Investigation: UCD Breaching Law With Staff Hiring Process

Posted in Legal issues on January 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Hiring practices at University College Dublin (UCD) could be in breach of Irish and EU law, experts have warned. A scoring system used to hire more diverse academics has been subject to serious objections from staff, with some fearing legal action by participating in the process …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 14 January]

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Teachers’ unions call for Leaving Cert to go ahead as planned

Posted in Teaching on January 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Two teachers’ unions have called for the Leaving Certificate exams to go ahead as planned following last year’s difficulty with calculated grades. The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) and the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) have said that the Leaving Cert should go ahead in June, despite calls for the exams to be axed this year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 14 January]

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Amazon removes Durham University students’ theses being sold online

Posted in Legal issues on January 14th, 2021 by steve

“Amazon has removed hundreds of Durham University students’ theses after they were listed for sale without the authors’ knowledge. A third-party seller put them on the platform’s website to download as e-books despite being free to access …” (more)

[BBC News, 14 January]

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Thought For The Year

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“In the midst of the January examination period I’ve been thinking about how tough this year has been nd will continue to be for all students in third-level institutions, but especially the cohort currently in the first year of their course. I think it’s now fairly clear that nearly all their study this year will be done remotely …” (more)

[In the Dark, 13 January]

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INMO Calls for ‘Protections and Pay’ for Student Nurses and Midwives

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has said that protections are needed for student nurses and midwives who have to do placements in hospitals where the coronavirus has broken out …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 13 January]

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Extension of closing date for expressions of interest for nomination as Chairperson of MTU Governing Body

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, has today (13 January 2021) extended the closing date for expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced candidates for consideration for nomination as Chairperson of the first Governing Body of Munster Technological University (MTU) to 9 February 2021 …” (more)

[gov.ie, 13 January]

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Doyle, Hogan and Ohlmeyer Confirm Eligibility for Provost Election

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Three applicants to the role of Provost have confirmed to The University Times that they have successfully cleared the interview stage of the process, and can now be nominated to run …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 13 January]

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Lack of Clarity Over Essential Work Gives College ‘Carte Blanche’, Say Unions

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions representing Trinity staff have expressed ‘grave concerns’ about the number of staff who are still working on campus despite current restrictions, saying ambiguity around what constitutes essential work gives College management a ‘carte blanche’ …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 13 January]

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