Extra College Places Here to Stay, Says Harris

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has confirmed that the thousands of extra college places introduced this year because of the pandemic are here to stay. Harris will also introduce 2,000 additional higher education places this year ‘to deal with the demographic pressures’ that the sector is currently facing …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 15 January]

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Third Level GAA is best left wait until next season

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“So the Third Level GAA Championships are cancelled for the 2020/21 academic year. The flagship Fitzgibbon Cup and Sigerson Cup and their lower level equivalents should be just about underway about now in their regular slot in the opening two months of the year …” (more)

[Jerome O’Connell, Limerick Leader, 15 January]

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Next academic year will see 5,000 extra students at college compared to 2 years ago

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has confirmed that the 2,225 extra college places secured last year during the controversy over the Leaving Certificate calculated grades will be available again this year. He also said he had secured budget funding for more than 2,000 other new places this year, bringing the total to almost 5,000 …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 January]

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Foley under growing pressure to consider alternative to the traditional Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on January 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Pressure is growing on Education Minster Norma Foley to consider an alternative to the traditional Leaving Cert. Several TDs raised the issue with the minister in the Dáil yesterday, with some supporting a return to calculated grades or a ‘hybrid model’, and all seeking an early decision on the fate of the exams …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 January]

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UCD Students to Receive COVID-19 €250 Payment by February 28th

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“In a recent email to students, UCD has stated that ‘all full-time EU undergraduate and postgraduate students’ registered for this academic year are to receive the COVID-19 once-off emergency grant of €250 before February 28. This comes four months after the initial announcement that students were to receive such payment …” (more)

[Casey Conway, College Tribune, 14 January]

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WIT Students Say ‘No’ to Placement During Pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Final Year Social Care students in WIT are hitting out against the 400 hours of placement required before their degree can be obtained. The 400 hours must be completed between January 25 and June 20 of this year or students will not have fulfilled the required quota. Of particular concern to some of the students who spoke to this newspaper are the risks associated with entering a placement, or indeed the risks students may be exposing compromised family members to …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 14 January]

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Minister Harris confirms new group to examine student wellbeing and engagement

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris TD, has confirmed a new working group will be established to examine how to enhance student wellbeing. The group will be chaired by the Union of Students in Ireland and will be tasked with identifying, refining and implementing strategies to enhance learner engagement and wellbeing …” (more)

[gov.ie, 14 January]

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Library Curtailments Indicative of UCD Management Failures, Says UCDSU

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin’s Students Union (UCDSU) has criticised the University’s Management Team (UMT) for failing to provide the necessary funds to run its libraries efficiently during the pandemic. This ‘failure’ has been labelled as indicative of the ‘concerning trend’ displayed by the UMT in failing to address student’s concerns …” (more)

[Gemma Farrell, College Tribune, 14 January]

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