New technological university announces its first president

Posted in Governance and administration on August 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The chair of the Joint Governing Body of the AIT-LIT Consortium, Professor Tom Collins, has welcomed the announcement that Professor Vincent Cunnane is to be the first President of the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 31 August]

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Back to School …

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“… Three weeks today we are supposed to start teaching returning students; first years won’t start until 27th September. I wish I could say I was optimistic about this. With Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations climbing it feels very much like it did last year. Nevertheless the powers that be are insisting that we proceed with full lecture theatres without social distance …” (more)

[In the Dark, 30 August]

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Ireland’s ‘first green university president’ takes UCC helm

Posted in Governance and administration on August 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Acting as interim president since September 2020, Professor John O’Halloran was at the helm of the university during an unprecedented year. Now, on his first official day in office as newly installed president, he told the Irish Examiner about his plans for leading one of Cork’s oldest institutions into a challenging future …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 30 August]

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Third-level students express mixed views on return to campus learning

Posted in Teaching on August 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“As third-level colleges plan for a blend of in-person and remote teaching from September, students across the country have expressed mixed views on the return to on-campus learning, with some calling for initiatives such as recorded lecturers to be retained …” (more)

[Jill Cushen, Irish Times, 29 August]

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DCU announce reopening plans as college presidents urge students to get vaccinated

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“This week Dublin City University announced their reopening plans to incoming and continuing undergraduate and master students. Continuing undergraduate students and master programmes will begin on the 20th of September, while incoming first year undergraduates will begin on the 27th of September. All students are expected to complete semester one on the 18th of December …” (more)

[Muiris O’Cearbhaill, The College View, 29 August]

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Mask wearing to be mandatory for large college lectures

Posted in Teaching on August 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students attending large-scale lectures on their return to college next month will have to wear face masks. With about 500,000 students and staff set to return to campus after 18 months, detailed plans as to how to minimise the spread of Covid-19 have been developed and each college will determine how many will attend large lectures …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 29 August]

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Continuation and expansion of Student Support Scheme for asylum seekers in the international protection system announced by Minister Harris

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, today (Friday, 27 August 2021) announced further improvements to the Student Support Scheme for eligible students in the international protection system to access third-level education for 2021/2022 …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 27 August]

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Trinity College adopts a two-phase approach to re-opening campus

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is adopting a two-phase approach to returning to campus from next month to take account of the evolving public health situation. Up until the end of October it will operate strict social distancing rules that will limit activity, such as capping the maximum number of students at in-person lectures …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 27 August]

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The Irish Times view on the reopening of schools and colleges: Safety is essential

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The protective value of the national vaccination programme and the effectiveness of measures designed to limit the spread of Covid-19 will both be tested in coming weeks when schools and third-level institutions reopen after the summer break. For schools the new regime is one that is already familiar to pupils and teachers …” (more)

[Irish Times, 27 August]

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Exam chiefs cannot guarantee date of Leaving Cert appeals results

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Exam chiefs cannot give a guarantee of when the results of any Leaving Cert appeals will be known. It could have implications for students to secure a desired college place, if they were not eligible for it in the normal CAO rounds …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 26 August]

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Colleges May Host Pop-Up Vaccination Centres

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Universities may host pop-up vaccination centres to encourage students to get jabbed, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) has said. Speaking on Newstalk this morning, IUA Director General Jim Miley said that it was ‘hugely encouraging’ that more than four in five people aged 16 to 29 have registered for the vaccine, but ‘we now want to push to the line and get as many as possible of the remainder vaccinated’ …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 26 August]

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UCC to return to on-campus teaching at 80% capacity

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Plans to deliver in-person lectures and seminars at University College Cork have been announced in an email addressed to students by the university’s interim president. Prof John O’Halloran announced the university’s plans to permit on-campus face to face teaching at 80% of the normal room capacity, with the number of people allowed in a room being capped at 200 …” (more)

[Emer Walsh, Irish Times, 25 August]

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Return of third-level students

Posted in Teaching on August 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The HSE has indicated (News, August 24th) that only 53% of those aged 16 to 29 are fully vaccinated and that this group accounts for the highest incidence of Covid-19 infection …” (more)

[Brendan Collins, Irish Times, 26 August]

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Spiralling college costs pricing out families on ordinary incomes – Kathleen Funchion TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on August 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD Kathleen Funchion for Carlow Kilkenny has accused the government of failing third-level students as college costs continue to spiral out of control and many are struggling to find accommodation …” (more)

[Sian Moloughney, Kilkenny People, 25 August]

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IUA Urges Students to get Vaccinated Ahead of Return to Lectures

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of Ireland’s higher education institutions have called on all students to register for the coronavirus vaccine. Currently, over 82% of individuals aged between 16 and 29 have received at least one dose, with 57% fully vaccinated …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 25 August]

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SUSI grants campaign for migrant and refugee students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Our Social Affairs Correspondent Ailbhe Conneely has this report on calls for the Government to widen access to the Student Universal Support Scheme …” (podcast)

[RTÉ – News at One, 25 August]

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Preprints in Applications – a plea to the ARC!

Posted in Research on August 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“I was astonished to discover that the Australian Research Council has placed a ban on preprints being cited in funding applications, and that many applicants have had applications rejected solely on the basis that they referred to preprints in them. It beggars belief that anyone who actually understands modern scientific practice could come up with such a stupid idea …” (more)

[In the Dark, 25 August]

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THE World University Rankings: Indicator Correlations

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2021 by steve

International“I was going to wait until next week to do this but the publication of the latest edition of the THE world rankings is coming and there may be a new methodology. The current THE methodology is based on five indicators or indicator groups: Teaching (5 indicators), Research (3 indicators), Citations, Income from Industry, International Outlook (3 indicators) …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 25 August]

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Max of 300 at ‘in person’ lectures as University of Limerick outlines return plan

Posted in Teaching on August 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has implemented a maximum capacity of 300 students for face-to-face lectures for the new academic semester. Students have been informed via email that Week 1 of the Autumn 2021 semester commences on Monday, September 6 (first year students excluded) with teaching and exam weeks taking place as per the academic calendar …” (more)

[Aine Fitzgerald, Limerick Leader, 24 August]

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Third-level grants system is inadequate

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Peter is a bright lad from Kerry. His heart is set on studying veterinary medicine in UCD, but he didn’t list that course on his CAO application form. Peter’s family can’t come up with €14,000 per annum to cover Peter’s college costs. His parents earn a combined gross annual income of €40,000, which makes Peter ineligible for a college grant …” (more)

[Billy Ryle, Irish Times, 25 August]

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