Minister Harris announces appointment of person to spearhead new Technological University for the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD has today (28 July 2020) announced the appointment of an independent person to accelerate plans for a technological university in the South East …” (more)

[Gov.ie, 28 July]

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Third-level classes in consent will not yet be mandatory

Posted in Teaching on July 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Consent classes for freshers at third-level will not be made mandatory yet, despite an upsurge in sex assault allegations among students. Higher Education Minister Simon Harris admitted there has been an ‘epidemic’ of sex cases and described consent classes as ‘a very sensible idea from where I stand’ …” (more)

[Senan Molony, Independent, 28 July]

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Predicted grades must be extended to class of 2021

Posted in Teaching on July 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“During the early part of 2020, when the severity of Covid-19 and the impact it would have on our economy and society became suddenly apparent, one of the most urgent and debated questions was with regard to the viability of the 2020 Leaving Cert exam …” (more)

[Letters, Independent, 28 July]

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Science publishing has opened up during the coronavirus pandemic. It won’t be easy to keep it that way

Posted in Research on July 28th, 2020 by steve

International“Scientific publishing is not known for moving rapidly. In normal times, publishing new research can take months, if not years. Researchers prepare a first version of a paper on new findings and submit it to a journal, where it is often rejected, before being resubmitted to another journal, peer-reviewed, revised and, eventually, hopefully published …” (more)

[Virginia Barbour, The Conversation, 27 July]

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Student teacher takes legal challenge over not being permitted to graduate this year

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A student teacher has brought High Court proceedings against Maynooth University over not being permitted to graduate this year because she had not built up sufficient teaching experience to enable an assessment …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 27 July]

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Issues of consent and sexual violence an ‘epidemic’ at third level, says Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There is ‘a real epidemic in our country’ around the issues of consent and sexual violence, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said. ‘We need to get really serious about this as a country’ and in the third-level sector in particular ‘we need to take action’, he stressed …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 27 July]

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