Dublin third-level institutes call for clarity as Level Three restrictions loom

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The impact of a move to Level Three of the Government’s new Covid-19 guidelines has lead to uncertainty for third-level institutes in Dublin. As the 14-day incidence rate of cases per 100,000 in the capital has now risen to 109.6, additional restrictions are being considered to slow the spread of the virus …” (more)

[Muireann Duffy, BreakingNews.ie, 17 September]

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Level Three Shouldn’t Curtail Face-to-Face Teaching, Says Provost

Posted in Teaching on September 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students can expect the number of in-person teaching hours they have to remain the same even if the government moves to level three in its coronavirus roadmap, the Provost announced today …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 17 September]

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IT Tralee criticized for pulling degree course two days before CAO offers due

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“IT Tralee has been criticized for pulling a course two days before CAO offers were due. The Institute of Technology Tralee had offered, through the Central Applications Office, Agricultural Mechanisation, which is a level 7 degree course …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 17 September]

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2019 Leaving Cert student brings challenge over grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A student who sat the Leaving Certificate in 2019 has brought a High Court challenge after missing out on her first choice of university course …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 September]

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Belfast Holyland: Covid and prohibition notices issued after another night of unrest

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 17th, 2020 by steve

“Police have issued a series of sanctions after a another night of partying in the Belfast Holyland area. In one case a 20-year-old man who had been arrested in the area late on Tuesday evening, was arrested on suspicion of breaching bail last night and was charged to appear in court …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 17 September]

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Public Service Stability Agreement 2013-2020 and the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017 – Application of revised rates of salary with effect from 1 October 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills and the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science wishes to inform of the application of revised rates of salary with effect from 1 October 2020 …” (more)

[DES, 16 September]

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Student who achieved six H1s ‘left in limbo’ as he received no CAO offer due to system mix-up

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin student who achieved six H1s in this year’s Leaving Cert has been ‘left in limbo’ after he received no CAO offer due to a system mix-up …” (more)

[Amy Molloy, Independent, 17 September]

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‘Deplorable’ Belfast Holyland parties won’t be tolerated, says Swann

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2020 by steve

“The Health Minister has said that recent scenes of house parties in Belfast’s Holyland district must not be tolerated. Speaking at a Stormont Covid briefing, Robin Swann said footage of young people drinking in student housing near Queen’s University was unacceptable …” (more)

[Gareth Cross and Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 17 September]

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Dutch Education Minister Wants Academics to Have Weekends

Posted in Life, Research on September 17th, 2020 by steve

“Academics should not be forced to squeeze their research into weekends and holidays, according to the Dutch education minister, who admitted that pressure on some researchers had become intolerable and that professional competition had gone ‘too far …” (more)

[David Matthews, Inside Higher Ed, 17 September]

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Harris Promises ‘Bright New Era’ For Irish Research

Posted in Research on September 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris today promised a ‘bright new era for research in Ireland’, saying that Ireland’s recent achievements in research funding should ‘only make us more ambitious’ …” (more)

[Jane Cook, University Times, 16 September]

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One-fifth of Leaving Cert students appeal calculated grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than one in five Leaving Cert candidates have appealed the calculated grades they received. When the deadline for appeal applications closed, 12,292 of the 60,419 students challenged how the process introduced to replace the June exams treated them …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 September]

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Student rents just keep on rising in Waterford

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Hopes of a reduction in rent for students in Waterford have been dashed by a new survey. It shows that rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city has gone up by an average of 2% over the past year and by 4% in the county …” (more)

[Michael Wolsey, Waterford Now, 16 September]

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Landlords abandon college housing market

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Landlords have left the student accommodation market in recent months due to pandemic uncertainties, according to a property owners group. Students across the country will either be left in a last-minute scramble for accommodation when timetables are released by universities in the coming weeks, or find they don’t need to rent a room at all due to remote learning …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 17 September]

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Accommodation providers using vouchers and offers to attract students

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Luxury private student accommodation complexes across the country are offering special discounts, including €600 a month for a spot on a bunk bed and €750 Amazon vouchers, to attract students. Purpose-built luxury towers have not escaped the impact of the pandemic on the market and with students spending little time on campus this year, companies are using additional incentives to attract customers …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 17 September]

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