Board approves demolition of Cork’s Kino cinema for student accommodation facility

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The demolition of the former Kino cinema on Cork’s Washington Street is set to go ahead after An Bord Pleanála approved plans for a large student accommodation scheme on the site. However, the proposed €4m five-storey development will also include an art house on the ground floor consisting of a cinema and performing arts space as well as a café/bar …” (more)

[Sean McCarthaigh, Irish Examiner, 12 February]

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Dedicated helpline at NUI Galway following Covid-19 outbreak

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A dedicated helpline will operate at NUI Galway this weekend, after an outbreak of Covid-19 among students at the University. The HSE says that following a risk assessment, many close contacts of known cases have been identified …” (more)

[Pat McGrath, RTÉ News, 13 February]

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The Role of the Leaving Certificate Examinations

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Leaving Certificate Exams have three main roles: sorting, incentivizing, and signalling. They serve to sort students into third-level courses where the students will perform well and contribute to the performance of their peers …” (more)

[Gregory Connor, The Irish Economy, 13 February]

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Fewer CAO places in medicine open to the class of 2021

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Fewer college places in medicine will be available to the CAO applicants of 2021 because of the late offers made to students who sat the Leaving Cert 2020 exams last November. This week, almost 600 students from the class of 2020 received an offer for an honours degree course, based on grades they achieved in the November sitting …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 February]

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Electing a woman as provost is just tokenistic if they don’t seek to bring about real change

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It is a truth almost universally acknowledged that the first woman to be elected to a certain office will be subject to more scrutiny than her male predecessors. Supposedly acting as a litmus test for the suitability of any and every woman for the role, the first woman will be watched carefully by those waiting to seize upon something that can be used to justify their assumptions about women in general …” (more)

[Ellen McHugh, Trinity News, 13 February]

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Trinity’s lacklustre Covid response is part of a national problem

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has not bathed itself in glory with respect to its Covid-19 policy this past month. A small outbreak in Goldsmith Hall on February 4 resulted in the entire accommodation complex being sent for testing, while several other cases were reported in on-campus housing. Its swift response of sending students to be tested was needed, but the problem is that College was either uncertain of or obfuscating the extent of the problem …” (more)

[Trinity News, 12 February]

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Government prepared to go ahead with Leaving Cert planning without ASTI support

Posted in Teaching on February 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Government says it is determined to press ahead with planning for the Leaving Cert this year, with or without the agreement of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI). Despite the union’s decision to pull out of planning talks for the exams this week, a spokesman for Minister for Education Norma Foley said planning will continue this weekend as the Covid-19 pandemic threatens to disrupt the Leaving Cert for a second year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Irish teenagers on life now: ‘Most Leaving Certs wonder if third level is still even an option’

Posted in Life on February 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Young people in Ireland have been largely ignored during the pandemic, certainly in comparison with other groups. So we wanted to hear directly from them. We asked two questions: how are they coping, and what are their concerns? Here are a few of their replies …” (more)

[Damian Cullen, Irish Times, 12 February]

Minister Harris extends deadline for applications for role of Chairperson of Munster Technological University Governing Body

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, has today (12 February 2021) extended the closing date for Expressions of Interest as Chairperson of the first Governing Body of Munster Technological University (MTU) …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 12 February]

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Petition to include Dr Alyn-Stacey in provost election reaches nearly 200 signatures

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A petition has been launched by five PhD students to allow Dr Sarah Alyn-Stacey to run for election as next provost of Trinity. At the time of publishing, the petition has garnered 190 signatures …” (more)

[Kate Henshaw, Trinity News, 11 February]

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Higher Education Minister says DkIT exam results being withheld is ‘unacceptable’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said DkIT students having their exam results withheld due to industrial action at the college is ‘entirely unacceptable’. The Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) Branch at Dundalk Institute of Technology – which represent lecturers and researchers …” (more)

[Michelle O’Keeffe, Dundalk Democrat, 12 February]

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Technological University for the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2021 by steve

IrelandMatt Shanahan (Waterford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the workstreams activity agreed regarding the new technological university for the south east development (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 February]

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Third Level Fees – Pro Rata Refunds

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 13th, 2021 by steve

IrelandDenis Naughten (Roscommon-Galway, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if pro rata refunds of registration fees for student services will be issued by third level institutions to students who have not been on campus to avail of such services; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 February]

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Student Accommodation – University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2021 by steve

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he or his Department has had discussions with University of Limerick on its policy of not offering refunds to students who cannot use their on-campus accommodation due to Covid-19; if his attention has been drawn to the hardship this is causing students, many of whom have also lost the part-time work they engaged in, and many of whose parents have also seen a decrease in income due to Covid 19; if he or his Department has had these discussions, the result of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 February]

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