Maynooth University to hold majority of exams online after 4,000 students sign petition

Posted in Teaching on November 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has announced that they will hold the majority of January exams online after a petition calling for in-person tests to be scrapped received thousands of signatures. The petition was set up by the University’s Students’ Union who said on-campus exams cannot go ahead due to the ‘uncertain public health situation nationwide’ …” (more)

[Emma Nevin, DublinLive, 26 November]

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Students turn out in force at DCU Black Lives Matter Protest following lecturer’s comments

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A large protest took place at DCU today after a lecturer at the college was criticised by a number of students for political statements on his personal blog. DCU Students, staff – including other lecturers at the college – and members of other universities turned out on a chilly November afternoon to endorse the Black Lives Matter protest …” (more)

[Peter O’Neill, Hot Press, 26 November]

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Exam Deferral Only Permitted if Student is a Possible COVID Case

Posted in Teaching on November 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students will not have an automatic right to defer exams as they have done for the previous three assessment periods, Trinity’s senior lecturer has said. Students will only be allowed to defer examinations if they develop coronavirus symptoms, test positive for the virus or are a close contact of a positive case close to their exams …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 26 November]

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RTÉ Liveline listeners hear Trinity College student told she can’t graduate because of €22 library fine

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“RTÉ Liveline viewers heard that a Trinity College student wouldn’t be allowed to graduate from her course because of a €22 library fine. Sarah, who studied mental health nursing in the city centre university for four years, spoke to Joe Duffy from a toilet cubicle on her break …” (more)

[Amy Donohoe, DublinLive, 26 November]

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Third Level Christmas Exams

Posted in Teaching on November 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has become the first third-level institution to announce that all of its mid-year December exams are to be held online next month. But other colleges are pressing ahead with their in-person exams, some involving thousands of students …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 25 November]

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