Third-level colleges set to reopen from Monday

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 7th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Universities and colleges are set to reopen from next week, Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has confirmed. It follows a meeting on Friday between student, staff and management representatives to discuss the resumption of on-site activity …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 January]

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Trinity College Dublin begins €90m project to relocate vulnerable books

Posted in Governance and administration on January 7th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“It is known as Ireland’s ‘front room’, where esteemed visitors including the Queen, Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been taken to get a sense of the ‘land of saints and scholars’ …” (more)

[Lisa O’Carroll, Guardian, 7 January]

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Minister Harris confirms third level will proceed as planned after meeting with stakeholders

Posted in Governance and administration on January 7th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris, has said that the third level sector will recommence onsite activity on the basis of the continued operation of the Safe Return plan. This follows the Minister’s meeting today with student, staff and management stakeholders. Minister Harris said …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 7 January]

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LyIT students in limbo over examinations

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Students of Letterkenny Institute of Technology are calling for remote exams to be introduced. Last week, the college announced that all semester 1 in-person exams were being postponed until a later date due to rising cases of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 7 January]

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Schols Candidates Should be Focused on the Exam – Not the Exam Conditions

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“The end of Christmas exams is accompanied by a sense of relief for the majority of students. For those second-year students opting to take the Foundation Scholarship (Schols) exams, however, this marks the time when the stress truly begins to build …” (more)

[Abby Cleaver, University Times, 6 January]

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Globalism and the Irish Student

Posted in Governance and administration on January 7th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“As some students are having to live in hotels, use food banks, and work during class time in order to pay for the classes which they then cannot attend, it is worth considering whether another concept of a student is possible …” (more)

[Seaghán Breathnach, The Burkean, 6 January]

University hospitals

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 7th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I note with curiosity the recent rebranding of almost all hospitals in the country as university hospitals. Doubtless due to copying an international trend, presumably it is merited on the basis of a formal connection to a university and that university-level teaching, learning and research occur there …” (more)

[Conor Mooney, Irish Times, 7 January]

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Fee-paying schools dominate college entry, but some gains for Deis pupils

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 7th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Fee-paying schools continue to dominate entry to college, but the second Covid-era Leaving Cert gave disadvantaged pupils a further CAO lift. Pupils in schools serving the most disadvantaged communities have benefited from the use of grades based on teachers’ estimated marks instead of, or alongside, exam results …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 January]

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Students in fee-charging schools more likely to progress to courses with high points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 7th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Students from fee-charging schools are significantly more likely to progress to high points college courses, according to data compiled by The Irish Times. However, schools in disadvantaged areas – or Deis schools – have also performed strongly by sending high numbers of students to third level …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Éanna Ó Caollaí and Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 7 January]

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‘I Know They Exist’: Colleges’ Claims on NDAs Inconsistent With Report

Posted in Legal issues on January 7th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Trinity Senator Lynn Ruane has said that colleges are ‘overconfident’ in their assertions that they do not use non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in cases of bullying or harassment …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 6 January]

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