Half of students lost deposits after being forced to leave rental accommodation during lockdown

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Half of students did not get their rental deposits back after they were forced to vacate their accommodation at the beginning of lockdown. A new survey highlights how students were negatively impacted when universities had to close, forcing many to return home to live with their parents …” (more)

[Amy Molloy, Independent, 10 September]

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College announces Covid-19 testing facility

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In an email circulated to students this morning, Trinity outlined ‘two significant measures to make College a safer place for all of us’ in order to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. First, College announced a collaboration with the HSE to establish a free on-campus testing facility for people with symptoms of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Audrey Brown, Trinity News, 10 September]

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UCD Charging Full Registration Fees to Have a ‘Definite Negative Impact’ on Students, says SU President

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Last week it was confirmed that third-level institutions will be permitted to charge students full registration fees for the coming year despite widespread restrictions on on-campus learning and facilities. The decision by University College Dublin (UCD) to charge students €3,000 or more for ‘blended learning’ has provoked criticism from UCD Student’s Union (UCDSU) President and Welfare Officer …” (more)

[Gemma Farrell, College Tribune, 10 September]

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Minister keen to see delivery of Connacht Ulster Alliance

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education has confirmed that significant progress is being made in relation to the Connacht Ulster Alliance of LYIT, Sligo IT and GMIT in meeting the relevant criteria …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 10 September]

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No Space for Extra Freshers, Say Trinity Schools of Medicine and Dentistry

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Schools of Medicine and Dentistry have said they will not be offering extra places for incoming freshers this year. Last week, the government announced 1250 additional CAO places for ‘high demand’ courses such as medicine, law, and engineering. Higher Education Minister Simon Harris today announced a further 800 places, following the announcement of the highest leaving certificate results in history on Monday …” (more)

[Emma Donohoe, University Times, 9 September]

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How much will CAO points increase? All bets off this year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the release of the CAO offers draws near, students and parents are flooding The Irish Times live helpdesk (irishtimes.com/helpdesk) with inquiries relating to the expected points increase across courses. On Friday at 2pm when first-round offers are released, all will be revealed …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 10 September]

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No plan to recast Leaving Cert grades for schools who ‘lost out’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government is not planning to recalculate grades for individual schools despite calls from some who insist they have ‘lost out’ under the process. A number of private and grind schools claim the proportion of high grades awarded to their students is significantly down compared to their previous track results …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 10 September]

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New CIT Arena ‘on track’ to open next year

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Work on the new CIT Arena is ‘on track’ to be completed by September 2021. A CIT spokesperson said the project is four months in, with foundations down and the project has been moving seamlessly over the summer with no pause in construction …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 9 September]

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Any ‘tolerance’ for abuse in colleges must end, says rape crisis chief

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Rape Crisis Centre chief executive Noeline Blackwell has said she will work to rid university life of the ‘malfunction’ of tolerance for sexual abuse and harassment following her appointment to the governing authority of University College Dublin (UCD) …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 9 September]

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UCD Residences reverse decision to postpone check-in date

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCD Residences informed incoming residents yesterday, Tuesday the 8th of September, that they would allow returning students to check into on-campus accommodation from the 10th of September as originally planned. It is understood that this follows concerns raised by incoming residents and UCDSU …” (more)

[Nathan Young, University Observer, 9 September]

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CIT reveals details on learning model for coming year

Posted in Teaching on September 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology has released information on the learning model that will be in place for the coming academic, 2020/21 year, which will be a hybrid model with the majority of learning done online and remotely …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 9 September]

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Grading the Leaving Certificate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The term grade inflation is being bandied around a lot, apparently without regard for its potentially pejorative meaning. The term has little relevance in any discussion of this year’s Leaving Cert. Inflation may be said to occur when the same assessment instrument (for example a final exam) is marked more leniently from one year to the next in order to produce better results …” (more)

[Raymond Sheehan, Irish Times, 10 September]

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Orientation for incoming First Year students is due to go ahead in person

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“First-Year Orientation is to be held in person from Tuesday 22nd September until Saturday 26th September. UCDSU will not be participating in-person due to public health concerns …” (more)

[Doireann de Courcy Mac Donnell, University Observer, 9 September]

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