Teachers’ Union of Ireland issue warning to Government over health and safety concerns raised in relation to teaching during Covid-19

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A body representing post-primary teachers and third-level lecturers have issued a warning to the Government saying they will not let its members to be put in harm’s way during the crisis. In a statement issued today, a spokesperson for the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) told independent.ie that it ‘will not allow the health and safety of our members to be put at risk’ …” (more)

[Melanie Finn, Independent, 20 September]

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#TheReset Podcast – Steve Bradley on the future of Derry …

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2020 by steve

“Steve Bradley is a regeneration consultant, you can follow him on Twitter. Steve is a very popular writer on Slugger with some of his posts getting over 40k readers, you can view an archive of his posts here. In this podcast, we discuss the future of Derry and the Northwest. In particular, we discuss: the future of Ulster University in Derry or lack thereof; the potential for an independent University; how Covid-19 will affect Derry …” (podcast)

[Brian O’Neill, Slugger O’Toole, 20 September]

[University policy is discussed throughout the podcast, but it focuses on this from 26:40 onwards]

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‘They see us as heavy-drinking nuisances’: students face Covid marshals

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2020 by steve

“Dancing, drinking and flirting at wild parties will be firmly off the student timetable this term – even for those tempted to attend an illegal event. Universities are paying for ‘Covid marshals’ to break up mass gatherings and stop undergraduates flouting pandemic rules …” (more)

[Observer, 20 September]

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UCD Running at Level 4: UCD Sport and Fitness Remain Open with Additional Changes

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCD Sport and Fitness Centre is to remain open and adopt new measures such as the cancellation of gym classes and the wearing of masks indoors while the University runs educational activities at level 4 …” (more)

[Eve Moore, College Tribune, 19 September]

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New Student Accommodation Secures Green Light

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2020 by steve

“Proposals to construct almost 100 new student accommodation rooms as part of an extension to an existing development in Belfast have secured the green light. Cathedral Living applied for full planning permission from Belfast City Council for the development of a 12-storey building to provide an extension to the 407-bed student building at 123 York Street. The site will round off the existing 12-storey purpose-built facility, which has been in operation since 2019 …” (more)

[Adam Beech, Insider Media Limited, 17 September]

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Leaving Cert is a total mess that could have been easily avoided

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on September 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The skies are darkening with the chickens coming home to roost. The High Court cases are the big test of a Leaving Cert which may have seemed two weeks ago to have been a success. In reality, it was always nothing short of a shambles. If the courts rule in favour of the students, then the whole house of cards will come tumbling down as a disorderly queue forms for those with similar claims …” (more)

[Colm O’Rourke, Independent, 20 September]

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UCD professor speaks at London anti-vaccine rally

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than 30 people have been arrested after violent scuffles between protesters and police at a large anti-vaccine, anti-lockdown protest in central London. Hundreds descended on Trafalgar Square on Saturday afternoon for a ‘Resist And Act For Freedom’ rally, including some bearing 5G conspiracy placards and signs declaring Covid-19 a ‘hoax’, with police repelled by human blockades as they tried to clear the area …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 19 November]

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Third Level Admissions – Extra places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 20th, 2020 by steve

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to provide further extra places on third-level first year courses in 2020 in view of the higher points achieved by students in the leaving certificate 2020 compared to previous years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Written answers, 17 September]

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Third Level Institutions – Harassment

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 20th, 2020 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of incidents of bullying, intimidation or harassment including sexual harassment reported in each of the past five years to date in third-level institutions; the extent to which such allegations were investigated; the action taken arising therefrom; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 September]

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Third Level Admissions – CAO offers

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland Gary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if there was a difference between the number of CAO first preference offers in 2020 between candidates using 2020 predictive leaving certificate grades and those that completed their leaving certificate in other years in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 September]

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Third Level Education – COVID-19 Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2020 by steve

IrelandHolly Cairns (Cork South West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to a document (details supplied); his views on its budgetary requests; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 September]

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