Ulster University must meet commitments on Magee expansion – Mullan

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan has said the Ulster University must deliver on its commitments on the expansion of Magee. The Foyle MLA said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 4 September]

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Potential for more than 1,000 student beds to be green-lit in Cork this year

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Early discussions are taking place surrounding the possibility of yet another student development in Cork city. Bellmount Developments Limited are at pre-application consultation phase with An Bord Pleanála currently, with a view to providing 265-bed spaces in the Bishopstown area …” (more)

[Sarah O’Dwyer, EchoLive, 4 September]

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Delayed college applicants could ‘miss the boat’ over grade inflation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of students presenting Leaving Certificate results from previous years fear they will be squeezed out of college places due to this year’s grade inflation. There are approximately 20,000 students who sat the Leaving Cert between 1985 and 2019 applying for college courses in this year’s CAO process. A senior academic source said universities had been inundated with calls from concerned students who feared they may miss out on a place …” (more)

[Amy Molloy, Independent, 4 September]

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The performance of learning is not higher education

Posted in Teaching on September 4th, 2020 by steve

“What is going on when university teachers are asked to change the way that they teach to meet the apparently unique demands of learning online in the context of the Covid-19 crisis? One serious concern within the humanities is that an insidious process – already well under way – to transform higher education into the mere performance of learning will be hastened past the point of no return …” (more)

[David Manning, Wonkhe, 3 September]

‘The forgotten 20,000’: Deferred CAO applicants fear losing out on places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Until recently Carolyn Hulbert was confident that the 530 points she achieved in last year’s Leaving Cert would be enough to secure her chosen course of occupational therapy at Trinity College Dublin. Since earlier this week, however, the 20 year old student – who took a year out to complete a further education course – is growing worried she will miss out on a college place. She isn’t alone …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 September]

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Only Students in Exceptional Circumstances Can Move Course Online

Posted in Teaching on September 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students will be allowed to take their course fully online only if they are facing exceptional circumstances such as ‘financial hardship, underlying documented medical condition, immunocompromised and/or any disabled student requests’, College has announced …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 3 September]

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UCDSU ‘Disappointed’ at courses online-only

Posted in Teaching on September 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCDSU have announced their disappointment in certain courses in UCD being delivered fully online. This comes following individual students contacting UCDSU on this issue. It is presumed that students affected were informed that their courses were fully online by their school …” (more)

[Nathan Young, University Observer, 3 September]

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Proposed job cuts could lead to shop closure at Magee campus

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2020 by steve

“The closure of the only shop at Magee could damage campus life and make it an ‘unattractive’ destination for young students, a local councillor has claimed. It has emerged that a number of shop and restaurant workers at the Ulster University campus could lose their jobs …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 3 September]

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UCD Residences to postpone check-in by a week

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In an email to students registered for on-campus accommodation, UCD Residences Room Booking Team announced that the check-in start date would be postponed from September 10th until September 17th …” (more)

[Doireann de Courcy Mac Donnell, University Observer, 3 September]

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