Knowledge, Disciplines and Skills: finding the sweet spot

Posted in Teaching on November 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“For the last decade, and more, education, both at second level and third level, has become something of a battleground. It appears that on one side we have a group who view the world as having been so transformed by digitisation etc that the very nature of education needs to undergo radical change …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 30 November]

If you can’t be kind in peer review, be neutral

Posted in Research on November 30th, 2020 by steve

International“Like most scientists, we are both regularly asked to serve as peer reviewers: to rank proposals and candidates and to identify flaws that should prohibit a publication of a manuscript or provision of grant support. Journals encourage reviewers to ‘plainly state’ their opinion of a manuscript, and reviews of manuscripts and grants land in authors’ inboxes unfiltered and unedited …” (more)

[Rebekah Baglini and Christine Parsons, Nature, 30 November]

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What to expect from the OECD review of the Irish Education System

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on November 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Lots of bar charts. Lots of talk about ’21st century’ skills. Workplace this, workplace that. Lots of worry about the ‘rapid pace of change’ and education not being ‘fit for purpose’ …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 30 November]

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Trinity Needs Normalcy Post Pandemic – Not Black Mirror-Esque Innovations

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on November 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“We may have this week gotten a taste of what may be to come for Trinity, after The University Times reported on a confidential discussion paper brought to University Council, which outlined a ream of coronavirus-inspired recommendations for the future. They included creating off-campus hubs, demolishing and selling off buildings and making online learning a permanent feature of College …” (more)

[University Times, 29 November]

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OECD unclear how ‘rigid’ Leaving Cert prepares students for future

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Leaving Cert is ‘too narrow and rigid’ and its main focus seems to be acting as a filter for entry into higher education, according to a review by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The findings of the Paris-based organisation, which represents 36 wealthy nations worldwide, are due to be published later this week …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 November]

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Is it the Right Time to be Talking About In-person Teaching Next Semester?

Posted in Teaching on November 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As Ireland took its first steps to relax level-five restrictions this week, apprehension and caution trumped any feelings of celebration that people may have felt. It felt eerily similar to last summer, when restrictions were loosened only for the virus to ultimately resurge with a vengeance. Provost Patrick Prendergast sent out an email to students on Friday …” (more)

[University Times, 29 November]

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Can Biden help reset China-US HE and research relations?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Research on November 30th, 2020 by steve

“The geopolitical, trade and technology tensions between the United States and China will continue to have an impact on higher education collaboration between academics and universities in the two countries under US President-Elect Joe Biden, higher education experts say, although they see a likely change of tone under Biden which could ease some current friction which is affecting student flows from China …” (more)

[Yojana Sharma, University World News, 25 November]

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A new provost is a chance for a new Trinity

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

Ireland“We now have the likely field for the provost election. While Professors Linda Doyle, Linda Hogan and Jane Ohlmeyer still have to apply for candidacy, be accepted, and secure the necessary nominations, it seems highly probable they will, given their respective profiles and CVs …” (more)

[Trinity News, 29 November]

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How the pandemic has affected UL international students

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

Ireland“Every year students from all over the world attend the University of Limerick for a semester as part of the Erasmus program. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Universities throughout Ireland have adopted online teaching methods this semester, which has resulted in many international students being unable to travel to Limerick for the year …” (more)

[Luyao Liu, Limerick Voice, 29 November]

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A few things I’ve learned from a Covid semester

Posted in Teaching on November 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“At the start of this semester, our big issue, apart from safety, was student engagement. How could we keep students engaged when most of their learning was online? One of our ‘solutions’ was to introduce lots of assessments; small, medium and large. We now have so many assessments that we’ve had to develop codes for them: OE, MCQ, LA, MA etc. While I’m in favour of diversity of assessment in general, I think we’ve overdone it …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 29 November]

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Third degree: College students struggling to cope with remote learning experience

Posted in Life on November 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“COVID-19 has turned the typical third-level student experience on its head. Remote learning is the prevailing reality for the majority, cutting students off from the rich vibrancy of campus life. Opportunities to connect in-person with their peers – so vital for this stage of their development – and with their lecturers – key mentors for their future careers – are rare or non-existent …” (more)

[Helen O’Callaghan, Irish Examiner, 27 November]

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Queen’s University slammed as zero hours staff sidelined

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2020 by steve

“A trade union has branded the response of Queen’s University to a collective grievance raised by zero hours employees at student union facilities which have had to close temporarily due to Covid restrictions as ‘disgraceful’. Unite said the decision not to place employees on furlough now leaves zero hours workers facing impoverishment, with almost half of the workers also losing their accommodation due to financial hardship …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 28 November]

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Erasmus must only happen next semester with increased student supports

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Since its inception, the Erasmus programme has been hailed by students and academic institutions across Europe as being a rite of passage. One of the programme’s centrepieces is its support network between students and the institutions involved, be it through the flagship Erasmus grant, networking events for overseas students or language learning opportunities directly from the programme itself …” (more)

[Adam Balchin, Trinity News, 28 November]

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College Plans for Increase in In-Person Teaching Next Semester

Posted in Teaching on November 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity plans to increase the amount of face-to-face teaching in small group seminars next semester, while large lectures will remain online for the rest of the year. To facilitate students unable to attend face-to-face teaching, the College plans to increase the amount of ‘hybrid teaching’ offered next semester …” (more)

[Cormac Watson and Aoife Kearins, University Times, 27 November]

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To seize North Quays moment, Waterford now needs to raise its University sights

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The €110 million funding breakthrough for the North Quays development delivered some badly needed pre-Christmas cheer for the people of Waterford. Combined with the prospect of a Covid-19 vaccine, it opens up all sorts of possibilities in 2021 at the end of what’s been the ultimate annus horribilis …” (more)

[Richard Finnegan, 26 November]

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A nationwide university rent strike is sweeping the country as more students join the movement

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2020 by steve

“Cambridge and Nottingham university students have joined students in Bristol and Manchester in declaring that they’re on rent strike. And as other students from campuses across the UK threaten to take the same action, the movement could soon become massive …” (more)

[Eliza Egret, The Canary, 27 November]

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Moving Further and Higher Education forward within Level 3 – Minister Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government has announced that all of Ireland will, from Tuesday 1 December, be placed at Level 3 of the Plan for Living with COVID-19. Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD said today (Friday) …” (more)

[gov.ie, 27 November]

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Student Grant Scheme – Covid-19

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 28th, 2020 by steve

IrelandPearse Doherty (Donegal, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the effect Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payments will have on the entitlement of third level students to student grants; if it is planned to make changes to the income assessment process for such students; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 November]

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Third Level Admissions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 28th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of part-time students currently enrolled or the most current figures available; the number of part-time third level students, by county, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 November]

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UCD students ‘outraged’ at reports college made €11m extra in fees this year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at University College Dublin say they are ‘outraged’ to hear the college is making €11 million more in student fees this year. Responding to the recent reports, UCD Students Union (SU) has called on management to explain where the money is going …” (more)

[Michelle McGlynn, Irish Examiner, 27 November]

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