Thoughts on student engagement

Posted in Teaching on February 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“One of my favourite education quotes is Robert Coe’s ‘Engagement is a poor proxy for learning’. It’s very easy to presume that just because students are busy doing stuff that they are actually learning something. This is not necessarily the case and it seems to me that an awful lot of innovation in education focuses on engagement without really asking if students are learning anything of substance …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 20 February]

Third level students continue to suffer as Government offer no clarity, whilst primary and secondary schools may go back next month

Posted in Life on February 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Third level students continue to suffer nationwide as the Government offers them no clarity, whilst primary and secondary schools may go back to education next month. The first four classes in primary schools are likely return on March 1st and Leaving Certificate students are also to be prioritised …” (more)

[Amy Donohoe, DublinLive, 20 February]

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Standing up for student renters

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Launched in the opening days of the new year, the newly formed TCD Renter’s Union (TCDRU) has attracted hundreds of followers across their three social media platforms in the first few weeks of its existence. On these platforms, the TCDRU states its mission ‘to give a voice to all student renters’, and lists among its aims a 25% reduction in rent for this academic year as well as a permanent 10% reduction, as well as a commitment that students who terminate their accommodation during the pandemic will not incur financial penalty …” (more)

[David Wolfe, Trinity News, 19 February]

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Irish university under fire as bodycam-wielding security guards patrol campus accommodation complexes

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has come under fire after fitting up security guards with bodycams that allow them to record students living in campus accommodation. And startlingly, it has emerged that a number of other Irish universities already allow their security to use the body-worn cameras on campus …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, Irish Mirror, 19 February]

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Trinity to examine colonial legacy in reply to Black Lives Matter

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on February 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) will examine its colonial legacy in Ireland and across the British Empire in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. The university will employ a postdoctoral research fellow to examine the university’s history from its foundation in 1592 to the present day. Trinity was for centuries a bastion of British rule in Ireland and the university for the Protestant ascendency …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 19 February]

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UL at ‘critical point in battle against Covid-19’ as clusters emerge in off-campus housing

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Public Health Mid-West has identified a number of positive Covid-19 tests following last weekends testing at the University of Limerick, and now fears have arisen surrounding clusters in shared off-campus housing …” (more)

[Mike Finnerty, Limerick Voice, 19 February]

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IFUT votes resoundingly for new public service agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“IFUT members have voted by an overwhelming majority in favour of the new Public Service Agreement representing a 97% ‘yes’ majority in the ballots cast. The Agreement, ‘Building Momentum: A New Public Service Agreement’ 2021-2022 provides for increases in pay, commitments to reductions in working hours, restoration of overtime rates and protection on public service outsourcing, all of which deliver positive outcomes and potential for IFUT members and workers in the higher education sector …” (more)

[IFUT, 18 February]

[See also: Public Service Agreement 2021-2022 FAQ]

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Higher Education Institutions – Gym fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 20th, 2021 by steve

IrelandGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to higher education institutions charging gym fees for the current academic year despite the lack of access to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 February]

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Additional Course Places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 20th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if an additional 2,500 college course places will be provided in 2021, in addition to the 2,500 places provided in 2020 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 February]

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