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Ireland“The Hist – or the College Historical Society of Trinity College Dublin – have rescinded their invitation to Richard Dawkins to address the society next year.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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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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