Gardaí called to student accommodation in Galway over false alarm

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí were called to a student residence at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) this afternoon after reports of a possible firearm. Gardaí were called to the location after it was suspected that there was a firearm on the premises …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, TheJournal.ie, 2 October]

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Cork Institute of Technology denies report amounted to ‘effectively investigating itself’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) has denied that a report, carried out at the behest of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) into the college’s relationship with some of its subsidiary companies, amounted to the institution ‘effectively investigating itself’ …” (more)

[Cianan Brennan, Irish Examiner, 30 September]

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Gardaí shut down 35 house parties in Limerick, arrest 5 people

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí have shut down 35 student house parties and arrested five people as part of a policing plan around Freshers Week at the University of Limerick. A Limerick joint policing committee meeting heard that 35 off-campus house parties have been shut down in the Castletroy area since last Sunday over coronavirus concerns …” (more)

[David Raleigh, Irish Times, 2 October]

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NUIG in hot water over Covid cluster

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway management declined a request from a Head of School to move a business class at the centre of a large cluster of Covid-19 cases to online-learning. At least 14 members in one class of 27 Master’s students at NUIG tested positive for Covid-19 last week, The Galway City Tribune has learned …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 2 October]

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Trinity advertising for professor for Black Studies module

Posted in Research, Teaching on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has begun advertising an Associate Professorship in Sociology, which will focus on the school’s new Black Studies module. The module was created in June after students in College produced a petition for Trinity to establish a Black Studies module, following the debate on racial education in Ireland …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 2 October]

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UL Will ‘Move Mountains’ To Accommodate Students Who Lost Out On Places Over Grade Errors

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of the University of Limerick insists they’ll move mountains to accommodate students who missed out on a college place due to errors in the calculated grades system. A mistake on one line of code has led to around 6,500 students getting a poorer grade than they should, while it’s emerged that the same number received a higher grade …” (more)

[Clare FM, 2 October]

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Digital Natives are not used to online learning via @guardian

Posted in Teaching on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“With most Colleges and Universities returning to class this week there are understandable worries about how incoming new students will perform. In the 19th September edition of The Guardian newspaper, Anna Fazackerley writes about fears that UK universities predict record student dropout rate …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 1 October]

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The Department of Education loosening third-level grant requirements for asylum seekers is a step in the right direction, but not enough

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“While students in direct provision no longer need to attend school in Ireland for three years, or obtain a Leaving Certificate to qualify for a college grant, structural inequalities in the education system persist for asylum seekers …” (more)

[Grace Gageby, Trinity News, 2 October]

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Higher education not prioritised under new Covid-19 restrictions

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On September 18, Dublin was raised to Level 3 restrictions in response to rising Covid-19 cases in the capital. The levelled guidance system was published by the government only three days previously. Despite the guidelines indicating universities would remain open at Level 3 as long as they ‘escalate all appropriate protective measures / limit congregation’ …” (more)

[Kate Glen, Trinity News, 2 October]

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CIT president announces retirement after 40-year career in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The president of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) has announced his retirement. Dr Barry O’Connor, 65, who has held the position since September 2017, told CIT’s governing body this evening that he will retire in December …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 1 October]

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Student parties in Galway

Posted in Legal issues on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I support the current health restrictions and think that the hundreds of people who gathered at Spanish Arch in Galway recently acted irresponsibly. Nonetheless, I am greatly concerned by your report ‘Gardaí to share locations of student house parties with NUI Galway authorities’ (News, September 30th) …” (more)

[Alan Eustace, Irish Times, 2 October]

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Addressing Leaving Cert results debacle poses major issues on lecturing staff numbers

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The likely creation of significant additional higher education places for students denied college entry due to errors in Leaving Cert calculations will make an already bad lecturer:student ratio even worse and undermine the credibility of higher education delivery, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has warned …” (more)

[IFUT, 1 September]

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Outreach COVID 19 testing base to be set up at NUIG campus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A new COVID 19 testing base will be established at the NUI Galway campus from tomorrow. The outreach unit aims to cater for testing demands from the student population across the city as well as those without transport to other sites such as the main base in Carnmore …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 1 October]

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UCD employee sues college over injuries from lifting box of brochures

Posted in Legal issues on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Corporate Relations Manager who claims she injured her neck as she attempted to pick up a box of information leaflets at an event in Budapest to promote UCD has sued the university in the High Court …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, BreakingNews.ie, 1 October]

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Blanket Statements For All Universities ‘Unhelpful’, Says Provost

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast today said that ‘blanket statements’ applying to all courses and institutions were ‘unhelpful’, in a meeting of Higher Education Minister Simon Harris and the presidents of Ireland’s universities …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 1 October]

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Outrage as Medicine Freshers to Take Mandatory Dolores Cahill Module

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Controversy is brewing in the UCD School of Medicine as reports emerge that first years will be required to take a module taught by Professor Dolores Cahill, despite the lecturers controversial comments regarding the ongoing COVID pandemic …” (more)

[Jack McGee, College Tribune, 1 October]

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Shift to remote learning leaves one in four student beds empty

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A quarter of all beds in Galway’s largest purpose-build student accommodation complexes lie vacant at the start of the new college year – as students stay home and learn remotely. Winters Property Management, which manages almost 2,000 beds at four NUIG and GMIT-related buildings in the city, has confirmed demand for places in student apartments has fallen significantly due to Covid-19 …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 1 October]

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Limerick IT – Coonagh site

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

IrelandAlan Kelly (Tipperary, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the construction of the Limerick Institute of Technology Coonagh site in Limerick City; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 September]

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