Dublin universities introduce enhanced measures in response to increased Covid-19 incidence

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The universities in Dublin have agreed a set of enhanced measures in response to a request from government / NPHET to deal with the rising incidence of Covid-19 in the county. All universities already have detailed plans in place for the safe re-opening of campus over the next two weeks. Arising from the request from government, Dublin universities have made further provisions as follows …” (more)

[IUA, 18 September]

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Dublin universities cancel on-campus activities, move most classes online

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin’s four universities have suspended the majority of on-campus activities and moved classes online as tighter Covid-19 restrictions look set to be implemented in the capital. UCD, Trinity College, DCU and TU Dublin announced that all teaching and learning will be online except for practical workshop and lab-based tuition that cannot be done remotely …” (more)

[Ceimin Burke, TheJournal.ie, 18 September]

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Thousands of third level students in Dublin to have limited access to college campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Tens of thousands of third level students in Dublin are to have limited access to college campuses under new Covid-19 restrictions. Most lectures and teaching will take place online where possible, with the exception of tutorials and laboratory work …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 September]

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Police frustration as 55 Belfast Holyland Covid notices issued after house party visits

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 18th, 2020 by steve

“Police have issued 55 Covid notices and three prohibition notices after calling to seven house parties in the Holyland area of south Belfast. Officers discovered more than 30 people attending one party in an apartment, where three people tried to hide from police by locking themselves in a bathroom for over 10 minutes …” (more)

[Eimear McGovern, Belfast Telegraph, 18 September]

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Student renters need protection ahead of potential Dublin restrictions, says USI

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has released a statement urging immediate action to protect student renters ahead of anticipated restrictions in Dublin. The statement arrives as the likelihood of Dublin entering Level 3 of the Government’s Covid-19 roadmap increases, as well as the predicted National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) recommendation for Dublin colleges to move to almost entirely online teaching …” (more)

[Madalyn Williams, Trinity News, 18 September]

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Halls Residents Who Have Guests Over Will Be Evicted

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Residents who allow guests into their flat – during the day or overnight – in the first semester will be evicted from Halls. Similarly residents will be evicted if they host a party, the College has announced. In an email to residents, Warden of Trinity Hall Roja Fazaeli said that having guests over or hosting a party would lead to ‘the revocation of a student’s licence to reside in College’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 18 September]

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On-Campus Residents Will Have to Book ‘Arrival Slot’ Before Moving In

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Incoming on-campus residents will have to book an ‘arrival slot’ before moving into their accommodation to ‘ensure that the social distancing guidelines are adhered to’, the Accommodation Office has said …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 17 September]

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Weekly Coronavirus Testing May Not Be an Attractive Prospect – But It Is Worthwhile

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“At the beginning of the pandemic, news feeds were abuzz with anxious commentary on how Ireland would contend with high testing demand as cases surged. Six months on, the national picture is much improved and focus has shifted toward using the extended testing capacity to implement routine testing in workplaces and public spaces …” (more)

[Eimear Finan, University Times, 17 September]

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University Statement: Anti-Social Behaviour

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 18th, 2020 by steve

“Dear Student, I hope you are looking forward to the academic year ahead. The University has been working hard to ensure that we can provide you with an authentic campus experience, whilst keeping you safe. I recognise that the vast majority of students appreciate that they, as with all members of society, have a personal responsibility to act in accordance with COVID 19 guidelines …” (more)

[Queen’s University Belfast, 17 September]

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