NUI Galway warns students they could be expelled for breaches of Covid-19 restrictions, on or off campus

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has warned students that they could be expelled for breaches of Covid-19 related public health restrictions, either on or off the campus. As the new academic year gets underway, the university has sent an email to students warning of the dangers of parties or other risks associated with the pandemic …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 September]

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School of Languages to Move Online Until At Least November

Posted in Teaching on September 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All teaching in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies will move online until at least the week ending November 13th. In an email to students, Tracy Corbett, a communications officer in the School, said that the School would be ‘closely monitoring all public health advice to determine whether we will deliver face to face teaching after the 13th November, or whether we will continue to deliver online teaching’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 24 September]

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What do university Covid outbreaks mean for Scotland’s students?

Posted in Life on September 24th, 2020 by steve

“More than 1,000 students across Scotland are self-isolating after cases of Covid-19 were identified in student accommodation in Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen. So what do students need to know about life on campus in the time of coronavirus? We’ve put together the answers to some key questions …” (more)

[Claire Diamond and Chris Sleight, BBC Scotland, 24 September]

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NUI Galway Reopens Campus to Students

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Health and safety of students, staff and the wider community is a top priority as campus reopens. NUI Galway reopened its campus this week to welcome its First Year students to a three-day dedicated online and on campus orientation …” (more)

[NUIG, 24 September]

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NUI Galway to refund students who don’t take up places in campus accommodation this year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at NUI Galway who no longer wish to take up places in on-campus housing this year are set to be refunded by the company in charge of the accommodation. Students at the university were informed late in August that their time on campus may be limited during 2020/21 due to the Covid-19 pandemic …” (more)

[Stephen McDermott, TheJournal.ie, 24 September]

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The college year will be well under way by time grades case is decided

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Even if students legally challenging the calculated grades system win their cases, they may not get their chosen place in college this year. The wheels of justice turn slowly and it will be the end of October, at the earliest, before a ‘lead’ case gets under way in the High Court …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 24 September]

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Carlow and Waterford ITs announce timeframe for technological university

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The chairpersons of the governing bodies and the presidents of Waterford Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Carlow have announced their objective that the Technological University of the South East of Ireland (TUSEI) will be established on January 1, 2022 …” (more)

[Dylan White, Waterford Live, 23 September]

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Further payments for high-earning public service staff to cost €42m

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“New pay restoration measures due to be made to higher earning public-service personnel in the months ahead will cost €42 million, the Department of Public Expenditure has said. About 340,000 staff across the public service will receive pay increases of 2% from the beginning of October …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 24 September]

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Harris announces funds for research into Covid-resistant plastic and reusable face masks

Posted in Research on September 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon Harris is today announcing €5.5 million in funding for 41 research projects in Irish universities that will aim to improve the response to the pandemic …” (more)

[Hugh O’Connell, Independent, 24 September]

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Third Level Admissions – 2019 Leaving Certificate

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDanny Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the exceptions being made for those that had sat their leaving certificate in 2019 and applied for college places in 2020 given that average grades across all subjects increased by 4.4% in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 September]

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Student Grant Scheme – Cost of Increase

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 24th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of increasing student grants to their highest historical levels …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 September]

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