NUIG Postgraduate Students Strike Against Unpaid Teaching Hours

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Postgraduate students at NUI Galway (NUIG) are refusing to carry out the university’s required 120 hours of unpaid teaching, with the Postgraduate Workers Alliance NUIG describing it as ‘exploitative and unjust’ …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 23 September]

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Ten Ulster University students suspended as police continue Belfast Holyland party patrols

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

“A number of students from Ulster University have received a precautionary suspension for breaching coronavirus guidelines. A spokesperson for the university said ten students have received precautionary suspensions, with a further three cases pending since a new disciplinary policy was introduced on Monday …” (more)

[Eimear McGovern, Belfast Telegraph, 23 September]

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Language students taking classes online should receive refund on fees, says council

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students who have paid for English languages classes but must return to online learning in light of the latest restrictions should be entitled to a partial refund on their fees, the Irish Council for International Students (ICOS) has said …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 23 September]

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Leaving Cert students at fee-paying south Dublin school launch High Court case against Government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at a fee-paying south Dublin school who received their Leaving Certificate results earlier this month have initiated legal proceedings against the Government. Papers were filed on behalf of the students and the board of management at St Kilian’s German School in Clonskeagh in the High Court on Tuesday …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 23 September]

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CAO issues second round offers of third level places to 2,600 applicants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than 2,600 college applicants have received an offer on a course of their choice in the second round of this year’s CAO process. They include 1,098 students who received no offer at all in the CAO’s first round earlier this month …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 23 September]

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UCD sexual abuse; reform must address ordinary management and personal integrity

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There is a startling lacuna at the core of reactions to the abuse of a young staff member at UCD. Emphasis is on the system, while there is emptiness where ordinary people would expect to find personal integrity. All the talk is of systems, organisations, policies and procedures, culture, training etc. Unfortunately it’s a familiar type of talk in Ireland where any curse-of-God excuse or fig leaf will do to avoid holding anyone – any real, live, breathing person – responsible …” (more)

[Colum McCaffery’s Weblog, 22 September]

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2019 student withdraws case after securing college choice

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A student who sat the Leaving Certificate in 2019 has withdrawn her High Court challenge to the 2020 calculated grades system after securing a place on her course of choice …” (more)

[Vivienne Traynor, RTÉ News, 23 September]

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Are preprints a problem? 5 ways to improve the quality and credibility of preprints

Posted in Research on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Preprints are research reports have that have not yet been peer reviewed and accepted for publication. They have increased rapidly during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, high profile discredited studies have led to concerns that speed has been prioritized over the quality and credibility of evidence. Joeri Tijdink, Mario Malicki, Lex Bouter and Gowri Gopalakrishna argue that all stakeholders of the science system have a responsibility in improving the quality and credibility of pre-prints …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 23 September]

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Irish jobs: UCC, Trinity, UCD and more offer 100+ roles with incredible salaries

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than 100 jobs are currently up for grabs in Ireland’s top education institutions. You could be paid more than €150,000 a year to work in some of the country’s best universities. And while you’ll have to be very well qualified to work in many of these jobs, it always worth having a look as there are some very varied roles available …” (more)

[Sam Roberts, Irish Mirror, 22 September]

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‘A breach of trust’ – Teachers’ Union criticise Education Dept. over release of Leaving Cert class ranking

Posted in Teaching on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has accused the Department of Education of a ‘fundamental breach of trust’ over the release of class ranking information to Leaving Cert 2020 students. The union said it showed ‘scant regard for vulnerable students’ and had the potential to be ‘extremely damaging’ to them …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 23 September]

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The Economics of Trust in Peer Review

Posted in Research on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Close your eyes, and visualize a time before debit cards, or Venmo, or Apple Pay. Imagine reaching into your wallet and pulling out a paper version of money once commonly used for transactions called cash. In your mind’s eye, look at the back of that money. What do you find? …” (more)

[Dawn Durante, The Scholarly Kitchen, 23 September]

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Are Irish Colleges Truly Places of Equality?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Our societies as we knew them, will never be the same again. Adapting to tragic and stressful circumstances, there is vast opportunity for businesses and organisations to improve, innovate and progress. From the leaving certificate debacle and classist connotations surrounding predicted grades, to third-level students sitting exams from home, question marks have arose around the Irish education system …” (more)

[Niamh Elliott-Sheridan, University Times, 22 September]

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Fresher approach: How college clubs are adapting to Covid

Posted in Life on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student life has as much to do with the extracurricular activities – the clubs and societies you join and the people you meet through shared activities on campus – as it does with the academic side of things …” (more)

[Kathy Donaghy, Independent, 23 September]

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Staff and students condemn UCD sexual harassment procedures

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On Saturday September 5th 2020, The Irish Times published an article exposing the two years of harassment Dr Aoibheann Ní Shuilleabháin had suffered in UCD at the hands of a fellow professor. Dr Ní Shuilleabháin is an Assistant Professor in the School of Mathematics & Statistics, where she is director of the BSc Science, Mathematics & Education programmes in the College of Science …” (more)

[Doireann de Courcy Mac Donnell, University Observer, 22 September]

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Learning To Remain Online Only For At Least 3 weeks

Posted in Teaching on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) have announced that learning will remain online until October 5th at the earliest. This date is in reference to the government’s review of the current level 3 restrictions. This was communicated to students in the afternoon of September 22nd in an email from Deputy President Mark Rodgers …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 22 September]

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Residents Living Near UCC Fear The New College Term Will Bring Another Spate Of Weekly House Parties

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It’s feared the current restrictions will drive students in doors to private house parties late into the night. Under the current restrictions socialising for college students will be limited with pubs closing at 11.30 and nightclubs remaining shut …” (more)

[Red FM, 22 September]

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