Without Major Cutbacks, College Could Run Out of Cash by September 2021

Posted in Governance and administration on June 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity risks running out of cash by September 2021 if strict cutbacks – aimed at mitigating the financial impacts of the coronavirus – are not introduced in the coming months, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 5 June]

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NUIG prepares to reopen research buildings on a phased basis from next week

Posted in Governance and administration on June 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is preparing to reopen its research buildings on a phased basis from next week. The university hopes to reopen one research building next week in line with the government’s phase 2 of the roadmap to lift restrictions …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 4 June]

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Student accommodation sector set for harsh Covid-19 lesson

Posted in Governance and administration on June 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges have emptied for the summer but their managements are already grappling with how they will conduct a new academic year in the shadow of Covid-19. Many are considering holding lectures partly or fully online, with limited face-to-face contact for tutorials, practicals and laboratory work …” (more)

[Barry O’Halloran, Irish Times, 5 June]

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Student Accommodation – Refunds

Posted in Governance and administration on June 5th, 2020 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will engage with third-level colleges and universities that have to date failed to refund some students for their prepaid student accommodation not now being used; if he will request that students be fully refunded; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 3 June]

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English Language Training Organisations

Posted in Governance and administration on June 5th, 2020 by steve

IrelandPádraig O’Sullivan (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if consideration will be given to including English language teachers in the Covid-19 working group for the English language education sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 3 June]

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Coronavirus: Queen’s expects to open for some teaching in September

Posted in Teaching on June 4th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University (QUB) expects to open all of its campus for teaching and other activities in September. However, lectures will continue to be provided online and facemasks will be provided for staff and students …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 4 June]

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Covid-19: ‘Open the gates’ approach to third level was dismissed over drop-out fears

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An ‘open the gates’ approach to third-level entry was considered as an alternative to this summer’s Leaving Cert, but the suggestion was dismissed over concerns it would lead to ‘significant’ drop-outs. Matriculation exams and SAT admissions tests were also considered as alternative routes to third level this year …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 4 June]

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Trade unions call for emergency funding to tackle ‘crisis’ facing third level colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions representing staff at all levels of the education system have joined forces to call for emergency funding to ease the ‘crisis’ facing third level institutions. The Irish Congress of Trade Union’s education sector group – which includes unions representing staff at primary, secondary and tertiary level – says the coronavirus pandemic has exposed serious flaws at the heart of the third level system …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 June]

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Trinity Considering ‘Rotas’ in College Accommodation Kitchens, Says Provost

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is weighing up a ‘rotation system’ in its accommodation next year, which could see students allowed to use shared kitchens on a rota in order to ensure social distancing protocols are followed, Provost Patrick Prendergast said tonight …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 3 June]

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Trinity College Dublin to resume with as much face-to-face teaching as possible

Posted in Teaching on June 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has announced that the university will return in September with students receiving a combination of online lecture and face-to-face seminars. New students will begin a week early with an orientation week on September 21st, while the teaching term for all students will begin on September 28th …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 June]

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Ulster University hits out at proposal to cap students from England during coronavirus pandemic

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Ulster University has hit out at government plans to limit the number of students from England who can study in Northern Ireland. Economy Minister Diane Dodds and her counterparts in Scotland and Wales have reacted angrily to a temporary cap on the amount of students from England studying in their universities, saying it was beyond the government’s jurisdiction …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 3 June]

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Erasmus Gamble Marks Trinity as an Outlier. Time Will Tell If It’s Right

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“For many, Trinity’s decision last Friday on Erasmus – long-awaited by a cohort of students desperate for clarity – will likely have come as a surprise. By allowing students, ‘where possible’, the option to travel abroad for the first semester of next year, Trinity became Ireland’s first – and possibly only – university to leave up to its students the call on whether to travel …” (more)

[University Times, 2 June]

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‘The Government Is Constraining Us Like Hell’

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

Ireland“The government’s decade-long underfunding of universities has presented the sector with a myriad of issues, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed unreliable non-exchequer sources of income. Staff and students nationwide are crying out for the government to act and reintroduce the funding levels seen before the last recession …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 2 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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Universities will never be the same after the coronavirus crisis

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

International“The notice went out on 6 March, a Friday afternoon. All classes at the University of Washington in Seattle – the city then the US epicentre of the outbreak of COVID-19 – would shift online the following Monday. Instructors scrambled to set up remote learning options for more than 40,000 students …” (more)

[Alexandra Witze, Nature, 1 June]

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Should I defer going to college this year due to Covid-19 chaos?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2020 by steve

IrelandI’m finalising my CAO course choices but strongly thinking of deferring going to college for a year in light of the disruption Covid-19 will have on lectures, clubs and societies and social life in general. Is this a good idea? Your dilemma is shared by tens of thousands of college applicants this year …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 1 June]

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Facing Irrefutable Evidence, Ireland Still Refuses to Fund its Own Future

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

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) recently went to the Department of Education with a cap in one hand and a fistful of harrowing figures in the other. A €508 million drop in revenue for the higher education sector in 2020 and 2021. A €44 million drop in research funding and another €34 million in student accommodation revenue …” (more)

[University Times, 1 June]

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‘Not at the moment’: Universities don’t plan to refund fees for this or the next academic year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Most universities and third-level colleges are returning rent fees to students, while also facing a €500 million funding gap because of the Covid-19 pandemic. This estimate by the Higher Education Authority poses a significant problem for universities: squeezed from all sides by a drop in international students, a drop in advertising, and a loss in on-campus accommodation fees …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 1 June]

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Trinity plans to limit deferrals for students in the next academic year

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

Ireland“College has stated that they plan to put a cap on the number of students who will be allowed to defer places in the next academic term. The plan comes after a leaked Higher Education Authority (HEA) report that said a ‘significant’ number of students are likely to defer from taking college places this year …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 31 May]

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International enrolment drop to cost universities US$4.5bn

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 31st, 2020 by steve

“United States colleges and universities are bracing for declines in international student enrolments in the coming autumn (fall) semester, a prospect that could lead to a loss of revenues as high as US$4.5 billion and further slow the momentum of overseas recruitment, a pair of reports examining the impact of COVID-19 on US higher education suggest …” (more)

[Mary Beth Marklein, University World News, 30 May]

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