Covid surge: Pausing student nurse training ‘the right thing to do’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Suspending hospital training for student nurses to free up nursing tutors for frontline work ‘is the right thing to do’, given the pressures facing the health system, the Minister for Health has said. Stephen Donnelly said training for first, second and third-year students was being suspended ‘just for a few weeks’ while the health service battles a surge in Covid-19 cases …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran and Martin Wall, Irish Times, 17 February]

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UCD to Stream ‘Old Man Belfield’ Funeral Online on Wednesday

Posted in Life on January 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The funeral of Michael Byrne, ‘Old Man Belfield’, will take place on Wednesday 20th of January at 11am. The service will be private as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown but a live stream will be hosted by UCD online …” (more)

[Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 17 January]

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The future for universities should be evidence-based

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2021 by steve

International“There is nothing like a good crisis to excite ideas about different futures and new beginnings. At the very least, right now we are told that there will be a ‘new normal’ and no return to the way things were before COVID-19. However, even before the pandemic, there were plenty of futurologists – especially in English-speaking nations – declaring a series of cataclysmic scenarios for higher education …” (more)

[William Locke, University World News, 16 January]

University makes relocation a vehicle for social change

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Once a Viking stronghold, the area encompassing Dublin 7 and Dublin 1, in the northwest inner city of the Irish capital, has pockets of gentrification and even a growing collection of hipster food joints in Stoneybatter. But much of this historically working-class part of the city suffers from high levels of homelessness and poverty …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 16 January]

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2,000 student nurses and midwives to leave placements to free up trainers

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“More than 2,000 student nurses and midwives are to be removed from their training placements in public hospitals on a temporary basis by the Department of Health due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on staffing levels …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 16 January]

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Letterkenny Institute of Technology unveils new scheme to encourage use of the Irish language on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Encouraging the use of the Irish language on campus is the aim of a new scheme launched by Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LyIT). The scheme, which was recently approved by the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, was prepared under Section 15 of The Official Languages Act, 2003 …” (more)

[Catherine McGinty, Donegal Live, 16 January]

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The free-market gamble: has Covid broken UK universities?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2021 by steve

“The pandemic has exposed the impact of 20 years of turning higher education into a marketplace and students into increasingly dissatisfied customers …” (more)

[Rowan Moore, Observer, 17 January]

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