Third Level Payments

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Niall Collins, Junior Education Minister, talks to Cormac about the €50 million scheme launched today to help third level students …” (audio)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 19 November]

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Plan S – are you compliant?

Posted in Research on November 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Those nice people at cOAlition S have produced a new online tool that allows authors to check whether a given academic journal complies with the requirements of Plan S as they apply to a given funder and institution. For information on how it works see here. For the actual tool (beta version) see here …” (more)

[In the Dark, 19 November]

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Printing House Square expected to be completed by spring 2021

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The construction of Printing House Square is expected to be completed for spring 2021, after facing several delays over the last few years. The accommodation complex was expected to be completed this summer; however, construction on the site had to halt due to the lockdown following the outbreak of Covid-19 in March …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 19 November]

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Trinity College appoints Savills to advise on €1bn Silicon Docks campus

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin ’s plan to develop a €1 billion technology campus in Dublin’s so-called Silicon Docks area has moved up a gear following the appointment of Savills Ireland to provide financial management and property advisory services for the project …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Irish Times, 19 November]

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200,000 students eligible to claim one-off €250 Covid grants before Christmas

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Up to 200,000 third level students will be able to claim special €250 payments – brought in because of the Covid-19 pandemic – before Christmas. The Irish Independent has learned the scheme, which will be formally launched by Higher Education Minister Simon Harris today, will also include postgraduate students …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 19 November]

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Hundreds of students suspended and fined over Covid breaches

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 19th, 2020 by steve

“Hundreds of Northern Irish students have been suspended and hit with fines totalling over €14,000 for breaking lockdown restrictions. Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has imposed sanctions on 109 students for coronavirus-related offences, while Ulster University (UU) said it has dealt with 146 transgressions …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Independent, 19 November]

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Library Apologises for Confusion Caused by New Booking System

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The library has apologised to students for confusion caused by recent changes made to the library booking system. The changes, which include a 25-hour limit on booking per week and a new check-in system, were introduced in an effort to combat the number of students booking slots and failing to show up …” (more)

[Malachi Ó Marcaigh, University Times, 18 November]

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Stop the postdoc treadmill … I want to get off

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2020 by steve

International“The problems facing postdocs who are more than ready for life as an independent researcher are well documented. A lack of faculty positions forces many to spend years moving from one temporary contract to another, often internationally …” (more)

[Julie Gould, Nature, 18 November]

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Spike in Covid cases in Limerick linked to ‘student activity’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student activity and a​ ‘large outbreak’ at University Hospital Limerick are being cited as the primary reasons for a spike in cases of Covid-19 in Limerick. More than 460 cases of the disease have been reported across the city and county over the past two weeks with 85 being reported on Monday alone – the highest daily figure since the pandemic began …” (more)

[David Hurley and Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 18 November]

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Sexual abuse at English and Welsh universities ‘a public scandal’ – study

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 19th, 2020 by steve

“An estimated 50,000 incidents of sexual abuse or harassment take place in universities in England and Wales every year, according to research, which accuses the sector of failing to adequately address what is ‘fast becoming a public scandal’ …” (more)

[Sally Weale, Guardian, 19 November]

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Medical Research and Training

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the training pathways, including third-level undergraduate and postgraduate pathways, currently in place for each of the medical professions; the numbers availing of these annually; the cost per person for each pathway; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 November]

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