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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Face value: why won’t students turn their cameras on?

Posted in Teaching on November 27th, 2020 by steve

“You’re leading a seminar about this week’s topic. You’ve gone through the arguments, counterarguments and the fine details forgotten by the textbooks. You conclude, sit down and ask for the thoughts of the students. Silence. If you’re a lecturer, you may know this experience all too well …” (more)

[Jack Harvey, Wonkhe, 27 November]

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Priority for universities for the next term is the safety of staff and students and maximising the student experience

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on November 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the country prepares to adapt to further changes in the public health guidelines, the universities represented by the IUA are now completing the process of communicating with their staff and students on plans for the next semester …” (more)

[IUA, 27 November]

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UL students weigh up graduation in the Covid era

Posted in Life on November 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UL senior students will graduate in summer 2021 and enter into the work force. Different from previous years, the impact of the pandemic has exacerbated the challenges they face after graduation. A small number of students elected to take a ‘gap year’, while others re-enrolled in their junior year …” (more)

[Luyao Liu, Limerick Voice, 27 November]

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Third-level colleges aim to resume more face-to-face teaching early next year

Posted in Teaching on November 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges may be able to increase face-to-face teaching for first year students and resume sports activity on campus early next year in line with an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, according to Government sources. A formal announcement is due on Friday afternoon and follows discussions between the Department of Higher Education and representatives of third-level colleges over options to boost on-campus activity …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 26 November]

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Student nurses who worked for free in Covid wards may be paid

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Health Minister Stephen Donnelly is examining whether to pay a bonus or other stipend to student nurses who work for free in Covid wards around the country. Confirmation of the move, previously mooted, comes after 12,000 people signed an internet petition overnight calling for the 3,000 students to be paid for both the work and the risk they are running of contracting the life-altering disease …” (more)

[Senan Molony, Independent, 27 November]

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Four new statues to end Trinity Long Room’s ‘men only’ image

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Four new sculptures of female scholars are to be commissioned by Trinity College Dublin, the first women to go on display in the university’s Old Library. Scientist Rosalind Franklin, folklorist and theatre-founder Augusta Gregory, mathematician Ada Lovelace and writer and women’s rights advocate Mary Wollstonecraft have been chosen from a list of more than 500 suggestions …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 26 November]

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Top Five Takeaways From the Trinity Futures Group’s Findings

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on November 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The times they are a-changin’ and College is no exception. A confidential discussion paper, drafted by the Trinity Futures Group and seen by The University Times, laid out plans, proposals and promises for what Trinity may look like in the future …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 26 November]

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80% of Irish Students Happy With College Experience Pre-Covid-19, Says Survey

Posted in Life, Teaching on November 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In a survey conducted before Covid-19 restrictions were put into place, 80% of Irish students said they were satisfied with their college experience. Students post-implementation of restrictions have told The College Tribune that they are significantly less satisfied with their college experience …” (more)

[Isobel Dunne, College Tribune, 26 November]

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Top College Group Proposes Off-Campus Hub Allowing for Demolition of Buildings

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is considering moving some staff into an off-campus hub, reducing the number of people working on campus and leading to the demolition or selling off of some of College’s existing buildings …”(more)

[Cormac Watson and Molly Furey, University Times, 26 November]

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Covid-19 Pandemic – Teaching

Posted in Teaching on November 27th, 2020 by steve

IrelandGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for no indoor classes taking place under level 3, which effectively shuts music, dance schools and speech and drama schools …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 November]

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Counselling Services

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2020 by steve

IrelandSteven Matthews (Wicklow, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if any recent assessment has been carried out by his department to examine the capacity of counselling services offered by third level institutions in view of ongoing remote learning …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 November]

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Mental Health Policy

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDenis Naughten (Roscommon-Galway, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the policy on mental health support services in relation to third level institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 November]

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