Dept of Higher Education: What’s been done so far?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“At the end of June, Fine Gael’s Simon Harris, who previously served as Minister for Health, was appointed Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science with the separate department for Further and Higher Education created alongside his appointment …” (more)

[Brigid Molloy, College Tribune, 21 August]

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Students Will Need to Book Study Spaces in Library

Posted in Research, Teaching on August 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The James Joyce library will provide limited study spaces for undergraduate students this trimester in an effort to comply with COVID-19 restrictions and physical distancing guidelines. Additionally, opening hours have been minimised and there is currently no access to other UCD library locations …” (more)

[Emma Hanrahan, College Tribune, 21 August]

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Universities are the perfect hub and spoke network for viral spread

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 21st, 2020 by steve

“Here’s an idea. Let’s take hundreds of thousands of young people, get them to travel to another city in the country, preferably far from their home town, put them in closed rooms together for hours on end with older people, let them mix, go to bars and party. Throw in a healthy dose of foreigner students from countries all over the globe …” (more)

[Donald Clark Plan B, 21 August]

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UCC to combine online and in-person teaching for upcoming academic year

Posted in Teaching on August 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCC will combine online and in-person teaching for the upcoming academic year. Returning students to the University are encouraged to register for their course as early as possible in order to access their timetable …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 21 August]

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Despite Opposition, New Halls Building Receives Planning Permission

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Despite local opposition, Trinity has received planning permission for its development at Trinity Hall, which will include the construction of 358 new rooms. Last month, the Journal reported that residents living around Halls had said ‘no’ to the extension which would increase the number of beds in Halls to 1,283 …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 21 August]

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If students want campuses to reopen they will have to share responsibility

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Just over a week ago we reported nasty and abhorrent racist abuse of a young woman on NUI Galway’s campus to the Gardai. For me, and our university community, the verbal attack was a timely reminder that we are a part of and not apart from society …” (more)

[Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Irish Times, 21 August]

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The Leaving Certificate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Minister for Education Norma Foley has insisted that we will not get a repeat of the fiasco we saw in Britain over A-levels. One could be forgiven for suspecting that they intend to achieve this not by actually fixing the mistakes shown in the UK, but by limiting the ability of students and interest groups to be able to organise protests against it and force them into reversal …” (more)

[Tomás M Creamer, Irish Times, 21 August]

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Thousands of laptops to help students with online learning

Posted in Teaching on August 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Another 17,000 laptops have been ordered to assist students with online and blended learning, minister Simon Harris said. A fund for devices worth €15m was part of a package helping further and higher education to deal with the impact of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Michael McHugh, Independent, 20 August]

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Trinity to Create On-Campus Coronavirus Testing Facilities

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity will have on-site coronavirus testing facilities in the new academic year to prevent clusters developing in the College community. The College Health Service is implementing testing facilities for staff and students ahead of the beginning of term …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 20 August]

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Covid-19: NUI Galway students must sign pledge to ‘behave responsibly’

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All students at NUI Galway are to be required to sign a new pledge to adhere to public health advice and to ‘behave responsibly’. Any breach of the guidelines may be considered an act of misconduct and could trigger disciplinary processes. Signing the community promise will be a requirement for students registering for the forthcoming academic year. Staff are also to be asked to sign-up …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 August]

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Reduction in Indoor Gathering Sizes Will Not Apply to Colleges

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government’s announcement that the reduction in the permitted size of indoor gatherings from 50 to six will not apply to higher education institutions, College has announced. In an email to students today – signed by Provost Patrick Prendergast and Áine Kelly, the chair of the resumption of teaching working group – College said that …” (more)

[Molly Furey and Cormac Watson, University Times, 20 August]

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State exams to have wider question choice in 2021 due to closures

Posted in Teaching on August 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate candidates are to be given greater choice in next year’s State exam papers to help ease pressure on students who have lost out on months of school. It means that students completing the English exam, for example, are likely to have a much wider selection of poets and fewer mandatory questions …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 August]

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Magee campus could get extra student places following A-levels climbdown

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ulster University has confirmed that it is ‘actively preparing’ for additional student places on some of the most popular courses at its Magee campus. It comes after this week’s A-level results changes that mean many students will be awarded higher teacher assessed grades …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 20 August]

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Face Coverings May Pose Difficulties For Disabled Students

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Face coverings will be mandatory for students attending in-person classes in University College Dublin (UCD) this Autumn Trimester. Students in all levels of education in UCD will have to wear face coverings in class; especially where social distancing of 2 metres cannot be maintained …” (more)

[Ann Jaffray, College Tribune, 20 August]

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Potential Impact Of New COVID-19 Measures On UCD’s Plans To Reopen

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“New measures announced to further stop the spread of COVID-19 could potentially impact University College Dublin’s [UCD] plans to reopen at the end of September, with knock on effects for society and student life …” (more)

[Sadhbh O’Muirí, College Tribune, 20 August]

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