Trinity’s library spaces need urgent attention and systematic change ahead of exam season to cope with social distancing

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Any Trinity student who frequents the library, particularly during exam season, knows the all too familiar struggle of trying to find a seat: pacing the BLU, passing rows upon rows of occupied seats, or desks reserved with a pile of untouched books and a jacket. In October of last year, the practice of ‘desk hogging’ became such an issue that College hired teams of postgraduate students to manage the situation …” (more)

[Grace Gageby, Trinity News, 19 October]

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Online classes go outdoors to boost students’ well-being

Posted in Teaching on October 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A lecturer at University College Dublin (UCD) has come up with a novel approach to delivering online lectures to his students during the pandemic …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 19 October]

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Limerick councillor in plea for respectful behaviour in estates around UL

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party councillor for Limerick City East, Elena Secas is making a strong plea to people for respectful behaviour in residential areas around UL ‘Residents in housing estates adjacent to UL have big concerns about quite large groups of people socializing in their area …'” (more)

[Donal O’Regan, Limerick Leader, 18 October]

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If College Wants Strict Rules in Halls, It Must Work With Students – Not Against Them

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This week, eight students spoke with The University Times about a culture of intimidation and fear at Trinity Hall during the coronavirus pandemic. Students are facing evictions and threats of fines worth hundreds of euros if they break the complex’s strict rules, making residents feel afraid, unwelcome and as if they are in ‘prison’ …” (more)

[University Times, 18 October]

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Budget 2021 Betrays a Lack of Vision for Third-Level Sector

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The creation of a dedicated Department for Higher Education earlier this year was met with much fanfare by those in the sector who had been advocating for such a move for years. The existence of the dedicated department has already proven useful, with the Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris already providing increased third-level spaces to deal with the inflated leaving certificate grades and promising to prioritise hot-topic issues such as on-campus sexual assault …” (more)

[University Times, 18 October]

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UCC students who choose to return home to be issued with rent refund

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) Students’ Union has confirmed that an agreement has been reached to issue students who wish to return home from their rented accommodation with a refund. Following a meeting with UCC Campus Accommodation, the union posted the update on social media …” (more)

[Breda Graham, EchoLive, 18 October]

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Covid-19 Pandemic Supports – Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 19th, 2020 by steve

IrelandFergus O’Dowd (Louth, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if additional supports will be made available to college students who have paid full college fees but are advised to remain home under Covid-19 guidelines; if supports will be made available for students who have paid accommodation fees up front; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 October]

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