UCD proposes new ‘zero tolerance’ policy to deal with sexual harassment

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A ‘zero tolerance’ policy and a new concept of disclosure are among proposals that University College Dublin (UCD) has put forward to deal with sexual harassment in the university. The proposals are contained in four documents that a working group in the university has put forward to staff and students …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 8 September]

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Extra college places to help offset rise in points – Harris

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has said measures have been taken to provide additional college places, including 1,250 places in high demand courses, as course points are likely to rise this year …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 8 September]

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The Leaving Cert results mess is coming, very soon

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It is a fact that yesterday, a significant number of Irish students were awarded results in their leaving certs that their own teachers did not think they deserved. To some extent, this happens every year. Yours truly, for example, fluked a B1 in biology that was thoroughly undeserved, and passed higher level maths when honestly, failure would have been just …” (more)

[John McGuirk, Gript, 8 September]

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Culture needs to change in academia to tackle harassment – Ní Shúilleabháin

Posted in Governance and administration on September 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCD academic Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin said it took her a huge amount of time to process her experience of harassment and abuse in her job and she feels a broader conversation is needed around the issue …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 8 September]

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UCC to cut spending by almost 5% for upcoming academic year due to impact of Covid-19

Posted in Governance and administration on September 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has said it is seeking to reduce its overall expenditure by almost 5% for the coming academic year, amid concerns in some Departments about cuts to part-time teaching hours …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 7 September]

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Over half of students worried that grade inflation may affect college points, according to a new survey

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Over half of students are worried that grade inflation in today’s Leaving Certificate results may have an effect on college course points, according to a new survey. It also found that one in four (23%) of students are ‘unhappy’ or ‘extremely unhappy’ with the grades they received today …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 7 September]

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NUIG teaching staff ‘will not cooperate with unsafe work practices’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Unions representing teaching staff at NUI Galway have expressed deep concerns that social distancing will not be possible when classes return at the end of the month. Guidance issued to third level institutes from the Department of Higher Education recommends that a physical distance of two metres during lectures should be maintained ‘where possible’, but adds that there will be situations where classes can only be delivered with less than two metres …” (more)

[Stephen Corrigan, Connacht Tribune, 7 September]

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One in five Higher Level grades reduced and a tweaking of the gender gap: How ‘standardisation’ changed teacher-estimated grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“One In five Higher Level Leaving Cert Calculated Grades were downgraded from their teacher-assessed mark by one grade due to standardisation, according to the Department of Education. At Ordinary Level, one in ten grades were downgraded by one grade …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 7 September]

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O’Neill said that the facilities could cost €1 million, ‘if you do it properly’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Top Trinity immunologist Luke O’Neill has said that introducing widespread testing for coronavirus in Trinity could cost as much as €1 million. On Saturday, the Irish Times reported that Trinity is considering introducing widespread coronavirus testing in College, and will make a decision on whether to push forward with the plan this week …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 7 September]

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Leaving Cert: Private schools turn to lawyers after ‘losing out’ in calculated grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Lawyers have reported a surge in queries from parents and teaching staff in fee-charging and grind schools who feel they lost out under the new calculated grades process …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 September]

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Leaving Certificate and grade inflation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Leaving Certificate grades of students of all previous years were awarded on the basis of assessments made anonymously by teachers. The grades of the class of 2020 have been awarded largely on the basis of assessments made by teachers of their own students …” (more)

[Pat O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 September]

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Universities are a juicy prize for cyber criminals. Here are 5 ways to improve their defences

Posted in Governance and administration on September 8th, 2020 by steve

International“Universities worldwide are a growing target for hackers. A July 2020 report by cybersecurity company Redscan found more than 50% of UK universities recorded a data breach in the previous 12 months …” (more)

[Ivano Bongiovanni and Karen Renaud, The Conversation, 8 September]

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