Universities say Leaving Cert results delay means first years will start college later

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Universities have expressed ‘surprise and disappointment’ over delays in issuing Leaving Cert results which will force them to admit students to courses later than expected. They say plans to bring first years on campus for induction and orientation in advance of the return of main body of students may now be cancelled …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 17 July]

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Nursing Interns to Stay on Pandemic Pay Rates Through September, says INMO

Posted in Teaching on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Nursing and Midwives Organisation (INMO) have announced that final year nursing interns will not receive a pay cut this September. In a statement made on Twitter on July 9th, INMO said: ‘… the Department of Health and HSE have agreed to continue to pay interns at the current HCA rate until the end of their internship’ …” (more)

[Isobel Dunne, College Tribune, 17 July]

Tags: , , ,

Messy, disappointing, confusing: Leaving Cert students react to delay of exam results

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education’s decision to delay Leaving Cert results until several weeks later than normal, on September 7th, took students by surprise. The Irish Times spoke to some of the more than 60,000 Leaving Cert student affected by the news …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 17 July]

Tags: , , ,

Universities ‘actively revising’ plans for first-years due to Leaving Cert results delay

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The majority of universities are now ‘actively revising’ plans for receiving first-year students this year due to the confirmation that the Leaving Cert results will not be issued until September. It also may not be possible for first-year students to attend induction and orientation ahead of the return of the main body of students due to this delay …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 17 July]

Tags: , , , , ,

Maynooth and Limerick universities sticking with re-opening plans despite three-week delay for CAO offers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University (MU) and the University of Limerick (UL) are sticking with their re-opening plans despite the three-week delay in the release of the Leaving Cert results and CAO offers …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 July]

Tags: , , , , , ,

Students frustrated by exclusion from discussions for Leaving Cert results date, union says

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU) has expressed disappointment that they were not included in discussions around the date for the release of the Leaving Cert results before it was announced …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 July]

Tags: , , , ,

Cork landlord ordered to take action to stop ‘Covid parties’ in student area

Posted in Legal issues on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The landlord who owns two of the student houses near UCC which have been dubbed ‘Covid Party House’ and ‘Party Central’ was ordered to take measures to reduce noise levels at the properties …” (more)

[Liam Heylin, EchoLive, 17 July]

Tags: , , , , ,

Students to be required to have valid ID to access campus

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In an email to students this morning, it was announced that from July 20, postgraduates and undergraduates are permitted to enter campus grounds, if they ‘have a reason for doing so’. Students were told in an email this morning that to gain access to campus, the must present a valid ID card, to swipe in and out upon entering and leaving College …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 17 July]

Tags: ,

Leaving Cert have been ‘pushed from pillar to post’ by Government

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Certificate students have been ‘pushed from pillar to post’, the Union of the Students of Ireland (USI) has said. Lorna Fitzpatrick, president of the USI, said the decision to delay the release of results until September, is ‘disappointing’ …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 17 July]

Tags: , , , , ,

Plans for UCD campus expansion on hold over appeal to planning board

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Plans by University College Dublin (UCD) for a major expansion of its Belfield campus, including a €48m landmark building, will be placed on hold following an objection by a local resident. An appeal has been lodged against the decision of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to grant planning permission for enabling works for the first phase of UCD’s ‘Future Campus’ project …” (more)

[Sean McCarthaigh and Gordon Deegan, Independent, 17 July]

Tags: ,

Leaving Cert results date: ASTI criticises announcement but says ‘at least there’s now certainty’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The largest secondary schools teachers’ union has said that it was ‘disappointing’ the way news of the Leaving Cert results day was announced, but that there is at least now certainty of the timeline …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 17 July]

Tags: , , , ,

Up to third-level institutions to defer opening dates for first years, minister says

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Norma Foley has said that it was up to third-level institutions to decide if they should defer commencement dates to facilitate first-year students seeking accommodation …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Irish Examiner, 17 July]

Tags: , , , , ,

Grant fears as Leaving Cert grades and college now delayed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There are fears of a knock-on effect for student grants as the Leaving Cert results and CAO offers have been delayed until September. The Department of Education last night confirmed calculated grades for 60,000 students will not now be issued until September 7, three weeks later than usual …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Aoife Walsh, Independent, 17 July]

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Language schools warn of Covid-19 job losses and hit to economy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“At least 75,000 fewer foreign students will come to Ireland this year due to coronavirus restrictions, according to an organisation representing English language schools …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 17 July]

Tags: , ,

Book of Kells visitor centre and Old Library works planned by TCD

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has lodged major plans for a new visitor centre for its Book of Kells exhibition and urgent works to its 18th-century Old Library. The Book of Kells exhibition last year generated revenues of €12.7 million as more than one million visitors paid to view the ancient and priceless manuscript …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 17 July]

Tags: ,

Leaving Cert students and colleges express anger at delay in issuing results

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students and third-level colleges have expressed anger and frustration over delays to issuing this year’s Leaving Cert results. More than 60,000 Leaving Cert students will this year receive their grades several weeks later than normal on September 7th, the Department of Education has said …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 16 July]

Tags: , , , ,

Irish universities storm global rental ratings

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“While Ireland’s big universities have mounted something of a minor resurgence in the global rankings this year, the last decade has generally seen them take a clanging and clattering descent down the ladder of international academic prestige …” (more)

[Independent, 17 July]

Tags: , ,

UCD €48m plan hit after leaning towers of Belfield ‘folly’ dig

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Plans by University College Dublin for a major expansion of its Belfield campus, including a €48m landmark building at its main entrance on the N11, are on hold after a local objected. An appeal has been lodged against Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s granting of planning permission for the first phase of UCD’s Future Campus project …” (more)

[Sean McCarthaigh, Herald, 17 July]

Tags: ,

Grades delay adds to stress on Leaving Cert students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Leaving Certificate is tough enough at the best of times but this year it’s been a nightmare for 60,000 young people. The examination wasn’t held during the summer despite assurances from the then Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that it would go ahead ‘by hook or by crook’ …” (more)

[Independent, 17 July]

Tags: , , , ,

O’Shea bows out at UCC having made his mark

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“‘A fine leader and most personable man’ is how one person described Professor Patrick O’Shea following the news of his impending departure from University College Cork (UCC). There are many in the university, and in Cork, who would agree with that …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 16 July]

Tags: ,