Higher Ed Department Angling to Increase High-Points Course Capacity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris is preparing a plan to increase the number of places in high-demand courses in an effort to ease pressure on college applicants, the Irish Times reported today …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 28 August]

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Staff and Students Should Be Tested Twice Weekly, says Luke O’Neill

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Top Trinity immunologist Luke O’Neill has advised that College test all staff and students for the coronavirus twice weekly. In an interview with The University Times, O’Neill said that ‘the goal is very simple: we don’t want students getting infected in our university, and we don’t want our staff getting infected either’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 28 August]

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College during Covid: Why students have every right to be angry

Posted in Life on August 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Covid-19 has affected our entire world, sweeping across class divisions, occupations and all age groups. But I think it is safe to say that we are all united in our empathy for one particular group in Irish society, the students entering college next year – and not just in an ‘Ack, poor things missing the Leaving Cert’, type of way …” (more)

[Martha Brennan, Irish Times, 28 August]

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NUI Galway confirms student timetables will be issued next week

Posted in Teaching on August 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has confirmed student timetables will be issued next week. It comes as students have expressed growing concern over a lack of information on whether they’ll be expected to attend classes on-campus or if lectures and tutorials will be held online – to facilitate Covid-19 restrictions …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 28 August]

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Call for proposals under the Postgraduate Skills Provision and Modular Skills Provision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On the 24th July 2020 as part of the Government’s announcement on the July stimulus package an additional funding allocation of €47.5m was provided for Higher Education skills-related programmes. The HEA are now launching the call for proposals under the Postgraduate Skills Provision and Modular Skills Provision headings …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 28 August]

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UCD announces change to registration date on Twitter

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The news was announced on UCD’s Twitter account on the morning of August 27th, and at the time of reporting the change of date for registration has not been directly communicated to students. A follow up tweet stated that the academic calendar will be updated by 2pm on the 31st of August, and that all timetables will be available at that time …” (more)

[Heather Reynolds, University Observer, 27 August]

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Two-thirds of students are nervous about returning to third-level education

Posted in Life, Teaching on August 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“2020 has been a challenging and uncertain time for us all, but particularly for Irish students. With schools and colleges closed for over 5 months, it’s only natural that the new academic year will be a daunting one …” (more)

[Waterford Live, 28 August]

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