IUA Urges Students to get Vaccinated Ahead of Return to Lectures

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of Ireland’s higher education institutions have called on all students to register for the coronavirus vaccine. Currently, over 82% of individuals aged between 16 and 29 have received at least one dose, with 57% fully vaccinated …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 25 August]

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SUSI grants campaign for migrant and refugee students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Our Social Affairs Correspondent Ailbhe Conneely has this report on calls for the Government to widen access to the Student Universal Support Scheme …” (podcast)

[RTÉ – News at One, 25 August]

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Preprints in Applications – a plea to the ARC!

Posted in Research on August 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“I was astonished to discover that the Australian Research Council has placed a ban on preprints being cited in funding applications, and that many applicants have had applications rejected solely on the basis that they referred to preprints in them. It beggars belief that anyone who actually understands modern scientific practice could come up with such a stupid idea …” (more)

[In the Dark, 25 August]

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THE World University Rankings: Indicator Correlations

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2021 by steve

International“I was going to wait until next week to do this but the publication of the latest edition of the THE world rankings is coming and there may be a new methodology. The current THE methodology is based on five indicators or indicator groups: Teaching (5 indicators), Research (3 indicators), Citations, Income from Industry, International Outlook (3 indicators) …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 25 August]

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Max of 300 at ‘in person’ lectures as University of Limerick outlines return plan

Posted in Teaching on August 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has implemented a maximum capacity of 300 students for face-to-face lectures for the new academic semester. Students have been informed via email that Week 1 of the Autumn 2021 semester commences on Monday, September 6 (first year students excluded) with teaching and exam weeks taking place as per the academic calendar …” (more)

[Aine Fitzgerald, Limerick Leader, 24 August]

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Third-level grants system is inadequate

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Peter is a bright lad from Kerry. His heart is set on studying veterinary medicine in UCD, but he didn’t list that course on his CAO application form. Peter’s family can’t come up with €14,000 per annum to cover Peter’s college costs. His parents earn a combined gross annual income of €40,000, which makes Peter ineligible for a college grant …” (more)

[Billy Ryle, Irish Times, 25 August]

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‘Love Island’ used to discuss tough topics at UCC

Posted in Teaching on August 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The popular reality TV show Love Island, which came to a conclusion this week, is being used by UCC graduates to discuss relationship and societal problems, such as victim blaming, gas lighting and toxic relationships …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 24 August]

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