IFUT Calls for Review of College’s Approach to Alyn Stacey Disqualification

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for a review of Trinity’s running of this year’s Provost elections, describing the disqualification of Prof Sarah Alyn Stacey’s as ‘undemocratic’ …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 28 February]

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Students could be returning to face to face learning on campus in September, says Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on February 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Reprioritisation of the government’s Provisional Vaccine Allocation Groups could see Trinity return to face to face learning by the start of the next academic year, College officials announced yesterday evening. According to the government’s latest vaccination plan, members of third level institutions could see earlier vaccination than the general public, after those aged 55 to 60 years …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 27 February]

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Why universities will need to digitalise to survive

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2021 by steve

International“Universities, and the role they play in society, are under threat from the impact of the ongoing pandemic. While rarely a sector in financial crisis, university leaders in seven of the higher education systems in Europe now predict a fall in core national funding as a result of COVID-19, compounding the huge hits universities have taken on rental and commercial services and contractual research …” (more)

[Dave Sherwood, University World News, 27 February]

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Deeks’ Bulletin Highlights Importance of Limiting Campus Activities to Most Essential

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

Ireland“On February 22nd, University College Dublin (UCD) President, Andrew Deeks issued a Bulletin following the announcement of the Level 5 Lockdown extension. Deeks outlined the importance of limiting campus activities to those ‘that can only be carried out on campus and are both essential and time critical’ …” (more)

[Medb McBrearty, College Tribune, 26 February]

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Two-tier education system

Posted in Teaching on February 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Irish Times reported on the potential penalisation of some students due to the removal of historical school data from the grade calculation process (‘Leaving Cert – removing school data risked penalising some students’, News, February 22nd) …” (more)

[Reamonn O’Luan, Irish Times, 27 February]

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HR Had No Vote on Interview Committee, Says College Registrar

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

Ireland“College Registrar Brendan Tangney today said that ‘the professional expertise of HR was used to assist’ in the interview process for the Provost elections, but that ‘HR had no vote on the committee’, amid claims that HR played a central role in disqualification of Prof Sarah Alyn-Stacey from the race …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 26 February]

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Research and Development

Posted in Research on February 27th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the public expenditure on research and development and as a percentage in each year since 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 February]

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Post-Graduate Workers Alliance March: One Year On

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

Ireland“This week marked the one year anniversary since Mary Naughton, founder of the UCD Post-Graduate Workers Alliance (PGWA) marched on a meeting of University management to present their demands, along with the backing of an emboldened Students’ Union …” (more)

[Rosie Kuntz, College Tribune, 26 February]

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New Student Accommodation Plans Face Opposition

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Developers have applied for fast-tracked permission to build a new student accommodation facility near UCD. If approved, the facility would consist of eight 7 storey apartment blocks, with space for nearly 700 beds. The proposed onsite facilities for Colbeam residences would include communal kitchens, living and dining rooms along with a gym, library, yoga studio, a film room, study space, common room, and prayer room. A final decision on the application is expected by early June …” (more)

[Jack McGee, College Tribune, 26 February]

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UCD Spending on Security Increased by 10% Last Year

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The College Tribune can reveal that University College Dublin has spent over €1.8 million on private security costs since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following an FOI request by this newspaper, accounts show security expenditure has increased by 10% since 2018/19 with UCD officials citing the ‘unprecedented circumstances’ of COVID-19, ‘a locked-down campus requiring much greater levels of security provision’ and ‘pay rate uplifts’ across the security industry as chief causes of the inflated budget …” (more)

[Rowan Kelleher, College Tribune, 26 February]

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Grades and high-performing schools

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I refer to the article ‘Leaving Cert – removing school data risked penalising some students’ (News, February 22nd). In light of the contents of this article and having reviewed the arrangements for the upcoming Leaving Cert, I am extremely concerned about the fairness of the Leaving Cert accredited grade process for 2021 …” (more)

[Harry Deacon, Irish Times, 26 February]

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Alyn-Stacey Calls for Removal of Interview Committee From Statutes

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Prof Sarah Alyn-Stacey has called on the Fellows to back the removal of the interview process for the Provost elections from the statutes. In a statement – seen by The University Times, Alyn-Stacey said that ‘we must leave the election fairly and plainly in the hands of the electorate as befit a university of our ancient standing and liberal traditions …'” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 25 February]

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NUIG Student Union supports bill to protect student renters during pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Students Union at NUI Galway is voicing its support for a new bill aimed at protecting student renters during the pandemic. The proposed bill is supported by Sinn Fein, Social Democrats, Labour Party, Solidarity-People Before Profit and Independents for Change …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 25 February]

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University of Limerick president ‘hugely disappointed’ by behaviour of minority of students

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick has expressed her ‘huge disappointment’ at some of the comments made by students on national radio earlier this week. Professor Kerstin Mey was reacting to a report on RTÉ’s Drivetime during which several UL students, living in off-campus accommodation, openly admitted attending house parties and social gatherings in breach of the current Level 5 restrictions …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 25 February]

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USI calls on Oireachtas to pass student accommodation Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students (USI) in Ireland has called on the Oireachtas to pass a Bill being tabled on Thursday that would force landlords to return prepaid rents to students who cannot live in the accommodation due to public health restrictions. The Residential Tenancies (Student Rents and Other Protections) (Covid-19) Bill 2021 would also enable students to terminate contracts on accommodation they no longer need because of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 25 February]

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UL to start high visibility patrols on campus after a spike in Covid-19 cases

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí will be conducting high visibility patrols every evening around the University of Limerick (UL) due to concerns about student gatherings, according to the President of the university. The move comes after the university began mass testing their students, to manage an outbreak of Covid-19 among the student population earlier this week …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally, TheJournal.ie, 25 February]

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Britain’s withdrawal from Erasmus+ will hinder its relationship with Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Speculation on whether or not the UK would remain within the EU and EEA’s student mobility programme, Erasmus+, has ensued since the UK voted to leave the European Union in 2016. A last-minute decision resulting in the United Kingdom resolving to stop participation in all aspects of Erasmus+ will have the potential to damage the UK and Ireland’s relations on top of Brexit alone …” (more)

[Laura Galvin, Trinity News, 25 February]

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Student renters entitled to refund of accommodation costs under new Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin TD and spokesperson on Higher Education Rose Conway-Walsh TD have commented on the launch of the Residential Tenancies (Student Rents and Other Protections) (Covid-19) Bill 2021. The Bill has been signed by 56 opposition TDs and was launched with the USI today …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 25 February]

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Gardaí called to UCD pitches after members of the public flout Covid rules by meeting up to play sport

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí had to be called to the sports pitches at University College Dublin on six occasions during lockdown after members of the public flouted Covid-19 rules by meeting up in groups to play sport and refusing to stop the activity …” (more)

[Eilish O’Regan, Independent, 24 February]

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UCD Auditors Clarify Ennis’ Position in Sodexo; Refuse to back down on Sodexo claims

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Correction: A previous version of this article was entitled ‘UCD Auditors refusing to back down on misleading Ennis claims’ which in and of itself was misleading, as the article expressed that some clarifications were made, while the sentiment of the original claims remained …” (more)

[Lucy Mackarel, College Tribune, 24 February]

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