Simon Harris praises Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin for speaking out about harassment

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has praised professor Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin for speaking out about the harassment she faced while at UCD. In an interview with the Irish Times, she spoke at length about her experience with a professor at the university. Mr Harris said on Twitter that he spoke with Aoibhinn about her experience …” (more)

[Kenneth Fox, BreakingNews.ie, 5 September]

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Could higher education ruin the UK’s Christmas?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2020 by steve

“Here on Wonkhe we’ve been trying to piece together the Covid puzzle as best we can over the past few months – asking questions and raising concerns to try to help the sector try to get ahead in its thinking. It’s probably fair to summarise a lot of the recent material as follows. We reckon that there is a significant risk that higher education could amplify local and national transmission of Covid-19, and that this requires better oversight …” (more)

[Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe, 4 September]

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Ní Shúilleabháin praised for ‘bravery’ as she reveals sexual harassment ordeal

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The National Women’s Council of Ireland has commended the ‘courage and bravery’ of Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin in speaking out about her experience of sexual harassment. Dr Ní Shúilleabháin recalled her ordeal in an interview with the Irish Times and also posted about it on Twitter …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 5 September]

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Dutch university protests, start of another year …

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2020 by steve

“Last Monday was the opening of the academic year at Dutch Universities. Over the last three years, it has become a tradition for the activist group WOinActie to organise some sort of protest. This year, there was the challenge of how to organise a protest given COVID, but a solution was found …” (more)

[Ingrid Robeyns, Crooked Timber, 5 September]

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Why we need to protect our technical support staff

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Technical support staff are often undervalued, or at least not noticed, in our third level education system and Covid has only served to highlight this fact. In the laboratory sciences and engineering, technical support staff interact with students to a far greater extent than lecturing staff do, and for long periods, often as much as six hours in a given day …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 5 September]

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Simon Harris: ‘We need to drop the snobby attitude that the only way to progress in life is to go to university’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Apprenticeships should be seen as a ‘real way’ of reaching your career goals, according to Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris. With the Leaving Certificate results out on Monday, the minister encouraged parents to broaden their conversation with their teenage children about what options are open to them …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 4 September]

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Students in accommodation limbo as many lectures go online

Posted in Life on September 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Kasia O’Connor will fly into Dublin this Sunday with a few pangs about leaving Crete – and not just because the temperature is currently a sizzling 36 degrees. A third year English, Drama and Film student at UCD, she’s been wondering all summer whether the gamble of booking accommodation in Dublin last May for the year ahead would pay off …” (more)

[Marese McDonagh, Irish Times, 5 September]

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Discrimination of past Leaving Cert students cannot be tolerated – Rose Conway-Walsh TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Higher Education Rose Conway-Walsh has accused the government of completely ignoring past Leaving Cert students as they prepare to release the Leaving Cert results on Monday …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 4 September]

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Some UCD students told courses to be entirely online

Posted in Teaching on September 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin’s Students’ Union (UCDSU) has said that some students within the college have been told that their courses are set to be delivered entirely online for the upcoming term. In July, the Registrar of University College Dublin (UCD) said that undergraduate students could expect 40-60% of their learning to take place on-campus, while graduates could expect 75-100% …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 4 September]

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Leaving Cert calculated grades not a perfect solution … but it was the least worst option

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The model used by the Department of Education to calculate Leaving Certificate grades has avoided the pitfalls encountered in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In Ireland, almost 80% of the estimated grades submitted by schools remain unchanged and 4% have been increased by the standardisation process …” (more)

[Letters, Independent, 5 September]

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Trinity College examines plans for Covid-19 self-testing booths

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is examining plans for widespread Covid-19 testing of its 20,000 strong student and staff in a bid to prevent clusters emerging on campus, The Irish Times has learned. The university’s committee on resuming activities met on Tuesday to discuss the plan, which could see self-testing booths in its city centre campus, similar to those installed in universities in the United States …” (more)

[Jack Horgan-Jones, Irish Times, 5 September]

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Third-level return: When and how is your college resuming classes?

Posted in Teaching on September 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Certificate results are looming and with that comes a new batch of anxious first year third-level students. Adding to the yearly CAO chaos is the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic which has wreaked havoc on schools and colleges …” (more)

[Muireann Duffy, BreakingNews.ie, 4 September]

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Government urged to ensure 20,000 deferred CAO applicants do not lose out

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government is facing increasing calls to ensure up to 20,000 deferred third-level applicants do not lose out on college places when Leaving Cert grades are released on Monday. More than one in four college applicants this year has applied on the basis of Leaving Cert results they achieved in previous years …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 September]

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Planning granted for student accommodation near the Lough in Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A proposal to increase the size of a student apartment development near the Lough in Cork city has been approved. Development Lyonshall has now been granted planning for 554 student beds on the site …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 3 September]

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