Student nurses being used as ‘slave labour’, Dáil hears

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses are being used as ‘slave labour’ according to Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Mick Barry. Mr Barry told the Dáil student nurses are being ‘exploited’, according to the Irish Examiner, criticising the Government for failing to pay student nurses and midwives the same rate as health care assistants …” (more)

[Muireaan Duffy, BreakingNews.ie, 2 December]

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Mixed Reaction to Online Language Learning

Posted in Teaching on December 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Many students feel that in-person interaction is crucial to their learning of a language at Third Level. Language students have been hopeful for the return of language labs on campus for semester two. Unfortunately, this looks unlikely as the use of headsets and microphones are essential in labs and it would prove quite difficult to disinfect them after every student …” (more)

[Mary Raftery, SIN, 2 December]

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QUBSU Workers Demand Respect From Queen’s University

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2020 by steve

“In July, Queen’s University removed a number of casual staff members from The Speakeasy and other QUBSU facilities from the scope of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). This decision came as a result of the ‘unprecedented times’ and on-going uncertainties surrounding how semester one would look at Queen’s …” (more)

[Jessica Lawrence, The Gown, 29 November]

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Minister must step up and pay student nurses – David Cullinane TD

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health, David Cullinane TD, has called on the Minister for Health to step up to the plate and pay student nurses. Teachta Cullinane said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 2 December]

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SIPTU supports decision to keep third level lectures online for rest of academic year

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on December 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU representatives have said that the decision to keep third level lectures online for the rest of the academic year provides certainty for staff and students. SIPTU Education Sector Organiser, Karl Byrne, said …” (more)

[SIPTU, 30 November]

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The OECD and Irish education

Posted in Teaching on December 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The soon to be released OECD report on the Irish education system will, no doubt, reignite the debate around the Leaving Cert and whether it is fit for purpose in the 21st century (‘Leaving Cert “too narrow and rigid”, OECD review finds’, News, November 30th) …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 2 December]

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Lack of Student Anger Contributed to No More ‘No Detriment Policy’ – Conor Anderson

Posted in Teaching on December 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A lack of student support and anger around the ‘No Detriment’ policy is the the reason the University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCD SU) will no longer push for the Covid-19 Assessment Guidelines to be extended into this exam season, according to SU President Conor Anderson …” (more)

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

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University to stay online for Semester Two

Posted in Teaching on December 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway have announced that Semester two learning will continue online. In an email circulated to all students last week, signed off by President of the University Dr Ciaran Ó’hÓgartaigh the university stated that they, ‘expect to continue next semester with the current levels of on-campus activity still in place’ …” (more)

[Paddy Henry, SIN, 1 December]

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Senior Department of Education official to be cross-examined in case over grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on December 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The High Court has permitted a limited cross-examination of the assistant secretary of the Department of Education during the lead challenge over the Leaving Cert calculated grades process. That action, by Freddie Sherry, a Leaving Cert student at Dublin’s Belvedere College, is due to open next Tuesday with more than 30 other cases awaiting its outcome …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 1 December]

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Smurfit respond to letter, stating cost of programmes has not reduced

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In an email to all students, the Director and College Principal refused to reduce fees as ‘the costs of delivering our programmes have not been reduced as a result of Covid-19’ …” (more)

[Nathan Young, University Observer, 1 December]

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