UCD Schools ‘delegated’ decision on return to in-person teaching following Level-3 Lockdown

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) are unlikely to relax existing restrictions on in-person lectures at a level-3 lockdown and above. UCD will allow each school to determine whether learning will continue online for semester 1, or if students will be reintroduced to blended learning, but only when these restrictions are reduced …” (more)

[Luke Murphy and Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 29 September]

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Why aren’t students getting clarity on compensation and refunds?

Posted in Legal issues on September 29th, 2020 by steve

“I think we can all agree that right now we should try to provide students with as much clarity as possible. Those were the words of the Office for Students’ CEO Nicola Dandridge, who when asked about (partial) tuition fee refunds on the radio the other day, said …” (more)

[Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe, 29 September]

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College Launches Inclusive Curriculum Project

Posted in Teaching on September 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Equality Office will begin preparing an Inclusive Curriculum Project this year to reflect the ‘increasingly diverse’ student population of the College. The project’s main goals will be to create an accessible curriculum for undergraduates and postgraduates to ensure all students see themselves reflected in curricula and to increase their engagement with it …” (more)

[Sarán Fogarty, University Times, 29 September]

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NUIG to meet Gardai and city officials following outcry at large student congregations in city centre

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway leadership is to hold a meeting today with Gardai and Galway city council after large groups of students congregated at various areas of the city last evening. The university has described the scenes as ‘deplorable’ …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 29 September]

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Student house parties continue in Cork during Freshers’ Week

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student house parties are continuing to be a problem in Cork city during Freshers’ Week. Gardaí said they responded to call-outs to five house parties last night where there were upwards of between 20 and 40 people in attendance, despite calls for students to behave responsibly …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 29 September]

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President of GMIT dismayed at scenes of large student congregations in city

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of GMIT Dr Orla Flynn says she is dismayed after large groups of students congregated at the Spanish Arch and Shop Street areas of the city last evening. Her comments come as the county Cathaoirleach James Charity is one of many to have called on third level institutions in Galway as well as the Gardai to take action after images of the crowded scenes were circulated widely on social media …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 29 September]

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Trinity College Historical Society rescind Richard Dawkins invitation over author’s stance on Islam and sexual assault

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Hist – or the College Historical Society of Trinity College Dublin – have rescinded their invitation to Richard Dawkins to address the society next year. Bríd O’Donnell, auditor of the society confirmed they would not be moving ahead with the controversial author and speaker’s planned address, citing his stance on the religion of Islam and sexual assault as reasoning for their cancellation …” (more)

[Eoghan Moloney, Independent, 29 September]

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Irish universities will have to provide breakdown of ethnic diversity among staff each year from December

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It will be compulsory for third-level institutions to provide an annual breakdown of the ethnic diversity among Irish academia from December this year, the Higher Education Authority has said …” (more)

[Gráinne Ní Aodha, TheJournal.ie, 29 September]

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What Do Strategic Plans Actually Say?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2020 by steve

“Yesterday’s blog focused on the structure of strategic plans, asking whether they are built from the mission statement backwards or from upwards from a checklist of ideas people had without looking at the overall picture? (answer: for the most part they are built from checklists and hence are not particularly strategic, though they as planning documents they may work perfectly fine). Today we’re going to dig into the substance of plans in a little bit more detail …” (more)

[Alex Usher and Michael Savage, HESA, 29 September]

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Graduands given choice between virtual or deferred ceremony

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Graduands who would have graduated at commencement ceremonies at the start of November have been given an option between being conferred at a virtual ceremony, or deferring their graduation to a future date. Students due to graduate can choose between a virtual ceremony in November, or deferring their ceremony to a live event at some time in the future …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 28 September]

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English universities must consider partial fee refunds, says regulator

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 29th, 2020 by steve

“Universities in England must consider refunding some tuition fees, their regulator has said as it emerged that lawyers are challenging the legal basis of a two-week lockdown of 1,700 students in Manchester …” (more)

[Sally Weale, Helen Pidd and Severin Carrell, Guardian, 28 September]

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Students will be asked to record seat numbers for college lectures

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College students attending face-to-face lectures will be asked to record their seat numbers, under public health protocols agreed for the return to campus. It is among the measures to be introduced to assist with contact tracing in the event of a Covid case emerging among a college community …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 September]

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Minister Harris welcomes historic €1 billion in funding from Horizon 2020

Posted in Research on September 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ireland has reached the momentous milestone of having won just over €1 billion to date from the current European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020. Horizon 2020 began in 2014 and will conclude in the main at the end of this year, with the launch of the next Framework Programme, Horizon Europe in 2021 …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 28 September]

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‘Our health is disregarded by Government’ – Tired student nurses continue to seek financial support

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses are continuing the call on the Government for financial support as they continue to risk their health in COVID-filled hospitals on a full-time basis …” (more)

[Ali Condon, Extra.ie, 28 September]

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Cork students defend virtual freshers week against ‘shocking irresponsibility’ claims

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student leaders at UCC have defended virtual freshers week activities and rejected claims it shows ‘shocking irresponsibility’ in the face of a pandemic. The president of UCC students’ union, Naoise Crowley, said some reports of what was planned had created a level of hysteria ‘that was not justified’, saying that the moving of entertainment events online was in line with the public health response …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 28 September]

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