Harris hoping to focus on reducing third-level fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science has said he is committed to working to reduce third level fees. Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Claire Byrne, Simon Harris said the registration fee for students is ‘too high’ and he would like to see fees addressed during his tenure as minister …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 31 August]

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Third-level fees must be reduced to reflect reality – Rose Conway-Walsh TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Rose Conway-Walsh TD, has challenged the Government for expecting students and their families to pay full fees for partial access to campus and facilities. Responding to statements made by the Minister for Education that third-level colleges will be able to charge the full €3,000 in fees to students even if campus access is severely restricted, Teachta Conway-Walsh said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 31 August]

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Students call for reduced remote learning fees as colleges set to charge full €3k

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has called for an immediate €500 reduction of student college fees with many classes set to take place remotely. It comes as yesterday Education Minister Norma Foley said third-level colleges will be able to charge their students the full €3,000 in contribution fees, even if they severely restrict access to campus and force them to stay at home …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 31 August]

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Union’s fears after Queen’s confirms face-to-face lectures

Posted in Teaching on August 31st, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast has confirmed it plans to hold face-to-face lectures for new students in September, after calls from unions to scrap normal teaching until Christmas due to Covid-19. The University and College Union (UCU), which represents university and college staff throughout the UK, made the comments at the weekend as they warned that a return to normal face-to-face teaching could be a ‘recipe for disaster’ as the pandemic moves into the autumn months …” (more)

[Christopher Leebody, Belfast Telegraph, 31 August]

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Students should have rents refunded in event of second lockdown, says higher education minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students should be refunded for accommodation if another Covid-19 lockdown forces the closure of colleges, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, TheJournal.ie, 31 August]

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WIT to host all lectures remotely for academic year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Teaching on August 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology has told students and staff that all lectures, tutorials and practical classes will be delivered off-campus throughout the coming academic year. Third-level colleges throughout the county are expected to finalise timetable details once offers are made to incoming first-year students following next week’s Leaving Cert calculated grades …” (more)

[Conor Kane, RTÉ News, 31 August]

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College students report in high numbers to Cork Sexual Violence Centre

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Cork Sexual Violence Centre received 3,469 calls and texts to its helpline in 2019 with 37% of all new clients indicating that they were third level students. The annual report for the centre reveals that more than 60% of new clients last year were under the age of 29. 75% of new clients were 23 or younger at the time of the sexual assault …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 31 August]

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Leaving Cert students to learn details of adjustments to calculated grades process

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students are set to receive fresh details this week over how the calculated grades process has been adjusted to try to make results as fair and accurate as possible. The Department of Education is expected to this week release technical details of how the calculated grades system has been completed and refined in light of expert advice and controversy in the United Kingdom …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 August]

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The Blueprints for Trinity’s Long-Awaited Black Studies Module

Posted in Teaching on August 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“When it comes to systemic racism in third-level institutions, it’s safe to say that toppled statues, extended reading lists and tokenistic faculty positions fail to address structural issues in any long-lasting way …” (more)

[Gillian O’Neill, University Times, 28 August]

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Norma Foley: Colleges can charge students full €3k in fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges will be able to charge the full €3,000 in fees to their students even if they severely restrict access to campus and force them to stay at home, Education Minister Norma Foley has said …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 30 August]

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Reopening universities could spark second coronavirus wave, academics warn

Posted in Teaching on August 30th, 2020 by steve

“The risk of infection on campuses could see universities become ground zero for a second wave of Covid-19 unless they avoid face-to-face teaching, academics have warned. The movement of an expected one million students around Britain as they return to universities in the next month has led the University and College Union (UCU) to warn the Government is ‘encouraging a public health crisis’ …” (more)

[Benjamin Cooper, Belfast Telegraph, 30 August]

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College party crackdown by Coalition

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

Ireland“The Government is examining new measures to crack down on large gatherings, such as college parties, after Health Minister Stephen Donnelly’s plans to make it a criminal offence to have more than six people in a person’s home were blocked by the Cabinet …” (more)

[Hugh O’Connell, Independent, 30 August]

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UK university reopenings risk ‘public health crisis’, academics warn

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

“Plans to reopen universities have been thrown into serious doubt as the UK’s largest academic union warns today that it is “too dangerous” for face-to-face teaching to resume, and calls on the government and vice-chancellors to prevent students returning to campuses this autumn …” (more)

[Donna Ferguson and Toby Helm, Guardian, 29 August]

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COVID-19 pandemic – Years of potential intellectual life lost

Posted in Research on August 30th, 2020 by steve

International“During the coronavirus pandemic, teachers, professors and parents worldwide have realised that we are falling behind in education, research and intellectual progress. How much will the pandemic slow the academic progress of each country and of the world? We could borrow and modify a parallel measurement from the medical field to measure the slowdown …” (more)

[John Richard Schrock, University World News, 7 August]

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Higher Ed Department Angling to Increase High-Points Course Capacity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris is preparing a plan to increase the number of places in high-demand courses in an effort to ease pressure on college applicants, the Irish Times reported today …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 28 August]

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Staff and Students Should Be Tested Twice Weekly, says Luke O’Neill

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Top Trinity immunologist Luke O’Neill has advised that College test all staff and students for the coronavirus twice weekly. In an interview with The University Times, O’Neill said that ‘the goal is very simple: we don’t want students getting infected in our university, and we don’t want our staff getting infected either’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 28 August]

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College during Covid: Why students have every right to be angry

Posted in Life on August 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Covid-19 has affected our entire world, sweeping across class divisions, occupations and all age groups. But I think it is safe to say that we are all united in our empathy for one particular group in Irish society, the students entering college next year – and not just in an ‘Ack, poor things missing the Leaving Cert’, type of way …” (more)

[Martha Brennan, Irish Times, 28 August]

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NUI Galway confirms student timetables will be issued next week

Posted in Teaching on August 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has confirmed student timetables will be issued next week. It comes as students have expressed growing concern over a lack of information on whether they’ll be expected to attend classes on-campus or if lectures and tutorials will be held online – to facilitate Covid-19 restrictions …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 28 August]

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Call for proposals under the Postgraduate Skills Provision and Modular Skills Provision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On the 24th July 2020 as part of the Government’s announcement on the July stimulus package an additional funding allocation of €47.5m was provided for Higher Education skills-related programmes. The HEA are now launching the call for proposals under the Postgraduate Skills Provision and Modular Skills Provision headings …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 28 August]

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UCD announces change to registration date on Twitter

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The news was announced on UCD’s Twitter account on the morning of August 27th, and at the time of reporting the change of date for registration has not been directly communicated to students. A follow up tweet stated that the academic calendar will be updated by 2pm on the 31st of August, and that all timetables will be available at that time …” (more)

[Heather Reynolds, University Observer, 27 August]

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