IT Sligo receive 20 reports of sexual assault and harrassment in last three years

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“35 complaints of sexual assault and harassment have been reported to third level institutes in the last 3 years. According to the Sunday Times, IT Sligo has received 20 reports, UCD had 12 complaints while Trinity College picked up just one report …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 2 August]

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Harkin airs concerns over progress on Connacht-Ulster Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Sligo/Leitrim TD is calling for a commitment from Taoiseach Micheál Martin and the Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris that the application for a Connacht-Ulster Technological University will be submitted by the end of this year …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 21 July]

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University of Limerick Accommodation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Drivetime’s John Cooke reports on concerns about the University of Limerick’s student fees and accommodation …” (audio)

[RTÉ Radio 1 – Drivetime, 9 July]

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Leaving Cert and Gender Bias

Posted in Teaching on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Pat O’Connor, Professor Emeritus of sociology and social policy at the University of Limerick and visiting Professor at the Geary Institute, University College Dublin, speaks to Mary about how the 2020 Leaving Cert calculated grading system may result in gender bias in student’s final marks …” (audio)

[RTÉ Radio 1 – Drivetime, 1 July]

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Cork Residents Living A Nightmare As Students Host Large ‘COVID Parties’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“People living near University College Cork say they have been living a nightmare during the COVID-19 pandemic due to ongoing student house parties. Residents on Magazine Road and College Road in Cork City say up to 60 people are attending the house parties – with some of them lasting for days …” (more)

[Newstalk, 24 June]

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LIT President Vincent Cunnane

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“LIT President Vincent Cunnane joined Gavin on Wednesday’s Morning Focus to outline what education will look like when students return, and to discuss some funding issues in third level education …” (audio)

[Clare FM, 24 June]

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UCC To Reduce The Contract Length For Their Student Accommodation By Three Weeks

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The change is due to Covid-19. The provisional date for the start of lectures is the 28th of September, however some courses will start earlier …” (more)

[Red FM, 22 June]

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UCC Student’s Union Waiting For Response On Plans For A Rent Hike At College Owned Accommodation Centres

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCC are planning a 3% rent increase. UCC owns and operates five centres and 1,300 student beds and announced the plan in February …” (more)

[Red FM, 22 June]

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Doherty worries for future for Killybegs Campus of LyIT

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Donegal TD is raising concern over the future of the Killybegs Campus of LYIT. Sinn Fein Deputy, Pearse Doherty, says that LYIT have plans to move from a four school system to a three school one instead …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 16 June]

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Intense discussions ongoing over LYIT reopening

Posted in Teaching on June 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of Letterkenny Institute of Technology has given reassurances that extensive discussions are on-going as to how the college can reopen safely in September …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 2 June]

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Remote learning will be deployed at IT Sligo next year

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The president of IT Sligo, Brendan McCormack has warned of a changed landscape and novel challenges for third level student in the new academic year. Fears had been expressed this week that many students will find it difficult to return to third level education due to the financial consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 21 May]

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Chief Medical Officer congratulates UL graduates following ‘remote’ conferring

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan and President Michael D Higgins have sent messages of congratulations to over 130 new doctors who have graduated from the University of Limerick. The final year students at the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) are UL’s first ever cohort of students to be conferred remotely in absentia due to the Covid-19 crisis …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 29 April]

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There’s Concern 4,000 Irish Students Might Lose Their Place In UK College Courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 25th, 2020 by steve

“That’s if Leaving Cert results aren’t back by the end of August. A stakeholder meeting is taking place today to discuss ongoing issues with the state exams …” (audio)

[Stephen Murphy, Red FM, 24 April]

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UL works with Limerick hospital to make 100,000 visors

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2020 by steve

“A collaboration between University of Limerick and UL Hospitals Group is enabling the design and manufacture of 100,000 face visors for HSE front-line staff. The Rapid Innovation Unit at UL, an SFI Confirm Centre funded 3D printing activity that works in collaboration with University Hospital Limerick, mobilised a team to innovate immediate solutions in response to the Covid-19 crisis …” (more)

[Aine Fitzgerald, Limerick Leader, 16 April]

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The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union Say They’re Disappointed That The Student Voice Was Not Sufficiently Consulted Last Week

Posted in Teaching on April 14th, 2020 by steve

“A decision on the postponement of the Leaving Cert exams was finalised. The Education Minister announced on Friday that the Leaving Cert has been postponed until the last week of July or early August with the Junior Cert cancelled and will be replaced with class-based tests …” (more)

[Red FM, 13 April]

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Seven of Ireland’s Universities are to Roll Out Online Assessments at the End of this Semester

Posted in Teaching on April 4th, 2020 by steve

“The IUA says detailed information on timetables will be issued as soon as possible. Seven of Ireland’s universities are replacing their face-to-face exams at the end of this semester with online assessments …” (more)

[Red FM, 3 April]

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Student nap pods on loan to frontline hospital workers

Posted in Governance and administration on April 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University Library has loaned two high-tech ‘nap pods’ to frontline workers at Tallaght University Hospital. The pods, which are usually used by students to take 20-minute naps to help keep their energy levels up during a busy day at college, were transported and installed at the hospital yesterday evening …” (more, video)

[RTÉ News, 2 April]

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LyIT rule out written exams for end of academic year

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 26th, 2020 by steve

“Students at Letterkenny Institute of Technology have been told they will have no written exams at the end of this college year. The move comes after the government announced an extension of the closure of schools and colleges until April 19 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 26 March]

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IT President: Come off WiFi to allow students to study online

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“The President of IT Sligo has said people need to come off their household WiFi to allow students to continue their studies. This comes after reports of many secondary and third levels students across the North West are struggling to study and access online resources due to poor broadband connectivity …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 24 March]

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IT Sligo President says the health of students and staff is paramount

Posted in Governance and administration on March 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The president of IT Sligo has said their primary concern is for the health and wellbeing of the students, staff and their families, above education. Dr. Brendan McCormack has said they are closely monitoring the well being of their 300 international students studying in Sligo on a social isolation level as the majority of the students would not be from the area or indeed Ireland. The have also set up a support system for local students …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 13 March]

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