Students call for colleges to facilitate in-person graduation ceremonies

Posted in Life on November 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students are calling for colleges to resume in-person graduation ceremonies again, after ceremonies went virtual due to Covid-19. This comes following a survey of 50,000 students which found that the switch to remote learning has had far-reaching and negative impacts on young people’s college experience …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 3 November]

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College campus closures had far-reaching impact on students, survey shows

Posted in Life, Teaching on November 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The closure of college campuses and the switch to remote teaching amid the Covid-19 pandemic had a far-reaching and negative impact on the experience of tens of thousands of college students, according to a major new survey …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 November]

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Trinity and Government officials meet over Science Gallery

Posted in Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Representatives from Trinity College and Government officials met on Tuesday to see if a proposal can be worked out that could save the Science Gallery on Pearse Street from closing …” (more)

[Ciarán Hancock, Irish Times, 2 November]

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Leaving Certificate reform

Posted in Teaching on November 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Simon Harris is quoted as saying the Leaving Certificate system ‘does not prepare a student for life beyond education’. He offers specific criticisms of the current system stating that it ‘does not teach students about financial literacy, digital skills, sex education, or climate skills’. This is news to me and, hopefully, my students …” (more)

[Daniel Lynch, Irish Times, 3 November]

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Female postgrads felt impact of Covid more than male peers

Posted in Life on November 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Female postgraduate students were more likely to have considered withdrawing from their programme during the pandemic than their male counterparts, and less likely to have submitted a paper for publication. The finding is included in this year’s Irish Survey of Student Engagement, published today, which shows the impact that pandemic restrictions had on students during the 2020-2021 academic year …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 3 November]

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Some students ‘better suited’ to vocational or technical routes, committee hears

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Some of the 70% of secondary students who enter higher education would be better suited to technical or vocational options, an Oireachtas committee has heard. Ireland currently has one of the highest rates of progression to third level in the world …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 November]

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