NUI Galway reports on-campus racial abuse to Gardaí

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) has contacted An Garda Síochána over the harassment of a student on campus. In a video posted to Twitter on Wednesday, a man can be seen shouting racial slurs and other abuse at the student, who filmed the incident and shared it online …” (more)

[Jack Kennedy, Trinity News, 14 August]

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Masks made mandatory for beginning of term

Posted in Governance and administration on August 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This morning, College confirmed that masks would be mandatory for students to wear when the Michaelmas term commences on September 28. At the beginning of the week, masks were made compulsory for both students and tourists currently on campus. Tourists will be refused entry if they do not wear a face covering …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 14 August]

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PhDs Raise Concerns Over Lack of Communication on Re-Opening Plans

Posted in Teaching on August 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“PhD students have said that they were frozen out of reopening plans by the College and feel left in the dark about what teaching and tutorials are going to look like for the coming year. One of the founders of Trinity’s PhD Workers Rights Group, Thomas Dineen, told The University Times that some schools in Trinity did not involve PhD students in their ‘return to work’ committees, set up to plan the reopening of College …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 13 August]

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Education Minister Peter Weir in eye of the storm over A-level results grading ‘farce’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 14th, 2020 by steve

“Education Minister Peter Weir is facing calls to scrap this year’s controversial A-level results – or reconsider his position – following a backlash from principals and pupils …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 13 August]

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It is time to end the idiotic cap on the number of local students Northern Ireland’s universities can admit …

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 14th, 2020 by steve

“Many of us have a low opinion of Stormont at the best of times but along comes a story that highlights the utter head-bangingly stupid nature of some of their more crazy decisions. Writing in today’s Irish Times Newton Emerson highlights the issue of the cap on local students …” (more)

[Brian O’Neill, Slugger O’Toole, 13 August]

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WIT urged to Rethink Method of sitting Repeat Exams

Posted in Teaching on August 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Former WIT Students’ Union President and Labour Party Representative, Michael Murphy is urging Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to rethink their method of assessment for the autumn repeats …” (more)

[Claire Quinn, Waterford News and Star, 13 August]

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‘The emergence of the higher education research field (1976–2018): preferential attachment, smallworldness and fragmentation in its collaboration networks’

Posted in Research on August 14th, 2020 by steve

Abstract: The field of higher education research is fast-growing, both in number of publications and in geographical reach. There is however limited evidence on how this growth in publication influences the structure of the underlying co-authorship network. This is important as structural network parameters can change quickly in a fast-growing network, leading to fundamental different network structures, e.g., in terms of hierarchy, fragmentation, and inequality. Ultimately, these network structures can influence the current and future innovation and knowledge production in the field. Empirically, we construct 34 different co-authorship networks of all authors published in 28 higher education journals listed in Web of Science between 1976 and 2018 and perform bibliometric network analyses …

Jef Vlegels and Jeroen Huisman, The emergence of the higher education research field (1976–2018): preferential attachment, smallworldness and fragmentation in its collaboration networks, Higher Education (2020).

Peer Mentoring To Go Ahead With Digital Changes

Posted in Teaching on August 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“First year students will have the option to take part in the Peer Mentoring programme remotely this year. Certain Orientation Week activities will be offered virtually to students who cannot attend University College Dublin (UCD) campus due to COVID-19 restrictions …” (more)

[Nessa Collins, College Tribune, 13 August]

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Calculated grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – You report that ‘Minister insists Leaving Cert students’ results will be “accurate, reliable and fair” to all’ (News, August 11th), citing issues in Scotland where calculated grades were reversed due to systematic biases shown toward pupils in socially disadvantaged communities. The issues being raised about calculated Leaving Cert grades seem to me to conflate two important but different issues …” (more)

[Shane Bergin, Irish Times, 14 August]

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Coronavirus Case Confirmed In UCD Creche

Posted in Governance and administration on August 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed on the grounds of University College Dublin’s (UCD’s) main campus. Reports emerged on Wednesday night that a staff member at Oakmount Creche, located on the university’s Belfield campus, had tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday, August 9th …” (more)

[Nessa Collins, College Tribune, 13 August]

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School profiling should not dictate Leaving Cert grades, warns Ombudsman

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 14th, 2020 by steve

“Leaving Cert students’ calculated grades should not be dictated by the past performance of their schools, the Ombudsman for Children has warned. Dr Niall Muldoon’s comments come amid controversy over the use of calculated grades in the UK which have seen hit disadvantaged students’ hit hardest by downgrades of their teachers’predictions …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 August]

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