Provost applications open as change to Statutes to allow electronic voting considered

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The appointment procedure for College’s next provost, who is due to take up the role next year, has opened, with applications for the role closing on December 4. Consideration is underway on a change to College’s Statues that would allow voting for the election to take place electronically if needed …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 29 October]

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Students cannot continue to be exploited by paying for Accommodation they are prevented from using

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Rose Conway-Walsh TD, has today published the results of a student accommodation survey that highlights how student renters have paid thousands of euro in advance to secure accommodation they are now prevented from using …” (more)

[Rose Conway-Walsh, Sinn Féin, 29 October]

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Bologna process: Decent salaries and fair working conditions are the pillars for high-quality higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2020 by steve

“In the upcoming European Higher Education Area (EHEA) Ministerial Conference that will be held in Rome on 19 November 2020, 48 countries will adopt the Rome Communiqué which sets the main goals and challenges of the Bologna Process for the next decade …” (more, video)

[ETUCE, 29 October]

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Screencasting: the safety net that encourages creativity and spontaneity

Posted in Teaching on October 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The jury is in. I love online teaching. I love making screencasts where I can relax in the knowledge that if students haven’t followed me the first time around, they can replay my ‘lecture’ or dig a bit deeper into the notes I’ve provided in Word. I love the fact that online assessment means I can introduce them to tools like Excel Solver and WolframAlpha and not have to say, ‘obviously I can’t assess you on these techniques in the final exam’ …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 29 October]

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International Student Fees: An Ongoing Rise That is Set to Stop?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s move to online learning, unhappiness with communication in releasing timetables and lack of in-person teaching has led to student unrest bubbling away in the background since summertime. At council, this dissatisfaction came to the fore with a motion passing that mandated Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) to lobby against the annual increase in fees for international students …” (more)

[Emma Taggart, University Times, 28 October]

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College Proposes Schols ‘Quota’ System Over Fears of Grade Inflation

Posted in Teaching on October 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is considering choosing this year’s new Scholars based on a quota system – in which each faculty is allocated a certain number of scholarships – rather than the current system in which any student who receives a previously set overall grade in the exams will get a scholarship …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 28 October]

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Make Mayo GMIT campus a unit on its own – proposal to minister

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The possibility of the GMIT campus in Castlebar operating independently is to be raised at ministerial level. The president of GMIT is to be asked to Mayo to address local councillors, too, and it was suggested at a Castlebar Municipal District meeting today that the Castlebar campus should look to become a unit on its own, with its own funding stream …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 28 October]

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