Covid-19 and Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Drivetime’s John Cooke reports on the return of students to NUI Galway, and Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Deputy President and Registrar at NUI Galway, Chris Luke, consultant in emergency medicine, discuss the reopening of universities …” (audio)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 28 September]

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Executive to meet universities as Queen’s students self-isolating after positive Covid cases

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2020 by steve

“The Executive Office will meet representatives of Northern Ireland’s universities on Tuesday to discuss their response to the Covid-19 pandemic. It comes after a number of students in Queen’s University halls of residence in Belfast have been told to self-isolate after testing positive for the virus …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 28 September]

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Now they’ve No Platformed Richard Dawkins

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Celebrated atheist Richard Dawkins was booked to address the College Historical Society (nicknamed the Hist) at Trinity College Dublin next year. But the society’s auditor has now announced that the invitation will be rescinded, citing Dawkins’ views on ‘Islam and sexual assault’ …” (more)

[spiked, 28 September]

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UCC Students’ Union not cancelling Freshers’ Week plans

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork’s Students’ Union is urging students to behave responsibly but says it will not be cancelling plans for Freshers’ Week. SU Commercial and Fundraising Officer Beth O’Reilly said even if they cancelled all their events – which are all online this year – it would not stop house parties going ahead …” (more)

[Jennie O’Sullivan, RTÉ News, 28 September]

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‘Shocking irresponsibility’: Residents in Cork criticise decision to proceed with Freshers Week event

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Residents in Cork city have called for University College Cork (UCC) to call off Freshers Week as the number of Covid-19 cases in Cork continue to rise. Yesterday, a further 54 cases were confirmed in Cork and the county is under consideration for additional lockdown measures …” (more)

[Michelle McGlynn, Irish Examiner, 28 September]

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No Sign of Rent Reduction For UCD’s HEAR Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“No plans for rent reductions to HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) students or other low-income groups on the horizon – according to the UCD Access and Lifelong Learning Centre (ALL). Michell Tracey, ALL’s Student Support Officer, told The College Tribune …” (more)

[Isobel Dunne, College Tribune, 28 September]

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Queen’s students isolating after positive Covid-19 cases

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2020 by steve

“Some students at Queen’s University’s Halls of Residence in Belfast have been told to self-isolate after a small number of them tested positive for Covid-19. It is understood that the buildings involved are in the Malone Road area, close to the university in the south of the city …” (more)

[Tommie Gorman, RTÉ News, 28 September]

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Institutes of technology calling for €534m over three years

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Institutes of technology say they need €136m in State funding next year as the first slice of a three-year investment package of €534m. The Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) makes the case in a pre-Budget submission highlighting the critical role of the sector in regional development, in addressing disadvantage and in lifelong learning …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 September]

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Students encouraged to keep their social life ‘safe, small and distant’ in new campaign

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Acting Chief chief medical officer has encouraged students to form social bubbles, as he lends his support to a new campaign aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19 in third level environments …” (more)

[Nicky Ryan, The Journal.ie, 28 September]

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Third level students urged to consider if they need rented accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As many third level students start their new academic year today they are being asked to consider whether they need to travel to rented accommodation in light of new restrictions which will limit on-campus activity. In addition, several colleges have warned students that any breaches of Covid-19 regulations – including guidelines on the numbers who can attend house parties and other social gatherings – could result in expulsion …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 September]

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Minister Harris to meet university leaders as classes move online

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris will meet university leaders early this week to discuss how best to bring some level of certainty to students about the academic year and the move to digital learning amid the Covid-19 crisis …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 28 September]

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Online lectures, limited library access and no social life – welcome back to college

Posted in Life on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Going back to college doesn’t have quite the same ring when you’re told you’ll be spending very little time on campus …” (more)

[Brendan Kelly, Independent, 28 September]

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‘Remain calm’ plea after coronavirus outbreak at Queen’s University

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2020 by steve

“Students living in Queen’s University Belfast accommodation have tested positive for Covid-19, it has been confirmed. It is understood some of the affected students are living in Holly Grove in the Elms Village, although the university did not confirm the specific location …” (more)

[The Irish News, 28 September]

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A November Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The decision not to run the original Leaving Cert has managed remarkably to impact on three years of examination grading in a negative way, affecting students from last year, this year and next year. This is not a success story …” (more)

[Martin O’Connell, Irish Times, 28 September]

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Universities central to Europe’s recovery from pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2020 by steve

“Universities should be at the heart of building a ‘more resilient and healthier’ Europe, higher education leaders were told by the European commissioner responsible for education and research. Speaking at an open online session of the 2020 Funding Forum hosted by the European University Association (EUA) on 22 September, Mariya Gabriel said it was time to admit that the coronavirus pandemic had changed the way we teach, learn and do research forever …” (more)

[Nic Mitchell, University World News, 25 September]

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Former GMIT President claims he was lobbied by Fine Gael Ministers

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Former president of GMIT – Dr Fergal Barry – has claimed he was lobbied by former Fine Gael Ministers Mary Mitchell O’ Connor and Michael Ring over a job at the college. According to the Sunday Times, he’s written to the Department of Further and Higher Education outlining the alleged canvassing by both Ministers on behalf of a candidate …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 27 September]

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