Staff and Students Will Have to Clean Their Workspaces After Tutorials

Posted in Teaching on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Teaching assistants and students will be responsible for wiping down their own ‘touch areas’ after tutorials, the Dean of Graduates announced today. In an email to all teaching assistants, Dean of Graduate Studies Martine Smith said that staff and students will wipe down their own ‘desk tops, chair frames, podiums and keyboards’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 16 September]

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‘Dangerous’ house parties will not be tolerated, warns health minister

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 16th, 2020 by steve

“Dangerous and anti-social house parties in Belfast’s Holyland student district will not be tolerated, the health minister has said. Footage showing groups of young people congregating and drinking in the area of terraced housing near Queen’s University was ‘deplorable’, Robin Swann said …” (more)

[Michael McHugh and David Young, Belfast Telegraph, 16 September]

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Student Accommodation and Renters Further Troubled by Pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Decisions to be made around accommodation are compounding the stress and uncertainty of the upcoming term for students across the country. A blended learning model means that the number of times a student is on campus for lectures, as opposed to online, may only be a couple per month, decreasing the need to find housing close to college …” (more)

[Maeve McTaggart, University Express, 16 September]

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Third-Year Law Students Slam School Over Impractical Timetables

Posted in Teaching on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A number of third-year law students have hit out at the Law School for creating unworkable timetables that have in-person and online lectures scheduled to take place immediately after one another. Students received their long-awaited timetables for the coming semester on Monday, with Trinity among the last of the universities to inform students of what they can expect their semester of blended teaching to look like …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 16 September]

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Harris makes 17,000 Laptops Available for Students to Rent

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“17,000 laptops have been made available to assist students with online learning. Back in August, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris, announced a fund of €15 million for student learning devices, in order to ‘… support students and ensure equality of access to education’ …” (more)

[Rosie Roberts-Kuntz, College Tribune, 16 September]

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IReL journal backfile purchases

Posted in Research on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“IReL has purchased journal backfile collections from Sage, American Medical Association and Wiley. Typically, our publisher subscription agreements do not give us access to all issues of a journal: our so-called frontfile entitlements give us access to issues published from the late 1990s (when journals first became available online) to present. The backfiles, issues published in print format before this date, were digitised and licensed separately …” (more)

[IReL, 16 September]

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USI ‘concerned’ about lack of clarity for higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Following guidance yesterday from government that higher and third level institutions should ‘consider enhanced protective measures’, the union has expressed concern by the ambiguity of the statement …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 16 September]

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Maynooth University students not being allowed visitors for on campus living

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University students residing on campus accommodation will not be allowed guests, says a statement from the University. The University reopens for first year students on September 21, and for all students on September 28.It closed in mid March …” (more)

[Leinster Leader, 16 September]

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Leaving Cert student takes High Court case over calculated grading system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Leaving Cert student who narrowly missed out on the points to study medicine has mounted a High Court challenge to the Leaving Cert calculated grades system. This is the first of what may be several High Court challenges against the system used to calculate Leaving Certificate results during Covid 19 …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, BreakingNews.ie, 16 September]

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Health Minister should bring forward guidance for students returning to university – Archibald

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has urged the Health Minister and Public Health Agency to bring forward guidance for students returning to university and college. The party’s further and higher education person said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 16 September]

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UCD and Covid-19: A Summary of Changes in UCD’s Plans to Re-Open

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As classes resume at UCD next week with guidelines in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19, The College Tribune takes a look at how UCD’s plans for this trimester have changed over the summer …” (more)

[Isobel Dunne, College Tribune, 16 September]

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UL Spent €4,000 on Bed Linen for Ex-President’s House

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) spent almost €4,000 on bed linen for its now outgoing president’s multi-million house, the Irish Daily Mail has revealed. This news comes just months after Dr Fitzgerald, a University College Dublin (UCD) medical graduate, announced his intention to resign from his position as President of the university due to Covid-19 …” (more)

[Casey Conway, College Tribune, 16 September]

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Professor John O’Halloran announced as UCC’s Interim President

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It was announced this afternoon that Professor John O’Halloran has been appointed as interim President of University College Cork (UCC) for the coming academic year. The Governing Body of UCC made this announcement as a result of the unexpected retirement of Professor Patrick O’Shea …” (more)

[Maebh McCarthy, University Express, 15 September]

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High-Risk Staff Being Obliged to Teach is ‘Very Worrying’, Says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has described the government’s decision to potentially compel high-risk staff members to work as ‘very worrying’. The government currently allows higher education institutions to assess a high-risk staff member’s capacity to work in person on a case-by-case basis …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 16 September]

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Chuck Feeney dissolves Atlantic Philanthropies after giving away $8bn

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Veteran American entrepreneur Chuck Feeney has signed the papers to dissolve his Atlantic Philanthropies foundation that provided more than $8 billion (€6.8 billion) in grants over the past 38 years. This included $1.3 billion to projects in the Republic and $570 million to projects in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Ciarán Hancock, Irish Times, 15 September]

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Online teaching at third level

Posted in Teaching on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Kevin Nolan’s letter (September 14th) makes a number of assumptions regarding the delivery of online teaching that are not entirely fair as they appear to apply second-level standards to the third level …” (more)

[Wolfgang Marx, Irish Times, 16 September]

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‘Roadmap of Confusion’: Government Calls for Escalation of Protective measures in Third-Level Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin-based third-level institutions told to consider ‘enhanced protective measures’ as part of a five-level strategy to deal with Covid-19 over the coming months which was released by the government this afternoon …” (more)

[Rosie Roberts-Kuntz, College Tribune, 15 September]

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School-based assessment

Posted in Teaching on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In his opinion column of September 12th, Fintan O’Toole stated that there is ‘no utopian replacement to the Leaving Certificate’, and dismisses school-based assessment as a credible alternative approach. This view is odd, to say the least …” (more)

[Gerry McNamara, Irish Times, 16 September]

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Points for college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In order to create a level playing field for those students who sat the Leaving Cert last year, and stand now to potentially lose out on a college place this year as a result of average 7% inflation in grades …” (more)

[David Doran, Irish Times, 16 September]

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Technological Universities – Dundalk IT

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandGerald Nash (Louth, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the fact that Dundalk IT is the only institute of technology not to have formally linked into a consortium to obtain technological university status; the actions his Department and the HEA will take to advance technological university status for Dundalk IT; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 September]

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