UCD Announce Stronger COVID Guidelines for Nationwide Lockdown

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Following the announcement of a nationwide Level 5 lockdown being put in place from midnight on Wednesday 21st of October, University College Dublin (UCD) has responded by strengthening its existing COVID-19 policies that are currently in place …” (more)

[Adam Conway, College Tribune, 20 October]

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Campus accommodation to remain open around country with some in-person teaching allowed to continue

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students and staff living in on-campus accommodation around the country are to be permitted to remain in their current housing but with no visitors allowed under guidelines for higher education following the announcement of new Level 5 restrictions last night …” (more)

[Kate Henshaw, Trinity News, 20 October]

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College confirms that ‘not much will change’ for Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on October 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In an email to students this evening, Provost Patrick Prendergast explained that because of College’s previous preparations, not much will change in Trinity as College is operating at a ‘very high level of safety’ …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly and Audrey Brown, Trinity News, 20 October]

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Actors, content creators and online learning

Posted in Teaching on October 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I had a piece in the Irish Times today which I wrote a few weeks ago and which I’m still happy with. I believe the move to online learning will, on balance, benefit students’ education and I also feel that those in the digital learning ‘space’ have not been vocal enough in reassuring students and their parents that the move to online learning will not impact on the quality of the education that we deliver …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 20 September]

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Covid-19: Schools and colleges to remain open during Level 5 restrictions

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There is ‘overwhelming’ evidence that schools remain safe settings and they will continue to operate during the Level 5 restrictions, Minister for Education Norma Foley has said. In a statement, she said the move to increase public health restrictions will support schools to continue to operate safely and sustainably during the pandemic …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 October]

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Covid gives us a chance to take higher education by the scruff of the neck

Posted in Teaching on October 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There is no doubt that the Covid-19 crisis has impacted hugely on education, especially at primary and secondary levels. The third-level sector, however, has been able to continue at close-to-normal pace, thanks to the fact that older students are more capable of adapting to online learning …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 20 October]

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No mention of higher education in Taoiseach’s restrictions announcement

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In an expected move tonight, the government has decided to implement Level 5 restrictions on the country for six weeks, starting Wednesday night. Implications for the higher education sector were not mentioned by the Taoiseach during his address to the country this evening announcing Cabinet’s decision on the imposition of heightened Covid-19 restrictions …” (more)

[Audrey Brown, Trinity News, 19 October]

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College Classes to Remain Online for Rest of Semester, Says Head of School

Posted in Teaching on October 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The ‘current arrangements for teaching’ – which are predominantly focused online – will remain in place for the duration of Michaelmas term, the Head of the School of English has said. In an email to students …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 19 October]

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