UCD Receives Gender Equality Award Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has received an Athena SWAN Bronze institutional award for its work towards gender equality, despite recent criticism concerning sexual misconduct towards its female academics. UCD first received the institutional award in 2017, which was renewed this month …” (more)

[Isobel Dunne, College Tribune, 30 September]

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Scale of errors in Leaving Cert results rocks confidence in integrity of system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The disclosure that errors may have affected the results of thousands of Leaving Cert candidates has rocked confidence in the integrity of the calculated grades process. Until recently, the Government had breathed a sigh of relief. It had managed to avoid most of the chaos and confusion that marked the UK government’s shambolic handling of its calculated grades system …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 September]

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UCD needs to start communicating with students

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the pandemic worsens across Europe, winter is beginning to look bleak. There’s potential for our healthcare system to crumble at the sheer volume of inpatients and NPHET – along with our government – are on high alert. As the rest of Dublin county sits on level 3 of lockdown, UCD is operating at a level 4 …” (more)

[Adam Conway, College Tribune, 30 September]

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Statement from the Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and the Department of Education and Skills regarding Leaving Certificate 2020 Calculated Grades Process

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education and Skills has found two errors in the Leaving Certificate 2020 Calculated Grades process which mean that incorrect grades were issued to some students when they received their results on 7 September. The errors are being rectified and the process is being re-checked with a series of independent checks now underway …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 30 September]

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UL president goes ‘on the beat’ to promote public health guidelines

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of the University of Limerick has gone ‘on the beat’ in conjunction with local garda patrols in the Castletroy area to hammer home the public health guidelines for students in the locality. President Kerstin Mey says it is an effort to be more visible and engage with students in off-campus accommodation to remind them of their personal responsibility for their own health and the health of the wider university community and their neighbours …” (more)

[Cathy Halloran, RTÉ News, 30 September]

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College student: ‘There’s been no dancing on tables or shots at the bar’

Posted in Life on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Arriving at the gates of student accommodation late last week felt rather surreal. It was over seven months since I had packed my bags and left in the midst of a lockdown. While all had changed in the outside world, everything inside my student apartment felt the same …” (more)

[Harry McCann, The Journal.ie, 30 September]

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Universities Show Leniency With Accommodation Refunds: Landlords Less So

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick will partially refund student accommodation fees, following government restrictions limiting on-campus activity for the next fortnight. The decision was announced on the University’s Campus Life Twitter page, stating that while the accommodation was still open for those who wished to use it, students who decided not to would be refunded for the two week period in which government restrictions applied …” (more)

[Rosie Roberts Kuntz, College Tribune, 29 September]

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Munster businesses face a new challenge: a lack of students

Posted in Life on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“For businesses in Cork, Limerick and Waterford, the return of students in Autumn usually offers a seasonal boost. From takeouts to taxis, to clubs and bars, students can act as an economic powerhouse. But across the region, higher education institutions have been asked to deliver classes remotely where possible for the coming weeks in an effort to reduce cross country movement of students and avoid large groups gathering in and around campuses …” (more)

[Nicole Glennonay, Irish Examiner, 29 September]

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Errors found in Leaving Cert calculated grades system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Errors have been discovered with the Leaving Certificate calculated grades system with Minister for Education Norma Foley to make a significant announcement later on Wednesday, Independent.ie has learned. Government sources say an emergency helpline is being set up and Minister Foley will make an announcement at the Department of Education at around 4pm along with an official from the State Exams Commission …” (more)

[Hugh O’Connell, Senan Molony and Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 September]

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Galway student gatherings a ‘slap in the face’ says students union

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The massive gathering of students in Galway city earlier this week has been described as a ‘massive slap in the face’ by student representatives, who say students have also been abandoned by the Government. The students union at NUI Galway was responding to the large gatherings of students at the Spanish Arch, Shop Street, and Wood Quay in the city, which prompted concern about the lack of social distancing …” (more)

[Ryan O’Rourke, Irish Examiner, 29 September]

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College students told they risk expulsion over breaches of public health guidelines

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway students who breach public health guidelines face expulsion from the university. On Monday night up to 1,000 students in Galway gathered along the Claddagh Basin across from the Spanish Arch to celebrate Freshers Week …” (more)

[Eavan Murray, Independent, 30 September]

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UCC’s ‘Campus Watch Committee’ sees fall in student discipline breaches

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí in Cork have said they are not investigating any suspected breaches of the public health regulations after they responded to reports of crowds queuing outside bars on Oliver Plunkett St in the city …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 29 September]

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Nine UCC staff earn more than €240k as losses increase to €5.6m

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Nine staff members at University College Cork (UCC) earned over €240,000 last year, compared to zero in that earning category in 2018. That is according to the 2019 financial statements for UCC, which show the college’s pre-tax losses last year increased more than four-fold to €5.6m …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Examiner, 29 September]

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Gardaí to share locations of student house parties with NUI Galway authorities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Garda has agreed to supply college authorities at NUI Galway with the addresses of house parties they break up in an effort to curtail large gatherings. The move comes following a number of events across Galway city held as the new college term got under way on Monday night …” (more)

[Conor Pope, Irish Times, 30 September]

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NUIG to meet Gardai and city officials following outcry at large student congregations in city centre

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway leadership is to hold a meeting today with Gardai and Galway city council after large groups of students congregated at various areas of the city last evening. The university has described the scenes as ‘deplorable’ …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 29 September]

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International students faced loneliness, boredom and ‘vastly overpriced’ meals during quarantine

Posted in Life on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“International students have reported facing loneliness and boredom, as well as frustration at ‘vastly overpriced’ meals provided by Trinity, after quarantining in student accommodation for two weeks before starting classes …” (more)

[Audrey Brown, Trinity News, 29 September]

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UCD Schools ‘delegated’ decision on return to in-person teaching following Level-3 Lockdown

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

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) are unlikely to relax existing restrictions on in-person lectures at a level-3 lockdown and above. UCD will allow each school to determine whether learning will continue online for semester 1, or if students will be reintroduced to blended learning, but only when these restrictions are reduced …” (more)

[Luke Murphy and Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 29 September]

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Why aren’t students getting clarity on compensation and refunds?

Posted in Legal issues on September 29th, 2020 by steve

“I think we can all agree that right now we should try to provide students with as much clarity as possible. Those were the words of the Office for Students’ CEO Nicola Dandridge, who when asked about (partial) tuition fee refunds on the radio the other day, said …” (more)

[Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe, 29 September]

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College Launches Inclusive Curriculum Project

Posted in Teaching on September 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Equality Office will begin preparing an Inclusive Curriculum Project this year to reflect the ‘increasingly diverse’ student population of the College. The project’s main goals will be to create an accessible curriculum for undergraduates and postgraduates to ensure all students see themselves reflected in curricula and to increase their engagement with it …” (more)

[Sarán Fogarty, University Times, 29 September]

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NUIG to meet Gardai and city officials following outcry at large student congregations in city centre

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway leadership is to hold a meeting today with Gardai and Galway city council after large groups of students congregated at various areas of the city last evening. The university has described the scenes as ‘deplorable’ …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 29 September]

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