Remote Exam Time Again

Posted in Teaching on May 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It’s Friday 14th May 2021 which means that it’s the first day of the Summer examination period here in Maynooth, so let me begin by sending my best wishes to everyone taking examinations today and over the next few weeks, wherever you are. It’s a lovely morning in Maynooth. It seems to be a law of Nature that examinations always take place when the weather outside is nice …” (more)

[In the Dark, 14 May]

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Big rise in Open University students from NI

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 14th, 2021 by steve

“The number of students opting to take Open University courses has risen by almost a fifth in Northern Ireland in the last year, with more people deciding to start home study during Covid-19 restrictions …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 14 May]

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We should take the opportunity to break the cycle of harmful student behaviours

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2021 by steve

“When pandemics end, the young take risks. That’s the simplified story that the media and the history books would have us believe as they predict a summer of hedonism to follow the fifteen months of isolation we’ve all just experienced …” (more)

[Libby Farrier-Williams, Wonkhe, 14 May]

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Prof Philip Nolan accused of acting as ‘judge, jury and executioner’ in row between two senior academics

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The president of Maynooth University, Philip Nolan, has been accused of acting as ‘judge, jury and executioner’ in dealing with a row between two senior academics, which has left one professor on an annual salary of €154,000 without work for almost five years …” (more)

[Sean McCarthaigh, Irish Examiner, 13 May]

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Covid-19 has widened the educational divide. We urgently need to tackle it

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“At the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic, there was immense solidarity to respond to the national effort, particularly concerning educational equality. One year on, whilst inevitably some disillusionment and fatigue has set in regarding reports of the fallout from Covid, the challenge of educational inequality is even more concerning, calling us to muster efforts to reconstruct an education system that builds on the learning from a unique year …” (more)

[Niamh O’Reilly, Irish Times, 13 May]