‘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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Student accommodation schemes for Cork and Limerick get green light

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Developers have secured the go-ahead for 561 student bed spaces in two separate developments in Cork and Limerick cities. In granting fast track planning in two separate cases on Monday, An Bord Pleanála has cleared the way for the construction by Cloncaragh Investments Ltd of 318 student bed spaces and 30 build-to-rent apartments containing an additional 104 bed spaces at Punches Cross in Limerick …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 23 August]

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USI Criticises Late Date of First SUSI Payment

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has said that SUSI recipients will struggle financially at the start of term due to the late date of the first payment of the grant. Recipients will not receive the first instalment of the maintenance grant until October 8th – several weeks after college begins for most …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 24 August]

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Unvaccinated students and staff are a danger to themselves

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges will not require students and staff to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to access their campuses when they reopen in September, according to reports. This is a national mistake. It may well be that the rising rate of infections yet precludes a return to campuses but, if not, mandating that students and staff be vaccinated is a necessary adjunct to social distancing, good ventilation and masking …” (more)

[Garret FitzGerald, Irish Times, 24 August]

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Shanghai Rankings: Correlations Between Indicators

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2021 by steve

International“This is, I hope, the first of a series. Maybe THE and QS next week. If we want to compare the utility of university rankings one attribute to consider is internal consistency. Here, the correlation between the various indicators can tell us a lot. If the correlation between a pair of indicators is 0.90 or above we can assume that these indicators are essentially measuring the same thing …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 23 August]

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Restoration projects at Queen’s and Carrickfergus Castle clinch awards

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2021 by steve

“The projects to enhance the potential of Carrickfergus Castle and to ensure continued use of Queen’s University’s Lanyon Building have been awarded Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) Design Awards for 2021 …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 23 August]

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€14k Per Year for College is Far Too Much to Ask of Students and Their Families

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on August 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The breakdown of the cost of college will surprise few in third level. But at this time of year, when the cost of going back to school is all over the media, students deserve a look in, writes the Editorial Board. Going to college is now simply accepted as being expensive in Ireland. It shouldn’t be …” (more)

[University Times, 22 August]

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WRC rejects UCC campus firm CEO’s unpaid €6,512 bonus claim

Posted in Legal issues on August 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A CEO of a University College Cork (UCC) campus company has failed in a bonus row with the firm. This follows Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) Adjudicator, Thomas O’Driscoll rejecting Ms Arlene Vithaldas’s Payment of Wages Act claim over an alleged unpaid bonus of €6,512 for last year …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, BreakingNews.ie, 23 August]

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Green light for plans for student accommodation complex in Cork city

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Plans for a major student development in Cork city have been given the green light. Bellmount Development Limited has been granted planning permission from An Bord Pleanála for the demolition of existing structures on the site of Kelleher’s Auto Centre, Wilton Road, Victoria Cross, Bishopstown and the subsequent construction of 243 student bed spaces …” (more)

[EchoLive, 23 August]

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Urgent appeal to European Governments and EU Institutions: Take Action for Afghanistan’s scholars, researchers, and civil society actors

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2021 by steve

International“We, the undersigned higher education associations, networks, and leaders in the field of scholar protection, urge European governments and EU institutions to take immediate action to secure the lives and careers of Afghanistan’s scholars, students, and civil society actors …” (more)

[IFUT, 23 August]

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56% plunge in EU students accepted at British universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 24th, 2021 by steve

“University chiefs were prepared for the worst when applications from European Union students to study on undergraduate courses in the United Kingdom fell by 43% by the time of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) deadline of 30 June …” (more)

[Nic Mitchell, University World News, 19 August]

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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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Anti-vax academic Cahill gave invalid address to police

Posted in Legal issues on August 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“UCD professor Dolores Cahill provided an invalid Dublin address to British police, who are now seeking her arrest to answer charges over attending an illegal anti-lockdown rally in Trafalgar Square last year. An arrest warrant was issued last month by a London court for the anti-vaccine and anti-mask academic …” (more)

[Ali Bracken, Independent, 22 August]

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Limitations on Events Unfair, Say Societies

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students in Trinity’s societies have expressed dismay at the Central Societies Committee’s (CSC) most recent announcement for freshers’ week, arguing that the limitations on events are ‘unfair’, and the committee’s communication with societies is ‘inconsistent’ …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 21 August]

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