‘Appalled’ at decision to close GMIT Mayo business department

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The GMIT campus in Castlebar has been dealt a severe blow with staff in the business department being told their department is closing. Mayo Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon has called on the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris, to make a statement as to why GMIT Mayo campus business staff were issued letters Sunday night stating the business department at the Castlebar campus was to close and advising staff they now report to the Galway campus …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 7 October]

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Are Essay Mills Threatening the Integrity of Academia?

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on October 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Academic misconduct is an age-old practice. It dates back to the Ming and Qing dynasties, when Chinese students used miniature copies of books to cheat in their civil-service examinations. Fast forward a few thousand years, and cheating in academia is still alive and well – it has simply taken on a new, more sophisticated form …” (more)

[Naoise D’Arcy, University Times, 7 October]

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USI publishes views on higher education delivery for rest of semester one

Posted in Teaching on October 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Extensive and essential student supports must be put in place by Government and institutions and a focus put on online teaching and learning in order to provide clarity for the rest of this semester, according to the Union of Students in Ireland …” (more)

[USI, 7 October]

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International students living off-campus during Covid-19 pandemic face lack of support from University

Posted in Life on October 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at NUI Galway living off-campus have voiced their concerns over a lack of support from the University during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Despite free transport being provided by the University directly from Dublin Airport to Galway, as well as rooms in Goldcrest and Corrib Village being offered for the mandatory two-week quarantine, students have experienced difficulties in areas from receiving course information to lack of mandatory testing upon their arrival in Galway …” (more)

[Caoimhe Killeen, SIN, 7 October]

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Lecture Streaming

Posted in Teaching on October 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“When we were told, at the start of this term, to move all our teaching online my initial intention was to record most of the lectures in my office for the students to watch at their leisure rather than streaming them live …” (more)

[In the Dark, 7 October]

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Minister Harris announces allocation of €34.33m in Transformation Funding for Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, has today (7 October 2020) announced funding of €34.33m to higher education institutions to help them in their progression towards Technological University status …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 7 October]

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Income data for thousands of students receiving grants is ‘incomplete’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Insufficient data is being collected to determine the full income of thousands of students who are in receipt of third level grants, according to a new spending review. A report by the Department of Public Expenditure shows the State is spending about €360 million per year to a total of 77,000 students in further and higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 October]

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UCD and NUIG to stay teaching online until after Christmas

Posted in Teaching on October 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCD and NUIG have decided to continue to operate all teaching and learning activities online for the remainder of the first semester, following the Taoiseach’s announcement on Monday night that the country would move to Level 3 restrictions for the next three weeks …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 6 October]

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