Series of student parties shut down by gardaí this week

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Over the last week, a number of student gatherings have been shut down by An Garda Síochána. According to the Irish Times, Gardaí have shut down 35 ‘student house parties’ over Freshers’ Week at the University of Limerick (UL). Gardaí have also arrested five people as part of the policing plan around UL …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 3 October]

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Corporate relations manager settles case against UCD over neck injury

Posted in Legal issues on October 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A corporate relations manager who claimed she injured her neck as she attempted to pick up a box of information leaflets at an event in Budapest to promote UCD has settled her High Court action on undisclosed terms …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, BreakingNews.ie, 3 October]

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Scientist Richard Dawkins ditched: are university students stifling free speech?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It is one of the oldest university societies in the world. The College Historical Society – popularly known as the Hist – has been a feature of student life at Trinity College Dublin since 1747. It boasts about 10,000 members and has achieved a mild sort of celebrity outside of Trinity’s venerable grounds thanks to the controversial debates it has hosted over the years …” (more)

[John Meagher, Independent, 3 October]

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Week Ending

Posted in Life, Teaching on October 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It’s the Saturday after a very tough week. At least I’ve got an excuse for lounging about at home because I’m waiting for a new bed to be delivered. Since I moved into my new house I’ve been sleeping in a single bed, in what will be the spare room, but when the bigger bed arrives I’ll be able to move into the main bedroom. Last week was a tough one at work …” (more)

[In the Dark, 3 October]

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International students not getting value for money as classes go online

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“International students in Irish third-level institutions feel they are not getting value for money due to current Covid-19 restrictions on colleges. Since the resumption of classes over the past few weeks, Irish third-level institutes have been told to operate under Level Three restrictions of the Government’s Living with Covid plan …” (more)

[Muireann Duffy, BreakingNews.ie, 3 October]

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PAC to question awarding of Leaving Cert exams contract to Canada firm

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on October 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Dáil’s spending watchdog is expected to call in senior Department of Education officials to answer questions over the contract awarded to Polymetrika, the Canadian company at the centre of the latest Leaving Cert calculated grades controversy …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 3 October]

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The Leaving Cert – outsourcing a fiasco

Posted in Teaching on October 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Those who were mistakenly downgraded will get upgrades, which is only fair. On Friday we found out that some who were mistakenly upgraded will be allowed to keep their extra points. Well, it would be harsh to take them away …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 3 October]

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UCD Hire Covid-19 Compliance Officers on Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Additional controls have been implemented by University College Dublin (UCD) in an attempt to ensure students are following Covid-19 health regulations and restrictions such as the employing of Covid-19 Compliance Officers …” (more)

[Eve Moore, College Tribune, 2 October]

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The Leaving Cert Crisis Has Laid Bare A Wrecked Third-Level System

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on October 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“For the leaving certificate class of 2020, it has been nothing but an enduring struggle. The constant confusion around the predicted grades system left a lot to be desired, but yesterday’s revelations that over 6500 students – or 10% of the overall examination number – have received an incorrect grade would be almost laughable, if it weren’t so tragic …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 1 October]

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Third Level Fees – Coronavirus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2020 by steve

IrelandDenis Naughten (Roscommon-Galway, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if it will be ensured that college registration fees are reduced in line with the reduction in face-to-face contact with students by lecturers and blended learning; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 October]

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Third Level Staff – Precarity

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2020 by steve

IrelandPaul Murphy (Dublin South West, RISE): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the use of postgraduates in precarious positions for teaching and other duties is increasing in NUIG and that the university expects postgraduate workers to carry out unpaid teaching; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that postgraduates at NUIG have declared their intention to refuse to carry out work which is not remunerated at the existing collectively bargained rate; and the steps he will take to meet the demands of postgraduate workers (details supplied) …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 October]

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