Orientation Week Likely to Go Ahead Remotely

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCD’s Orientation Week will be going ahead with a blended, primarily online approach. It will run from Tuesday 22nd September until Saturday 26th September. The week, which serves as the first year class’ introduction to the University, has been subject to considerable speculation, considering the current Coronavirus restrictions and spike in national case numbers …” (more)

[College Tribune, 11 September]

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Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost in 2020 if the student contribution charge was reduced by €100, €200, €500, €1000 and €3000, respectively …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 September]

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Higher Education Institutions – Psychologists

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of recruiting an additional psychologist for institutes of higher education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 September]

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Student Grant Scheme – Mature Independents

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of expanding eligibility for mature independents maintenance grants to include all mature applicants that have been forced to live with their parents for financial reasons; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 September]

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Grand Canal innovation district

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the Grand Canal innovation district; the status of the project; if he has had engagements with Trinity College Dublin with regard to the status of the district; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 September]

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Third Level Reform – Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the Cassells report has been sent to the European Commission for review; when he expects the Commission to respond; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 September]

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International Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of overseas students that have enrolled in Irish universities for the autumn term; the provisions in place to ensure that students coming from abroad adhere to the two-week self-isolation period; the person or body responsible for overseeing these provisions and monitoring students’ compliance; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 September]

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Third Level Costs per student

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of each student enrolled as an undergraduate full-time, part-time, remote and FETAC; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 September]

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Student Accommodation – Coronavirus

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the details of student accommodation across Ireland which would be considered a congregated setting according to the definition in which ten or more persons are accommodated in a single living unit or in which persons are placed in accommodation that is campus-based; the number of students housed in each setting; the control measures in place to prevent a spread of Covid-19 in these settings; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 September]

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Third Level Education – Learning Difficulties

Posted in Teaching on September 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the provisions in place for those with learning difficulties if all third level education is to be online; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 September]

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State Examinations – Home Schooling

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandJohn Lahart (Dublin South West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the measures being taken and the arrangements put in place for the 900 students that have been schooled entirely at home by a parent for the leaving certificate programme but cannot have their parent award calculated grades on their behalf; and the alternative for such students …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 September]

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Students should consider not returning home at weekends – CAO board chairman

Posted in Life on September 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third-level students should consider not returning home at the weekends during the academic term, in order to reduce the spread of Covid-19, the chairman of the CAO board has said. The suggestion has been challenged by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), which said visiting family is important for the mental health of young people …” (more)

[Shauna Bowers and Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 11 September]

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Spectacular leap in CAO as several courses now require minimum points of over 600

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There were spectacular increases in CAO points today on the back of the highest Leaving Cert grades in history. The big leaps saw several courses requiring minimum points in excess of 600 this year, including four in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and two in University College Dublin (UCD) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 September]

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Asynchronous and Public Lectures

Posted in Teaching on September 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This morning I came across a very interesting blogpost by Philip Moriarty which is mainly about teaching quantum mechanics but also includes some discussion of his ideas of how he plans to conduct teaching for the forthcoming semester at the University of Nottingham …” (more)

[In the Dark, 11 September]

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Points rise in almost three-quarters of degree courses, CAO data shows

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The points have risen for almost three-quarters of degree or Level 8 courses, according to this year’s CAO data. This is a very significant increase and is likely to lead to disappointment among many applicants …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 11 September]

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An end to bullying?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I wonder if the virtualisation of the campus workplace is having much of an impact on levels of bullying. Interestingly, the French language doesn’t have a word for plain old bullying. Sexual bullying translates as ‘harcèlement sexuel’, which is fair enough …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 11 September]

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HEA institutions provide an additional 2,225 Higher Education places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in early March, the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has been working closely with Irish higher education institutions (HEIs) and their sectoral representative bodies (IUA, THEA) to both respond to immediate challenges of Covid-19 and to plan for the future …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 11 September]

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Graham completes Belfast student housing

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2020 by steve

“Co Down based Graham has completed the ambitious Little Patrick Street accommodation in Belfast City centre ahead of the new academic year …” (more)

[Claire Cartmill, NewsLetter, 9 September]

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Covid, masks and the case for funding engineering research

Posted in Research on September 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“One of the more surprising aspects of the Covid crisis – for me at any rate – is the fact there has been so much disagreement about the wearing of facemasks and the mode of transmission of Covid 19. Yes, it’s a new virus but it strikes me that given the threat that pathogens pose to mankind, one would have thought that the underlying physics of sprays and aerosols, not to mention the transport of particles through multilayer membranes might be very well understood at this stage, especially given the computing power at our disposal. But apparently not …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 11 September]

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CAO points set to climb significantly for most college courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“CAO points for entry into most college courses are set to increase significantly this year despite frantic efforts by the Government to ease upward pressure by creating thousands of extra third-level places. Grade inflation in this year’s Leaving Cert results will see a record number of courses demand more than 600 points …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 September]

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