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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On the Exploitation of Postgraduates

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Thinking through the implications of Friday’s announcement for teaching I saw the following advice sent out to students from Maynooth University: ‘For the next few weeks most lectures will move online. You will be invited on-campus for practical classes, tutorials and for the teaching which requires a lot of interaction …'” (more)

[In the Dark, 27 September]

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UCC students face expulsion if they breach Covid-19 guidelines

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork students, who breach Covid-19 regulations including guidelines on attending or visiting households on university-owned accommodation, could face expulsion, UCC interim president Prof John O’Halloran has warned …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 27 September]

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UCC students look for refunds for accommodation as classes go online for two weeks

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students in Cork want their money back after paying up front for accommodation this semester. Earlier this week, the government’s ordered colleges to start the new semester with online classes only for the next two weeks …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 27 September]

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Holyland: How do you solve Belfast’s perennial problem area?

Posted in Life on September 27th, 2020 by steve

“When Brid Ruddy first moved to the Holyland area of Belfast in the mid-1970s, it was to escape the sectarian confines around the Oldpark Road in the north of the city …” (more)

[Michael Sheils McNamee, BBC News, 27 September]

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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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