Student gathering led to 61 cases and infected a wedding

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Public Health has expressed concern over increases in Covid-19 transmission in the Mid-West, linked to social gatherings involving the student population. Public Health Mid-West appealed for this behaviour to stop, as the country reaches ‘a critical period of the Covid-19 pandemic’ … (more)

[David Raleigh, Irish Examiner, 3 February]

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2,400 students sign TCDSU petition calling for reduction in fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Over 2,000 Trinity students have signed a students’ union petition calling for a reduction to the annual contribution charge. 2,400 students have signed the petition from Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) which is calling on the government to reduce the student contribution charge of €3,000 …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 3 February]

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Tyndall National Institute to create 50 jobs with new lab in Dublin

Posted in Research on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Tyndall National Institute will create 50 new research jobs by 2025 with the opening of its first research facility outside of Cork. The new laboratory in Dublin, which has been set up remotely due to Covid-19 restrictions, will host a wireless communications team who will focus on future deep technologies including Future RF, Future Access, Future Protocols, Future AI, and Future Quantum …” (more)

[Nicole Glennon, Irish Examiner, 3 February]

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Ulster University: Mayor ‘disappointed’ with Dodds comments

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

“Mayor of Derry and Strabane has questioned whether NI’s Economy Minister is committed to the expansion of Ulster University’s Magee campus. The university announced on Tuesday it was relocating undergraduate healthcare degrees to the campus in Londonderry …” (more)

[BBC News, 3 February]

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UCDSU Passes Sweeping Motion to Enforce Mandatory Consent Training

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) passed a motion to enforce mandatory Consent and Bystander Intervention training for all students and staff. The motion passed with an over 60-vote majority in the UCDSU Council Meeting on Monday, 1st of February …” (more)

[Stephen Kisbey-Green, College Tribune, 2 February]

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Derry breathes a sigh of relief as Ulster University plan to move 800 places to Magee …

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

“It’s been a debate rumbling on since the 1960s and has been subject to many slugger posts over the years. Including the lack of strategic thinking over the long-term viability for our health service. The post graduate entry medical school at Magee is set to take students in September this year (according to UU’s website at time of posting) but it has been blighted by delays and began as a project in the early noughties …” (more)

[Jay Burbank, Slugger O’Toole, 2 February]

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South East University HQ discussed on Déise Today

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The issue of the headquarters for the South East University is a burning topic right now. This week, on Déise Today with Damien Tiernan, the issue was discussed with politicians from both Waterford and Kilkenny …” (more, video)

[FUSE, 1 February]

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Journal papers, grants, jobs … as rejections pile up, it’s not enough to tell academics to ‘suck it up’

Posted in Life on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

“Most academics regularly submit papers and compete for grants and promotions. These endeavours are necessary for their success but often end in rejection. Responses to rejection in academia have typically been individually focused. Most discussions of the topic describe what academics themselves can do to cope with rejection …” (more)

[Kelly-Ann Allen and others, The Conversation, 3 February]

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Leaving Cert decision due next week

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A decision on the arrangements for this year’s State exams is expected to be made early next week by the Cabinet, amid growing calls to give students certainty about the exams. Discussions continued today between representatives of students, parents, teachers, and school management bodies, with officials from the State Examinations Commission (SEC) and the Department of Education …” (more)

[Jess Casey and Aoife Moore, Irish Examiner, 2 February]

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Ulster University confirms transfer of Health Science courses to Magee

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University has confirmed that the School of Health Sciences undergraduate programmes will relocate to its Magee campus in Derry from September 2022. The relocation will bring over 800 undergraduate students to the Magee campus …” (more)

[Derry Now, 2 February]

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Protests at top Turkish university trigger more than 150 arrests

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

“More than 150 people were arrested during protests at one of Turkey’s top universities, in a sharp escalation of a stand-off between students and staff and president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A total of 159 demonstrators were detained on Monday night after failing to heed warnings to end their protests in and around the campus of Istanbul’s prestigious Bogazici University, the city’s governor’s office said …” (more)

[Laura Pitel, Irish Times, 2 February]

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Unpaid Internships are an Insult to Students and Widen Socioeconomic Divides

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“I spent my Christmas break like most students: eating, drinking and defending the likelihood that I get a job with an arts degree to my family. A mostly comfortable existence after the flurry of first semester. Skipping right over exams (because who needs reminding), I came to what I call ‘application season’ …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 2 February]

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