Fears virus could spread quickly in student residences

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“If Covid-19 enters student residences at universities it can spread quickly, according to new guidelines. The roadmap for the re-opening of third level recommends the wearing of masks in lecture halls when social distancing is not possible …” (more)

[EchoLive, 6 August]

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Should the senior cycle be modularised and semesterised?

Posted in Teaching on August 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“One of the frustrating aspects of education policy-making is that it is, in some sense, unaccountable. I’ve read much of the Junior Cycle documentation and, in my view, having spent the last ten to fifteen years reading and writing about education (I was an an engineering nerd before that), it’s all based on ideology and hope rather than evidence …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 6 August]

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Magee campus medical school begins recruiting students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 6th, 2020 by steve

“The Graduate Medical School at Ulster University’s Magee campus has begun recruiting students for 2021. It aims to recruit 70 students to begin a four-year medical degree course in September 2021 …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 6 August]

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Back to Work #wfh

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“After a couple of weeks break, I am now ‘back’ to work, but working from home. It’s a strange feeling not to be riding into the College in Dublin City Centre this morning trying to see what has changed on the street landscapes since before my holidays. Though NCI is opening its campus next Monday, I have no plans to go there in the next few weeks – I will continue to work from my home office …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 6 August]

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A Sense of Outrage?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“… A greater threat to Waterford emerged with Simon Harris’ announcement of Tom Boland, ex head of the Higher Education Authority as facilitator to drive the TUSE project. Harris left the Dept of Health and took its Secretary General, Jim Breslin, with him. The men who oversaw the Herity Report, sinful delay and obfuscation about the second cath lab and expansion of cardiology at UHW are now in the Department of Higher Education. Back in saddle again, as the C&W song says, riding Waterford into the ground once more …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 5 August]

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College students face wearing masks in lecture halls under new guidelines

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College students will have to wear face coverings during lectures if they are sitting between one and two metres apart, under updated guidance. If two-metre separation between students is not possible – and it won’t be in many lecture halls – it will be a case of ‘one metre with a mask’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Fiona Dillon, Independent, 6 August]

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Founders of Trinity spin-out IdentiGEN share in €50m sale to MSD

Posted in Research on August 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An Irish company that can trace food from farm to fork using animal DNA – helping to eliminate fraud and contamination – has been sold for €50m. IdentiGEN was set up in 1996 as a Trinity College campus spin-out by scientists Ciaran Meghen and Ronan Loftus. They still lead the business and are among shareholders set to benefit from the sale. Taxpayers are set to gain too through the Enterprise Ireland-backed MML Growth Capital Partners Ireland …” (more)

[Shawn Pogatchnik, Independent, 6 August]

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TUI questions financial viability of the MTU

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The TUI has questioned the financial viability of the Munster Technological University. Former Minister Joe McHugh granted IT Tralee and CIT technological university status in May, when he approved the creation of the MTU …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 5 August]

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Students to wear face coverings in lectures where two metre distance not possible

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third level students will have to wear face coverings during lectures if they are sitting between one and two metres apart, new guidance has recommended. Recommendations which seek to ensure the safe resumption of on-campus activity in the Autumn, the Implementation Guidelines for Public Health Measures in HEIs (Higher Education Institutes), were published by Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris on Wednesday …” (more)

[Shauna Bowers, Irish Times, 5 August]

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Tom Boland To Drive TUSE … But His Independence In Role Has Been Questioned

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Former Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), Tom Boland is the new ‘independent Programme Executive Director for the TUSEI consortium comprising the Carlow and Waterford Institutes of Technology’. He was appointed on July 28 by Higher Education Minister Simon Harris to ‘accelerate plans for a technological university in the South East’ …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 5 August]

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‘Implementation Guidelines for Public Health Measures in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)’

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, combined with the HSA Return to Work Protocols and ongoing public health advice provide the over-arching framework for all parts of society to reopen facilities and premises. The government has also published Guidance for Further and Higher Education for returning to on-site activity in autumn 2020. That Guidance provides for further ‘context-specific measures approved by government within public health guidelines’ …” (more)

[FHERIS, 6 August]

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SIPTU supports forum to examine issues in third level education sector

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU members have supported a government commitment to establish a Third Level Policy Forum which will include representatives of the Government, students, trade unions and further and higher level institutions …” (more)

[SIPTU, 29 July]

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