Missing NCI

Posted in Life, Teaching on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday I was in Dublin City Centre for the first time since mid-March, and I happened to be close to the National College of Ireland so I called by to see it. The College is closed on Sundays and I made no attempt to go in …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 14 September]

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Many students left behind by Government – Rose Conway-Walsh TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Rose Conway-Walsh TD has called on the government to take immediate action to support students to make it to third-level by cutting fees and increasing SUSI supports …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 14 September]

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Students rents still rising despite Covid-19 impact

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students will pay on average €680 more to rent a room in Dublin for the forthcoming academic year and €462 more in other parts of the country than they did last year …” (more)

[Brian Finn, RTÉ News, 14 September]

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Most universities lower cost of campus accommodation for the first time in decades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Colleges have lowered the cost of campus accommodation for the first time in decades with students due to spend less time there, the Irish Independent can reveal …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 14 September]

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Leaving Cert: Independent appeal available for students disappointed with grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students disappointed with their calculated grades can access a final appeals process independent of the Department of Education, it has emerged. On Monday morning, students began checking an online portal detailing grades estimated by their schools, as distinct from final calculated grades …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 14 September]

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University rankings don’t measure what matters

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2020 by steve

“International rankings of universities are big business and big news. These systems order universities on the basis of a variety of criteria such as student to staff ratio, income from industry, and reputation as captured through public surveys …” (more)

[Sioux McKenna, The Conversation, 14 September]

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‘We did the maths … it’ll be cheaper to stay in hotels if we have lectures a day or two a week’

Posted in Life on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students are planning to stay in a hotel or in bed-and-breakfast accommodation several nights a week when they have on-campus lectures to save money on rent this academic year …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 14 September]

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Lawyers expect flurry of legal actions from parents after release of teachers’ estimated grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Lawyers say the release of teachers’ estimated percentage marks for Leaving Cert students on Monday is likely to result in a flurry of legal actions from parents whose children ‘lost out’ under the calculated grades process …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 September]

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Coronavirus Rules for Residents Should Be Firm And – Above All – Clear

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity raised eyebrows this week after it announced that violation of coronavirus rules in campus accommodation could lead to the offending student’s license to reside in College being revoked …” (more)

[University Times, 13 September]

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Leaving Certificate grades and fairness

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Norma Foley, the Minister for Education, has responded to criticism of this year’s Leaving Certificate results by saying that the estimated grades process used by her department was ‘blind’ to school type. I’m sure she realises that this is exactly the point of the criticism …” (more)

[Pat O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 September]

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NUI Galway drops ‘behave responsibly’ pledge requirement

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has dropped its mandatory requirement that all students must sign a pledge to adhere to public health advice and ‘behave responsibly’ as a condition of registration for the new academic year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 September]

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Calculated grades process: Agent of warped bias or great leveller?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“After logging on to the Leaving Cert results website last week, Saoirse Corbett Fitzpatrick felt devastated. ‘My single focus for the last two years has been my Leaving Cert’, she says. ‘I was getting up at 6am, getting to school for between 7am and 7.30am, doing 70-hour weeks …'” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 September]

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During Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin’s harassment, I was alerting UCD to problems on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I woke early last Saturday morning, ready for coffee and newspapers to gently ease into the day. I have not been the same since. Dumbfounded reading Una Mullally’s account in The Irish Times of Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin’s harassment by a senior academic in UCD, I was horrified to read of what my young colleague had endured …” (more)

[Marie Keenan, Irish Times, 12 September]

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New Book of Kells set-up allows display of some pages for first time in decades

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Book of Kells is finally getting a setting worthy of its status as a world-renowned cultural artefact and Ireland’s best known treasure. For decades the book, visited by some 500,000 people a year, was on display in a glass case in the old library at Trinity College Dublin. However, neither the light nor the location were regarded as optimal for a ninth century manuscript …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 14 September]

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Teaching assistants told they will be asked to clean classrooms

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Some teaching assistants have been told that they will be asked to clean and disinfect rooms in which tutorials are held during the academic semester, and that they will be permitted to ask students to assist with cleaning. The teaching assistants are not expected to receive remuneration for the extra work or risk incurred …” (more)

[Áine Heary, Trinity News, 12 September]

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Online teaching at third level

Posted in Teaching on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – While it is widely known that essentially all third-level teaching will be online for the coming academic year, what is not being discussed is how that online teaching will take place, and the quality of that delivery. It is clear to all who work with the third-level sector that there will be no moderation of how individual lecturers deliver online content, or the quality of that delivery …” (more)

[Kevin Nolan, Irish Times, 14 September]

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Student rents to remain high as Covid-19 outweighed by other factors

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There is no evidence of a fall in rents relating to Covid-19 for students heading to college this autumn due to an ongoing shortage of supply, according to a new study. The Daft Student Housing Report found the average asking price in Dublin for a room in a shared property was €680 a month, up 0.3% on the same time last year …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 September]

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