UCD SU Reject UMT-Offered Student Levy Rebate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCD SU) rejected a proposed rebate of €50 on the student levy from the University Management Team (UMT) on Monday. The offer came as a counter proposal after president Andrew Deeks rejected a request by UCD SU for a rebate taken from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) €11 million surplus generated from student fees …” (more)

[Stephen Kisbey-Green, College Tribune, 1 December]

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My son isn’t logging onto lectures. I worry that he’ll drop out of college

Posted in Life, Teaching on December 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“My son was delighted when he got his CAO offer in September. Sadly, as the weeks have passed, his enthusiasm has waned and he is finding it hard to motivate himself to log on to lectures. He was on campus just once – but with few around, he found it a very depressing experience. I fear he may drop out …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 1 November]

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Does Ireland have a diversity problem at third level?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“How many ethnic minority students go to college in Ireland? Nobody seems to know – and it’s putting a generation at risk of being left behind. Race, Ethnicity and Change in Higher Education, a new report from the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) and the British Council in Ireland, says that this lack of data may be harming the educational and career opportunities of black, Asian, Traveller and other ethnic minority students in Ireland …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 1 November]

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Explicit Images and Racist Slurs Shared on Schols Zoom Call

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An online information session for Foundational Scholarship (Schols) candidates this evening resulted in a viewer using Zoom’s screen-share function to show pornographic material to viewers. The viewer in question also sent a racial slur into the event’s chatbox, as well as several lewd messages …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 30 November]