THE‘s Caucus Ranking

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2021 by steve

International“In Alice in Wonderland there is a ‘caucus race’ in which everyone runs around frantically in different directions and eventually everyone wins a prize. Unfortunately, there are not quite enough sweets to go around as prizes and so poor Alice has to make do with her thimble which she gives to the Dodo who then presents it to her. It seems that THE has come up with a caucus ranking …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 12 August]

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‘I never thought this day would come’: Trinity first to resume on-campus graduations

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sierra Murphy, a business and Spanish student at Trinity College Dublin, never thought she’d get a chance to graduate in a gown alongside her friends and family. ‘We’ve missed out on so many things, like our last Trinity ball, our last classes, our last exams and all those celebrations’, says Murphy (24), who was due to graduate last year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 August]

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Adviser paid by Chinese government to oversee Leaving Cert language course

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“An adviser paid by the Chinese government is to have an oversight role in the new Leaving Certificate subject of Mandarin Chinese as part of an agreement between the Department of Education and its counterpart in Beijing. Under the terms of the memorandum of understanding (MOU), the Chinese education ministry will nominate and, with the agreement of the department, appoint an adviser for the Mandarin Chinese language course in secondary schools …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 11 August]

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Pop-up vaccine centres in colleges planned to boost student uptake

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Government is planning to establish pop-up vaccination centres on college campuses in a bid to boost the numbers of students in receipt of Covid jabs once the new academic year gets under way. The Department of Further and Higher Education is understood to be in discussion with health authorities on the likely demand for vaccines and where the centres will be established …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 August]

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DkIT pay out almost €190,000 in rates on Ice Dome since buying the vacant building in 2014

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Labour TD Ged Nash has said that ‘serious questions’ need to be answered by DKIT leadership. Dundalk IT has paid nearly €190,000 in commercial rates to Louth County Council for the vacant Ice Dome building since it was acquired by the college in 2014 …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally, Dundalk Democrat, 11 August]

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Should vaccination be mandatory for third level students?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Frank Jones, General Secretary of IFUT; Dr Tomás Ryan, Associate Professor in TCD School of Biochemistry and Immunology; and Claire Austick, President USI, debate whether vaccinations should be mandatory for returning third level students …” (audio)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 11 August]

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