Minister Does Not Expect Reversal of In-Person College Plan

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Skills and Further Education, Niall Collins, spoke about the recently announced return to campus on Newstalk this Friday. UCD has announced a full return to the in-person learning experience, without strict social distancing measures in place. In his interview, the Minister emphasised that the rules regulating this milestone in the post-pandemic recovery will be largely left to individual institutions, stating ‘one size does not fit all here’ …” (more)

[Rosie Kuntz, College Tribune, 21 August]

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Vaccination for Lectures?

Posted in Teaching on August 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The full guidelines on the return to on-campus teaching in September that I referred to on Monday have now been distributed to all staff, not without comment. Basically the new advice is that in-person teaching will return in September (in fact a month from today in Maynooth) for all forms of class except lectures containing over 250 people, which will be online. Lecture halls and labs will be at full capacity, ie with no social distancing requirement …” (more)

[In the Dark, 20 August]

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Blended learning for most students who will have more time on campus but with some restrictions

Posted in Teaching on August 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Uncertainty remains over how the return to campus will be managed for thousands of students with just a few weeks to go before the beginning of the semester. The Irish Examiner asked colleges about the measures in place for students when they return to a mix of on-campus activities and remote lectures this semester …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 21 August]

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Time to demand more for Derry?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2021 by steve

“Chris Donnelly was writing in Monday’s Irish News about the need to address the economic situation in the city of Derry. He outlined the major issues. ‘Derry needs an injection not just of cash but of people. It should be the Galway of the north, itself a city in which 1 in 5 residents are students. Derry has the lowest Higher Education provision of the fifteen largest towns and cities with degree-granting institutions across the island …'” (more)

[David McCann, Slugger O’Toole, 20 August]

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Belfast’s Holyland area ‘has become a lawless slum, a living hell’ … residents compile horror stories of daily life ahead of potential legal action against police, council and universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 21st, 2021 by steve

“Infuriated Holyland residents have shared horrifying stories of anti-social behaviour in the area ahead of proposed legal action against the PSNI, Belfast City Council and Ulster and Queen’s Universities …” (more)

[Ralph Hewitt, Belfast Telegraph, 21 August]

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UCD Graduations Limited to just 190 Students

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Graduations ceremonies which are due to take place in the coming weeks will be limited to just 190 students per ceremony despite the event taking place outside in the Quad beside the Students’ Centre …” (more)

[Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 20 August]

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College lecturers express concerns at plans to resume some classes at full capacity

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“College lecturers have expressed concern at plans by some universities to resume certain classes at full capacity without social distancing. It comes as it emerged that UCD is planning to resume large lectures of up to 500 students with safety measures such as mandatory mask-wearing …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 August]

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