Students face continuing WiFi connectivity problems in accommodation

Posted in Life, Teaching on October 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As students move to the third week of classes, with the majority of classes being moved online until further notice, many students are still facing internet connectivity issues in their student accommodation. First-year students living in Trinity Hall (Halls) in particular have reported WiFi connection issues …” (more)

[Audrey Brown, Trinity News, 16 October]

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Majority of UL to stay online ‘for rest of semester’

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on October 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has this afternoon announced plans to continue its model of online class delivery for the remainder of the first semester. In an email distributed to students shortly after midday, Professor Nigel Healey, Interim Vice President Academic Affairs and Student Engagement, said …” (more)

[Mike Finnerty, Limerick Voice, 16 October]

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China defends Confucius Institutes now under fire from US

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2020 by steve

“Following scathing political attacks from the Trump administration China on Friday defended its Confucius Institutes as apolitical facilitators of cultural and language exchange. The administration last week urged US schools and colleges to rethink their ties to the institutes that bring Chinese language classes to America but, according to federal officials, also invite a ‘malign influence’ from China …” (more)

[Independent, 16 October]

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Statement regarding 2020 Leaving Certificate (Calculated Grades) appeals process

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on October 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The 2020 Leaving Certificate (Calculated Grades) appeals process has concluded and the appeal outcomes will be made available to students at 12pm today, Friday 16 October through the Calculated Grades Student Portal. In the processing of the appeals, the Calculated grades Executive Office reviewed a total of 33,301 individual subject records belonging to 12,216 students. This number excludes students who initially entered for an appeal but later withdrew their application …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 16 October]

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The EU and defending academic freedom

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2020 by steve

“Sir, – I would like to echo and to supplement what Prof Ronald J Hill says, in his letter of October 13th, about the European Humanities University (EHU) in exile from Belarus, now with a fine campus in Vilnius. The government of Lithuania is to be congratulated on offering such practical and substantive support to EHU, at the expense of straining bilateral relations with its eastern neighbour …” (more)

[Dónal Denham, Irish Times, 16 October]

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Minister Harris launches €5 million National Student Mental Health Framework

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The National Student Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Framework has been launched by Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris, in response to the growing concern surrounding student mental health and suicide, especially in the wake of COVID-19 isolation and uncertainty …” (more)

[Iseult O’Callaghan, College Tribune, 15 October]

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Do we misunderstand being marginalised?

Posted in Teaching on October 16th, 2020 by steve

“Students in marginalised groups undoubtedly face an abundance of challenges, not only with their academia, but also with feelings of belonging – which are central to both wellbeing and representation …” (more)

[Ria Bluck, Wonkhe, 16 October]

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‘This will not be your college experience, this will not last forever’ – Harris laments impact of pandemic on young people

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on October 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said that there has not been enough discussion about the impact of the pandemic on young people. Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, he said that he is ‘concerned’ that there has been a lack of dialogue about the impact restrictions have had on young people and students …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 15 October]

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Covid-19 Pandemic – NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandPeadar Tóibín (Meath West, Aontú): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to a cluster of Covid-19 cases in NUI Galway in the past two weeks of September 2020; and if a rise in Covid-19 cases in NUI Galway had any bearing on the decision by his Department in September 2020 to move learning in universities online for two weeks …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 October]

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Leaving Cert – Calculated Grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on October 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandAodhán Ó Ríordáin (Dublin Bay North, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will constitute an independent inquiry into the 2020 leaving certificate which would examine the circumstances leading to the cancellation of the exam, the design and implementation of the calculated grades system, the ensuing errors and omissions and the knock-on effect on the CAO process; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 14 October]

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Third Level Institutions – Debt

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department is monitoring the debt levels of publicly funded universities and technological universities; the total amount and by each publicly funded university and technological university; the anticipated impact on levels of debt held by universities due to Covid-related disruption to the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 October]

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Third Level Fees – Refunds

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandPat Buckley (Cork East, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide details on the process a person (details supplied) could follow; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 October]

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