Leaving Cert calculated grades memo deemed confidential, High Court hears

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A memorandum considered by Cabinet before approving the exclusion of historical school data from the Leaving Cert calculated grades process cannot be disclosed on grounds of Cabinet confidentiality, the State has told the High Court …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 24 November]

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UCC reverts to pre-pandemic exam measures, despite little relief in sight

Posted in Teaching on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The sudden onset of Covid-19 in early March required a rapid re-think of how normal assessment processes would work from home. Temporary measures were put in place to address the added pressure of the pandemic to the summer exam season, but UCC has made the decision to rescind such measures for this academic year …” (more)

[Maeve McTaggart, University Express, 24 November]

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No Plan to Rename Berkeley Library ‘At Present’, Says College

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There have been ‘constructive conversations’ in College about the name of the Berkeley Library, but Trinity currently has no plan to rename the library. In an email statement to The University Times, Tom Molloy, Trinity’s director of public affairs and communications, said: ‘Like many other institutions, the university is reflecting on its history and is addressing race and ethnicity to ensure the university is a place that is welcoming to all …'” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 24 November]

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Talks on new pay deal for 340,000 public servants get green light

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Talks on a new pay deal for 340,000 public servants are set to kick off after the government formally invited unions to negotiations. The Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions met this morning and decided to accept an invitation on a successor to the current agreement …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 24 November]

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For university students, COVID-19 stress creates perfect conditions for mental health crises

Posted in Life on November 24th, 2020 by steve

“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of most, if not all, individuals living in Canada. However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the mental health of younger populations (ages 18-25) has been particularly affected …” (more)

[Kim Hellemans and others, The Conversation, 24 October]

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Irish Survey of Student Engagement National Report 2020

Posted in Research, Teaching on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More students than ever before have taken part in the 2020 Irish Survey of Student Engagement and the results provide invaluable insights for the higher education sector as well as for the students themselves. The Irish Survey of Student Engagement National Report 2020 was published today, in partnership with the HEA, the IUA, THEA and the USI …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 24 November]

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University rankings need a rethink

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2020 by steve

International“Researchers often complain about the indicators that hiring and grant committees use to judge them. In the past ten years, initiatives such as the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment and the Leiden Manifesto have pushed universities to rethink how and when to use publications and citations to assess research and researchers …” (more)

[Elizabeth Gadd, Nature, 24 November]

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The Housing Disaster: Analysing Our Generation’s Defining Crisis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“We are living in a world with a growing housing crisis around the student population; something that is troubling to young people, parents, and guardians as a problem once someone reaches third-level education …” (more)

[Conor Capplis and others, College Tribune, 23 November]

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‘Shatter the glass ceiling’: First woman university chief in Ireland on breakthrough role

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this year Prof Kerstin Mey shattered one of the highest and hardest glass ceilings there is in Ireland. Her appointment as president of University of Limerick in July ended a 428-year tradition of men only running Irish universities. By her own admission, the full significance of it only sank in later …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 November]

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More than 4 in 10 students feel college does not prepare them for work

Posted in Life, Teaching on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than four in 10 students in Ireland believe they acquire very little or just some skills at university and college that will help them get a job, a survey has found. The Irish Survey of Student Engagement, or StudentSurvey.ie, polled 44,707 first year and final year undergraduate students as well as post-graduate students attending third-level institutions this year …” (more)

[Brian Hutton, Irish Times, 24 November]

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College in a time of Covid: Are third-level students being short-changed?

Posted in Life on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In late September, hundreds of students gathered at Spanish Arch in Galway. They were widely condemned for breaching Covid-19 regulations. While student leaders say large gatherings and house parties should not have happened, they point out that the vast majority of students are quietly giving up at least a chunk of their student years to support the battle against coronavirus – and getting little credit for it …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 24 November]

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Clear national health and safety approach needed for face-to-face teaching in universities, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ad-hoc approach by individual colleges would ‘risk chaos for staff and students alike’. The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for a single, clear health and safety framework for any reopening of face-to-face teaching in the New Year, saying that without it college administrations are currently planning in a vacuum and devising contradictory measures related to preventing the spread of Covid-19 …” (more)

[IFUT, 23 November]

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Consortium involving GMIT to apply for Technological University status before year end

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An application for technological university status is expected from GMIT, Sligo and Letterkenny, by the end of the year. Last month, €5.7 million was allocated to the Connacht Ulster Alliance consortium in a bid to assist with the application for the designation …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 23 November]

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Departmental Functions

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the transfer of research and innovation components from Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment; when the transfer will be complete; if the units as they currently exist in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment will be transferred in their entirety; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 November]

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Third Level Education – Covid-19

Posted in Teaching on November 24th, 2020 by steve

IrelandMichael McNamara (Clare, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on a circular distributed recently to students of a college (details supplied) which has taken the decision to continue with its online delivery mode for the spring semester that is to stay the remainder of the academic year 2020-2021; the effect this online delivery mode is having on first year students that are lacking the experience of college and the interactions with other first year students; if he will consider intervening with the college to facilitate students to return to campus even on a part-time basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 November]

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National Training Fund

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated surplus of the National Training Fund for 2020; the total surplus of the National Training Fund at the end of 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 November]

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