College accommodation amid a pandemic

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

Ireland“John Cooke reports from NUI Galway as he meets with students who are planning a very different college year with various different plans for what they will do in relation to accommodation …” (audio)

[RTÉ Drivetime, 25 September]

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#TheReset Podcast – Steve Bradley on the future of Derry …

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2020 by steve

“Steve Bradley is a regeneration consultant, you can follow him on Twitter. Steve is a very popular writer on Slugger with some of his posts getting over 40k readers, you can view an archive of his posts here. In this podcast, we discuss the future of Derry and the Northwest. In particular, we discuss: the future of Ulster University in Derry or lack thereof; the potential for an independent University; how Covid-19 will affect Derry …” (podcast)

[Brian O’Neill, Slugger O’Toole, 20 September]

[University policy is discussed throughout the podcast, but it focuses on this from 26:40 onwards]

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Ulster University launch consultation to bring health science to Magee

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2020 by steve

“Ulster University has launched a consultation on the potential of bringing some health science courses to Magee. Urging people to respond, Foyle MLA Karen Mullan said …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 12 September]

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Minister keen to see delivery of Connacht Ulster Alliance

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education has confirmed that significant progress is being made in relation to the Connacht Ulster Alliance of LYIT, Sligo IT and GMIT in meeting the relevant criteria …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 10 September]

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China v America: why universities are on the front line

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 6th, 2020 by steve

“The covid-19 pandemic could cause a massive drop in the number of Chinese students travelling abroad. That would be disastrous for many Western universities – but for the Chinese government, it is a geopolitical opportunity …” (video)

[The Economist, 4 September]

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IT Tralee students will face serious consequences if they host house parties

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on August 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There’ll be serious consequences for any students of the Institute of Technology Tralee who hold house parties. That’s according to Interim President of IT Tralee, Brendan O’Donnell …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 25 August]

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UCC to develop Treasures Gallery to display the Great Book of Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On Thursday 20th August at 22.10, RTÉ One will premiere a documentary on The Great Book of Ireland (Leabhar Mór na hÉireann), which has been termed as ‘Ireland’s modern-day Book of Kells’. Samuel Beckett’s last handwritten poem is among the original work of 121 artists, 144 poets, and nine composers in this extraordinary 278 page single volume vellum manuscript …” (more)

[Mary Bermingham,, 19 August]

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Extension plans announced for LyIT

Posted in Governance and administration on August 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Extension plans for Letterkenny Institute of Technology have been announced as part of a national project to deliver 11 new higher education buildings, facilitating 8,000 additional student enrolments …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 18 August]

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Reopening work well underway at LyIT

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Further reassurances have been given that the Letterkenny Institute of Technology will be able to reopen doors safety at the end of next month. New guidelines on how third level institutions are to operate going forward have been released and President of the LyIT Paul Hannigan says they are confident that it’s a good roadmap to move forward with …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 10 August]

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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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