UCD Slashes Estimation of Postgraduate Face-to-Face Learning Time

Posted in Teaching on August 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has drastically slashed the amount of time postgraduate students will spend in class, compared to previous estimates that the university has published. On July 8th, UCD Registrar and Deputy President Mark Rogers said that postgraduate students would be spending between 75% and 100% of their learning time in classrooms …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 7 August]

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Returning to Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It’s been a busy day (so far) putting the finishing touches to return to work planning at the Department of Theoretical Physics at Maynooth University. We have improved the signage and decluttered the main corridor to allow the two-way system to operate …” (more)

[In the Dark, 7 August]

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Search on for inaugural MTU President

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The search is on for the inaugural president of the Munster Technological University. In January, IT Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology will formally merge to create MTU. There will be 18,000 students across six campuses …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 7 August]

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Telling the real story: Sinn Féin launch Student Funding survey

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Rose Conway-Walsh has called on Further and Higher Education to be made accessible and affordable for everyone irrespective of their age, geography or financial circumstances …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 6 August]

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UCD ag-tech spin out raises €6m to develop patent crop spray equipment

Posted in Research on August 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Maggrow, the Dublin-based pioneering agricultural technology company has raised €6m in series A funding to hire new recruits and develop its patented crop spraying equipment for potential use in making irrigation, sanitisation and fruit and vine growing more efficient and environmentally sustainable …” (more)

[John Reynolds, Independent, 6 August]

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The New Campus Guidelines Raise Questions But Are Ultimately Worth It

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Not even six months have passed since that day in mid-March when the steep rise in coronavirus cases in Ireland brought college life to a halt, and led to a mass exodus of students from Dublin. Indeed, with the cancellation of lectures announced as only a temporary measure, the more optimistic students amongst us hoped to be back in the Ussher in time to prepare for Summer exams …” (more)

[Eimear Finan, University Times, 6 August]

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Implementation Guidelines for Public Health Measures in Higher Education Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday I was speculating out loud about where we go from here in order to return to teaching in September. Today I find that there’s actually a guidance document produced by the Irish Universities Association under the auspices of the Health Service Executive …” (more)

[In the Dark, 6 August]

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Funchion Calls For Universal Access To Third-Level Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD Kathleen Funchion is calling for third-level education to be made accessible and affordable for everyone, irrespective of age, geography or financial circumstances. Deputy Funchion is asking students in the Carlow/Kilkenny constituency to ‘tell their story’ by filling out Sinn Féin’s survey on the grants system …” (more)

[Suzanne Pender, Carlow Nationalist, 6 August]

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Derry medical school at Magee gets General Medical Council approval and can now recruit for September 2021 opening

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2020 by steve

“Ulster University announced the breakthrough on Thursday morning. Dr Malachy Ó Néill, provost of the Magee College campus, hailed it as a fantastic step on the road to a September 2021 first intake of students …” (more)

[Kevin Mullan, Derry Journal, 6 August]

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