Varadkar says it would be a real shame if the Tech Uni was delayed over HQ row

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Tánaiste said he is strongly of the view that the Technological University of the South-East should be centred in Waterford. Leo Varadkar was responding to Waterford Sinn Fein TD David Cullinane and Fianna Fail TD in Carlow/Kilkenny Jennifer Murnane O’Connor in the Dail. Both Deputies were making the case for the headquarters of the new entity to be in their respective areas …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 18 February]

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DkIT students to get their withheld exam results within the next fortnight

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on February 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students at the DkIT are to receive their withheld exam results within the next fortnight as industrial action at the institute has been lifted. The TUI said the industrial action – which has been lifted – had been taken due to the institute’s executive failing to honour commitments made last year, including the improvement of management bodies and progress in pursuing Technological University status …” (more)

[Michelle O’Keeffe, Dundalk Democrat, 17 February]

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Dean of Graduate Studies Ignores Post-Grad Workers Alliance Concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“On Monday, February 8th, UCD organised a meeting for the Post-Graduate Workers Alliance with the Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor Barbara Dooley who dismissed the concerns brought up by the Alliance. According to a post in the Alliance’s Facebook group, the invitation to attend the congregation stated that the Dean would be comfortable to answer queries and questions concerning matters such as extensions on assignments and theses …” (more)

[Caolan Dooley, College Tribune, 16 February]

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Trinity, managerialism and the election of a provost

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Having a woman provost for the first time in Trinity’s history should be a cause for celebration. Of all times, this is one in which we would expect transparency and the prevailing of democratic traditions as we strive to become a more inclusive society. It is very worrying therefore to see that one of the most highly qualified and distinguished candidates was eliminated from standing in the election …” (more)

[Margret Fine-Davis, Irish Times, 18 February]

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Government accused of ‘playing games’ over plan to send bill on student nurse pay ‘into the ether’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Labour Senator Annie Hoey has accused the government of ‘playing games in order to avoid bad headlines’ after Cabinet decided yesterday that it’s not going to oppose the latest bill on student nurses’ pay in the hope of sending it ‘into the ether’. Hoey‘s Student Nurses (Pay) Bill 2020, due before the Seanad this Friday, would ensure student nurses and midwives are paid at a minimum at the same rate as healthcare assistants when working in the health service as part of their training …” (more)

[Adam Daly, TheJournal.ie, 17 February]

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Leaving Cert students to be offered calculated grades or exam

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students are to be offered a choice between a modified version of calculated grades or written exams under plans signed off on today by the Government, the Minister for Education has confirmed. This follows two weeks of intense confidential talks between the Department of Education and the second-level teachers’ unions …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Aoife Moore and Caitlín Griffin, Irish Examiner, 17 February]

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Online abuse ‘getting worse’ says academic who was told to ‘go home to his shanty town in India’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A Cork academic has said the level of online racist and Islamophobic abuse he is experiencing is ‘getting worse’. Amanullah De Sondy suffered the latest attack after he spoke online at an integration conference on Monday – where a right-wing activist uploaded a video of part of his address and told him to ‘go home to his shanty town in India’ and that Ireland was a ‘white Christian nation’ …” (more)

[Cormac O’Keeffe, Irish Examiner, 18 February]

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Lobbying for Leaving Cert grades will break new law

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on February 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Anyone who tries to lobby a teacher in the hope of achieving favourable grades for a Leaving Cert student this year will be breaking the law. It is one of the measures to be included in legislation being introduced to support the twin-track approach to assessing 63,000 school-leavers in 2021. Lobbying by parents and students was actively discouraged last year and principals were advised to report any such incidents to the education authorities …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 February]

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Taoiseach rejects call for cancellation of Leaving Cert exams

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Micheál Martin has rejected a call for the Leaving Certificate exams to be cancelled and for a university place to be offered to every student who wants one. He also rejected claims that the Government had been ‘dithering’ over the status of the exams and said it was engaging with all the education partners to give students the clarity on the exams that they need …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 17 February]

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