UL graduates to be conferred in absentia

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick (UL) graduates will have a Covid conferral next month but they’ll have to wait a while longer before they can celebrate their graduation. UL’s autumn conferring ceremonies were due to take place during the week of August 24 to 28 but the ceremonies were cancelled earlier this summer …” (more)

[Nicole Glennon, Limerick Post, 23 July]

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A breakdown of more than €364 million in spending by three universities

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“These three documents provide detail on expenditure of hundreds of millions of euro by three universities in recent years. The UCD record is by far the largest and covers a lengthy period and some €319 million in expenditure by the college between November 2016 and March of this year …” (more)

[Ken Foxe, TheStory.ie, 24 July]

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Leaving Cert predicted grades could lead to lawsuits, Ministers are warned

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ministers have been warned by Government officials of potential lawsuits being taken by Leaving Cert students against the State due to the introduction of predicted grades this year …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 24 July]

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Intern Nurses Will Not Receive Pay Cut After Graduating

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses who are currently on internships will not receive pay cuts when they graduate, the HSE has said. Student nurses have faced uncertainty in recent weeks over whether interns would be subject to pay cuts when they completed their internships, as the starting pay for a graduate nurse is less than that of a healthcare assistant …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 23 July]

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Two-Metre Rule May be Relaxed in Universities, Says Harris

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government may relax the two-metre social distancing rule in universities in the coming year, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris said today …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 23 July]

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Plans lodged for massive student development on North Main Street

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Plans for another large-scale student development in Cork city have been lodged, as BMOR Developments Limited looks to build accommodation to house nearly 280 students on North Main Street …” (more)

[Ryan O’Rourke, Irish Examiner, 23 July]

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Colleges and universities hope to welcome first-years in late September

Posted in Teaching on July 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Preparations are underway for colleges and universities to welcome first-year students from late September, according to the education minister. The majority of third-level institutions in Ireland are aiming to induct first-years across their respective campuses from September 28th …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 23 July]

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New UCC spinout SeqBiome to analyse micro-organisms

Posted in Research on July 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Seqbiome, a new University College Cork (UCC) biotech spinout officially launched today, will provide firms with insight into how food and ingredients interact with the most microscopic organisms in our digestive systems …” (more)

[Shawn Pogatchnik, Independent, 24 July]

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State Examinations – Leaving Cert delay

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 24th, 2020 by steve

IrelandCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the delay in leaving certificate results being pushed out to September 2020; the provisions in place for third-level applications here and for students seeking to apply and begin courses abroad; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 July]

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France to create 10,000 new university places after record numbers passed school exams

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 24th, 2020 by steve

“France’s minister for higher education says 10,000 new university places will be created to cope with the huge demand after record numbers of students passed the Bac exam this year, qualifying them for university entrance …” (more)

[RFI, 22 July]

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