Phased Return to Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Several weeks ago when it was announced that the NCI Campus would reopen on a phased basis from 10th August, it seemed so far away. I have not been in the College since the middle of March, and have no plans to go there for at least the rest of this month. My summer holidays are over, but I am continuing to work from home …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 10 August]

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University of Limerick confirms plans for ‘full graduation ceremony’ for class of 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A full graduation ceremony is to take place for the University of Limerick Class of 2020 ‘as long as a second wave of Covid-19 does not hit prior to this’, it has been confirmed. UL Student Life has released a statement on its their website to update students on the situation …” (more)

[Martin Mongan, Limerick Leader, 10 August]

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Trinity to provide transfers and meal services for arriving international students

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College has confirmed plans to provide airport transfers and a meal service to international students restricting their movements during their first two weeks in Dublin, in communication with affected students this weekend …” (more)

[Audrey Brown, Trinity News, 10 August]

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Reopening work well underway at LyIT

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Further reassurances have been given that the Letterkenny Institute of Technology will be able to reopen doors safety at the end of next month. New guidelines on how third level institutions are to operate going forward have been released and President of the LyIT Paul Hannigan says they are confident that it’s a good roadmap to move forward with …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 10 August]

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College begins next phase of reopening today

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Today, College has begun the next phase of its reopening, following its closure on March 12 to try prevent the spread of coronavirus. While Trinity has been closed since March, it began its phased reopening of the Library from June 29, with limited spaces opening in the Ussher complex opening for researchers …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 10 August]

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UCC team create haven for wildlife in heart of Cork city

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork is tending to its vast gardens with the conservation of animals and nature in mind. The UCC Buildings and Estates team take care of the grass, plants and gardens across the 42-acre university campus at the heart of Cork city …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 9 August]

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Asylum seekers without Leaving Cert now eligible for third-level grant

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Young asylum seekers no longer have to spend three years in the Irish school system in order to qualify for educational support at third level, the Government will announce. The latest revision to the student grant scheme for young people in direct provision, to be announced today, means asylum seekers will no longer need to have completed the Leaving Cert or have spent three years in an Irish school to be able to apply for a student grant when moving into third level …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 10 August]

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Kerry councillor calls for overhaul of SUSI scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Kerry councillor is calling for a radical overhaul of the Student Grant Scheme due to COVID-19. Fine Gael Councillor Michael Foley says he has been contacted by parents and students who are concerned about financing their places in college and the status of their applications for maintenance grants …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 9 August]

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How are universities confronting risky student behaviours?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2020 by steve

“As students prepare to migrate back to their campuses, a debate is raging about how – and whether – universities can prevent students from acting like students amidst a pandemic …” (more)

[Gary Guadagnolo, Wonkhe, 10 August]

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Students Need a Voice in the Implementation of On-Campus Coronavirus Rules

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This week the government published what could be the most important document for students across the country in the coming year: the guidelines for the reopening and running of campuses during the coronavirus pandemic. Finally – after months of scratching their heads – students were given some clarity on what College will look like for them, in both their academic and their personal lives …” (more)

[University Times, 9 August]

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PhD Students Fear Entering Library Due to Lack of Face Coverings

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A number of PhD researchers have said that they no longer feel safe studying in the library as most students working there are not wearing face coverings. It is currently not mandatory to wear face coverings in the library, but students are expected to social distance while studying there …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 9 August]

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