‘Spend €10k for him to sit in his room?’ – UL student’s parent concerns over new semester

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on July 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The mother of a student hoping to begin his third level studies at the University of Limerick in September says she felt ‘a sharp shot’ when she read the details of how the new academic semester will play out. The woman from Leinster who is remaining anonymous at the request of her son is now contemplating alternative options for her son …” (more)

[Aine Fitzgerald, Limerick Leader, 18 July]

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Colleges in chaos as exam results delayed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students, parents, and colleges have been left scrambling as the fallout from the decision to delay publishing this year’s Leaving Certificate results added to the chaos and confusion engulfing the education sector …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 18 July]

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Some third-level colleges to delay entry for first years by a further week

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Some third-level colleges are delaying the entry of first years by a further week after confirmation that Leaving Cert results and CAO offers won’t now be released until September …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 July]

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Science and research

Posted in Life on July 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Peter Lynch (Science Today, July 16th) provides a fascinating article on the work of Cornelius Lanczos, brilliant Hungarian theorist and erstwhile professor of theoretical physics at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies …” (more)

[Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, Irish Times, 17 July]

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USI and TCDSU condemn proposal to turn student accommodation into co-living

Posted in Governance and administration on July 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Union of Students in Ireland (USI) President Lorna Fitzpatrick and Trinity College Dublin’s Students’ Union (TCDSU) President Eoin Hand have condemned Dublin City Council plans to operate student accommodation as co-living following the Covid-19 pandemic …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 17 July]

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Universities lack cash to survive ‘beyond short time frame’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Many universities do not have financial reserves to survive ‘beyond a relatively short time frame’, according to Higher Education Authority records that detail the scale of the crisis facing the sector. There are also growing concerns over the finances of some universities that risk defaulting on loans up to €800 million used to upgrade college campuses …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 July]

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The Irish Times view on the Leaving Cert: Yet another delay. Discuss.

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Even in normal times the Leaving Cert is a stressful time for tens of thousands of candidates. For this year’s students, the challenge is greater. They have had to deal with anxiety over school closures, changes to assessment plans and a dramatic government U-turn on holding exams ‘by hook or by crook’ …” (more)

[Irish Times, 17 July]

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Minister seeks to reassure Leaving Cert students over results delay

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Norma Foley has sought to reassure students that delaying the Leaving Certificate results by three weeks will not have a negative impact on them …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 July]

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First year entry delayed; Freshers’ Week to run alongside lectures for returning students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Entry for incoming first years to Trinity has been pushed to October 5 following the postponement of of Leaving Certificate results to three weeks later than the traditional timeline. New first year students are to start lectures on October 5, with Freshers’ Week beginning on September 28. Teaching for current students is to begin on September 28 in line with existing plans …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 17 July]

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Students add their voice to the debate on UL’s blended approach

Posted in Teaching on July 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“When she returns to her studies at the University of Limerick in September, Ríona Maguire will spend three of the 12 weeks of the new semester on the university campus. While some students are opting to commute rather than pay for accommodation, Ríona, who lives in Cavan, doesn’t have that option …” (more)

[Aine Fitzgerald, Limerick Leader, 17 July]

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IT Carlow to investigate site as war of words continues

Posted in Governance and administration on July 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Management at IT Carlow once again fired shots at certain elected representatives this week in a discussion with delegates of Wexford Sinn Féin who attended a meeting at the college …” (more)

[Pádraig Byrne, Wexford People, 14 July]

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