DCU students unable to access lectures due to technical fault

Posted in Teaching on October 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin City University have been unable to access lectures and other online facilities due to a problem with the college’s virtual learning platform. The university reopened to students yesterday, with the bulk of learning to take place online …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 6 October]

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NUI Galway classes will be online until Christmas

Posted in Teaching on October 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has announced that classes will be online until Christmas. The only exceptions will be lab-based and practical tuition, which will remain on campus. The announcement comes on the heels of the Government’s move to implement Level 3 public health restrictions countrywide for three weeks, from midnight tonight …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 October]

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Queen’s University ‘closely monitoring’ situation as coronavirus cases increase

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2020 by steve

“The Queen’s University Belfast is ‘closely monitoring’ an increase in coronavirus cases and has not ruled out introducing further measures to stem the spread. It has been reported that 166 students and staff at the south Belfast university have tested positive for Covid-19 …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 6 October]

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Why appointing the wrong people creates a fiasco

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The recent dispute between the Government and NPHET reminds me of something that I have wanted to talk about for a long time. Why, when we set up task forces and government advisory groups, do we always populate our committees with Professors, Assistants Secretaries, Heads of Quangos and CEOs of corporations? …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 6 October]

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Students will be able to mix modules from courses across Ireland’s seven traditional universities under ground-breaking new initiative

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Future students will be able to mix and match modules from degree courses across the country’s seven traditional universities under a ground-breaking initiative, it was announced today. It is one of 22 innovative projects in a €197m, five-year Government-funded programme to support the development of necessary labour market skills …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 October]

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The Pandemic Throws Up Challenges for Third-Level – But Also Opportunities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“‘God, wouldn’t you hate to be starting college this year?’ More than anything else that is the response I get when asking anyone about the situation students find themselves in. There is no doubt this will be one of the most challenging academic years on record. The coronavirus has torn up the rulebook for the world as we know it with particular challenges for our colleges and universities …” (more)

[Seán Defoe, University Times, 5 October]

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Investigation: UCD Management Ignored Pleas For Prompt GDPR Reforms

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) experienced significant delays in acting on ‘far reaching’ data management recommendations from the Data Protection Commission (DPC). Following a data breach in November 2019, uncovered by The College Tribune, the university was instructed to review its physical storage practices and data retention periods which led to the promise of mandatory data protection training for all staff …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 5 October]

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Minister Harris announces 22 innovative projects to be funded under Human Capital Initiative

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, TD has today announced 22 projects are to be funded under the Human Capital Initiative. The projects include the use of virtual laboratories in higher education, a new hub to upskill the building sector on green construction, and the establishment of Creative Futures Academy to support digital and screen culture, cinema, literature and broadcasting, art, design, and fashion …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 5 October]

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McGrath ‘not sure’ new pay deal can be agreed

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The country is facing the threat of industrial unrest as public expenditure minister Michael McGrath warned that a new public-sector pay deal ‘simply may not be achievable’. In an interview with the Irish Examiner, Mr McGrath warned of a ‘messy and problematic’ fallout should a deal not be agreed …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 5 October]

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