Students put at a ‘major disadvantage’ in SUSI grant applications this year, Senator says

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Labour Spokesperson on Higher Education Senator Annie Hoey has said that students who were in receipt of the PUP this year were put at a disadvantage in their SUSI applications, as the grant application process did not account for government support payment …” (more)

[Julia Bochenek, Trinity News, 25 October]

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First year students warned after adverts posted in messaging groups asking for ‘female only’ personal assistant and model jobs

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“First year students in Trinity College Dublin have been warned to be vigilant after two adverts were posted in messaging groups for a ‘female only’ personal assistant and a model. An initial advert looking for an assistant sent alarm bells ringing with the Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union after a student got in touch to say they had seen it in a Whatsapp group for Trinity Halls students, the first year on campus accommodation …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 25 October]

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Students need clarity on staging of 2021 exams

Posted in Teaching on October 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Teachers are seeking clarity on next year’s Leaving Cert, saying contingencies should be in place to make sure exams can happen, or parameters need to be set out in case teacher-assessed calculated grades are needed again. The Department of Education said the State Examinations Commission intends to run the 2021 exams ‘as normally as possible’, with necessary safety measures in place …” (more)

[Independent, 25 October]

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How can we reimagine future global research post COVID-19?

Posted in Research on October 25th, 2020 by steve

International“Covid-19 is reshaping the world, including the academic world. What we were familiar with as ‘normal’ is fading away and will need to be rewritten. The world is also witnessing a fast-growing body of research on COVID-19. International organisations, governments, scientific journals and funding bodies have been calling on researchers to join forces to tackle the crisis …” (more)

[Xin Xu, University World News, 24 October]