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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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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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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