Each college to decide how to hold lectures safely, says minister

Posted in Teaching on August 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The higher education minister has said that it will be up to Irish colleges to determine how they can hold lectures safely in the coming academic year. Speaking on Monday, Simon Harris indicated that the Government would not be prescribing a set of specific rules for how lectures should be held when students return to college in several weeks’ time …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and James Ward, BreakingNews.ie, 23 August]

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Ulster University Derry medical school: First ministers hail ‘momentous’ day as new Magee facility opens

Posted in Governance and administration on August 23rd, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University’s new School of Medicine opened in Derry with the first ministers hailing it a ‘momentous day’. The new facility opened on Monday at the Magee campus in Londonderry. The school has been beset with delays, funding issues and hampered by the collapse of Stormont after it was first proposed in the mid-2000s …” (more)

[Jonathan Bell, Belfast Telegraph, 23 August]

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Students will return to ‘near normal’ college experience in September

Posted in Research, Teaching on August 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students will return to a ‘near normal’ third level experience when colleges reopen in September, Nphet’s Prof Philip Nolan said. Prof Nolan, a public health expert and president of Maynooth University, said some mitigations such as mask wearing and distancing measures will remain …” (more)

[James Ward, Belfast Telegraph, 23 August]

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Student accommodation: ‘It’s not what students want. And it’s extortionate’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“In the last five years Dublin has seen a proliferation of a type of accommodation common in other parts of the world but previously largely unseen in Ireland: privately-owned purpose-build student accommodation (PBSAs) …” (more)

[Patrick Freyne, Irish Times, 21 August]

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Botanists not wild about Trinity College’s wildflower ‘meadow’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“About a century ago, Ireland’s leading naturalist, Robert Lloyd Praeger, was asserting the island’s uniqueness in nature, with plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. For Irish botany in particular, he sought a stature equal to Britain’s …” (more)

[Michael Viney, Irish Times, 21 August]

Trinity’s Yearly Timetable Debacle Has Been Made Worse With the Return to Campus

Posted in Teaching on August 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Every year, Trinity students vent their frustration at the short window between College finalising lecture timetables and the return to lectures. With the gradual re-opening of society – and colleges – this debacle has become infinitely more farcical. Trinity’s lack of clarity regarding the impending return to campus has showcased a College that lacks clear and cohesive communication …” (more)

[University Times, 22 August]

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Student housing in Dublin could be used for homeless accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on August 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Purpose-built student apartment blocks in Dublin city could be turned into homeless accommodation under proposals from the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE). The DRHE is seeking to take advantage of the glut of new student blocks in the city which have failed to attract sufficient numbers of students. This has been attributed to the shift to online lectures, fewer overseas students arriving during the pandemic and high rents …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 23 August]

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