UCD medical students withhold fees in protest at fee increases

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than 70% of Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) students in University College, Dublin are withholding fees in protest over further fee increases and disruptions to learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Fees have increased year-on-year since 2017 for such students and now stand at €16,290 for Irish students and €55,140 for non-EU students, representing an increase of €1,000 and €3,000 respectively since 2017 …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 31 October]

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Students issued with letter to present to Gardaí when travelling to College

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students were today issued with a letter that they are to present to Gardaí should they be stopped and questioned when travelling into College or to placement sites. The letter must be presented alongside a valid Trinity student ID …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 30 October]

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Students face a different connection issue: isolation

Posted in Life on October 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Throughout 2020, work, education, and social lives have been moved online for the majority of the population of this country. Everyone will be familiar with connection issues at this stage; the Wi-Fi dropping, audio or video issues, computers crashing in the middle of important classes or meetings …” (more)

[Ciarán van Dam, Limerick Voice, 30 October]

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Waterford after TUSE: Is our student-free City getting a sense of impact it could have

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“‘Winter is Coming’ – three chilling words familiar to the Game of Thrones enthusiasts amongst us. The phrase which heralded impending doom to the civilised world of Westeros, or for the uninitiated GoT fans out there – in layman’s terms …” (more)

[Richard Finnegan, 28 October]

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UCD Ranked Ireland’s Top University For Second Year Running

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCD has been ranked as the best university in Ireland according to US News and World Report’s Best Global Universities Ranking list for the second consecutive year. UCD also ranked as the 97th best university in Europe and 226th best university in the world …” (more)

[Sarah Connaughton, College Tribune, 29 October]

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Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 has been highlighted by the arrival of COVID-19

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Trade Union movement in Ireland was instrumental in the setting up of the Barrington Commission in the 1980s, which arose from pressure from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) to have a more comprehensive approach to health and safety in the workplace, at a time when only 20% of employments were covered by any legislation, such as the Factories Acts …” (more)

[IFUT, 29 October]

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Mountjoy prisoners gain access to third-level education during pandemic

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on October 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Prisoners at Mountjoy Prison have been granted online access to college lectures and tutorials during the coronavirus pandemic and this could be instrumental in establishing third-level education in Irish prisons in the longer term, a review of a new project involving the Dublin jail and Maynooth University has concluded …” (more)

[Conor Lally, Irish Times, 29 October]

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Rebooting Waterford economy needs University autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Perhaps channelling Fleetwood Mac, the Labour Party locally has taken a brave and interesting position in advocating for Waterford Institute of Technology to set a deadline on talks or ‘go its own way’ and seek to become a standalone University …” (more)

[Richard Finnegan, 25 October]

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Provost applications open as change to Statutes to allow electronic voting considered

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

Ireland“The appointment procedure for College’s next provost, who is due to take up the role next year, has opened, with applications for the role closing on December 4. Consideration is underway on a change to College’s Statues that would allow voting for the election to take place electronically if needed …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 29 October]

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Students cannot continue to be exploited by paying for Accommodation they are prevented from using

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Rose Conway-Walsh TD, has today published the results of a student accommodation survey that highlights how student renters have paid thousands of euro in advance to secure accommodation they are now prevented from using …” (more)

[Rose Conway-Walsh, Sinn Féin, 29 October]

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Bologna process: Decent salaries and fair working conditions are the pillars for high-quality higher education

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

“In the upcoming European Higher Education Area (EHEA) Ministerial Conference that will be held in Rome on 19 November 2020, 48 countries will adopt the Rome Communiqué which sets the main goals and challenges of the Bologna Process for the next decade …” (more, video)

[ETUCE, 29 October]

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Screencasting: the safety net that encourages creativity and spontaneity

Posted in Teaching on October 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The jury is in. I love online teaching. I love making screencasts where I can relax in the knowledge that if students haven’t followed me the first time around, they can replay my ‘lecture’ or dig a bit deeper into the notes I’ve provided in Word. I love the fact that online assessment means I can introduce them to tools like Excel Solver and WolframAlpha and not have to say, ‘obviously I can’t assess you on these techniques in the final exam’ …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 29 October]

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International Student Fees: An Ongoing Rise That is Set to Stop?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s move to online learning, unhappiness with communication in releasing timetables and lack of in-person teaching has led to student unrest bubbling away in the background since summertime. At council, this dissatisfaction came to the fore with a motion passing that mandated Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) to lobby against the annual increase in fees for international students …” (more)

[Emma Taggart, University Times, 28 October]

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College Proposes Schols ‘Quota’ System Over Fears of Grade Inflation

Posted in Teaching on October 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is considering choosing this year’s new Scholars based on a quota system – in which each faculty is allocated a certain number of scholarships – rather than the current system in which any student who receives a previously set overall grade in the exams will get a scholarship …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 28 October]

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Make Mayo GMIT campus a unit on its own – proposal to minister

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

Ireland“The possibility of the GMIT campus in Castlebar operating independently is to be raised at ministerial level. The president of GMIT is to be asked to Mayo to address local councillors, too, and it was suggested at a Castlebar Municipal District meeting today that the Castlebar campus should look to become a unit on its own, with its own funding stream …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 28 October]

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Trinity College spend over €4,500 on upgrades to hand sanitisation stations

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

Ireland“Trinity College was forced to spend €4,610 on upgrades to their campus’ hand sanitisation stations after criticisms. Upgrades to the hand sanitisation stations on Trinity’s campus were required after students complained about the lack of accessibility and Irish translations. The first installation of the stations included a foot pump to dispense the hand sanitiser. However, this was found to not be accessible, especially for people with physical disabilities and impairments …” (more)

[Shauna Bannon Ward, The College View, 28 October]

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UCC criticised for links with controversial Chinese university

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

Ireland“University College Cork is considering deepening its relationship with a controversial university in China that the Beijing regime uses to educate students from ethnic minorities, many of whom go on to become Chinese Communist Party officials or cadres …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 28 October]

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Ireland’s Approach to the Pandemic May Have Long-Lasting Effects for Students

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

Ireland“When the coronavirus pandemic forced me to depart Dublin for my native United States, I was heartbroken. It hadn’t taken me long after arriving at Trinity to pursue a masters degree, in the Autumn of 2019, to fall in love with the country from which my ancestors had come. The nightlife, culture and history were enough to draw me in almost instantly but it helped that Ireland had what I considered to be a highly competent government …” (more)

[Samuel O’Brient, University Times, 27 October]

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TCDSU Votes to Lobby for Reduced International Student Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Council has passed a motion mandating the union’s President Eoin Hand and International Officer Patrick O’Mahony to lobby against annual three to five per cent fee increases for international students. The motion was proposed by a group of 10 students …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 27 October]

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Medieval Book of Lismore returns home to Cork after ‘eventful’ 500-year journey

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

Ireland“One of the great books of Ireland has returned home to Cork, its county of origin, almost five centuries after it was first created. The Book of Lismore, which contains some of the greatest masterpieces of medieval Irish literature, is to return to Cork where it was first penned in the late 15th century …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 28 October]

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