College campus reopening plan to allow large lectures, sports activity and societies

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Large lecture theatres, sports facilities, bars and canteens are set to reopen in colleges and universities from September under a new framework being finalised by Government. In addition, students will be given the option to pay monthly for accommodation in case there is a fourth wave of Covid-19. This is aimed at ensuring students and their families do not lose out on deposits or rent, as happened in some cases last year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 June]

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Norma Foley: New college places will offset increased demand

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“New college places to be created this year will be enough to offset the potential effect accredited grades and increased demand will have on this year’s race for courses. That is according to Education Minister Norma Foley, speaking ahead of the Leaving Certificate exams getting underway tomorrow …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 8 June]

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European Commission drops plan to ban UK from science projects

Posted in Research on June 8th, 2021 by steve

“The European Commission has dropped plans for a blanket ban on UK involvement in EU research on space projects and supercomputers after a backlash from member states and leading scientists. Thierry Breton, the former French finance minister who is now the EU internal market commissioner, had claimed the EU needed to keep control of intellectual property and that the UK’s involvement was an unacceptable security risk …” (more)

[Daniel Boffey, Guardian, 7 June]

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UCD president felt staff academic freedom concerns were ‘overreaction’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin president Andrew Deeks privately told staff in the university’s politics department that their concerns about threats to academic freedom, from Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, were an ‘overreaction’. Academics expressed concerns after The Irish Times reported the chief executive of Huawei Ireland had written to Minister for Defence Simon Coveney about an article by a UCD academic criticising the company’s ties to the Chinese government …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 8 June]

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€12 million to improve energy efficiency and support decarbonisation in higher education – Ministers Harris and Ryan

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris and Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan today (Monday, 7 June 2021) announced funding of €12 million for the second call of the Energy Efficiency and Decarbonisation Pathfinder Programme (EEDPP) for the higher education sector – a 50% increase on the first call last year …” (more)

[gov.ie, 7 June]

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PUP Cuts Make It Clear That Students Are Low-Hanging Fruit for the Government

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The announcement last week that students would be cut from the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) from September 7th – before all other workers in the country – was both unfair and financially painful for college-goers. After the Irish Daily Mail reported on an unnamed government minister making comments about students ‘lying in bed and enjoying the PUP grant’ a few weeks ago, it was clear that cuts could well have been on the horizon …” (more)

[University Times, 7 June]

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