Campus Naming and Shaming

Posted in Life on September 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Why wouldn’t we? What’s to stop us from ‘speaking out’? Especially if, in Ireland’s small world, we have made something approaching a name or a voice for ourselves. And if one fine day we were beset by a distressing on-campus stalking campaign that wasn’t taken seriously enough by our employer and so eventually escalated out of control …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 6 September]

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NUIG Students Express Frustration Over On-Campus Teaching Hours

Posted in Teaching on September 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The ‘new normal’ is a phrase that has been bandied about in higher education circles throughout the summer. NUI Galway (NUIG) students were this week exposed to what this new normal will look like in a more practical sense, and the continued uncertainty that it may bring …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 September]

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Ban on student parties and sleepovers

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at University College Dublin (UCD) will be asked to sign a contract to say they will practise social distancing on campus in a move that is expected to be rolled out nationwide. As thousands of first-year students prepare to register, UCD confirmed they will have to sign a ‘health declaration’ …” (more)

[Niamh Horan, Independent, 6 September]

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The Year Ahead

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Tomorrow sees the release of the 2020 Leaving Certificate results which this year are based on ‘calculated grades’ rather than examination results. It seems that for about 79% of students these grades will be the same as the teacher’s assessment, about 17% will be lower than the teacher assessment and in about 4% of cases it will be higher …” (more)

[In the Dark, 6 September]

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Urgent action needed to ensure staff and students safe on college campuses, says NWC

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Urgent action is needed to ensure staff and students are safe on college campuses, the National Women’s Council (NWC) has said after broadcaster and academic Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin spoke out about her ordeal at University College Dublin …” (more)

[Brian Hutton, Irish Times, 5 September]

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Major shake-up at UCD over the harassment of academic

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The president of University College Dublin, Andrew Deeks, has apologised to assistant professor Aoibhinn Ni Shúilleabháin and has pledged a major shake-up of how bullying and harassment is dealt with on the campus after she publicly described her ordeal at the college …” (more)

[Niamh Horan and Alan O’Keeffe, Independent, 6 September]

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China v America: why universities are on the front line

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 6th, 2020 by steve

“The covid-19 pandemic could cause a massive drop in the number of Chinese students travelling abroad. That would be disastrous for many Western universities – but for the Chinese government, it is a geopolitical opportunity …” (video)

[The Economist, 4 September]

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How will COVID-19 affect research collaboration?

Posted in Research on September 6th, 2020 by steve

International“A key question for research universities is how the coronavirus pandemic will affect research and international collaboration in the future. How well has virtual communication worked and how will the expected financial stringency affect us? …” (more)

[David Bogle, University World News, 5 September]

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Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin: Two years of harassment at UCD

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“One of Ireland’s best known academics was repeatedly harrassed by a professor at UCD over the course of two years. She was frightened of being alone on campus and unnerved almost to the point of abandoning her successful academic career. This was the reality of workplace harassment for one of Ireland’s best-known academic figures …” (more)

[Una Mullally, Irish Times, 5 September]

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