Third-level colleges nationwide placed under tight public health restrictions with minimal attendance on campus

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All third-level colleges are being placed under tighter public health restrictions because of the rise in Covid-19. Higher education institutions in Dublin are already operating stricter rules and now the same will apply to colleges across the country …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 September]

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NUI Galway postgraduates address school president and Simon Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Post-Graduate Workers’ Alliance at the National University Ireland Galway (PGWA NUIG) sent an open letter to the college president Donal Leech and the Minister for Further Education Simon Harris last night, affirming that they refuse to perform any unpaid labour for the college …” (more)

[Connie Roughan, Trinity News, 25 September]

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College accommodation amid a pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“John Cooke reports from NUI Galway as he meets with students who are planning a very different college year with various different plans for what they will do in relation to accommodation …” (audio)

[RTÉ Drivetime, 25 September]

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Taoiseach appeals to 3rd level students to help prevent Covid-19 spread

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Taoiseach has issued a direct appeal to third-level students to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 ahead of the reopening of colleges next week. Micheál Martin made his appeal this morning as he again expressed concerns about the rising number of cases in Cork and in other counties showing worrying trends including Waterford, Louth, Wicklow, Kildare, and Galway …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 25 September]

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Major Changes to Student Visa Rules Proposed

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2020 by steve

“The Trump administration is set to publish a new proposed rule today that would set fixed terms of up to four years for student visas and establish procedures for international students to apply to extend their stay and continue studying in the United States …” (more)

[Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, 25 September]

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2,000 Students’ UCD Connect Accounts ‘Compromised’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University IT Security system noticed ‘suspicious login[s]’ to 2,000 students’ ‘University email accounts’ on the 16th of September and responded to this data breach by changing the passwords of the ‘compromised’ accounts. The Data Protection Commission (DPC) confirmed that they had been notified of the breach and will assist in the assessment of the ongoing investigation …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 25 September]

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Students may have to remain on campus over Christmas amid Covid-19 outbreaks

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2020 by steve

“University students may have to remain on campus over Christmas if there are outbreaks of coronavirus, a Government scientific adviser has said. Sir Mark Walport, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), has warned that students could have to stay in their university accommodation when term ends to ensure the infection does not spread to their parents and grandparents, as well as other parts of the country …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby, Belfast Telegraph, 25 September]

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NUIG to supply free face coverings to students and staff as campus reopens

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is to supply free face coverings to students as the Newcastle campus opens this week. The Students’ Union will distribute the three reusable, washable masks to each student from a pop-up station at the Aula Maxima building until October 9th …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 24 September]

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Second student wins calculated grades exclusion case

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A second home-schooled Leaving Certificate student who was excluded from this year’s Calculated Grades process has won their case in the High Court. In his ruling Mr Justice Charles Meenan said the Department of Education’s failure to provide a system for the unnamed student was irrational, arbitrary, unfair and unlawful …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 24 September]

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University and college staff being paid in book tokens, Oireachtas told

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Some staff at financially struggling universities and colleges are being paid in book tokens, the Oireachtas spending watchdog has heard. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is to ask the Higher Education Authority to appear before TDs to answer questions about the impact of gaping deficits in third-level funding …” (more)

[Brian Hutton and Shauna Bowers, Irish Times, 24 September]

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Students Should Not Have to Pay the Debt for a Decade of Underfunding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The task of bringing students back safely to third-level campuses brings unique challenges. The sheer scale of campuses, the number of students relocating, the commuting distances, and issues of accommodation – to name just a few factors necessary to consider – mean it is an undertaking like no other. What unfortunately is not unique to this sector is the fact that a legacy of underfunding by successive governments has left it ill-prepared to deal with the coronavirus outbreak …” (more)

[Rose Conway-Walsh, University Times, 24 September]

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Five Trinity Clubs Will Be Allowed to Continue With Fixtures

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government has granted several Trinity sports teams an exception to level three restrictions, allowing them to continue with their scheduled fixtures without spectators. In an email to students, Trinity Communications stated that Trinity Meteors, Dublin University Football Club men’s firsts, Dublin University Hockey Club men’s firsts, Dublin University Ladies Hockey Club firsts and Trinity Volleyball women’s firsts have been granted exemptions by the government as they ‘compete at high levels in their sport’ …” (more)

[Matt McCann, University Times, 24 September]

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Further and Higher Education – Public Health Guidelines

Posted in Teaching on September 25th, 2020 by steve

IrelandCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of learners that can be facilitated in accordance with public health guidelines in both further education and higher education settings; if specific arrangements have been put in place to complete courses in the further education area that were interrupted by Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 September]

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