Student Accommodation at Montrose ‘Suspended Immediately’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student’s accommodation at ‘Montrose’ Student residence situated next to University College Dublin (UCD) has been suspended immediately ahead of the upcoming trimester due to an ‘unforeseeable’ issue encountered during current refurbishment works. The move has been met with anger from students hoping to live in the complex during the fast-approaching academic year …” (more)

[Gemma Farrell, College Tribune, 16 August]

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Students plan protest over Northern Ireland A-Level exams debacle

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 16th, 2020 by steve

“Students are planning a protest at Stormont this week with the Northern Ireland Assembly set to be recalled over the A-level results fiasco. DUP Education Minister Peter Weir has come under increasing pressure as anger grows about almost 11,000 grades being slashed by a computer algorithm after exams were cancelled due to Covid-19 …” (more)

[Peter Moor, Belfast Telegraph, 16 August]

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UCD Cricket Expecting to Grow in Post-Covid Sporting Landscape

Posted in Governance and administration on August 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sport is slowly but surely returning in most forms across Ireland, with football already back on University College Dublin’s (UCD’s) campus. Many teams and sports have already returned to some form of practice, while others eagerly await their first training session since the lockdown. One such club itching to get back to the fields is UCD’s Cricket Club, which is hoping to grow in numbers as students look to become more active in a post-lockdown world …” (more)

[Stephen Kisbey-Green, College Tribune, 16 August]

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Self-Isolating International Students Must Pay for Trinity Accommodation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students coming from non-greenlist countries due to be moving into Trinity accommodation will have to quarantine for two weeks at their own expense. Students returning to Trinity from outside Ireland must arrive by September 7th in order to comply with the two-week mandatory self-isolation before term starts …” (more)

[Amy Cox, University Times, 15 August]

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UCD To Hold ‘In-Person’ Celebrations After Online Graduation Ceremonies

Posted in Governance and administration on August 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) will hold ‘in-person’ celebration ceremonies for students whose degrees have been conferred virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an announcement by the UCD Students’ Union …” (more)

[Nessa Collins, College Tribune, 14 August]

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Staff Told to Keep Contact Log While in Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on August 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity staff will this year have to keep a contact log of all the people they interact with for more than 15 minutes at a distance of 2 metres. The contact logs will be used to help speed up contact tracing if a staff member contracts the coronavirus …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 15 August]

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What insight did we get about the Leaving Cert Calculated Grades after the furore in the UK?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“When Plan C for this year’s Leaving Cert was announced, people had concerns that the system would be unfair for students. It would mean that students wouldn’t be sitting the exams they had been preparing for for almost two years. Instead, they will be assessed by their teachers, coupled with a controversial ‘standardisation’ by the Department of Education …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 15 August]

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Two activists arrested in climate protest at Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on August 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Two climate change activists from System Change Ireland were arrested yesterday afternoon following a protest action at Trinity as part of the group’s ‘Mobilise Peace TCD’ campaign. A student and former Trinity teacher were arrested yesterday, following a protest of ‘civil disobedience’ outside of College. They were both members of the climate activist group System Change Ireland …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 15 August]

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