Thoughts of Return

Posted in Teaching on August 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“So here I am sitting at home supervising my first online repeat examination supplemental assessment. I’ve only had a couple of minor queries so I’ve been able to get on with other things, among which I noticed that according to the news Universities and Colleges in Ireland have announced that ‘The rapid progress in the Covid vaccination programme has injected a new level of confidence about maximising the return to higher education …'” (more)

[In the Dark, 4 August]

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Thoughts on 35 Years in Academia

Posted in Teaching on August 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It’s 35 years since I first taught in NIHE/DCU and I’m inspired to write down some thoughts on my experience, inspired partly by this article by Trinity Professor, Brian Lucey. Now I don’t know Brian personally and no doubt his achievements, at least in terms of metrics, far exceed mine. But I thought his thoughts on his own experience in academia were a little … soulless. Sorry Brian. So here are my thoughts …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 4 August]

Trinity Researchers Recommend Creation of a Higher Education Ombudsman

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity law researchers have recommended that the government create a Higher Education Ombudsman to support the welfare of third-level students, ‘g​​iven the relative weaknesses of Students’ Unions’. The report produced by the COVID-19 Law and Human Rights Observatory at Trinity details that the ombudsman should also support third-level students’ safety, health and remote working issues …” (more)

[Emma Taggart, University Times, 4 August]

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Repeat Message …

Posted in Teaching on August 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Back to work after yesterday’s Bank Holiday and almost immediately it’s the repeat examination period at Maynooth University, which starts tomorrow. My first is tomorrow afternoon, actually. I have another on Thursday and three next week. All these papers are to be held online as has been the case for the past year and a bit. Perhaps the next set of examinations in January 2022 will be back to normal, but we have to wait and see about that …” (more)

[In the Dark, 3 August]

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Colleges Offer High Prices for their Flats, So Will They Fix Accommodation Woes?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Many stakeholders in higher education seem to think that college-owned accommodation is synonymous with low-cost accommodation. In an interview last week, President of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) Clare Austick argued that ‘if colleges have their [own] accommodation there will be a reduced cost’ – but is this really accurate? …” (more)

[University Times, 2 August]

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Colleges plan to ‘maximise’ on campus experience for students

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges have said they are committed to ‘maximising’ the on-campus experience for students and are now advanced in planning a return to campus next month. Students have been urged to receive the Covid-19 vaccine ahead of the return to college …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 3 August]

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