Planned reopening of college campuses welcome but light on detail – Rose Conway-Walsh TD

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson for Further and Higher Education Rose Conway-Walsh TD has welcomed the government’s announcement that further and higher education campuses will be open in September but called on the Minister to provide greater clarity. The Mayo TD said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 15 June]

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USI welcomes plan for holistic re-opening of third-level campuses

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on June 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland welcomes the plan published today, which aims to re-open campuses and have most third-level activity back on site from the start of the new academic year. Along with getting students back into lectures and classrooms, that the plan also allows for the reopening of libraries, cafes, canteens and bars, as well as the restarting of club, society and sporting activity is particularly welcome …” (more)

[USI, 15 June]

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International students call for visa extension to mitigate Covid impact

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of international students are calling for their visas to be extended because they have not been able to fullfil ‘a vital part’ of their reason for studying in Ireland – the chance to work in graduate level employment. The Third Level Graduate Programme allows Irish educated non-EEA graduates remain here after their studies, for the purpose of seeking graduate level employment. The graduates are generally permitted to work here for between one and two years …” (more)

[Sharon Tobin, RTÉ News, 15 June]

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Opening Up Again

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on June 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Government has just produced its plan for A Safe Return to on-site further and higher education and research that outlines what is basically a full return to on-campus activity from September 2021. I quote from the preamble to the document linked to above …” (more)

[In the Dark, 15 June]

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A Safe Return to on-site further and higher education and research

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on June 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“On 29 April 2021 the government made a commitment to a significant increase in on-site further education and training, higher education and research from the beginning of the next academic year. Higher and further education and training, and research are essential activities, and so the plan for 2021/22 is for mainly on-site activity for all students, learners, and staff …” (more)

[gov.ie, 15 June]

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Colleges get green light to reopen with large-scale lectures to resume from September

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on June 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Large-scale lectures are set to resume as the Government gives the green light for the reopening of college campuses in September. After more than a year of online learning, all students in higher and further education will be back on site in the autumn. Chief medical officer Tony Holohan has told Minister Simon Harris that colleges can prepare for the resumption of maximum attendances, including large-scale lectures …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 June]

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Study of Mature Student Participation in Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Report calls for access targets and supports to be focused on disadvantaged communities as well as expanding opportunities for part-time learning. The number of people aged between 15-64 years who have achieved a third-level qualification in Ireland has increased by 5% in the past decade, with educational attainment rates remaining high, new research has shown …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 14 June]

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Underfunding of universities leading to blind spots on human rights

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“President Michael D Higgins gave a stirring address at an online conference on academic freedom this week. He suggested we are in danger of losing not just academic freedom at the level of the individual scholar but of losing the institution of the university itself …” (more)

[Breda O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 June]

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