Students have highest Covid infection rates after health workers in third wave

Posted in Research on February 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students, including schoolchildren aged 16 and over, had one of the highest rates of Covid-19 infection during the pandemic’s third wave, according to figures obtained by the Irish Independent. Data reveals 6,701 – or 6.04% – cases were in the category of students including schoolchildren …” (more)

[Catherine Fegan, Independent, 17 February]

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Judgment on Leaving Cert calculated grades case due within weeks

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on February 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A High Court judge will give judgment within the coming weeks on the lead challenge over the calculated grades process adopted for the Leaving Certificate 2020 exam in response to the Covid pandemic. On Wednesday, Mr Justice Charles Meenan, when case managing some 60 other actions brought over the calculated grades, said he was adjourning those for further mention to March 10th …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 17 February]

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What’s the equivalent of blended learning for service delivery?

Posted in Teaching on February 17th, 2021 by steve

“The way the sector has responded to Covid has illustrated new possible ways of working. But, asks Julie Walkling, what happens when the old ways can return alongside? …” (more)

[Wonkhe, 17 February]

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NUIG Rules out Waiving Resit Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has come under criticism by students and NUIGSU for not waiving their €295 resit fees despite their purpose being questioned in light of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. This comes in the wake of myriad other Irish third-level institutions waiving this fee, including University College Cork, NUI Maynooth, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, Athlone IT …” (more)

[Jack McGee, College Tribune, 17 February]

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UCD Start Community Fund in Memorial of Old Man Belfield

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“UCD Foundation announced the formation of a UCD Michael Byrne Community Fund and installation of a memorial bench in the Rose Garden at Belfield House to remember Michael Byrne, Old Man Belfield. Known affectionately as ‘Old Man Belfield’ to staff and students, Michael Byrne was a homeless man who chose to live on UCD’s Belfield Campus. Byrne died on campus on Monday 11th of January …” (more)

[Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 16 February]

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Junior Cert is likely to be cancelled to allow focus on Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on February 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“This year’s Junior Cert exams for 60,000 students look likely to be cancelled after education authorities confirmed that it will not be possible to hold the exams alongside the Leaving Cert in June. It seems likely that alternative assessment arrangements will be implemented for Junior Cert students this year, in a similar manner to last year, according to a number of well-placed sources …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 February]

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UCC sets tone for new year with Bystander Intervention Week

Posted in Teaching on February 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The first week of the new semester was this year ushered in with the university’s inaugural Bystander Intervention Week: an effort to celebrate active bystanders in the UCC community and increase their number. The campaign adapted to Covid-19 restrictions and went virtual, hosting events, workshops and conversations to empower students and achieve a zero tolerance culture of sexual violence and harrassment at UCC …” (more)

[Maeve McTaggart, UCC Express, 16 February]

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Why universities are key to tackling inequality

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 17th, 2021 by steve

International“How can universities increase social mobility? What can they do to reduce inequality? Many countries are aiming to boost the proportions of their populations that receive a university education. But with a revolution in online learning under way as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, some governments, prompted by influential thinkers, will be questioning whether the present model of university education should survive once near-normality returns …” (more)

[Nature, 16 February]

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Alyn-Stacey Challenges Chair of Fellows on Petition Email

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Prof Sarah Alyn-Stacey and Chair of the Fellows Cliona O’Farrelly have clashed over a petition that called for Alyn-Stacey to be allowed to run for Provost, after the interview committee deemed her ineligible to run. O’Farrelly emailed the Fellows on February 12th – after the petition was circulated to them – saying that ‘to the best of my knowledge’ the procedures for the elections ‘are being followed appropriately’ …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 15 February]

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NUI Galway Student Union President defends college after Covid-19 outbreak in city linked to third level students

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway’s Student Union President is defending the college, after a Covid-19 outbreak in the city is linked to third level students. Yesterday the HSE reported 135 cases among students in the area, stemming from 15 clusters ranging from two to forty people …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 16 February]

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British academia criticises state proposals on funding and free speech

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2021 by steve

“Universities, lecturers and students have criticised British government proposals to deny funding to institutions that fail to ‘actively promote free speech’, warning that they could impinge on academic freedom and university autonomy. The proposals would allow speakers whose invitations are withdrawn because of student objections to sue universities and student unions for compensation and mandate the appointment of a ‘free speech champion’ to investigate complaints …” (more)

[Denis Staunton, Irish Times, 16 February]

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Covid-19: Galway and Limerick third-level students register nearly 250 cases

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Almost 250 Covid-19 cases have occurred in outbreaks among third-level students in Galway and Limerick despite colleges being largely closed, according to public health officials. In Galway, 135 cases have been confirmed among students, along with 35 suspected cases. Another 30 students were being tested on Monday …” (more)

[Paul Cullen, Irish Times, 15 December]

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