Why do we dump everything on the universities?

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on October 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The latest ‘announcement’ by the Minster regarding short courses and standalone modules to be delivered by the universities as part of the post-covid recovery process is interesting. I’m presuming that this is simply another announcement of the HCI (Human Capital Initiative) which has many good aspects to it …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 26 October]

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Waterford IT’s advice to students stopped at garda checkpoints

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has issued advice to students travelling to college with Covid-19 restrictions in effect. ‘With the introduction of Level 5 restrictions, we are mindful that some students may encounter garda checkpoints as they travel to or from college …'” (more)

[Leinster Leader, 26 October]

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In the School of Medicine, a Damning Report Begs the Question: What Now?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Few people are under the illusion that health-science placements are easy: long hours, truckloads of information to absorb, patients to care for and – in many cases – no pay. This newspaper has previously documented the gruelling conditions of a health science work placement. In 2019, health science students spoke about working two jobs to keep afloat, long days and nights, chaotic hospital scenes and no pay. One midwifery student went as far as saying that placement was akin to ‘slave labour’ …” (more)

[University Times, 25 October]

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College Encouraged Students to Move into Rooms. Refunds Are an Olive Branch

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the country braced itself for a nationwide lockdown this week, an air of disquiet permeated all aspects of the higher education sector: would college libraries close? Would students – who only moved into their accommodation a few weeks ago – be forced to move out? …” (more)

[University Times, 25 October]

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NUIG seeks retention permission for solar panels on two buildings

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is seeking planning approval from the city council for the retention of solar panels erected on two campus buildings. Two separate retention applications have been made for solar power developments put up on the Arts Concourse and Alice Perry Engineering Building …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 25 October]

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