Minister Harris confirms further restriction of onsite third level activity in response to deteriorating COVID-19 situation

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris TD has today confirmed further restriction of onsite third level activity in response to the deteriorating COVID-19 situation. Further and higher education are operating primarily online with most activities delivered remotely during this academic year …” (more)

[gov.ie, 6 January]

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Calls growing for Leaving Cert 2021 to be cancelled as TD warns of huge mental health risks for students

Posted in Teaching on January 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“This year’s Leaving Cert should be cancelled as a result of Covid-19, with all students allowed to access their first or second-choice college courses, a Solidarity–People Before Profit TD has insisted. Mick Barry said today that running the exams – a rite of passage for thousands of young people across the country every year – risks ‘the potential for an unacceptable level of mental health pressures on a large number of leaving cert students’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, Irish Mirror, 6 January]

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Can Publishers Maintain Control of the Scholarly Record?

Posted in Research on January 6th, 2021 by steve

International“The journal brand has proven to be the great intangible asset of the scholarly publisher. It signals trust and authority to authors and readers alike. So even as libraries came to license bundles rather than discrete titles and users came to discover and access content through platforms, publishers have worked hard to defend the journal brand and extend it, for example through cascades and author workflow integrations …” (more)

[Danielle Cooper, Oya Y Rieger and Roger C Schonfeldjan, The Scholarly Kitchen, 6 January]

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Trinity Displaying ‘Lack of Leadership’ on COVID As Cases Surge, Says Unite

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Unite the Union – which represents technical staff in College – has strongly condemned a ‘lack of leadership’ in Trinity, after it announced today that staff and students would be notified about arrangements for the second semester ‘by Friday’. Cieran Perry, the secretary of Trinity’s Unite the Union house committee, said that the union was ‘very disappointed with the lack of leadership from the college’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 5 January]

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‘Student voices aren’t being heard’ – Leaving Cert students ‘stressed out’ awaiting closure announcement

Posted in Teaching on January 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students say they’re feeling ‘anxious and stressed’ about the possibility of facing exams this summer in the face of a further possible school closure. The class of 2021 have already missed three months of fifth year with the possibility of schools remaining closed in January also looming this evening …” (more)

[Eoghan Moloney, Independent, 5 January]

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