Doyle: Trinity is ‘looking at rapid testing’ to get students back on campus by September

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“In an interview with Bryan Dobson on RTÉ Radio 1 this afternoon, Provost Elect Professor Linda Doyle said that there is more that universities can do to get students back on campus, including rapid testing. ‘There’ll be students now who have had two academic years disrupted’, she said. She continued saying that Trinity is ‘looking at rapid testing’ …” (more)

[Kate Henshaw, Trinity News, 12 April]

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Healthcare students at MTU taken off placement for vaccine refusal

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A number of healthcare students at the MTU Kerry campus have not consented to Covid-19 vaccines offered to them. Radio Kerry understands that some of the students have been removed from their placements and a number will not be allowed to take up training placements as a result …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 12 April]

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Spring Return

Posted in Life on April 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“After a few days off last week following the Easter Bank Holiday weekend it’s time to get back into the swing of things for the four weeks of teaching term that remain. It’s back to school today for all school students in Ireland too, so good luck to them on their first day in the classroom since Christmas! …” (more)

[In the Dark, 12 April]

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Third-level staff, students to be surveyed on sexual harassment

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“All staff and students in higher education are to be surveyed on their experiences of sexual violence and sexual harassment during the coming weeks as part of a ‘zero tolerance’ initiative to create safe campuses for all. In addition, all colleges are being required to record and report cases of sexual harassment and bullying of staff and students on an annual basis …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 April]

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Provost’s priorities for Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I congratulate Prof Linda Doyle on her election as provost of Trinity College Dublin (‘Trinity College Dublin names Linda Doyle as first woman provost in 429 years’, News, April 10th). During the campaign, Prof Doyle made several key commitments to early-career academics, particularly precariously employed adjunct staff. At the Irish Federation of University Teachers hustings she promised to ensure they were paid for every hour worked in class preparation and marking time, and to consult with unions in determining a fair hourly rate …” (more)

[Niall Kennedy, Irish Times, 12 April]

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UCD spent €100,000 on fees and inquiries in abuse cases

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has spent almost €100,000 on solicitor fees and investigations following allegations of sexual harassment. Internal university data shows there have been 14 complaints of sexual harassment at the south Dublin college in the past five years …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 11 April]

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Most Leaving Cert students opt to sit written exams in June

Posted in Teaching on April 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The vast majority of Leaving Cert students are opting to sit written exam papers in June in addition to receiving accredited grades. It follows a Government decision earlier this year to give students a choice between exams, accredited grades, or both, in individual subjects. Students will be credited with the highest result …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 April]

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