UCC to Hold Exams Online Due to Rising Case Numbers

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) will move the majority of its exams online this semester due to concerns over rising coronavirus cases. A small number of exams will still be held in person for courses that need to meet certain accreditation or professional body requirements …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 23 November]

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DCU release statement after massive backlash to lecturer’s ‘disgusting’ BLM blog

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin City University lecturer has caused controversy online after his ‘offensive’ personal blog was discovered …” (more)

[Emma Nevin, Dublin Live, 23 November]

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Simon Harris confirms ‘contingency’ shutdown plans are in place for colleges as Covid rates rise

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister Simon Harris is confident colleges can stay open with high Covid rates, but he has revealed that contingency shutdown plans are ‘of course’ in place as well. Third level colleges have coped well with the latest wave of Covid, with campuses open and lectures running as normal across most colleges and universities …” (more)

[Ferghal Blaney, Irish Mirror, 23 November]

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Higher Education is in a Funding Crisis. It’s Time to Act

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It has always been my firm and passionate belief that education should be free from cradle to grave – paid for indirectly through taxation. This is a core principle, a key tenet of social democracy and socialism – it’s about redistribution of wealth, and universality of access …” (more)

[Ivana Bacik, University News, 23 November]

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College reopening proceeds as planned

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Last week, College saw its second phase of reopening, as students returned to campus after reading week to increased face-to-face classes and greater social mobility within campus …” (more)

[Jamie Cox, Trinity News, 23 November]

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New north-west institute named the Atlantic Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education, Simon Harris announced on Tuesday the name of the Technological University in the west and north-west as the Atlantic Technological University (ATU) …” (more)

[Kenneth Fox, BreakingNews.ie, 23 November]

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Students protest in Cork over cost of third-level education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students held the first of three protests across the country in Cork on Monday, to call for increased State funding of third-level education. Clare Austick, president of the Union of Students Ireland (USI), said Irish students faced ‘increasing’ costs of living, alongside the highest college fees in the European Union …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 22 November]

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GSU Co-Signs Open Letter Calling for In-Person Exams to be Scrapped

Posted in Teaching on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“An open letter to Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly calling for Christmas exams to be held online has garnered more than 2,600 signatures …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 22 November]

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30,000 staff third level colleges to be surveyed on bullying at work

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Staff in third-level colleges are being surveyed on the extent and nature of bullying and cyberbullying in the workplace and other work-related experiences. It comes amid increasing anecdotal evidence that bullying among staff is an issue …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 November]

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UCD Module Co-ordinators Can Decide On In-Person Exams

Posted in Teaching on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Module co-ordinators in University College Dublin (UCD) can decide whether students will need to sit in-person exams. Speaking to The University Times today, UCD’s Director of Communications Eilis O’Brien said …” (more)

[Jennifer Ní Chiara, University Times, 22 November]

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