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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Concern over student accommodation in Letterkenny

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“There’s concern that while a Technological University is hugely positive for Donegal and the North West, accommodation for students could prove difficult in the time ahead …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 29 October]

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New Technological University gets ministerial approval

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has confirmed a new Technological University for the West and North West. It follows an application from the Connaught Ulster Alliance, including the Letterkenny, Sligo and Galway-Mayo Institutes of Technology …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 28 October]

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Minister says Kerry campus of MTU will not become a forgotten outpost

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Kerry campus of the Munster Technological University will not become a forgotten outpost. That’s according to the Minister for Higher and Further Education, Simon Harris, who was in the county today to visit the campus in Dromtacker, Tralee …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 20 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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Should vaccination be mandatory for third level students?

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

Ireland“Frank Jones, General Secretary of IFUT; Dr Tomás Ryan, Associate Professor in TCD School of Biochemistry and Immunology; and Claire Austick, President USI, debate whether vaccinations should be mandatory for returning third level students …” (audio)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 11 August]

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Chair of MTU Governing Body says Kerry will not be outpost to Cork

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

Ireland“Kerry will not be an outpost to Cork in the Munster Technological University. That’s according to the new Chairperson of the MTU’s Governing Body, Jimmy Deenihan …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 1 July]

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UL president admits ‘best practice’ was not followed during purchase of former Dunnes Stores site

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The President of the University of Limerick has accepted that ‘best practice’ wasn’t adhered to regarding the purchase of the former Dunnes Stores building in Limerick city centre. UL has asked consultants KPMG to investigate its purchase of the former store at Sarsfield Street for around €8m in 2019 …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 17 June]

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LYIT President says students will not be denied entry based on vaccination

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Teaching on June 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“LYIT President Paul Hannigan says that the IT cannot refuse entry to any of their courses based on a student’s vaccination status. Speaking to Greg Hughes on this morning’s Nine Til Noon Show, Hannigan said that while the college has no definite plan in place at the moment, it has received legal advice …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 17 June]

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Technological University must recognise potential of Killybegs campus – Pringle

Posted in Governance and administration on May 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A Donegal Deputy says it’s vital the new Technological University recognises the potential of LYIT’s Killybegs campus. On Friday, the application for a new Technological University which would encompass Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Sligo IT and GMIT came before Minister Simon Harris …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 24 May]

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Minister Harris ‘hopeful’ of receiving North West Technological University application soon

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Further and Higher Education is ‘hopeful’ of receiving an application to establish a Technological University in the north west soon. Independent Sligo/Leitrim TD, Marian Harkin sought an update on developments with the Connacht/Ulster Alliance in the Dail today with Minister Simon Harris …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 20 May]

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A third of NUI Galway students experience depression and anxiety

Posted in Life on May 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A recent survey conducted by NUI Galway found that over a third of students have experienced some form of depression and anxiety over the past year. Feelings of disconnection and isolation were widespread among the 5,000 surveyed …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 7 May]

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LIT President Warns New Financial Model Needed To Ensure Technological University Is Sustainable

Posted in Governance and administration on May 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The President of LIT is warning that a new financial model for higher education will have to be developed to ensure its transition into a technological university is sustainable. It comes as the institution has confirmed a new entity in conjunction with Athlone IT will be formed by the autumn, which will see a technological university in the Midlands and the Midwest …” (more)

[Clare FM, 5 May]

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DCU ‘astonished’ over letters sent by Ukrainian and Georgian embassies about geopolitics course

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“John Doyle, Director of DCU’s Institute for International Conflict Resolution, discusses the joint letters sent by the Ukrainian and Georgian embassies to DCU and the Department of Foreign Affairs …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – This Week, 18 April]

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Term’s over, but the parties go on in Belfast’s troubled Holyland

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2021 by steve

“Hundreds of young people are making up for the disappointment of a quieter St Patrick’s Day by partying harder than ever in the Holyland, residents said. It follows reports of ‘busloads being shipped in to view properties in the area’ – even though term has finished and there is no need for students to be there …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 30 March]

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Minister Harris to meet with IT Sligo and St Angela’s representatives next week

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A meeting between Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris, and representatives of IT Sligo and St Angela’s College will take place next week. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday next in relation to the possible merger of IT Sligo and St Angela’s College as well as the potential for a Technological University in the north west …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 18 March]

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Kilkenny ‘unlikely’ to have a local campus as part of the new Technological University for the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Kilkenny’s unlikely to have a local campus as part of the new Technological University for the South East (TUSE) but it will still benefit from it. That’s the view of Minister of State and Carlow Kilkenny Green TD Malcolm Noonan …” (more)

[Edwina Grace, KCLR FM, 16 March]

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Podcast 412, Academic Integrity: Plagiarism, Predatory Publishing and Contract Cheating

Posted in Teaching on March 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“On this week’s podcast I address the topic of academic integrity, a concern at all levels of the education system. My guest is Professor Diane Pecorari from the City University of Hong Kong, who is an expert in this area. Among the topics we discuss on the episode are the following …” (more)

[Inside Education, 6 March]

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President of University of Limerick appeals to students to ‘stay apart and stay safe’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The President of the University of Limerick has directly appealed to students to stay apart from each other and not to visit any other households. In a video message posted on social media this Saturday evening, Professor Kerstin Mey said there is concern about the number of cases of Covid-19 associated with students …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 20 February]

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