Up to 300 students gather on Cork’s College Road as Fresher’s week returns

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Residents in the College Road area of Cork fear Fresher’s Week will be twice as long this year as second-year students who had no in-person college last year are welcomed back with ‘Sophomore Week’ next week. Residents are reporting glass bottles being thrown at them, public urination and littering around homes on College Road …” (more)

[Caitlín Griffin, Irish Examiner, 13 September]

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Hundreds gather for Belfast Holyland street party in ‘worst night of disturbance in decade’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2021 by steve

“Belfast Holyland residents have said that they have been left feeling ‘intimidated, disrespected and scared’ in their own homes after almost 400 young people gathered for a street party. One resident described it as one of the biggest nights of disruption he had experienced in almost 10 years …” (more)

[Amy Cochrane, Belfast Telegraph, 13 September]

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Students return to lectures and classes today after 550 days

Posted in Teaching on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students will return to in-person learning today, over 550 days after they last sat in a classroom. At the beginning of the pandemic, Trinity postponed large-scale in-person lectures due to the nature of the pandemic on March 12, with government announcing all colleges and schools were to close on 13 March 2020 …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 13 September]

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DCU’s proposed takeover of Morton Stadium a ‘fantastic opportunity’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A proposal by Dublin City University to take over the country’s leading athletics stadium looks likely to be approved by councillors. Under the plan, DCU would acquire a 40-year lease on Morton Stadium in Santry and aim to secure almost €16m in funding for its future development …” (more)

[Tony McCullagh, Independent, 13 September]

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NUI Galway appoints first full-time Traveller Education Officer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has appointed its first full-time Traveller Education Officer to lead the teaching and learning of students from the Traveller community. Owen Ward, a Traveller, qualified teacher and alumnus of the University, will take on the role as NUI Galway develops a model to empower the community to overcome barriers to access, progression, retention and success in higher education …” (more)

[Kenneth Fox, BreakingNews.ie, 13 September]

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Universities rising to Covid-19 challenges

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“As third-level campuses start to fill up again for the first time in 18 months, they are going to look a little different. Among the initial and most visible changes will be pop-up vaccination centres, with unvaccinated students and staff encouraged to take up the inoculation to keep campuses safe and open …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 12 September]

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One week to go …

Posted in Life, Teaching on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It’s Monday 13th September 2021 which means that teaching begins a week today. Gulp. We still don’t really have any idea how many students we’ll have on our courses in the first year …” (more)

[In the Dark, 13 September]

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The Future of the Academic Conference

Posted in Research on September 13th, 2021 by steve

“Pitched the Delta curveball, some scholarly associations are turning to online meetings again while others are proceeding with plans to meet face-to-face in the coming weeks. These groups are also thinking about what annual meetings will look like in a post-pandemic world, with major implications for equity and accessibility …” (more)

[Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, 13 September]

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Many schools unable to comply with College’s promised level of in-person teaching

Posted in Teaching on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Room allocation issues have prevented classes with fewer than 50 people from being held on-campus. Many students in Trinity are to have less in-person teaching this semester than College had previously said would take place …” (more)

[Jack Kennedy, Trinity News, 12 September]

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The Self on the Shelf

Posted in Life on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“In this Weekend’s Financial Times there is an article (above) about why some of us find it hard to throw away old books. This range home to me because the work involved in packing and shipping my possessions to Ireland recently would have been considerably reduced had I thrown away my books, all 25 boxes of them …” (more)

[In the Dark, 12 September]

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UCD international management course named third best in world ranking

Posted in Teaching on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A UCD international management course has been named third best in the world in the highly-regarded ranking by the Financial Times (FT). It is the highest FT ranking achieved by an Irish university …” (more)

[Irish Times, 13 September]

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Teachers and the points system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – On the front page of the Irish Times on September 8th, the university registrars cite ‘grade inflation’ as the source of ‘cruelty’ inflicted on disappointed young people seeking to enter college (‘Call to tackle “cruel” grade inflation as college points hit new high’, News, September 8th) …” (more)

[Tomás Ó Ruairc, Irish Times, 13 September]

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