Government to consider cutting third level fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government will consider reducing registration fees for third level students, who are potentially facing extra costs and challenges when classes return in the autumn, higher education minister Simon Harris said …” (more)

[Juno McEnroe, Irish Examiner, 22 July]

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IUA Statement: Covid package will stabilise the higher education and research system

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The €168 million funding package and the practical guidance offered as part of the Further and Higher Education Roadmap announced by Minister Simon Harris today (22.07.20) is warmly welcomed by the IUA and its member universities. The fund provides much-needed stability for higher education arising from the Covid-induced financial shocks …” (more)

[IUA, 22 July]

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Two metre physical distancing rule to apply on college campuses

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Physical distancing rules of two metres will apply on college campuses from September in a move which will severely limit the ability of universities to hold lectures and graduation ceremonies. The latest official public health advice states that in case where close proximity is required – such as small group work in laboratories – this activity may take place as long as face shields or masks are worn …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 July]

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Extra funding for third level includes three million for mental health support

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has announced a €168m package for third-level institutions and students to cover costs incurred during the coronavirus pandemic and to support students returning to college in September …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Independent, 22 July]

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Colleges told to minimise student-staff interaction under new Covid-19 guidelines for third level

Posted in Teaching on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Classes or lectures should be less than two hours long, and face-to-face meetings for staff and students should be minimised when colleges return, the Department of Further and Higher Education has recommended. Temperature checks on campus have been ruled out and face coverings may be required in certain instances, the department also said …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 22 July]

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IUA supports the securing of a strong outcome for research in the EU-UK future relationship: Reaching an agreement on UK participation in Horizon Europe

Posted in Research on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The EU and UK have been discussing UK participation in Union Programmes, including Horizon Europe, as part of the negotiations on a future EU-UK relationship. It is encouraging that both sides have committed to the principle of UK participation in their mandates, recognising that collaboration between the UK and the EU in the framework programmes strengthens our ability to tackle shared challenges, such as cancer and climate change …” (more)

[IUA, 22 July]

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Experiencing COVID-Style Classroom Teaching

Posted in Teaching on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

“I’m not going to lie: COVID-19 scares me. But I’m a teacher. It’s not just what I do – it’s who I am. Plus, I have four kids to support, so I feel lucky to have a job, and I thoroughly enjoy it. I love my university and my students, but it’s hard to balance that with my concern for my own children and my fears …” (more)

[Christine McClure, Inside Higher Ed, 22 July]

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Students to get laptops as part of €168m Covid-19 college fund

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than 10,000 third-level students are to be given money to buy laptops, iPads, and other tablets, and also to connect them to the internet so they can study from home. Under a plan to be announced today by Simon Harris, the higher education minister …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 22 July]

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No Disadvantage Policy ‘Advisory and Not Mandatory’, says UCD School of Law

Posted in Teaching on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Despite University College Dublin’s (UCD) and the Students’ Union’s (SU) claim that no students, particularly final year students, would be left disadvantaged by the implications of COVID-19, some students have exited college with below expected grades. One such student, who asked not to be named, spoke to The College Tribune to share his story as a final year law student …” (more)

[Adam O’Sullivan, College Tribune, 21 July]

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University of Limerick President challenges results of sex assaults survey

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The number of sexual assaults on students at the University of Limerick and other third-level institutions are being grossly under-reported, according to a recent survey. Outgoing president of UL, Dr Des Fitzgerald, has said that the Sexual Experiences Survey, carried out by the Union of Students in Galway, ‘in no way reflects the reality or the frequency of sexual assault …'” (more)

[Bernie English, Limerick Post, 21 July]

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Education Minister Norma Foley accused of breaching ministerial code

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Norma Foley has been accused of breaching the ministerial code after she failed to tell the Dáil last week that the Leaving Cert results would be delayed until September 7 …” (more)

[Hugh O’Connell, Independent, 21 July]

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Sod turned on new €22m sports arena in Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The sod is being turned today on a new €22m sports arena for Cork Institute of Technology. The event marks the start of a two-phase programme to deliver the state-of-the-art sports facilities on the campus …” (more)

[EchoLive, 22 July]

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Students struggle to get the most from their Intra placements during Covid-19

Posted in Teaching on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“For many students Integrated Training (Intra) is their first experience into the world of work of their chosen profession. It can create opportunities for final year students and for some students Intra placement results in a full time job for after they graduate. Employers mentor these interns and look out for potential future graduates …” (more)

[Aoife Breslin, The College View, 21 July]

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No twin room at UL as college confirm free accommodation for international students during self-isolation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A reduction in course fees for the next academic year is not being considered by the University of Limerick. However, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic the university has announced a number of changes in relation to accommodation for the forthcoming semester …” (more)

[Aine Fitzgerald, Limerick Leader, 21 July]

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Harkin airs concerns over progress on Connacht-Ulster Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Sligo/Leitrim TD is calling for a commitment from Taoiseach Micheál Martin and the Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris that the application for a Connacht-Ulster Technological University will be submitted by the end of this year …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 21 July]

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Life on Campus in September: What We Know So Far

Posted in Life, Teaching on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Life at University College Dublin will be remarkably unusual for students in the upcoming academic year, as staff, lecturers, clubs, societies, and the government try to implement new public health restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is everything we know so far about what college life will be like this September …” (more)

[Ann Jaffray and Nessa Collins, College Tribune, 21 July]

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