Minister Harris launches project to examine how higher level education can learn from COVID-19 pandemic

Posted in Teaching on May 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today (Monday) launched a new project, ‘Next Steps for Teaching and Learning: Moving Forward Together’, aimed at examining how higher level education can learn from the COVID-19 pandemic. This project will look at what we have learned so far in the shift to fully online/remote teaching and learning since 2020 and how the sector can move forward together …” (more)

[teachingandlearning.ie, 11 May]

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Student Mobility Survey: Great potential for all-Ireland third-level education – Rose Conway-Walsh TD, John O’Dowd MLA

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokespersons on Further and Higher Education, Rose Conway-Walsh and John O’Dowd MLA, have launched a survey to look at how we can remove barriers and increase cross-border enrolment in third-level education. Teachta Conway-Walsh said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 11 May]

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‘IT Sligo is prepared for a return to campus’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 11th, 2021 by steve

IrelandQ: How ready is IT Sligo for a return to campus? A: IT Sligo is prepared for a return to campus and we are extremely hopeful of a return of students in the autumn. All social distancing, hygiene systems and other control measures are in place and working effectively. In semester one we were able to welcome back a large section of our students with great success. (Covid) numbers in Sligo in general have been extremely low throughout the pandemic and now we have the lowest numbers nationally …” (more)

[Irish Times, 11 May]

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Maynooth University: ‘We are planning for a number of scenarios’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 11th, 2021 by steve

IrelandQ: How ready is Maynooth University for a return to campus? A: We would like to bring our students back to the campus as soon as we can. Ultimately, the key factor is the public-health guidance that is in place in September. We are planning for a number of different scenarios, in consultation with the Department for Higher Education. While on-campus, in-person activity remains at the core of what we do in the university, there are aspects of the online teaching and learning environment that we would like to retain to further enhance the student experience …” (more)

[Irish Times, 11 May]

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How might Covid-19 affect students’ third-level choices?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The arrival of Covid-19 on Irish shores triggered a sea-change in how education was delivered here but over one year on, we asked how it has impacted student choices as they look to decide what courses to apply for through the CAO …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 11 May]

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Universities prepare for return to campus

Posted in Governance and administration on May 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“As the Government continues the planned summer reopening of the country Leaving Certificate pupils and third-level institutions will be looking a little further ahead to what college might look like when the doors open in September …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 11 May]

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College Allocates €2m to Improving Accessibility on Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on May 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Capital Resource Group has approved over €2 million in funding to make College more accessible to people with disabilities. The funding comes as part of phase two of the Universal Access Programme, which will see Estates and Facilities work with the Disability Service to ensure that all current and future buildings are accessible to the entire student population …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 10 May]

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