WIT set to go off campus for academic year

Posted in Teaching on August 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Techonology (WIT) has informed students that all lectures, tutorials and practical classes will be conducted remotely and off campus for the 2020/21 academic year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 27 August]

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Ministers must step up and protect student nurses – David Cullinane TD and Rose Conway-Walsh TD

Posted in Governance and administration on August 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health David Cullinane TD and spokesperson on Further and Higher Education Rose Conway-Walsh TD have called on the Ministers for Health and Higher Education to step up to the plate and protect student nurses …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 27 August]

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Sustainable Open Access – What’s Next?

Posted in Research on August 27th, 2020 by steve

International“Early last year, I interviewed Richard Gallagher, President and Editor-in-Chief of Annual Reviews about the organization’s rationale for pursuing open access (OA) and details of their Subscribe to Open approach. A few months ago, Lisa Hinchliffe offered us an update on Annual Reviews, providing both an expanded definition of Subscribe to Open and an overview of some of the advantages and challenges of the model …” (more)

[Ann Michael, The Scholarly Kitchen, 27 August]

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Students will need to book social spaces for before or after lectures

Posted in Governance and administration on August 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In an email to students today, College has announced that extra social spaces for students are to be made available when classes resume on September 28. Students were told that these social spaces will only be available for use for brief periods during the day before or after lectures and other teaching events, such as for eating lunch …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 26 August]

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Medicine Students Told to Buy Own Scrubs for Clinical Placement

Posted in Teaching on August 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Medicine students on placement this year will have to buy their own surgical scrubs, rather than getting them from hospital dispensers as was previously the case …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 26 August]

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Students urged not to rush into booking third level accommodation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the Leaving Certificate results date of September 7th draws closer, many students are facing uncertainty regarding where they will get accommodation for the academic year. Earlier in the summer, University of Limerick (UL) announced they have amended their accommodation offerings, allowing some students to avail of ‘flexible accommodation’ in recognition of the reduced on-campus time they will have due to Covid-19 restrictions …” (more)

[Muireann Duffy, BreakingNews.ie, 26 August]

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Leaving Cert: Students who want to do exams in November will have to sit papers in the evenings and on weekends

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students who want to do the exams in November will be sitting their papers in the evenings and weekend. The Department of Education has today published arrangements for the delayed sitting of the June tests, which will be held subject to public health advice and engagement with education stakeholders …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 26 August]

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Third-Level Institutions Band Together For Freshers’ Week Online Concert

Posted in Governance and administration on August 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Entertainment Officers of Trinity College Dublin, Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), University College Dublin (UCD), Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) and Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) have banded together to produce an online concert in aid of Jigsaw – an organisation working to support the mental health of young people …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 26 August]

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Back to School

Posted in Teaching on August 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“… Meanwhile the Third Level sector is also preparing to re-open. Although we have another month to go before teaching is supposed to restart at Maynooth University, I’m already getting quite a few emails from students asking what things are going to be like when it resumes in September …” (more)

[In the Dark, 26 August]

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Students Dismay at SUSI Grant Delay

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of university students have received notice that their SUSI payments will be delayed to October 9th as opposed to the usual September start date. This two week delay has left many financially stranded as they are still expected to pay accommodation deposits or a full months’ rent before SUSI issues its first instalments …” (more)

[Casey Conway, College Tribune, 26 August]

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Incoming WIT Students Feel ‘Left in the Dark’

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Returning and First Year students, citing ‘limited communication’, feel they have been ‘left in the dark’ by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) ahead of the new academic year. That’s the contention of Labour Party Comeragh representative and former WIT Students Union (WITSU) President Michael Murphy …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 27 August]

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37% of new sexual violence referrals in Cork were students

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Sexual Violence Centre in Cork has reported a concerning rise in the number of third-level students seeking support at the centre last year, prompting calls by its CEO to put the issue of consent on primary and second-level education curricula …” (more)

[Maresa Fagan, Irish Examiner, 26 August]

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Calculated grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Fairness has to be at the centre of any student assessment system. In the absence of exams, calculated grades supplied by teachers and schools can only be used if they are standardised. It is ludicrous to suggest otherwise …” (more)

[Dermot Forristal, Irish Times, 27 August]

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Universities seek talks to avoid UK-style grades debacle

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Universities have sought urgent talks with the Department of Education to ensure the Leaving Cert results and CAO offer season do not descend into chaos …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Senan Molony, Independent, 27 August]

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