Maynooth University confirms it was victim of cyberattack in which ransom was paid to cybercriminal

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has confirmed it was a victim of a widespread cyber hack in which data pertaining to students and alumni was stolen. The attack occurred in May and was targeted at Blackbaud, a software company which provides software and cloud management systems to third-level institutions, including Maynooth University …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 3 September]

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USI President sets out student choices for the future of higher education in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“USI President sets out student choices for the future of higher education in Ireland. Ireland’s education system could be a world leader, where students ought never be constrained by their ability to afford courses, USI President Lorna Fitzpatrick has told an education sector seminar today …” (more)

[USI, 3 September]

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UCDSU Hits Out at College for ‘Wildly Optimist’ In-Person Class Estimations

Posted in Teaching on September 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) President Conor Anderon has lashed out against his college for telling students ‘to expect wildly optimistic amounts of in-person class time that are now not being facilitated’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 3 September]

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Extension of Bandon Road student development gets green light from planning authority

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Plans to increase the density of a controversial student apartment development in Cork city have been granted by An Bord Pleanála. Developers Lyonshall recently submitted a Strategic Housing Development (SHD) consultation application seeking to increase the size of its project at the former O’Riordan’s Joinery on the Bandon Road by more than 100 beds …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 3 September]

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Littlewood on ‘the real point’ of lectures

Posted in Teaching on September 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“We’re often challenged these days to defend the educational value of the lecture as opposed to other forms of delivery, especially with the restrictions on large lectures imposed by Covid-19. But this is not a new debate. The mathematician JE Littlewood felt necessary to defend the lecture as a medium of instruction …” (more)

[In the Dark, 3 September]

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SIPTU seeks clarity on safety measures for third level students and staff

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU representatives have written today (Wednesday, 2nd September) to the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, seeking clarification on the public health guidelines for the return of students and staff to third level campuses …” (more)

[SIPTU, 2 September]

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Concern some CAO applicants could miss out due to grade inflation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has confirmed that around one quarter of all CAO applicants this year are presenting Leaving Certificate results from a previous year. However, it has declined to address a query from RTÉ News as to whether it has any plans to introduce special measures to ensure such applicants do not lose out as a result of grade inflation this year …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 3 September]

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‘Academics are notoriously slow to change’ via @timeshighered

Posted in Teaching on September 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“So, between Covid-19 and Google – we are entering into a new era of education. We have unprecedented abilities to change and improve the way we teach and learn. As Dawn Lerman and Falguni Sen wrote in the Times Higher Education (THE) website last April, ‘Could the coronavirus force positive change in higher education?’ …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 3 September]

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‘A disaster waiting to happen’ – NUIG staff raise Covid concerns

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Staff at NUI Galway have raised concerns about the implementation of social distancing measures as the college prepares to welcome back students at the end of the month. SIPTU have also written to the Minister for Further Education Simon Harris and NPHET to seek clarification on the guidelines …” (more)

[Rob O’Hanrahan, Joe.ie, 2 September]

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International students to be charged €350 for meal plan during isolation period

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“International students arriving to Trinity are to be charged €350 for meals provided by College during a two-week isolation period ahead of the semester. Students arriving to Trinity from countries that are not on the green travel list are required to restrict their movements for 14 days after they enter Ireland …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 2 September]

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Harris Pledges to Overhaul ‘Archaic’ College Governance Structures this Year

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon Harris pledged to bring forward legislation overhauling current governance structures in higher education institutions, and called some current governance structures ‘archaic’ …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 2 September]

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Irish Universities to Lose €250m in this Academic Year Due to Pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Income of Irish universities will drop by around €250 million in 2020/21, the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) has announced. In a report on the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic for Ireland’s university sector, the PBO estimated that the net cost of the pandemic for the sector in 2019/20 would be approximately €83 million and €245 million in 2020/21 – a total of €328 million over the two years – with the drop in international students a major contributor to the loss …” (more)

[Rachel O’Leary and Molly Furey, University Times, 2 September]

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Leaving Certificate calculated grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As someone who was sceptical about the decision of the Minister for Education last May to abandon the Leaving Certificate examination and to introduce a system of calculated grades, I am pleasantly surprised by the information released by Minister for Education Norma Foley and Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris about the impact of the standardisation system used to calculate student grades …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 3 September]

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GMIT publishes Covid-19 Response Plan ahead of new semester

Posted in Teaching on September 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“GMIT has published its Covid-19 Response Plan ahead of the upcoming semester. First year students will begin on September 28th while returning students will undertake student orientation on September 21st, and their studies on the 28th …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 2 September]

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