When your professor is dead, but teaches anyway

Posted in Life on January 22nd, 2021 by steve

“A real-life example leads to questions on education, labor, and economic worth. Aaron Ansuini made a surprising discovery with all kinds of implications. The university appears to have no problem listing a deceased professor as the ‘teacher’ of this particular course …” (more)

[BoingBoing, 22 January]

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€5.4m to be Spent on Initiatives for Students with Disabilities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Some €5.4 million is to be spent on initiatives to help third-level students with disabilities, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris announced today. The initiatives are designed to improve college campuses and will also assist staff with training and development …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 22 January]

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Council Members Slam Provost Over Refusal to Hold Vote on Schols Quota

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Members of University Council have slammed the Provost’s decision to refuse to hold a vote on a contentious Schols quota system at yesterday’s Council meeting. The quota system – which limits the number of Scholars elected this year to 60 – was approved by Council yesterday …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 21 January]

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Prioritising science education

Posted in Teaching on January 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – According to the 2019 annual report of Science Foundation Ireland, €5 million was spent on 47 Stem (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education projects, and €189 million was spent on scientific research. However, not one euro was invested in research that would seek to support how science is taught and learned throughout primary, secondary and tertiary levels in Ireland …” (more)

[Aishling Flaherty, Irish Times, 22 January]

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Springboard+ Course Call

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Institutions across Ireland are being invited to submit course proposals for the 2021/2022 Springboard+ programme. Springboard+ 2021 will provide an estimated 10,000 places across approximately 250 courses and will be offered to people wishing to reskill/upskill or return to education …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 21 January]

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TD Naughton: UCD Must Apologize for Involvement in Mother and Baby Home Vaccine Trials

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Speaking to the Dáil today, Independent TD, Denis Naughton, called for UCD and Trinity College to make a formal apology for their part in the vaccine trials which were conducted in mother-baby-homes between 1960 and 1973 …” (more)

[Emma Hanrahan, College Tribune, 21 January]

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GMIT Mayo campus

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2021 by steve

IrelandAlan Dillon (Mayo, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide information and clarity on a timeline and programme of engagement with personnel from the GMIT Mayo campus on the independent working group report …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 January]

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Student Accommodation – Strategy and Rights

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 22nd, 2021 by steve

IrelandHolly Cairns (Cork South West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on working with the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to develop a publicly financed student accommodation building strategy and charter for student tenant rights; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 January]

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Third Level Fees – Refunds

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2021 by steve

IrelandMichael Lowry (Tipperary, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if third level students who did not qualify for free fees will receive a refund of their student contribution fees in view of the fact that the majority of students have been forced to move to online learning since the start of the academic year due to Covid-19 restrictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 January]

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