Cork stunned by the early retirement of its President

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has been stunned by the early retirement of its President, Professor Patrick O’Shea. Prof O’Shea, who was only appointed in 2017, has confirmed his retirement from his UCC role for personal reasons and will finish up by the end of the year …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 15 July]

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UCD students concerned over university’s teaching plans

Posted in Teaching on July 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at the country’s largest university have expressed concern that it may be ‘overpromising’ on the amount of face to face, as opposed to online, learning that students will be able to avail of come September. Last week UCD announced plans for between 40% to 60% of face to face teaching for undergraduates, rising to between 75% to 100% for graduate students …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 15 July]

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Trump Administration Rescinds Visa Rule Amid Widespread Pushback

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 15th, 2020 by steve

“The Trump administration has rescinded guidance that would have prohibited international students from studying at campuses offering online-only instruction this fall. The move came on Tuesday amid widespread pushback from the higher-education community that included multiple lawsuits and a near-unanimous chorus of protest …” (more)

[Andy Thomason, Chronicle of Higher Education, 14 July]

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‘Significant Rise’ in ‘Poor Behaviour’ on UCD Christmas Day, University Reports

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A ‘significant rise’ in incidents of ‘poor behaviour’ on campus have been reported in relation to UCD’s yearly ‘Christmas Day’ celebrations, particularly in Student Residences, and towards female faculty members. Minutes of a meeting recently obtained by The College Tribune have revealed incidents of ‘poor behaviour’ in relation to campus residences and female faculty in classrooms were brought forward at a University Management Team (UMT) meeting on 4th December 2019 …” (more)

[Gemma Farrell, College Tribune, 14 July]

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Schools concerned over issuing of Leaving Cert grades to students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has said it will consult with education partners as to how to communicate the results of calculated Leaving Certificate grades to students next month. No date for the publication of results has been announced as yet, but schools are expressing concern this year about following the traditional practice of schools distributing grades directly to students …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 15 July]

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Legislation Agreed by Cabinet for ‘Economically Focussed’ Department of Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On the 13th of July, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD, welcomed government approval to publish legislation to establish his department as a major ministry. According to Minister Harris, the Cabinet has approved the new Department which will now be proposed to Dáil and Seanad Éireann …” (more)

[Ahmed Jouda, College Tribune, 14 July]

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