Leaving Cert decision needed by the end of the month, Simon Harris warns

Posted in Teaching on January 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Decisions need to be made on the future of the Leaving Cert by the end of this month, the Minister for Higher Education has said. Speaking in Dublin on Monday afternoon, Simon Harris said clarity was needed for all involved …” (more)

[Danuel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 18 January]

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UCD Doctors Unethically Vaccinated Children in Mother and Baby Homes

Posted in Legal issues, Research on January 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Medical researchers from University College Dublin (UCD) conducted unethical vaccine trials on children in Ireland’s mother-and-baby homes, according to the findings of a government investigation. Seven vaccine trials took place in the mother-and-baby homes from 1934-73, according to the Commission’s report. Researchers from UCD conducted five vaccine trials on children in mother-and-baby homes from 1960-73, all of which breached medical standards at the time …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 18 January]

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Brexit can give Irish colleges a boost says MEP Sean Kelly

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish colleges can get an unexpected boost this year, thanks to Brexit. Ireland South MEP Sean Kelly says over 100,000 EU students came to Britain last year to study under the Erasmus programme …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 18 January]

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Prendergast Hints at All-Female Provost Race With Article Retweet

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast yesterday hinted that the Provost elections would be an all-female race, after he retweeted an article in the Irish Independent saying that College will see ‘a woman in the top job’. The process of interviewing and nominating candidates for the position of Provost is highly confidential and it is still unclear who will be running for the position …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 18 January]

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SIPTU says lack of consultation to suspend student placements will deepen crisis in health service

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU representatives have today (Sunday, 17th January) said the lack of consultation surrounding the decision by health minister, Stephen Donnelly, to suspend student placements will only deepen the serious crisis in the health service …” (more)

[SIPTU, 17 January]

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Single portal for CAO and further education aims to tackle ‘academic snobbery’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students will be able to choose between CAO and further education options at the same time from next year under plans to tackle ‘academic snobbery’ over alternatives to third level. Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris said there is a growing number of high quality options for school leavers in the further education and apprenticeships sectors …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 January]

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UCC School of Music bequeathed €2m by British master builder

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A whole new cohort of musicians are to benefit from a €2m gift donated to University College Cork’s music department – the largest donation in 113 years. The huge sum was donated by the late Sydney V Regan, a British master builder who came to Cork in the 1960s with his wife Hilda …” (more)

[Pádraig Hoare, Irish Examiner, 18 January]

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New EU law needed to protect universities from big tech

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2021 by steve

“Rector Magnificus of the University of Amsterdam, Professor Karen Maex, has called on European Commissioners to propose a ‘Digital University Act’ to secure universities’ status as independent education and research institutions and vital building blocks for the organisation of knowledge and to defend them against pressures from big tech companies …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 16 January]

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