Student nurses feel ‘let down’ by the Government

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses have said they felt ‘abandoned’ by the Government after their placements were cancelled due to the rising rate of Covid-19. Students also question why the scheme from last March, where the HSE offered student nurses from first to third year health care assistant (HCA) contracts, has not been reinstated …” (more)

[Aine Kenny, Irish Examiner, 9 February]

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The Spiel of Repeat Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“During the first week of the current Students’ Union term in July, the issue of repeat fees emerged much like every issue, it started by raising it with university management. Before our term, it had been sought several times with the indication that the fees wouldn’t be charged. We believed that NUI Galway would be like nearly every other institution in the country and waive repeat fees. This wasn’t the case and they planned on charging them …” (more)

[Pádraic Toomey, SIN, 9 February]

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Leaving Cert grades have no meaning beyond CAO

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The debate over the best way to assess Leaving Cert students this year is in full flow. Should be it be calculated grades? A more traditional exam? A blend of both? The reality is that whatever option is chosen will simply be an emergency response in the face of the pandemic. Ironically, despite the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment’s (NCCA) ongoing review of senior cycle, Leaving Cert reform is far from people’s minds in the prevailing environment …” (more)

[Jim Gleeson, Irish Times, 9 February]

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Metro Mayor: ‘TUSE HQ Must Be In Waterford’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Metropolitan Mayor Davy Daniels has re-iterated his call for the Headquarters of a Technological University of the South East (TUSE) to be located in Waterford. ‘It’s hugely important that the decision on locating the headquarters be secured for Waterford now’, said Mayor Daniels (Ind). ‘Any delays on this critical decision for Waterford cannot continue’ …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 8 February]

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Decision to deny top academic entry into race to become Trinity’s first female provost ‘draconian’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A decision to deny a top academic entry into the race to become Trinity’s first female provost has been blasted as ‘draconian and disproportionate’. Dr Sarah Alyn-Stacey, a French lecturer and known advocate for academic freedom was, following a hearing last Thursday of an internal committee, refused entry from the race to succeed Paddy Prendergast as head of Ireland’s oldest university …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 8 February]

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Minister labels TUSEI speculation ‘divisive and counterproductive’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education has described recent speculation over the headquarters of the new technological university for the South East as ‘divisive and counterproductive’. Responding to questions from Senator John Cummins in the Seanad, Simon Harris said the government was committed to expanding Higher Education in Waterford …” (more)

[Julie Smyth, WLR FM, 8 February]

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UCD fined €70k by data watchdog after email accounts’ log-in details posted online

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“One of the country’s leading universities has been fined €70,000 by the Data Protection Commission (DPC) after log-in details for some of its email accounts were posted online. University College Dublin has been officially reprimanded and ordered to bring its processes up to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) standard, together with the fine, for seven separate personal data breaches dating between August 2018 and January 2019 …” (more)

[Cianan Brennan, Irish Examiner, 8 February]

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Provost election: Candidates cover student numbers, funding and staff contracts at first campaign event

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A policy to expand the number of students in Trinity appears unlikely in the next decade as all three candidates for provost agreed that student numbers should not rise at the first live event of the election campaign. Professors Linda Doyle, Linda Hogan and Jane Ohlmeyer pitched themselves to staff this evening and fielded questions from viewers over Zoom in a kick-off event for the two month campaign period …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Finn Purdy, Shannon Connolly and Kate Henshaw, Trinity News, 8 February]

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