O’Dowd expresses solidarity with University Staff and students on strike action

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2021 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has expressed solidarity with the Universities and Colleges Union on its decision to take strike action for better pay and working conditions. The party’s spokesperson on Higher and Further Education said …” (more)

[Sinn Fein, 1 December]

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Sympathy for the Neocon? Mark Humphrys vs DCU

Posted in Life on December 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Blood has been in the water for Ireland’s most prolific and perhaps only self-identifying neoconservative over the past fortnight, with the targeting of DCU lecturer Dr Mark Humphrys by anti-racist campaigners …” (more)

[Ciaran Brennan, The Burkean, 1 December]

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Unfair to expect third-level students to defer exams due to Covid – Rose Conway-Walsh TD

Posted in Teaching on December 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Rose Conway-Walsh TD, has labelled the department’s response to rising Covid numbers as ‘completely inadequate’. After raising the issue in the Dáíl with Minister Harris, Teachta Conway-Walsh said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 1 December]

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Covid-19 Ireland: Trinity students call for cancellation of in-person exams across the country

Posted in Teaching on December 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students will be heading to the Dáil today to delivery an open letter to Minister for Higher Education, Simon Harris and Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly. The students will call on Government to cancel in-person exams across the country this year as Covid-19 cases continue to rise …” (more)

[Roisin Cullen, DublinLive, 1 December]

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Four Years in Maynooth

Posted in Life on December 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“In recent times I’ve found myself remarking quite frequently on this blog how much the Covid-19 pandemic has played havoc with my perception of the passage of time, and I come to reflect on that again now that today (1st December 2021) marks four years since I started work at Maynooth University …” (more)

[In the Dark, 1 December]

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University strike: QUB and Ulster University staff begin walk-out

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2021 by steve

“Some staff at Queen’s and Ulster universities are beginning three days of strike action. The University and College Union (UCU), which represents lecturers and support staff, is taking the action over pay, workloads and pensions …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 1 December]

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University of Limerick to appoint Student Community Engagement Officer

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Residents near the University of Limerick have welcomed news that a community liaison officer will be appointed to address anti-social behaviour. Residents of College Court, Elm Park, Hazelwood, Milford Grange and Oaklawns met with representatives from UL, the gardai, UL Student Union, landlords and Limerick City and County Council recently to express their concerns …” (more)

[Frances Watkins, Limerick Leader, 30 November]

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Just 4% of Students turn out for TCD Trans Referendum to Boycott Irish Times

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Just 4% of the student population voted in Trinity College Dublin’s referendum intended to boycott the Irish Times. Driven by the paper’s decision to print an article last August from therapists who were critical of some of the demands of the transgender movement, the referendum was held last Friday 26 November …” (more)

[Máire Ní Mhaoine, Gript, 30 November]

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TCDSU to Create Hybrid-Learning Policy with Postgrads and IFUT

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on December 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) council has voted to work with postgraduate students and the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) to create a policy which would require all lectures to be recorded. The motion will mandate the three groups to ‘find a solution for handing over copyright of recorded lectures to lecturers’ … (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 30 November]

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University staff strike over pay and pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2021 by steve

“Staff at 58 universities are taking part in a three-day strike over pay, working conditions and pensions. Students, facing more disruption after 18 months of remote learning during Covid, have been urged to check with their lecturers to see if their classes are running …” (more)

[Hazel Shearing, Elaine Dunkley and Branwen Jeffreys, BBC News, 1 December]

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Greater diversity needed in Royal Irish Academy in order to be ‘relevant’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“There is a need for change and greater diversity within the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) in order for the academic body to be ‘relevant to Irish society today’, a report commissioned by the body has found …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 30 November]

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