UCD Expects One Metre Distancing On Campus, Against Government Guidance

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) is still working under the expectation of 1-metre physical distance measures on campus in the upcoming Trimester, despite recent guidance from government suggesting a 2-metre distance. Sources have told The College Tribune that the University expects an announcement from the government shortly which would allow a reduction in physical distancing from 2-metres to 1-metre, in cases where students wear face masks, which will be mandatory for students on UCD campus …” (more)

[Nessa Collins, College Tribune, 30 July]

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Hacker paid off after personal information of NUI Galway alumni breached

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Personal information of NUI Galway alumni was breached in a recent cyber-attack targeting a company linked to the university’s fundraising foundation. In an email on Wednesday, Galway University Foundation notified individuals on its mailing list their data had been subject to a cyber-attack. Credit card and bank account details were not compromised …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 30 July]

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Leaving Cert student’s challenge over calculated grades gets urgent hearing

Posted in Legal issues on July 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An urgent hearing will be held next month of a High Court action by a home-schooled Leaving Cert student aimed at having his application for calculated grades considered by the Department of Education. After Mr Justice Charles Meenan was told on Wednesday the Minister for Education conceded Elijah Burke was entitled to leave to bring his judicial review proceedings, the judge fixed the case for hearing on August 12th and 13th …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 29 July]

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Residents’ Objections to New Halls Building ‘Deeply Concerning’, says Hand

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union President (TCDSU) Eoin Hand today condemned objections that Temple Rd residents have expressed to a proposed extension to Trinity Hall. The Journal today reported that residents living around Halls had said ‘no’ to the extension which would increase the number of beds in Halls to 1,283 …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 29 July]

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University Campus must be in Kilkenny – McGuinness

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Deputy John McGuinness has called on Simon Harris, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, to progress a university for the South East and has pointed to Kilkenny for its location for a campus. He joins all of the elected representatives from the region in a campaign to deliver a regional university …” (more)

[Mary Cody, Kilkenny People, 28 July]

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Certainty urgently required on reopening, says third-level union

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris is to establish a new forum to engage with staff, students and institutions on key policy areas for the third-level sector. The announcement was made following a meeting between the Minister and trade unions representing staff in the sector on Wednesday …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 July]

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Leaving Cert – Calculated Grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 30th, 2020 by steve

IrelandMary Lou McDonald (Leader of the Opposition; Dublin Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which the delay in receiving leaving certificate calculated grades will impact on students that have applied to study at an EU member state university many of whom require results in August 2020 to secure an offer of a place; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 July]

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SUSI – Maintenance Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 30th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of increasing the SUSI maintenance grant by 5, 10, 15, 20, and 30 percent respectively; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 July]

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SUSI Grants – Master’s Programmes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 30th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of expanding SUSI grants to cover master’s programmes; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 July]

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Leaving Cert – Calculated Grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 30th, 2020 by steve

IrelandGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide details of the different demographic characteristics including gender and socio-economic status being used to review individual grades from 2020 leaving certificate students which are leading to significant delays; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 July]

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Third Level Fees – Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of reducing the student contribution charge for higher education by €100, €200, €500, €1,000 and €3,000, respectively; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 July]

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