Calculated grades: Draft suggested ‘negative consequences’ of excluding historical data

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on November 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A draft document circulated by the director of the Leaving Cert calculated grades office referred to the ‘negative consequences’ of excluding historical school data from a calculated grades model as including ‘better performing disadvantaged schools also [being] thrown under the bus’, the High Court has heard …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 25 November]

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Final steps taken to establish Munster Technological University (MTU)

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The final steps have been taken for the Munster Technological University (MTU) which is to be established on 1 January 2021. The passing of necessary legislation has ensured that the State’s second Technological University can be established with the merging of the Cork Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology Tralee to establish the Munster Technological University on 1 January …” (more)

[Maeve Lee, EchoLive, 25 November]

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Out of the REF

Posted in Research on November 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I was talking over Zoom with some former colleagues from the United Kingdom last week, and was surprised to learn that, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 Research Excellence Framework is ploughing ahead next year, only slightly delayed. There’s no stopping bureaucratic juggernauts once they get going …” (more)

[In the Dark, 25 November]

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No Need for Emergency Exam Measures This Year, Says Senior Lecturer

Posted in Teaching on November 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Senior Lecturer Kevin Mitchell is proposing that College does not bring in any emergency measures for the upcoming exam period similar to those introduced for last year’s summer exams. Mitchell said that College ‘will certainly employ a sympathetic approach and increased level of flexibility’ for individual cases due to the ongoing pandemic …” (more)

[University Times, 25 November]

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UCC academics concerned at deepening links with Minzu University

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Academics in University College Cork (UCC) have expressed concern about plans to deepen links with a controversial university in China. Fifty academics from the university have signed a letter seeking a detailed report on whether Minzu University in China is linked to human rights abuses against the Uighur people in Xinjiang, and other minority groups …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 25 November]

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Academic burnout in all its forms

Posted in Life on November 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Academic burnout can be defined as a negative emotional, physical or mental reaction to prolonged study that results in exhaustion, frustration, lack of motivation and reduced ability to perform in academia. It’s normal to feel stressed, anxious and nervous at university, especially at the start of the year or around exam periods …” (more)

[Ella McKee, Trinity News, 25 November]

Graduate entry medicine students to receive union support

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Council has voted in favour of a campaign to lobby the government to increase financial support for Graduate Entry Medicine students. Delegates from TCDSU who attend the Union of Students In Ireland (USI) National Council and USI Congress are to put forward motions at meetings of those bodies to establish a nationwide USI campaign to lower GEM tuition fees …” (more)

[Audrey Brown, Trinity News, 24 November]

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Staff Brace for Unprecedented Slash to Academic Council Numbers

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Proposals to reduce the membership of University College Dublin’s (UCD) largest academic committee will be considered later this week. On top of reducing numbers, the move will restructure the group in line with gender equality targets and more than double the student representation …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 24 November]


Ministers meet National Skills Council to discuss skills needs and links between education and enterprise

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD and Minister of State for Skills and Further Education Niall Collins TD today (Tuesday, 24 November) met with the National Skills Council to discuss opportunities to better link enterprise and industry with further and higher education …” (more)

[, 24 November]

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