Covid-19: UCC confirms a number of cases among students in campus accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has confirmed that it has notified the Health Service Executive (HSE) of a number of cases of Covid-19 among students in campus accommodation. The university said the appropriate protocols have been put in place …” (more)

[Barry Roche and Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 9 October]

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TCDSU Warns Firsts Years About Imposter Infiltrating Group Chats

Posted in Life on October 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has warned first years to remain vigilant online after fresher group chats were infiltrated by an imposter advertising position for models and personal assistants. TCDSU Welfare Officer Leah Keogh told The University Times that a single phone number had been posting messages in freshers Whatsapp groups, and had also impersonated individual students …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 9 October]

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‘Broadband has to be a priority’: CIT president says everyone must be able to learn from home

Posted in Teaching on October 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) president Dr Barry O’Connor wants progress on the National Broadband Plan to ensure that students and lecturers in rural areas can participate in e-learning and can access online resources. Dr O’Connor praised the Department of Education and the Higher Education Authority (HEA) for providing funding to combat the pandemic and support learning during the lockdown …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 8 October]

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Girls’ maths ability underestimated due to stereotypes, study finds

Posted in Research on October 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Gender stereotyping is resulting in girls’ performance at maths being significantly underestimated by teachers and parents from primary school onwards, according to new research. A study of 8,000 pupils in Ireland concludes that the perception that girls are not as good as boys is occurring at all levels of achievement, with the gap widest for high-performing girls …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 October]

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How EU Budget Cuts are Threatening the Future of Irish Research

Posted in Research on October 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Since its establishment in 2007, the European Research Council (ERC) has developed a reputation for excellence. Its grantees have won seven Nobel Prizes, four Fields Medals and five Wolf Prizes, along with the 6,100 publications produced by its grantees being among the top one per cent most cited in their respective fields …” (more)

[Jane Cook, University Times, 8 October]

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UCC teaching to continue online for remainder of term

Posted in Teaching on October 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has announced that the majority of its courses will continue to be delivered remotely for the remainder of the semester. However, the university has left it up to its individual schools to decide whether to hold non-practical tutorials in person …” (more)

[Aine Kenny, Irish Examiner, 8 October]

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Third Level Institutions – Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 9th, 2020 by steve

IrelandMairead Farrell (Galway West, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Trade, Enterprise and Employment if universities and third level institutions are bound by SI 146 of 2000 Industrial Relations Act 1990 (Code of Practice on Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 October]

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