Covid-19: University lecturers warn of ‘chaos’ if face-to-face teaching returns

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University lecturers have warned of ‘chaos and confusion’ if there is a return to face-to-face teaching in the new year in the absence of clear health and safety rules. Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said he wants to boost on-campus activity for first year students, in particular, early next year amid concern over a potential rise in drop-out rates …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 November]

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Senator Hoey: Student Nurses ‘Can’t Live on Applause and Platitudes’

Posted in Teaching on November 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There have been renewed calls for Health Minister Stephen Donnelly and the HSE to end the practice of unpaid work by student nurses in hospitals across Ireland. The Labour Party’s spokeswoman for higher education, Senator Annie Hoey, called on the Government to act, reiterating that student nurses on the frontline ‘can’t live on applause and platitudes’ …” (more)

[Jack O’Gorman, College Tribune, 21 November]

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New international student enrolments drop by 43% in US

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 22nd, 2020 by steve

“International student enrolments in United States universities declined by 16% in autumn 2020 and drops in new student enrolments were more than twice as steep, at 43%, according to data from a snapshot survey designed to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on US higher education. A drop was expected, and researchers anticipate a surge in enrolments after the pandemic has ended, fuelled by pent-up demand and aggressive ongoing recruitment of international students …” (more)

[Mary Beth Marklein, University World News, 16 November]

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Digital divide ‘catastrophic’ for many students – World Bank

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on November 22nd, 2020 by steve

International“The digital divide off campus has been ‘catastrophic’ for large groups of students around the world, but the return to campuses has also been ‘hit and miss’ in different contexts, even in rich countries, according to Roberta Malee Bassett, the global tertiary lead and senior education specialist for the World Bank …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 21 November]

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Numbers in Queen’s University accommodation ‘falls marginally during pandemic’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2020 by steve

“The number of students living at Queen’s University in Belfast has fallen ‘marginally’ amid the pandemic. A reduction in the number of twin rooms and international students arriving on campus later were partly responsible, the institution said …” (more)

[Michael McHugh, Belfast Telegraph, 22 November]

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Trinity Extends Coronavirus Testing to ‘Key Groups of Staff’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is extending its coronavirus testing scheme to ‘key groups of staff’, including people working in College Health, the Day Nursery and Estates and Facilities on a phased basis. At present, only residents of Halls and on-campus accommodation can avail of the service …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 21 November]

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€250 Makes a Dent in Students’ Expenses, But the Impact is Somewhat Hollow

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students have never exactly been at the forefront of governmental worries. For a government long-submerged by a variety of under-funded sectors of society, issues facing higher education institutions and students have found themselves collecting dust on the shelves of governments of past and present …” (more)

[Faye Curran, University Times, 21 November]

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