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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‘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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USI Calls on Colleges to Host In-Person Graduations

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has written an open letter to higher-education institutions asking for the return of in-person graduation ceremonies. The ‘Give Us Our Grad’ campaign will see students’ unions across Ireland write to the heads of their institutions to allow graduands to mark the milestone on campus …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 19 August]

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John Hume Memorial University talks urged

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has backed a call from a Fine Gael TD for the establishment of a cross-border university named after Nobel Peace Laureate John Hume in the north-west. Cork North Central Deputy Colm Burke said the idea for a north-south university, which was a largely ignored part of the Government’s proposals on the legacy of the Troubles in July, should be given serious consideration by the Republic …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 19 August]

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Covid-19: Ulster University asks students about vaccine status

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) is asking all of its students and staff whether or not they have received a Covid-19 vaccine. The university is also asking them if they have not been vaccinated to outline the reasons why …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 19 August]

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Athlone IT welcomes an academic return to on campus learning in September

Posted in Teaching on August 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Athlone Institute of Technology has unveiled plans for in-person teaching and learning on campus to resume in the new academic year. Students in second, third and fourth year will return to their studies on campus on Monday, September 6, while incoming first-year students will begin on Monday, September 27 …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 19 August]

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Most restrictions to stay until end of September as schools and colleges return

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“There will be no major easing of the remaining Covid-19 restrictions until the end of September, to allow students in schools and colleges to return to classrooms. The Government is drafting a new plan for fully reopening the country, which will be published at the end of the month …” (more)

[Philip Ryan and Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 19 August]

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