English language schools should suspend recruitment, Department says

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“English language schools should suspend the recruitment of international students until 2021, the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science has recommended. In a three-page letter sent to language school representative groups as part of talks regarding the sector’s reopening, the Department said it would welcome ‘a voluntary moratorium’ which would put a stop to the enrolling of new international students to English language schools in Ireland …” (more)

[Jessica Doyle, Irish Times, 28 August]

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Action needed to show zero tolerance for sexual violence and harassment in third level education

Posted in Governance and administration on August 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Urgent and transformative action must take place to show there is zero tolerance for sexual violence and harassment in third level education after another report highlighted the extent of the problem, says the Union of Students in Ireland …” (more)

[USI, 28 August]

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Re-entry

Posted in Teaching on August 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It was a bad idea to announce a penultimate post on August 9th. There is no way that I can draw a line under the Strange Land blog until 2020-21 has been launched, bang on the equinox. Re-entry activity began in earnest about two weeks ago for me and it’s been fast and furious. There is absolutely nothing routine about it …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 28 August]

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Proposal: Make the 2020/2021 Academic Year Online Only

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The more I think about it, the more I feel that the coming academic year should be declared entirely online. No uncertainty, no doubts, no health risks, and of course – no need for physical classrooms. Students are still wondering if they’ll need accommodation, or if they will have to book a B&B for their once in a month appearance in College …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 28 August]

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Extra college places to be provided for ‘high-demand’ courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of additional college places in high-demand courses such as nursing, medicine, law, veterinary science and engineering are likely to be provided this year to help ease pressure on third-level applicants …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 August]

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‘One of the real concerns surrounding the Leaving Cert Predicted Grades process is the lack of transparency’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“With all the concern and worry regarding the re-opening of schools, it is inevitable that some other important matters have received less attention. However, with the Leaving Certificate predicted grades process due to produce results early next month, it is important to give that matter some consideration …” (more)

[Brian Fleming, Education Matters, 27 August]

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‘The risk of sexual violence in schools and universities is so widespread as to be similar to a pandemic’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The reopening of schools and universities is full of risks. 371,450 students are set to go back to secondary schools over the next few days, and thousands more will be going back to universities across Ireland in the coming weeks. The big question everyone is talking about is the risk posed by Covid-19, understandably. That there will be contagions, and temporary closures of some schools, is inevitable …” (more)

[Vittorio Bufacchi, Irish Examiner, 27 Augsut]

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WIT Students ‘Dismayed’ By Off-Campus Announcement

Posted in Teaching on August 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“WIT students, already anxious about the nature of the new academic year, have been plunged into deeper ‘concern and dismay’ after the institute announced that all lectures, tutorials and practical classes for 2020/21 will run online …” (more)

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

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NUIG Deputy President calls for assurance on CAO timeline

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Deputy President of NUI Galway is calling on the Department of Education for assurances that CAO timelines will run as planned, and that the process won’t run into the same problems as those faced in the UK …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 27 August]

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