Government should pay for returning Erasmus students’ €1,850 hotel quarantine, MEP says

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Government should cover the €1,850 cost of mandatory hotel quarantine for Erasmus students returning to Ireland, an MEP has said. Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher commented on the matter following the Government’s decision last night to add several EU countries to the ‘high-risk’ Covid-19 list …” (more)

[Brendan Kelly Palenque, Independent, 10 April]

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Why Did it Take a Pandemic to Reasonably Accommodate Everyone?

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity adapted quickly in March 2020 when coronavirus restrictions closed the university. As classes moved online, so did annual examinations. Mitigating measures were introduced, including the option to defer assessments – without explanation – before or after sitting them, or resit modules students had passed alongside greater latitude in marking of assignments and assessments …” (more)

[Declan Treanor, University Times, 9 April]

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Chemistry Staff Slam College’s Ruling on COVID Guidelines in Laboratories

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Staff members in the School of Chemistry have expressed frustration at the recent cancellation of in-person laboratory practicals, alleging that Trinity is out of touch with the reality of the situation. In March, this newspaper reported that Trinity had introduced new rules mandating in-person activities be a maximum of one hour and 45 minutes in length in order to prevent people working in the same room from being labelled as ‘close contacts’ by the HSE …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 8 April]

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Postgrad Workers are at Breaking Point. The New Provost Must Fight For Us

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“In a recently published survey from the Trinity Postgraduate Workers Alliance examining the impact of Covid-19 on postgraduate researchers, we found that 90% of respondents had been negatively affected by the pandemic. Some 35.6% reported loss of income, over 60% reported negative effects on their mental health, while others worried about the security of their accommodation and broader impacts on their research …” (more)

[Conor Reddy, University Times, 8 April]

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UL announces Covid-19 Day Pass plan

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick are carrying out a three week trial of a Covid-19 Day Pass Portal for students attending face-to-face teaching and with a booking to access the library …” (more)

[Mike Finnerty, Limerick Voice, 7 April]

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Recent Student Behaviour Could Delay Return to On-Campus Learning

Posted in Teaching on April 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has spoken to University Chiefs over COVID-19 outbreaks amongst college students in Galway and Limerick which may delay the return to on-campus learning. Minutes released by Department officials after the meeting have outlined that the return of college students to on-campus accommodation with no face-to-face contact hours was a major concern, with recent behaviours having the potential to influence the policy that will be implemented in the coming academic year …” (more)

[Doireann O Sullivan, College Tribune, 6 April]

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Student nurses hit out at ‘cynical’ HSE work placements

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

Ireland“Student nurses will leave Ireland once they graduate as a result of the ‘horrific treatment’ by the Irish Government, according to a student nurse who has worked on the frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic. The issues facing student nurses have come to the fore in recent months, with calls for financial and educational supports for nursing students growing …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Irish Examiner, 6 April]

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Harris’s Rapid Testing Plans Acknowledge that COVID isn’t Going Anywhere Fast

Posted in Teaching on April 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Last week, students for the first time received some indication of what campus may look like next year, after Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris announced plans to introduce rapid antigen testing in universities in September. The plans are the first concrete acknowledgement from the government that the coronavirus will still be a prominent feature of higher education come September …” (more)

[University Times, 5 April]

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Survey: Half of Students with Autism Say Trinity Supports Inadequate During COVID

Posted in Teaching on April 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Some 52% of students with autism in Trinity said College is not doing enough to support them during the pandemic, according to a survey carried out by the Trinity Ability Co_op. Of those surveyed, 34% said that Trinity was also not providing enough support to students with autism before the pandemic …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 5 April]

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Policing online cheating is adding to workload, lecturers say

Posted in Teaching on April 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Lecturing staff in third-level educational institutions have experienced a significant increase in workload following the move to remote teaching during the pandemic, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has said. Survey findings released by the union ahead of its annual conference next week found 92 per cent of lecturers saying they were spending more time preparing and providing remote classes and carrying out associated work than they would have spent on face-to-face delivery …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 2 April]

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Minister Harris welcomes publication of report on rapid testing and confirms next steps for third level sector

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today welcomed publication of the report on rapid testing and confirmed pilots will be undertaken in third level settings, as recommended in the report. The report recommends widespread rapid testing in Universities, Colleges, Institute of Technology and further education establishments, with particular attention on accommodation …” (more)

[gov.ie, 2 April]

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Nursing students who refuse Covid-19 vaccine banned from taking up clinical placements with HSE

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

Ireland“Nursing and other healthcare students who refuse to be vaccinated against Covid-19 are now banned from taking up clinical placement in HSE facilities. The HSE decision could see some students fail the clinical placement module of their course or require them to repeat a year. The new rule relates to unpaid clinical placements and does not apply to fourth-year nurses considered part of the HSE workforce …” (more)

[Eavan Murray, Independent, 31 March]

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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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924 new beds for UCD – if building sites can reopen

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

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has announced it will build more than 900 new rooms for students before next September – but the plans are subject to the reopening of construction sites in the coming weeks. Phase One of the 3,000-bed development – that includes a village centre for the students – was due for completion last year but was delayed due to the closing of the construction sector …” (more)

[Niamh Horan, Independent, 28 March]

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COVID Recovery is Last Chance for Student Life at UCD

Posted in Life on March 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A recurring theme of the current UCD SU election is the ‘legitimacy crisis’ facing the Union. No doubt this is a problem, but the issue goes somewhat deeper, and is not solely an SU challenge. Student Life at the University has, for some years now, been facing a silent but accelerating engagement crisis, which is eroding the sense of Community in UCD …” (more)

[Joseph Aherne, College Tribune, 28 March]

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Concern student outbreaks could affect on-site learning

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon has told university chiefs that he is concerned Covid-19 outbreaks among students could have a negative impact for on-campus learning in the next academic year …” (more)

[Éilís Sheehy, RTÉ News, 26 March]

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Students likely to be back on campus in September, Harris says

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Third-level students are likely to be back on university and college campuses next September, according to the Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris. Plans were already in place for such a possibility, the Minister told Newstalk Breakfast. The rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine programme means ‘we will be in a different place’ …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Breakingnews.ie, 25 March]

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University Retains No Information on non-students: Queen’s

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 25th, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University, Belfast responded to The Gown that they did have Information Sharing Agreements with public agencies such as the Police and Belfast City Council, following concerns raised by students connected with the Student’s Union. Some representatives said that there were dangers for public trust if Queen’s University held any information on non-student members of the public who had breached Coronavirus laws …” (more)

[Peter Donnelly, The Gown, 25 March]

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College students working as essential workers want to be prioritised for Covid-19 vaccines

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“College students who have been working as essential workers during the pandemic believe all essential workers should be moved up on the list of priority to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Ellen Murphy a third year Italian and Spanish student in Trinity College Dublin, working in a cafe said, ‘I think it’s a little bit unfair that the people who have been working and are seen as essential like retail staff, people working in shops such as Tesco that they aren’t being prioritised more’ …” (more)

[Michelle Cullen, The College View, 24 March]

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A different kind of Covid spike: UCD students note significant increase in anti-Asian racism since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic

Posted in Life on March 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020, there has been a marked increase in incidents of anti-Asian racism, in Ireland and around the world. Speaking to The University Observer, Asian students across UCD have relayed their experiences of and reaction to racism they have encountered since the outbreak of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Andrea Andres, University Observer, 23 March]

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