Not Returning to Campus

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Well. Having spent the day yesterday getting our return to campus sorted, the Government last night announced restrictions on the counties of Offaly, Laois and Kildare. Following that a message came round from the President of Maynooth University, Philip Nolan including this …” (more)

[In the Dark, 8 August]

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French universities to reopen campuses in September, with masks ‘strongly recommended’

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 9th, 2020 by steve

“French universities will reopen for in-classroom teaching in September after nearly six months but students will be encouraged to wear face masks, the ministry of higher education announced on Thursday …” (more)

[AFP/The Local, 7 August]

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Queen’s University: Face masks to be mandatory on parts of campus

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University (QUB) is making face coverings mandatory for staff and students on some areas of its campus. The university’s move comes into effect on Monday 10 August, when wearing masks in shops and other enclosed public spaces will also be compulsory …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 8 August]

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Self-Isolation Rules for Tourists Entering Campus Will Not be Policed

Posted in Governance and administration on August 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“International tourists visiting the Book of Kells will be told that they must self-isolate for two weeks before entering campus, but will not be required to prove that they have followed this guideline. Campus is opening to tourists from August 10th onwards. Visitors must first book online to see the Book of Kells exhibition before entering …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 7 August]

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WIT students raise concerns about returning to the college in 10 days to repeat exams

Posted in Teaching on August 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at WIT have expressed concern that they have to return to the college to re-sit their exams in ten days time. From August 17th, anyone who needs to repeat Christmas Semester 1 exams will have to do so on site. In a statement to WLR, the college say there will be a maximum of 42 students in any one exam centre, with two sittings taking place per day across two venues from August 17th until the 28th …” (more)

[Karen Tomkins, WLR FM, 7 August]

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Students Were Left Out of Campus Guidelines Planning, says USI President

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“USI President Lorna Fitzpatrick has criticised the government for leaving student representatives out of the development of the public health guidelines that universities will have to follow during the coming year …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 7 August]

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UCD Slashes Estimation of Postgraduate Face-to-Face Learning Time

Posted in Teaching on August 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has drastically slashed the amount of time postgraduate students will spend in class, compared to previous estimates that the university has published. On July 8th, UCD Registrar and Deputy President Mark Rogers said that postgraduate students would be spending between 75% and 100% of their learning time in classrooms …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 7 August]

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Returning to Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It’s been a busy day (so far) putting the finishing touches to return to work planning at the Department of Theoretical Physics at Maynooth University. We have improved the signage and decluttered the main corridor to allow the two-way system to operate …” (more)

[In the Dark, 7 August]

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The New Campus Guidelines Raise Questions But Are Ultimately Worth It

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Not even six months have passed since that day in mid-March when the steep rise in coronavirus cases in Ireland brought college life to a halt, and led to a mass exodus of students from Dublin. Indeed, with the cancellation of lectures announced as only a temporary measure, the more optimistic students amongst us hoped to be back in the Ussher in time to prepare for Summer exams …” (more)

[Eimear Finan, University Times, 6 August]

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Implementation Guidelines for Public Health Measures in Higher Education Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday I was speculating out loud about where we go from here in order to return to teaching in September. Today I find that there’s actually a guidance document produced by the Irish Universities Association under the auspices of the Health Service Executive …” (more)

[In the Dark, 6 August]

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Fears virus could spread quickly in student residences

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“If Covid-19 enters student residences at universities it can spread quickly, according to new guidelines. The roadmap for the re-opening of third level recommends the wearing of masks in lecture halls when social distancing is not possible …” (more)

[EchoLive, 6 August]

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Back to Work #wfh

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“After a couple of weeks break, I am now ‘back’ to work, but working from home. It’s a strange feeling not to be riding into the College in Dublin City Centre this morning trying to see what has changed on the street landscapes since before my holidays. Though NCI is opening its campus next Monday, I have no plans to go there in the next few weeks – I will continue to work from my home office …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 6 August]

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College students face wearing masks in lecture halls under new guidelines

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College students will have to wear face coverings during lectures if they are sitting between one and two metres apart, under updated guidance. If two-metre separation between students is not possible – and it won’t be in many lecture halls – it will be a case of ‘one metre with a mask’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Fiona Dillon, Independent, 6 August]

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Students to wear face coverings in lectures where two metre distance not possible

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third level students will have to wear face coverings during lectures if they are sitting between one and two metres apart, new guidance has recommended. Recommendations which seek to ensure the safe resumption of on-campus activity in the Autumn, the Implementation Guidelines for Public Health Measures in HEIs (Higher Education Institutes), were published by Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris on Wednesday …” (more)

[Shauna Bowers, Irish Times, 5 August]

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‘Implementation Guidelines for Public Health Measures in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)’

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, combined with the HSA Return to Work Protocols and ongoing public health advice provide the over-arching framework for all parts of society to reopen facilities and premises. The government has also published Guidance for Further and Higher Education for returning to on-site activity in autumn 2020. That Guidance provides for further ‘context-specific measures approved by government within public health guidelines’ …” (more)

[FHERIS, 6 August]

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NUIG to make student timetables available by end of month

Posted in Teaching on August 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is to finalise timetables for students by the end of the month as the university prepares to reopen. The university received guidance on the reopening of third level in recent weeks and is now examining the roll-out before the September reopening …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 4 August]

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Reopening of schools and colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The surest way for schools to fully re-open at the end of August is to totally suppress Covid-19 on the entire island as per New Zealand. This means 100% buy-in on masks, distancing, etc, backed by effective legislation along with a 24-hour testing service, compulsory testing/isolation of incoming travellers, minimal foreign travel and all-island collaboration …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 3 August]

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Fresh public sector recruitment ban may be needed, minister told

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

Ireland“The Government may have to consider introducing a fresh staff recruitment ban and freezing promotions in the public sector because of the recession caused by Covid-19, it can be revealed. In briefing documents prepared for new Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath, obtained by the Irish Examiner, it is made clear some of the stark choices facing him as he grapples with the €30bn deficit …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 2 August]

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English language schools face precarious future as Covid-19 hits student numbers

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

Ireland“International English language students have made headlines in recent weeks due to doubts about their visas and the quality of online classes. Their teachers are also facing unclear futures due to the continuing pandemic; some are teaching online for six hours a day, while others are facing permanent unemployment …” (more)

[Jessica Doyle, Irish Examiner, 1 August]

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Statement on Procurement Process from the Department of Education and Skills and Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On 14 June the Department of Education and Skills published a Request for Information (RFI) to identify PPE, Consumables and Equipment Suppliers to support the education sector. This procurement has been managed as a negotiated procedure …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 30 July]

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