Student Nursing and Midwifery placement suspended further with COVID-19 surge

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses’ and midwives clinical placement has been suspended further until February 8 due to rising Covid-19 cases. The rising number of hospitalisations due to Covid-19 required the HSE to release senior nurses and midwives from supervision roles, for frontline duties …” (more)

[Muiris O’Cearbhaill, The College View, 2 February]

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Ulster University creates 800 new student places at Derry’s Magee Campus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University will create 800 new student positions at its Magee Campus in Londonderry by re-locating the Health Sciences undergraduate programmes from Jordanstown in 2022 when this campus will close. These places will boost the number of students at Magee, which currently stands at approximately 4,300, but it will still fall short of the 10,000 student places promised in the New Decade, New Approach deal of 2020 …” (more)

[Donna Deeney, Belfast Telegraph, 2 February]

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Half of students who sat postponed Leaving Cert get better results than their calculated grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“One in two students who sat the postponed Leaving Cert 2020 exams received results that are higher than their calculated grade in one or more subjects. Of the 2,202 students receiving results today, 1,136 have achieved a higher grade or grades. Overall four in 10 (39%) grades awarded in the written papers were higher, according to a breakdown of the results from the State Examinations Commission (SEC) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 February]

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Provostial Candidates Would Do Well to Stay Local

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Someone applying for a position as grandiose as provost of Trinity probably wouldn’t have thought to dedicate a lot of time to fixing local administrative issues, but it’s looking likely that whoever takes over from Patrick Prendergast will have to do just that …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 1 February]

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Waterford TD calls for a decision on TUSE Headquarters to be made

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD for Waterford David Cullinane has called on the Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris to provide clarity on the future Headquarters of the Technological University of the South East. Deputy Cullinane said there is a concerted effort from Carlow and Kilkenny for the headquarters to be in Kilkenny which makes no sense …” (more)

[Beat 102 103, 1 February]

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Trinity awarded University of Sanctuary status

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has been awarded the status of University of Sanctuary for its work in promoting the integration, inclusion and welfare of refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants. The status is awarded by People of Sanctuary Ireland …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 1 February]

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TCDSU and JCR concerned by ‘claims of harshness’ in Halls disciplinary hearings

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Junior Common Room (JCR) and Trinity College Dublin’s Students’ Union (TCDSU) have said they are concerned about ‘claims of harshness’ in the implementation of Covid-19 restrictions in student accommodation. The two groups have released joint communication to Trinity Hall (Halls) residents regarding recent concerns raised about fines that have been issued to residents …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 1 February]

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CAO applications hit record levels

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“When the standard deadline of February 1 passed, 79,303 applicants had registered, the highest ever at this time of the year. The number is likely to increase further as there is a late applications facility that opens between March and May …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 1 February]

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Admin, Values and Power: 100 Academics Set Out Main Issues for Provost Race

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Streamlining administrative structures, decentralising power and protecting Trinity’s core values: these are the issues that could swing this year’s Provost elections, according to 100 of College’s academics …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Cormac Watson, University Times, 1 February]

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NUIG team gets €10m to work on IT tools to help prevent pandemics

Posted in Research on February 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A team led by an NUI Galway academic which predicted three years ago the risk of a global pandemic was ‘greater now than every before’ has been awarded €10 million to help develop robust systems to respond to future pandemics. Prof Máire Connolly from the discipline of bacteriology in the school of medicine, NUIG, was the co-ordinator of Pandem (pandemic risk and emergency management) …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 2 February]

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Leaving Certificate and the CAO

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – A very critical aspect missing from the discussion about whether the Leaving Cert should be held in its traditional format or not is what happens next? I fear the Government is unwilling to acknowledge the confluence of circumstances facing this year’s students …” (more)

[Paul McCarthy, Irish Times, 2 February]

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Former Kilkenny mayor lambasts Waterford ‘Cinderella’ attitude on university issue

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A former Kilkenny mayor has maintained that we should keep inter-county rivalry for Croke Park – and not let it ‘divide’ the region when it comes to the location of a headquarters for the new Technical University of the South East (TUSEI). Paul Cuddihy, who was a FG councillor for Kilkenny, said Waterford sometimes portrays itself as ‘Cinderella’ in terms of not getting what it wants but the narrative of ‘always the bridesmaid and never the bride’ is not helpful …” (more)

[Jennifer Long, WLR FM, 1 February]

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Major Covid-19 Outbreak In party-laden Student Residence

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A number of COVID-19 cases have been found in Beckett House Student Residence The College Tribune has learned. The student accommodation, situated in Summerhill, Dublin City, is known for housing students from various universities across Dublin, including University College Dublin (UCD) …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 1 February]

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