Campus Resident Who Claims to Have Coronavirus Symptoms Told to Move Out

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A resident on campus who claims to be displaying coronavirus symptoms has been told to vacate their rooms to make way for a student moving onto campus today. Despite informing the Accommodation Office that they had been instructed to self-isolate by the College Health Service, the resident was told to make alternative living arrangements …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 14 September]

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Pay rises unlikely for public servants in 2021, garda reps told

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Public servants are unlikely to receive any pay rises in 2021, though the Government is not planning a return to the FEMPI austerity measures introduced during the financial crisis, An Garda Síochána representative bodies were told today …” (more)

[Ingrid Miley, RTÉ News, 14 September]

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Easpa Gaeilge Ar Chomharthaí an Choláiste Le Ceartú

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Tá comharthaí ar na haonaid sláintíochta nua le ceartú ag an gColáiste ionas go gcloíonn siad le hAcht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla. An tseachtain ar Twitter seo léiríodh nach raibh na treoracha ar na stáisiún sláintíochta nua ar champas Choláiste na Tríonóide as Gaeilge, ach i mBéarla amháin …” (níos mó)

[Jennifer Ní Chiara, University Times, 14 September]

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Online teaching at third level

Posted in Teaching on September 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – Kevin Nolan’s letter (September 14th) should be required reading for all concerned with the third-level sector. However, he concentrates on one side only, delivery, rather than the circumstances in which supply takes place …” (more)

[Neil Buttimer, Irish Times, 15 September]

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Minister Harris invites applications for PPE supply agreement and ring-fences €41 million in supports for safe reopening of Third Level

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, has today announced the agreement of a supply framework to facilitate the education sector accessing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) …” (more)

[gov.ie, 14 September]

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Fine Gael TD set to progress John Hume Memorial University proposal

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A member of the Irish parliament has reiterated his support for a John Hume Memorial University saying it could benefit Derry in the same way university expansion enabled Cork to prosper. In the coming days Cork-based Fine Gael TD Colm Burke will be raising the issue of a cross-border university with the intention of having it adopted as party policy …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 10 September]

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Rethinking the Leaving Certificate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Prof Gerry McNamara makes a number of disparaging remarks about the Leaving Certificate (‘Covid-19 has opened way to finally fix Leaving Cert’, Opinion & Analysis, September 2020). He claims that, ‘The Leaving Certificate is the same as when I taught it 30 years ago’, and that it is ‘accused of being out of date, depending too much on rote learning’, and is an examination process that has been captured by the middle class …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 15 September]

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NI’s first BSc Paramedic Science degree will be based at Ulster University’s Magee campus

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2020 by steve

“With funding support from the Department of Health, the new three year, BSc Hons Paramedic Science course will be based within Ulster University’s multi award winning School of Nursing on the Magee campus …” (more)

[Derry Now, 14 September]

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Calculated grades: Legal challenges over Leaving Cert results must clear a high bar

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on September 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government’s decision to exclude from consideration how the past performance of a school should affect its students’ Leaving Certificate results is expected to be a target of legal challenge. There is a widespread view that an effect of this has been that students who attended schools, including grind schools, that have a track record of high achievement have had their results unfairly downgraded …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 15 September]

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Residents claim Holyland houses available for all-night parties at £20 a head

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2020 by steve

“Holyland residents have claimed that young people are coming from all over Northern Ireland to party and illegally stay in the south Belfast student houses for £20 a night …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 14 September]

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