Broken Promises: UCD’s Handling Of The Global Pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In March, students left the Belfield campus, as they have every year for the welcomed two-week respite. But this time, they did not return. Covid-19 took the country into lockdown and resulted in the closure of Higher Education Institutions nationwide …” (more)

[College Tribune, 12 October]

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Investors buy student housing site in Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Round Hill Capital, an international real estate investment firm, and NBK Capital have bought a 412-bed student accommodation development in Cork. NBK Capital, a Middle Eastern investment company, will help co-fund the development …” (more)

[Ellie Donnelly, Independent, 12 October]

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Maynooth from the Air

Posted in Life on October 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I came across this video of drone footage of Maynooth and surroundings and thought I’d share it here. There are plenty of shots of the St Patrick’s College and parts of Maynooth University as well as the town itself and Carton House …” (more)

[In the Dark, 12 October]

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The government is serious about winning the culture wars – universities need to be ready

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2020 by steve

“Over several years there have been many examples of the worlds of politics and academia failing to understand one another. It can sometimes feel like they are willfully speaking different languages …” (more)

[Ed Dorrell, Wonkhe, 12 October]

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Covid and Queen’s: ‘A very different year’ at the Belfast university

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“When the coronavirus pandemic took hold earlier this year, scientists sudden dominated the airwaves. ‘I never knew Northern Ireland had so many virologists’, was a common observation. Many of those experts – not least the North’s chief scientific adviser, Prof Ian Young – were from Queen’s University Belfast …” (more)

[Freya McClements, Irish Times, 12 October]

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What is a college campus without its students?

Posted in Life on October 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“What does a university campus sound like without its 17,000 students? Well, apart from a student rolling the odd suitcase through otherwise deserted courtyards on their way to the bus stop, it’s pretty silent. I headed out to the University of Limerick (UL), my own alma mater, to see what a college campus looks like under the current Covid restrictions …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 11 October]

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The IUA’s Message to the Govt is Clear: Third-Level Is Central to Economic Recovery

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) requested a hefty total of €538 million from the government in its pre-budget submission, which attempted to position higher education at the centre of the economy’s recovery. The IUA’s optimism is understandable – this is the first budget since the establishment of a Department of Higher Education in June, and third-level has enjoyed an unprecedented place in the sun as a result …” (more)

[University Times, 11 October]

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Snobby university obsession

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I note with interest your article on the Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris’s declaration that we must end the ‘snobby obsession’ of schools with universities (News, October 9th). The print media have been driving this obsession for years …” (more)

[Chris Horan, Irish Times, 12 October]

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