Third Level at Level Three and Back to Square One

Posted in Teaching on September 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I spent a big chunk of yesterday assigning students to groups and organization rotations to allow them to attend lectures on campus at Maynooth University in a manner consistent with public health guidelines relating to Covid-19. Then, late yesterday afternoon, the Irish Government announced that all third-level institutions should move practically all their teaching online …” (more)

[In the Dark, 26 September]

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IT Carlow Confident of Attaining University Status within 15 Months

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An objective has been set out this week to establish the Technological University of the South East on 1 January 2022. The chairpersons of the governing bodies and the presidents of both Institute of Technology Carlow and Waterford Institute of Technology this week announced the objective in a briefing note to business and other community leaders …” (more)

[Suzanne Pender, Carlow Nationalist, 26 September]

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UL students face expulsion for parties that break Covid rules

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at University of Limerick who organise house parties that break Covid rules could be fined or expelled. Colleges and institutes of technology have been told to have as few students on campus as possible for the next few weeks …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 26 September]

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No parties or visitors allowed at UCC-owned accommodation; alcohol banned at campus events

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There will be a ban on visitors and parties at UCC owned accommodation when students return to college next week, and students who fail to abide by current public health guidelines around gatherings could find themselves facing repercussions …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 25 September]

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Social isolation causing psychological distress among university students

Posted in Life on September 26th, 2020 by steve

“Surprisingly, university students without pre-existing mental health concerns seem to be suffering greater psychological distress during the pandemic than their peers with pre-existing mental health problems according to a study of close to 800 university students in Toronto carried out by researchers from McGill and University of Toronto …” (more)

[AlphaGalileo, 25 September]

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Maynooth University to Hold All In-Person Language Classes ‘As Planned’, Despite IUA Requests

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Universities across Ireland have agreed to adopt a set of enhanced public health-protective measures, which previously were only applicable to Dublin-based universities. These protective measures are to be in place for ‘2-3 weeks’ at minimum, however, The College Tribune understands that Maynooth University intends to use the ‘discretion’ agreed upon by the IUA to host some classes in-person, despite the established guidelines …” (more)

[Adam Conway, College Tribune, 25 September]

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College Announces Guidelines for When ‘Likely’ Coronavirus Outbreaks Occur

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College should prepare ‘for an increase in cases or an outbreak’ of coronavirus on campus, Trinity’s Major Emergency Management Team has said in its ‘COVID-19 Response Plan’. A summary of the plan, emailed to staff and students today, outlined the steps that they should take if they test positive for coronavirus …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 25 September]

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IFUT welcomes enhanced measures to ensure safe reopening of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed enhanced measures announced for re-opening of colleges at the request of Minister for Higher Education, Simon Harris. Joan Donegan, General Secretary of IFUT, said that the health and safety of tens of thousands of staff and students, their families and the broader community, must be central to the reopening of third level colleges around the country …” (more)

[IFUT, 25 September]

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All third level colleges moved to Level 3, most tuition moved online

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All of the State’s third-level institutions will be placed at Level 3 of the Covid-19 alert framework from midnight tonight. Announcing the decision on Friday afternoon Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris said all universities and Institutes of Technology will be placed in a restricted scenario for up to three weeks …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 25 September]

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‘Very late notice’ as lectures in third-level institutions to move online

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Universities and higher-level education institutions across the country have been asked to move lectures online for the next two weeks according to the Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris …” (more)

[Ciarán Sunderland and Áine Kenny, Irish Examiner, 25 September]

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Bullying in Educational Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2020 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of incidents, reports made or complaints received of academic bullying throughout all universities in each of the past eight years to date; the nature of such events whether professional, gender or race related; the actions taken arising from such complaints by each third-level institution involved; if the practice has ceased; if not, the reason therefor; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 September]

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TU Dublin – Medical Sciences

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDarren O’Rourke (Meath East, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to a proposal to help alleviate the shortage of medical scientists by way of a graduate-entry course at Technological University Dublin; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that TU Dublin is preparing for an initial intake of students in January 2020; the measures he will take to ensure sufficient staff are in position to deliver the course; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 September]

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Third Level Education – NUI Galway Research Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 26th, 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 communications from NUI Galway to postgraduate research students for them to undertake unpaid teaching contributions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 September]

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