Ulster University plans to help run new Coleraine secondary school

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 14th, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) is set to help run a new integrated post-primary school for about 1,200 pupils in Coleraine, County Londonderry. If the plan is approved the new school would be sited on the university’s Coleraine campus …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 14 September]


Trinity students say university ‘broke promises’ about in-person teaching

Posted in Teaching on September 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College students have expressed discontent with the university’s approach to on-campus learning so far this year. The university confirmed that all lectures with over 150 students will be online until at least November 1 …” (more)

[Emma Nevin, DublinLive.ie, 14 September]

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College students in Limerick staying in hotels due to lack of accommodation

Posted in Life on September 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Third-level students in Limerick are staying in hotels because they cannot find suitable accommodation in the city. In a sign that the student accommodation crisis has spread this year beyond the larger university cities such as Dublin or Cork, students studying in Limerick are paying up to €390 weekly for five nights in a hotel as part of a deal struck between Mary Immaculate College and three city hotels to accommodate students …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 14 September]

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Nearly half of students struggle to meet costs – survey

Posted in Research on September 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Nearly half of all college students struggle to afford living expenses, according to a new survey. Four in 10 students reported that they sometimes faced difficulties meeting costs, while 7% ‘struggle all the time’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 September]

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Teaching Staff Re-using Lecture Recordings From Last Year

Posted in Teaching on September 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers from at least five schools are reusing lecture videos recorded last year for classes this term. Screenshots of lecture recordings for various modules in English, chemical sciences, engineering, European studies and biological sciences, seen by The University Times, indicate that the videos were recorded in 2020 …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 13 September]

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Up to 300 students gather on Cork’s College Road as Fresher’s week returns

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Residents in the College Road area of Cork fear Fresher’s Week will be twice as long this year as second-year students who had no in-person college last year are welcomed back with ‘Sophomore Week’ next week. Residents are reporting glass bottles being thrown at them, public urination and littering around homes on College Road …” (more)

[Caitlín Griffin, Irish Examiner, 13 September]

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Hundreds gather for Belfast Holyland street party in ‘worst night of disturbance in decade’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2021 by steve

“Belfast Holyland residents have said that they have been left feeling ‘intimidated, disrespected and scared’ in their own homes after almost 400 young people gathered for a street party. One resident described it as one of the biggest nights of disruption he had experienced in almost 10 years …” (more)

[Amy Cochrane, Belfast Telegraph, 13 September]

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Students return to lectures and classes today after 550 days

Posted in Teaching on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students will return to in-person learning today, over 550 days after they last sat in a classroom. At the beginning of the pandemic, Trinity postponed large-scale in-person lectures due to the nature of the pandemic on March 12, with government announcing all colleges and schools were to close on 13 March 2020 …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 13 September]

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DCU’s proposed takeover of Morton Stadium a ‘fantastic opportunity’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A proposal by Dublin City University to take over the country’s leading athletics stadium looks likely to be approved by councillors. Under the plan, DCU would acquire a 40-year lease on Morton Stadium in Santry and aim to secure almost €16m in funding for its future development …” (more)

[Tony McCullagh, Independent, 13 September]


NUI Galway appoints first full-time Traveller Education Officer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has appointed its first full-time Traveller Education Officer to lead the teaching and learning of students from the Traveller community. Owen Ward, a Traveller, qualified teacher and alumnus of the University, will take on the role as NUI Galway develops a model to empower the community to overcome barriers to access, progression, retention and success in higher education …” (more)

[Kenneth Fox, BreakingNews.ie, 13 September]

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Universities rising to Covid-19 challenges

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“As third-level campuses start to fill up again for the first time in 18 months, they are going to look a little different. Among the initial and most visible changes will be pop-up vaccination centres, with unvaccinated students and staff encouraged to take up the inoculation to keep campuses safe and open …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 12 September]

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One week to go …

Posted in Life, Teaching on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It’s Monday 13th September 2021 which means that teaching begins a week today. Gulp. We still don’t really have any idea how many students we’ll have on our courses in the first year …” (more)

[In the Dark, 13 September]


The Future of the Academic Conference

Posted in Research on September 13th, 2021 by steve

“Pitched the Delta curveball, some scholarly associations are turning to online meetings again while others are proceeding with plans to meet face-to-face in the coming weeks. These groups are also thinking about what annual meetings will look like in a post-pandemic world, with major implications for equity and accessibility …” (more)

[Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, 13 September]

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Many schools unable to comply with College’s promised level of in-person teaching

Posted in Teaching on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Room allocation issues have prevented classes with fewer than 50 people from being held on-campus. Many students in Trinity are to have less in-person teaching this semester than College had previously said would take place …” (more)

[Jack Kennedy, Trinity News, 12 September]

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The Self on the Shelf

Posted in Life on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“In this Weekend’s Financial Times there is an article (above) about why some of us find it hard to throw away old books. This range home to me because the work involved in packing and shipping my possessions to Ireland recently would have been considerably reduced had I thrown away my books, all 25 boxes of them …” (more)

[In the Dark, 12 September]


UCD international management course named third best in world ranking

Posted in Teaching on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A UCD international management course has been named third best in the world in the highly-regarded ranking by the Financial Times (FT). It is the highest FT ranking achieved by an Irish university …” (more)

[Irish Times, 13 September]

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Teachers and the points system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – On the front page of the Irish Times on September 8th, the university registrars cite ‘grade inflation’ as the source of ‘cruelty’ inflicted on disappointed young people seeking to enter college (‘Call to tackle “cruel” grade inflation as college points hit new high’, News, September 8th) …” (more)

[Tomás Ó Ruairc, Irish Times, 13 September]

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Queen’s University: Anger over withdrawal of halls offer

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2021 by steve

“Two students say they have been left without accommodation after Queen’s University withdrew an offer of halls …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 September]

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International students ‘worth £260m to NI economy’

Posted in Research on September 11th, 2021 by steve

“International students are worth about £260m to the Northern Ireland economy, a just-published report suggests. Two higher education bodies have analysed the economic effect of international students in the UK prior to the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 11 September]

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Posted in Teaching on September 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“I spent most of today in various virtual meetings to do with next Semester’s teaching which is due to start on September 20th for returning students (and a week letter for first-years). I’ve also been keeping an eye on the student record system, as the returning students have started to register …” (more)

[In the Dark, 10 September]

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