Long awaited new medical school for UCC gets the green light

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The construction of a new three-storey clinical medical school for University College Cork (UCC) at the campus of Cork University Hospital has been given the go ahead by Cork City Council. Permission, listed as ‘conditional’ came through to the Health Service Executive late last week …” (more)

[Valerie Ryan, Irish Medical Times, 1 April]

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Does education kill creativity?

Posted in Teaching on April 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Ever since the late Sir Ken Robinson gave his famous Ted Talk, ‘Do schools kill creativity?’, educators have grappled with various issues around critical thinking and creativity. On the one side, there are those who would suggest that without knowledge, meaningful creativity is impossible, while others seem to suggest that acquiring knowledge impedes creativity. I’m pretty much in the knowledge-is-good camp but I do think that the way we assess students seems to impede their ability to think – creatively and otherwise …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 1 April]

Grant system improved for disadvantaged students, Minister says

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Renewal applications for the student grant scheme for the 2021-22 academic year will open on Thursday, while a number of improvements have been made for the most disadvantaged students, Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has said. These include an increase in the postgraduate fee grant and an increase in the income threshold, while a number of Department of Social Protection and other payments are to be included as income disregards …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 1 April]

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Nursing students who refuse Covid-19 vaccine banned from taking up clinical placements with HSE

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Nursing and other healthcare students who refuse to be vaccinated against Covid-19 are now banned from taking up clinical placement in HSE facilities. The HSE decision could see some students fail the clinical placement module of their course or require them to repeat a year. The new rule relates to unpaid clinical placements and does not apply to fourth-year nurses considered part of the HSE workforce …” (more)

[Eavan Murray, Independent, 31 March]

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Overhaul of student grant scheme to be announced today

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“An overhaul of the student grant scheme is to be announced today. Among the changes are an increase in the postgraduate fee grant and qualifying income threshold. The scheme opens for renewal applications today. The changes to the SUSI scheme are effective for the coming 2021/22 academic year …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 1 April]

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