University chiefs blasted for refusal to budge on holding graduations online

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

Ireland“University chiefs blasted by thousands of families for forcing students to graduate online at the end of next month – despite the easing of Covid-19 restrictions – have insisted they’re not for turning. In one week flat, over 3,000 people have signed an online petition that challenges the refusal by Technological University Dublin (TUD) bigwigs to hold in-person graduation ceremonies between October 26-29 …” (more)

[Dublin Live, 16 September]

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COVID-19: Universities and FE Colleges

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

John O’Dowd (Sinn Féin): I welcome the opportunity to speak on an important issue: the return of further education college and university students and lecturers, professors etc to campus, which is very welcome. Last year, there was huge disruption to student and academic life for many …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly, 14 September]

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Back to college

Posted in Teaching on September 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – After many frantic, anxious weeks my son finally secured accommodation in Dublin and was really looking forward to getting back to college for his third year after missing some of first and all of second year due to Covid. He’s just received his timetable and is in college for one hour per week with the rest of his lectures pre-recorded …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 15 September]

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Universities lose €270m in commercial revenue due to Covid-19

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

Ireland“Universities have lost €270m in commercial revenue because of Covid, income on which they rely to fund their operations. They say they are also bearing additional costs as a result of the pandemic and eight universities now have a combined projected deficit of €40m. The figures are set out in the Irish Universities Association (IUA) pre-Budget submission, which calls for extra funding of at least €900m …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 September]

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Some colleges have not engaged adequately with staff over safe return to campus, union claims

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

Ireland“A lecturers’ union claims some third-level colleges have not engaged adequately with staff around plans for a safe return to campus. Colleges of higher education are in the process of re-opening fully for the first time in 18 months. But the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) said there are inconsistencies in the approaches being taken by college authorities …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 September]

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Trinity students say university ‘broke promises’ about in-person teaching

Posted in Teaching on September 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College students have expressed discontent with the university’s approach to on-campus learning so far this year. The university confirmed that all lectures with over 150 students will be online until at least November 1 …” (more)

[Emma Nevin, DublinLive.ie, 14 September]

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Students return to lectures and classes today after 550 days

Posted in Teaching on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students will return to in-person learning today, over 550 days after they last sat in a classroom. At the beginning of the pandemic, Trinity postponed large-scale in-person lectures due to the nature of the pandemic on March 12, with government announcing all colleges and schools were to close on 13 March 2020 …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 13 September]

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Universities rising to Covid-19 challenges

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

Ireland“As third-level campuses start to fill up again for the first time in 18 months, they are going to look a little different. Among the initial and most visible changes will be pop-up vaccination centres, with unvaccinated students and staff encouraged to take up the inoculation to keep campuses safe and open …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 12 September]

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The Future of the Academic Conference

Posted in Research on September 13th, 2021 by steve

“Pitched the Delta curveball, some scholarly associations are turning to online meetings again while others are proceeding with plans to meet face-to-face in the coming weeks. These groups are also thinking about what annual meetings will look like in a post-pandemic world, with major implications for equity and accessibility …” (more)

[Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, 13 September]

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Many schools unable to comply with College’s promised level of in-person teaching

Posted in Teaching on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Room allocation issues have prevented classes with fewer than 50 people from being held on-campus. Many students in Trinity are to have less in-person teaching this semester than College had previously said would take place …” (more)

[Jack Kennedy, Trinity News, 12 September]

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Trepidation

Posted in Teaching on September 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“I spent most of today in various virtual meetings to do with next Semester’s teaching which is due to start on September 20th for returning students (and a week letter for first-years). I’ve also been keeping an eye on the student record system, as the returning students have started to register …” (more)

[In the Dark, 10 September]

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Student behaviour has caused Limerick landlords ‘to exit rental market’

Posted in Life on September 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A Limerick property letting agent has suggested the anti-social behaviour of some students has resulted in many landlords either selling up, or renting to professionals instead. This week, the Limerick Leader has highlighted a surge in demand for student accommodation units, with suggestions demand has spiked 30% since 2016, while the supply of property has fallen …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 9 September]

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Major vaccination drive for students announced

Posted in Governance and administration on September 8th, 2021 by steve

“A major drive to vaccinate students in Northern Ireland against Covid-19 has been announced. The ‘Jabbathon’ initiative will involve 60 walk-in clinics across some 30 campuses – offering first jabs to students in universities and further education colleges …” (more)

[Jonathan McCambridge, Belfast Telegraph, 8 September]

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Trinity to to Implement Indoor Events ‘Bonus’ for Vaccinated

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

Ireland“College is considering plans to admit fully inoculated students to indoor events ahead of their unvaccinated peers under a new ‘bonus’ system this year, The University Times can reveal …” (more)

[Emma Taggart, University Times, 7 September]

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Many third level students will return to college campuses this Monday as Government support pledged

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon has pledged Government support as this Monday marks the return of many third level students to college campuses. Writing on social media today he said: ‘This Monday, many third level students will return to college campuses – for some, it’ll be the first time in over a year, for others it will be the first time ever …'” (more)

[Independent, 4 September]

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GMIT plans phased return to campus from Sep 20

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

Ireland“GMIT has published its plan for reopening the campus this academic year, with in-person activities returning on a phased basis from September 20. This is when the first students will be returning to GMIT, those who are continuing their courses, followed by incoming 1st year students on Monday, September 27 …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 2 September]

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‘Parents get kitchen table back’ as college campuses reopen

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

Ireland“The Minister for Higher and Further Education has said he is excited about the reopening of college campuses. Simon Harris said: ‘Students who’ve been doing college at the kitchen table will now be going back to college …'” (more)

[RTÉ News, 2 September]

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NUI Galway: Hey, Come Visit Our Covid Hall Of Shame

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“There have been sufficient articles written in Ireland about the legacy of so-called ‘catholic guilt’ in Ireland that, if stacked one on top of the other, you’d be unwise to bet against them reaching the moon. How many times, over the years, have you heard people sobbing on the radio about dealing with the ‘legacy of shame’ inflicted upon them by various villainous nuns, priests, and brothers? Mostly, of course, it was all about sex …” (more)

[John McGuirk, Gript, 2 September]

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College reopening

Posted in Life on September 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“John Cooke visits NUI Galway as students return to campus and reflects on recent Covid breaches (podcast).”

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 1 September]

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Schools May Rotate Groups of Students for In-Person Classes

Posted in Teaching on September 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Schools may decide to allow rotating cohorts of students to attend in-person lectures intermittently, the Director of College Health has said. The plan would see students divided into smaller groups that would take turns attending in-person lectures, while watching them online the rest of the time …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 31 August]

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