Leaving Cert exams to run ‘as normal’ in 2022

Posted in Teaching on December 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Leaving Cert is expected to run ‘as normal’ in 2022, with the Department of Education currently considering potentially running oral exams around the Easter break again this academic year …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 7 December]

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Students to Suffer From UCD’s Exam Cop-Out

Posted in Teaching on December 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“This editorial was written as 5,600 positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in Ireland. The day before, for (approximately) the 625th day in a row our phones buzzed with the Irish Times notification of yet again another lump sum of positive cases being reported …” (more)

[College Tribune, 7 December]

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Trinity Will Open Tomorrow Unless Government Advises Otherwise

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on December 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity operations will resume as normal tomorrow, including scheduled exams, unless the government advises otherwise. Trinity is one of several college campuses around the country that have closed due to Storm Barra, which has resulted in an orange weather being put in place in much of the coastal parts of the country …” (more)

[Jody Druce and Emer Moreau, University Times, 7 December]

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NUI Galway students express outrage over lack of social distancing in exam centres

Posted in Teaching on December 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) has been heavily criticised by students following the lack of health precautions implemented at the return of in-person exams which began today, December 6 …” (more)

[Grace Gageby, Trinity News, 6 December]

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NUIG students criticise university for holding mass in-person exams

Posted in Teaching on December 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students at NUI Galway have strongly criticised the university for its decision to continue mass in-person exams for students this year despite growing concerns about rising Covid-19 cases. Photos and videos of NUIG’s exam hall layout have spread around social media with many students complaining that desks were not set up in a socially distanced manner …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 3 December]

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No Booster in Sight …

Posted in Teaching on December 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Data from the last few days provide just a hint that the recent increase in Covid-19 infection in Ireland may be slowing down. Even if this is the case, though, the level of Coronavirus in circulation is very high, much higher than it was this time last year ahead of the Christmas surge and this year there’s the apparently much more transmissible omicron variant to throw into the mix …” (more)

[In the Dark, 2 December]

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Covid-19 Pandemic – Third-Level Exams

Posted in Teaching on December 3rd, 2021 by steve

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if it is planned to introduce health regulations in relation to the holding of in-person third-level examinations between the end of November and Christmas 2021 in view of the risk that they might become super-spreader events and cause Covid-19 to be reintroduced by students returning home for Christmas to households throughout the country including parents, vulnerable family members and grandparents; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 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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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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Graduates lack ‘basic skills’ such as writing without spelling or grammatical errors

Posted in Teaching on November 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Many graduate recruits are failing to accomplish ‘simple tasks’ such as writing cogently on a business topic that is free of spelling or grammatical errors, an employers’ group has warned …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 November]

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Time for Queen’s to enable a fuller journey for its dedicated Irish speaking students …

Posted in Teaching on November 30th, 2021 by steve

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine literally means we live in each other’s shadow. In our shared Gaelic psyche this is how it is meant to be – offering each other fellowship, shelter and protection. We must ensure though that enough light is allowed through for the other to thrive for ar scáth a chéile, in each other’s shadow, to make sense …” (more)

[Réamonn Ó Ciaráin, Slugger O’Toole, 30 November]

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Calls to Cancel In-Person Exams Again Should not Claim to be Representative

Posted in Teaching on November 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students are heading into the fourth consecutive assessment period impacted by the coronavirus. We should know what to do at this stage, but there persists a lack of joined-up thinking among representatives …” (more)

[University Times, 28 November]

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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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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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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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NUIG Student Union slams university for ‘playing Russian roulette with the health of students’

Posted in Teaching on November 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has been strongly criticised by its Student Union for the decision to continue in-person examinations this year, despite rising Covid cases. Other institutions around the country such as University College Cork are providing options for students to take exams from home, but NUIG has shared no such plans …” (more)

[Hugh Carr, Joe.ie, 25 November]

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Galway TD urges NUIG to follow lead of other institutes in adopting policy for online exams

Posted in Teaching on November 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A Galway West TD has called on NUIG to follow the lead of other universities in moving student exams online, as infection levels rise. Sinn Féin TD for Galway West Mairéad Farrell argues that with rising Covid cases and changing public health guidelines, NUIG should move to allow for students to sit their exams online instead of in-person …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 24 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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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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