Third degree: College students struggling to cope with remote learning experience

Posted in Life on November 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“COVID-19 has turned the typical third-level student experience on its head. Remote learning is the prevailing reality for the majority, cutting students off from the rich vibrancy of campus life. Opportunities to connect in-person with their peers – so vital for this stage of their development – and with their lecturers – key mentors for their future careers – are rare or non-existent …” (more)

[Helen O’Callaghan, Irish Examiner, 27 November]

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Queen’s University slammed as zero hours staff sidelined

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2020 by steve

“A trade union has branded the response of Queen’s University to a collective grievance raised by zero hours employees at student union facilities which have had to close temporarily due to Covid restrictions as ‘disgraceful’. Unite said the decision not to place employees on furlough now leaves zero hours workers facing impoverishment, with almost half of the workers also losing their accommodation due to financial hardship …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 28 November]

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Erasmus must only happen next semester with increased student supports

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Since its inception, the Erasmus programme has been hailed by students and academic institutions across Europe as being a rite of passage. One of the programme’s centrepieces is its support network between students and the institutions involved, be it through the flagship Erasmus grant, networking events for overseas students or language learning opportunities directly from the programme itself …” (more)

[Adam Balchin, Trinity News, 28 November]

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College Plans for Increase in In-Person Teaching Next Semester

Posted in Teaching on November 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity plans to increase the amount of face-to-face teaching in small group seminars next semester, while large lectures will remain online for the rest of the year. To facilitate students unable to attend face-to-face teaching, the College plans to increase the amount of ‘hybrid teaching’ offered next semester …” (more)

[Cormac Watson and Aoife Kearins, University Times, 27 November]

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To seize North Quays moment, Waterford now needs to raise its University sights

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The €110 million funding breakthrough for the North Quays development delivered some badly needed pre-Christmas cheer for the people of Waterford. Combined with the prospect of a Covid-19 vaccine, it opens up all sorts of possibilities in 2021 at the end of what’s been the ultimate annus horribilis …” (more)

[Richard Finnegan, 26 November]

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A nationwide university rent strike is sweeping the country as more students join the movement

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2020 by steve

“Cambridge and Nottingham university students have joined students in Bristol and Manchester in declaring that they’re on rent strike. And as other students from campuses across the UK threaten to take the same action, the movement could soon become massive …” (more)

[Eliza Egret, The Canary, 27 November]

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Moving Further and Higher Education forward within Level 3 – Minister Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government has announced that all of Ireland will, from Tuesday 1 December, be placed at Level 3 of the Plan for Living with COVID-19. Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD said today (Friday) …” (more)

[gov.ie, 27 November]

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Student Grant Scheme – Covid-19

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 28th, 2020 by steve

IrelandPearse Doherty (Donegal, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the effect Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payments will have on the entitlement of third level students to student grants; if it is planned to make changes to the income assessment process for such students; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 November]

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Third Level Admissions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 28th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of part-time students currently enrolled or the most current figures available; the number of part-time third level students, by county, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 November]

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