Covid surge: Pausing student nurse training ‘the right thing to do’

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

Ireland“Suspending hospital training for student nurses to free up nursing tutors for frontline work ‘is the right thing to do’, given the pressures facing the health system, the Minister for Health has said. Stephen Donnelly said training for first, second and third-year students was being suspended ‘just for a few weeks’ while the health service battles a surge in Covid-19 cases …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran and Martin Wall, Irish Times, 17 February]

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2,000 student nurses and midwives to leave placements to free up trainers

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

Ireland“More than 2,000 student nurses and midwives are to be removed from their training placements in public hospitals on a temporary basis by the Department of Health due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on staffing levels …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 16 January]

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Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2021 by steve

IrelandSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael): With the agreement of the House, I will share my time with the Minister of State, Deputy Niall Collins. I welcome the opportunity to update the House on the impact of Covid-19 on the further and higher education sector. I was a little disappointed that, for the first time in my political career, some Members of the Dáil actually voted not to have me here today for questions and answers. I find that a little bit regrettable, as almost half a million people in this country are in further or higher education …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 14 January]

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Covid-19 Pandemic – Laptops

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2021 by steve

IrelandSeán Crowe (Dublin South West, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of individual laptops purchased as part of the laptop scheme for third level students announced in August 2020; the total cost of purchasing those laptops; the form of needs assessment carried out prior to purchase; if colleges or universities were consulted as part of the needs assessment; the specific colleges or universities; the number of laptops issued to each third level institution; and the number of laptops issued to students per third level institution in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 13 January]

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Third Level GAA is best left wait until next season

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“So the Third Level GAA Championships are cancelled for the 2020/21 academic year. The flagship Fitzgibbon Cup and Sigerson Cup and their lower level equivalents should be just about underway about now in their regular slot in the opening two months of the year …” (more)

[Jerome O’Connell, Limerick Leader, 15 January]

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Foley under growing pressure to consider alternative to the traditional Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on January 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Pressure is growing on Education Minster Norma Foley to consider an alternative to the traditional Leaving Cert. Several TDs raised the issue with the minister in the Dáil yesterday, with some supporting a return to calculated grades or a ‘hybrid model’, and all seeking an early decision on the fate of the exams …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 January]

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UCD Students to Receive COVID-19 €250 Payment by February 28th

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“In a recent email to students, UCD has stated that ‘all full-time EU undergraduate and postgraduate students’ registered for this academic year are to receive the COVID-19 once-off emergency grant of €250 before February 28. This comes four months after the initial announcement that students were to receive such payment …” (more)

[Casey Conway, College Tribune, 14 January]

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WIT Students Say ‘No’ to Placement During Pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Final Year Social Care students in WIT are hitting out against the 400 hours of placement required before their degree can be obtained. The 400 hours must be completed between January 25 and June 20 of this year or students will not have fulfilled the required quota. Of particular concern to some of the students who spoke to this newspaper are the risks associated with entering a placement, or indeed the risks students may be exposing compromised family members to …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 14 January]

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Library Curtailments Indicative of UCD Management Failures, Says UCDSU

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin’s Students Union (UCDSU) has criticised the University’s Management Team (UMT) for failing to provide the necessary funds to run its libraries efficiently during the pandemic. This ‘failure’ has been labelled as indicative of the ‘concerning trend’ displayed by the UMT in failing to address student’s concerns …” (more)

[Gemma Farrell, College Tribune, 14 January]

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Teachers’ unions call for Leaving Cert to go ahead as planned

Posted in Teaching on January 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Two teachers’ unions have called for the Leaving Certificate exams to go ahead as planned following last year’s difficulty with calculated grades. The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) and the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) have said that the Leaving Cert should go ahead in June, despite calls for the exams to be axed this year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 14 January]

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Thought For The Year

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“In the midst of the January examination period I’ve been thinking about how tough this year has been nd will continue to be for all students in third-level institutions, but especially the cohort currently in the first year of their course. I think it’s now fairly clear that nearly all their study this year will be done remotely …” (more)

[In the Dark, 13 January]

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INMO Calls for ‘Protections and Pay’ for Student Nurses and Midwives

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has said that protections are needed for student nurses and midwives who have to do placements in hospitals where the coronavirus has broken out …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 13 January]

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Lack of Clarity Over Essential Work Gives College ‘Carte Blanche’, Say Unions

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions representing Trinity staff have expressed ‘grave concerns’ about the number of staff who are still working on campus despite current restrictions, saying ambiguity around what constitutes essential work gives College management a ‘carte blanche’ …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 13 January]

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NI universities urged to follow GB and protect student grades

Posted in Teaching on January 13th, 2021 by steve

“Northern Ireland’s two main universities have been urged to follow the lead of their counterparts in Great Britain and introduce a ‘no detriment’ policy to protect student grades against the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson said he has written to both academic institutions, asking them to follow the policy …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 13 January]

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College must step up for students next semester

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“In Week 11 of Michaelmas Term, Trinity released the results of its survey, offering valuable insight into how students are coping with learning under the pandemic. College’s focus was on the significant majority who said they were in favour of more in-person teaching in the new year, but the respondents’ answers about their own wellbeing were arguably much more significant …” (more)

[Trinity News, 12 January]

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Erasmus uptake significantly lower than typical semester

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The number of Trinity students choosing to study abroad this year has taken a significant hit amid concerns over Covid-19. Only 159 students are travelling abroad on an Erasmus exchange this semester, which is a major drop compared to the usual uptake of the programme. Similarly, only 45 students are on an international non-EU exchange this term …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 12 January]

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Paying Nursing Students

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

Ireland“In my department in DCU, our third year students will soon go out on work placement (INTRA). Most will be paid the minimum wage at least: that’s about €400 per week. There was a time, during the financial crisis, when employers took advantage of the situation and did not pay students at all but thankfully those days are behind us – as far as I know …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 12 January]

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WIT Sees Drop In Income Due To Fewer International Students During Pandemic

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology’s income dropped by €844,000 as a result of a significant drop in the number of new international students beginning their studies at WIT. In the 2020-21 academic year, Waterford Institute of Technology had 125 total international students, 68 of whom were new entrants, as opposed to 227 in the 2019-20 academic year, of whom 172 were new entrants …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Waterford News and Star, 9 January]

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Leaving Cert students should have option of predicted grades, says parents group

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Certificate students must be offered the choice to opt for predictive grades or sit their exams in June, a national council of parents has said. The Education and Training Board (ETB) Schools National Parents’ Association is calling on the Government to make a decision about how the process will run to provide ‘clarity and certainty’ …” (more)

[Ellen O’Riordan, Irish Times, 11 January]

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Covid and PISA

Posted in Teaching on January 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The parallels between the response to the Covid pandemic and PISA scores are striking. In both situations, observers, often ideologues, cranks or ‘influencers’ trying to make a quick buck, seize on a single idea, or two, and perform extraordinarily mental contortions to justify their motivated reasoning …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 11 January]

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