Coronavirus Commuters: The Trinity Students Forgoing Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Some Trinity students are forgoing Dublin accommodation this semester, opting instead for lengthy commutes to save money as Trinity shifts heavily online. In an email to the college community on September 18th, Provost Patrick Prendergast confirmed that all teaching and learning not requiring an in-person presence will be moved online due to tightened coronavirus restrictions …” (more)

[Jane Cook, University Times, 21 September]

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Universities of 10,000 students can expect an average of one student a day being diagnosed with Covid-19 – Professor Philip Nolan

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A university the size of Maynooth can expect an average of one student a day being diagnosed with Covid based on the current rate of infection, according to its President Professor Philip Nolan. Prof Nolan who is also Chair of the Nphet expert maths modelling group advising on the course of the disease, said that they were currently seeing 10 new cases a day for every 100,000 19-24 year olds …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 September]

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Students across island of Ireland urge TDs to sign pledge and join USI’s new Education for All campaign

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students across the island of Ireland have today kicked-off a series of actions aimed at urging their TDs to sign a pledge committing to six actions as part of the Union of Students in Ireland’s new Education for All campaign. The USI, which represents 374,000 students in Ireland, has written to the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris calling on him to take action on the key issues that prevent many from accessing third level education …” (more)

[USI, 21 September]

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Stop and think if you want to teach F2F

Posted in Teaching on September 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the Covid crisis worsens (again!) the issue of on-campus teaching is becoming more and more contentious. There are quite a few academics on social media expressing their desire to get back in the classroom because they (the academics) miss the whole experience. I miss it too but it’s important to ask why you would risk the health of yourself and your students by using a face-to-face approach rather than going online. Is it for the students or is it for you? …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 21 September]

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Queen’s University chartered £616 a ticket flight from China for students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 21st, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University, Belfast has brought hundreds of students to Northern Ireland direct from China on a chartered jumbo jet. The Boeing 777 aircraft, operated by Qatar Airways and carrying the 369 new and returning students, landed at Belfast International Airport from Beijing on Saturday …” (more)

[Lauren Harte, Belfast Telegraph, 21 September]

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Plan B for Teaching

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday’s Covid-19 figures for Ireland were a bit of a shocker, with 396 new cases (241 of them in Dublin). The latest 7-day average is 283.1 new cases per day. We haven’t seen figures like this since April. Here’s the latest log-linear graph …” (more)

[In the Dark, 21 September]

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Trust as an Ethic and a Practice in Peer Review

Posted in Research on September 21st, 2020 by steve

“Trust is the theme of this year’s Peer Review Week, and we can’t think of anything more important or timely. Peer review runs on trust. Trust is both a noun and a verb; both are central to how knowledge develops and is shared through research. And yet trust seems in short supply in our fractured and fraying world …” (more)

[Alice Meadows, Jasmine Wallace and Karin Wulf, The Scholarly Kitchen, 21 September]

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Police issue 55 Covid notices in Belfast Holyland as Justice Minister Long calls landlords to check behaviour of disruptive tenants

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 21st, 2020 by steve

“Police have issued 55 Covid notices, including 31 at one house alone, and eight prohibition notices after another night of disruption in the Holyland area of south Belfast. Two arrests were made for drug possession and assault, while a passing police patrol gave first aid to a 20-year-old man who was drunk and unconscious …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 21 September]

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Active Consent toolkit launched for third-level institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris have launched a new Active Consent toolkit for third-level institutions in Ireland to tackle sexual harassment on campuses around the country. Earlier this year, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) published the findings of a survey on the prevalence of sexual harassment in Irish colleges …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 20 September]

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College Needs to Show Compassion for Residents Amid the Pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Alarm bells sounded among students earlier this week after this newspaper reported that Halls residents may be evicted if they have any visitors throughout their first term. Now, less than a week later – with Dublin elevated to level three of the government’s coronavirus roadmap and all possible teaching activity moved online – we have seen just how drastically situations can change in a short space of time …” (more)

[University Times, 20 September]

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Police issue 47 Covid-19 notices in student area of Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 21st, 2020 by steve

“Police have issued 47 Covid-19 notices and nine prohibition notices over the last two nights in the Holyland area of Belfast. A 16-year-old male was also arrested for possession of Class B drugs with intent to supply during the same period …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 20 September]

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University are uniquely vulnerable to cyber attack during Covid-19

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2020 by steve

“This week the National Cyber Security Centre issued its latest alert warning of the threat to disruptive attacks aimed at the education sector, following a spate of attacks on schools, colleges, and universities …” (more)

[Sion Lloyd-Jones, Wonkhe, 21 September]

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Students often embarrassed to raise issue of sexual consent, study shows

Posted in Life on September 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Young people overwhelmingly believe in the principle of sexual consent, but sometimes feel embarrassed about raising the subject, a new study has found. A survey of college students has found 37% of female college students and 53% of male college students gave a ‘neutral’ or ‘agree’ response when asked whether asking for consent is awkward …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 21 September]

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