Students Can Request to Move Course Content Online

Posted in Teaching on August 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students with underlying medical conditions will be able to request that all their course content be provided online, if they are unable to attend their face-to-face teaching and learning activities, College announced today …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 14 August]

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NUI Galway urged to reduce ‘unacceptable’ exam repeat fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Sinn Féin TD has urged NUI Galway to reverse its decision to charge students almost €300 for each repeat exam. Mayo TD Rose Conway-Walsh said that any fees charge must reflect the costs involved and the changed circumstances of students …” (more)

[Michael Malone, Galway Daily, 14 August]

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North’s education minister resists calls to scrap A-Level grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 15th, 2020 by steve

“Solely using teacher estimates to allocate A-level grades in Northern Ireland would lack any level of credibility, the North’s education minister has insisted. Giving evidence to his Stormont scrutiny committee, Peter Weir resisted calls to scrap the results allocated to pupils using a standardisation calculation model and replace them with the grades predicted by their teachers …” (more)

[Irish Times, 14 August]

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Signs of ‘citation hacking’ flagged in scientific papers

Posted in Research on August 15th, 2020 by steve

“Scientists who get too many references to their own work inserted in others’ papers – whether by prior arrangement or by asking for extra references during peer review – might leave telltale fingerprints in the citation record, say two researchers who have developed a way to detect what they call citation hacking …” (more)

[Richard Van Noorden, Nature, 14 August]

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High-Demand University Courses May Offer Increased Place Numbers Says Harris

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The creation of more places in highly contested university courses is being discussed by Irish universities and the Department of Education Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris, has said. Speaking earlier this week, Minister Harris voiced his confidence in the ongoing talks …” (more)

[Gemma Farrell, College Tribune, 14 August]

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Mandatory Bystander Intervention Module for UCD First Years

Posted in Teaching on August 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All first year students in University College Dublin (UCD) must complete an online bystander intervention module as part of their orientation this September. Students will not be awarded academic credit upon successful completion of the module. The introduction of the Bystander Education programme forms part of a series of initiatives established in UCD to deal with the issue of sexual harassment and violence, both on campus and in the wider community …” (more)

[Nessa Collins, College Tribune, 14 August]

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