‘It’s just impossible to find anywhere to live’ – college students forced to commute

Posted in Life on August 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“High rental prices and a severe shortage of available accommodation is seeing more students opting to commute to their universities from next month onwards …” (more)

[Amy Blaney, Independent, 20 August]

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UCD plans return of full-size lectures for up to 500 with masks but no social distancing

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) is returning to full-size lectures of up to 500 students when it reopens next month. Students will have to wear masks at lectures, but they will not be subject to a minimum social distance …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 20 August]

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Trinity is Dragging its Feet on Proper Gender Recognition

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Transgender people have existed throughout history, and recent advancements in human gender expression have made space for people who are neither male nor female. The general term for this is non binary – that is, not part of the binary gender division …” (more)

[Annie Humphrey, University Times, 18 August]

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Kilkenny ruled out as base for new Students’ Union for Technological University for the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The new Students’ Union for the Technological University for the South East will not be in Kilkenny. The city had been mooted for the base for the combined unions of Carlow IT and IT Waterford when they merge under TUSE status but that suggestion has now been quashed …” (more)

[Edwina Grace, KCLR 96FM, 19 August]

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Athlone Institute of Technology may get multimillion euro upgrade

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Athlone Institute of Technology is in line for a multimillion-euro upgrade as part of its elevation to university status. Longford developer and former Athlone IT graduate Mark Cunningham has lodged plans to construct a large-scale student campus as part of a development that is expected to exceed €100 million …” (more)

[Liam Cosgrove, Irish Times, 19 August]

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Schools, colleges and workplaces to reopen in next phase

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The next phase of reopening, to be announced by the Government on August 31st, will prioritise schools, colleges and the return to workplaces, with live entertainment only expected to return on a phased basis during September and October. A Cabinet sub-committee meeting on Thursday heard a number of briefings from public health chiefs and the HSE …” (more)

[Pat Leahy and Jack Horgan-Jones, Irish Times, 20 August]

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Northern Ireland’s colleges join vaccination call as Ulster University quizzes students and staff

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 20th, 2021 by steve

“Northern Ireland’s six regional further education colleges have joined the call urging students to use Big Jab Weekend to get vaccinated against Covid-19 ahead of the new term. The colleges said they want to provide all learners with the best opportunities in the new academic year and ‘return to college in the safest manner possible’ …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 19 August]

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UCD Plan to Return to Face-to-Face Teaching With No Social-Distancing Requirements

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) is to proceed with plans to re-open campus for students with face-to-face teaching in the academic year 2021/22, as has been revealed in a special bulletin addressed to staff by UCD President, Andrew Deeks …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 19 August]

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