UCD Must Properly Honour The Memory of Michael Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“An ever-present fixture on UCD’s campus for years, Michael Byrne (affectionately known by students and staff as ‘Old Man Belfield’) passed away on January 11, 2021. Beloved by students and staff alike, Michael Byrne’s absence will be felt dearly by those who saw him around campus during their time in university. In the wake of his passing, many within the university voiced their respects and adoration for Michael, with students, alumni and staff gathering virtually to attend his funeral service via UCD’s Youtube channel on January 20, 2021 …” (more)

[College Tribune, 26 January]

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Online Learning Guidelines Spark Student Outrage

Posted in Teaching on January 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Since the beginning of the new semester, students have encountered difficulties regarding the access of online lectures. Specifically, the issue of posting lectures that students were not able to attend. The College Tribune has researched University College Dublin (UCD) virtual classroom guidelines, in order to understand how faculty are expected to conduct online learning …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 26 January]

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When it comes to gender inequality in academia, we know more than what can be measured

Posted in Research on January 27th, 2021 by steve

“In academia gender bias is often figured in terms of research productivity and differentials surrounding the academic work of men and women. Alesia Zuccala and Gemma Derrick posit that this outlook inherently ignores a wider set of variables impacting women, and that attempts to achieve cultural change in academia can only be realised, by acknowledging variables that are ultimately difficult to quantify …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 26 January]

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NUIG defends its repeat exam fee policy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The university has released a statement following calls from Students’ Union leaders to remove such repeat fees and also to give students the option to repeat exams if they feel they could have achieved better grades in normal circumstances. In a statement released by the University, it says students who are in the most need of financial support can apply for a fee waiver …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 26 January]

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UCD Library requires extra €200,000 to resume full operating hours

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The number is the estimate currently circulating among staff familiar with UCD library’s budget. When asked if UCDSU had seen this figure, UCDSU Welfare Officer Ruairí Power stated: ‘The €200,000 figure is a rough estimate that was provided to us by the UCD Library team upon request’ …” (more)

[Nathan Young, University Observer, 26 January]

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Third Level Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 27th, 2021 by steve

IrelandFintan Warfield (Sinn Fein): It will come as no surprise to the Minister of State to hear me say that I believe in a publicly-funded model of third level education and moving towards the complete removal of fees. Universities and colleges have been underfunded for over a decade, forcing them to find money in the private sector or to charge international students huge fees …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 26 January]

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