Queen’s University ‘unlikely’ to offer room to any student living less than 40 miles away

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has told students to make ‘alternative travel and accommodation arrangements’ as it is ‘unlikely’ to offer a room to any student living less than 40 miles from the university. Students living 40 miles away, however, have been told that it is not certain that they will have a room to stay in come mid-October …” (more)

[Amy Cochrane, Belfast Telegraph, 16 September]

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Ireland ranked in last place in OECD for investment in education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Ireland ranks in last place out of 36 developed countries for investment in education as a measure of our national wealth or gross domestic product (GDP), according to latest OECD data. While economists say the presence of multinationals distorts our GDP figures, education unions say the figures confirm the extent of under-investment in our schools …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 September]

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Thousands on waiting list for student accommodation in Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The student housing crisis is ‘the worst it’s ever been’ – with thousands on waiting lists for rooms; hundreds relying on hostels and friends’ sofas; and countless more facing deferral or dropping out altogether …” (more)

[Stephen Corrigan, Connacht Tribune, 16 September]

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University chiefs blasted for refusal to budge on holding graduations online

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University chiefs blasted by thousands of families for forcing students to graduate online at the end of next month – despite the easing of Covid-19 restrictions – have insisted they’re not for turning. In one week flat, over 3,000 people have signed an online petition that challenges the refusal by Technological University Dublin (TUD) bigwigs to hold in-person graduation ceremonies between October 26-29 …” (more)

[Dublin Live, 16 September]

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COVID-19: Universities and FE Colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2021 by steve

John O’Dowd (Sinn Féin): I welcome the opportunity to speak on an important issue: the return of further education college and university students and lecturers, professors etc to campus, which is very welcome. Last year, there was huge disruption to student and academic life for many …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly, 14 September]

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College students commuting up to four hours because of accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Unaffordable accommodation has resulted in record levels of homelessness among students who are sleeping on couches or forced to commute up to four hours a day, the Dáil has been told. People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett said the situation was ‘absolutely dire’ for students who are being forced to stay in hotels where they have to pay up to €400 a week …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 15 September]

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IUA Pre-Budget Submission: Investment in Higher Education and Research Critical to National Recovery – Budget 2022 must deliver first phase of Funding Reform with €900m package

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) has called on the government to substantially increase investment in higher education and research as part of the post-COVID, post-Brexit national recovery. The IUA has outlined a comprehensive range of measures in a €900m+ package including €418m in extra core funding and a €490m capital expenditure programme for the sector …” (more)

[IUA, 15 September]

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Back to college

Posted in Teaching on September 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – After many frantic, anxious weeks my son finally secured accommodation in Dublin and was really looking forward to getting back to college for his third year after missing some of first and all of second year due to Covid. He’s just received his timetable and is in college for one hour per week with the rest of his lectures pre-recorded …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 15 September]

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