Universities caution it may not be possible to accommodate all impacted students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick has said there may not be places at the university for all of the students affected by errors in Leaving Certificate results. Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week, Professor Kerstin Mey said while every effort will be made to accommodate additional students on their programmes, ‘it may not be possible to accommodate everyone’ …” (more)

[Justin McCarthy, RTÉ News, 4 October]

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Square Deal development to include 280 student beds

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The mixed-use development on the former Square Deal premises site in Cork city centre has been green-lit to incorporate 280 student beds. Five-year planning permission for the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) was granted for the project on Washington Street West, which will see the refurbishment and modifications of a protected structure …” (more)

[Sarah O’Dwyer, EchoLive, 3 October]

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Statement from the Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and the Department of Education and Skills regarding Leaving Certificate 2020 Calculated Grades Process

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on October 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has updated Leaving Certificate 2020 students on matters relating to the corrected, higher Calculated Grades which are to issue to some students. The Department of Education and Skills will re-open the student Calculated Grades portal at 6pm today, Saturday 3 October, and all students who are due to receive corrected, higher grades, will be able to access their results …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 3 October]

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Simon Harris warns critics to lay off students after house parties fallout, branding stereotypes ‘complete bull’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Simon Harris has warned critics to lay off students – while urging young people to party safely – as Ireland is engulfed by the dreaded second wave of Covid-19. In a wide-ranging interview with the Irish Sun, the Higher Education Minister hits out at the ‘complete bull’ stereotypes that students are ignoring health rules following wild scenes in Galway, Limerick and Cork …” (more)

[Adam Higgins, Irish Sun, 4 October]

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Rape, groping, and ‘revenge porn’: Sexual disclosures by UCD students

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A students’ union welfare officer at University College Dublin (UCD) received some 350 disclosures of harassment and assault in one academic year at the university. Melissa Plunkett was welfare officer at UCD for the academic year 2018-2019. The 363 incidents disclosed to her by other students mostly took place during this time …” (more)

[Una Mullally, Irish Times, 3 October]

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European Education Area takes a ‘major leap forward’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 4th, 2020 by steve

“The European Commission has set out its vision for achieving a European Education Area (EEA), its flagship initiative, by 2025. Improving quality and inclusiveness along with a greater focus on digital and green dimensions in European member state education systems are central to the proposals, which are being designed to ‘enable learners to move easily between education systems in different countries and help create a culture of lifelong learning’ …” (more)

[Nic Mitchell, University World News, 2 October]

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