UL adopt Airbnb-style system for accommodation as students face staggered return

Posted in Governance and administration on August 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The annual dash for student will be quite different this year with few students returning to campuses around the country due to Covid-19 restrictions. While government guidelines highlighted the need for social distancing in classrooms and student accommodation, third level institutes were largely free to decide what their return to classes would look like …” (more)

[Muireann Duffy, BreakingNews.ie, 17 August]

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Trinity Introduces Module to Help Students Adapt to Hybrid Learning

Posted in Teaching on August 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has introduced a new module – called ‘Learning to Learn Online in Trinity’ – to help students adapt to hybrid learning for the upcoming academic year. Students can enrol in the new module on their Blackboard portal …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 17 August]

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Overnight Stays Ban, Unclear Enforcement: UCD Residences COVID Rules

Posted in Governance and administration on August 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Bans on overnight stays, self-regulated sanitation, and legally enforced self isolation for international students are just a few of the regulations in store for students as they prepare to move into campus accommodation this month …” (more)

[Jack McGee, College Tribune, 17 August]

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School Safety Plans Show PhDs Should Not Be Treated as an ‘Afterthought’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“PhD students have consistently expressed frustration with College’s lack of communication with them, and it seems that the pandemic has not improved the situation. The University Times this week reported that PhD students had been left in the dark about plans to reopen College this September. Once again, it seems, PhDs have firm grounds for frustration – perhaps even more than any other year …” (more)

[University Times, 16 August]

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Easing College Grant Rules Means Little to Asylum Seekers With Deportation Orders

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This week, the government announced that students living in direct provision will no longer have to have spent three years in the Irish education system or have completed the leaving certificate to qualify for a college grant. On first reading, this seems like an encouraging development – and a vindication of Higher Education Minister Simon Harris’s commitment to use the Department of Higher Education as a driver of ‘social cohesion’ …” (more)

[University Times, 16 August]

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The Montrose student accommodation has suspended operations with immediate effect

Posted in Governance and administration on August 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Montrose student accommodation is a privately owned student residence which was purchased by Aparto in 2017. Located on the Stillorgan road, the property boasts 205 bedrooms. Residents who had booked accommodation for the coming academic year received an email on 15/08/2020 informing them that …” (more)

[Nathan Young, University Observer, 16 August]

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