Students issued with letter to present to Gardaí when travelling to College

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

Ireland“Students were today issued with a letter that they are to present to Gardaí should they be stopped and questioned when travelling into College or to placement sites. The letter must be presented alongside a valid Trinity student ID …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 30 October]

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Students face a different connection issue: isolation

Posted in Life on October 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Throughout 2020, work, education, and social lives have been moved online for the majority of the population of this country. Everyone will be familiar with connection issues at this stage; the Wi-Fi dropping, audio or video issues, computers crashing in the middle of important classes or meetings …” (more)

[Ciarán van Dam, Limerick Voice, 30 October]

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Waterford after TUSE: Is our student-free City getting a sense of impact it could have

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“‘Winter is Coming’ – three chilling words familiar to the Game of Thrones enthusiasts amongst us. The phrase which heralded impending doom to the civilised world of Westeros, or for the uninitiated GoT fans out there – in layman’s terms …” (more)

[Richard Finnegan, 28 October]

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Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 has been highlighted by the arrival of COVID-19

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Trade Union movement in Ireland was instrumental in the setting up of the Barrington Commission in the 1980s, which arose from pressure from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) to have a more comprehensive approach to health and safety in the workplace, at a time when only 20% of employments were covered by any legislation, such as the Factories Acts …” (more)

[IFUT, 29 October]

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Students cannot continue to be exploited by paying for Accommodation they are prevented from using

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Rose Conway-Walsh TD, has today published the results of a student accommodation survey that highlights how student renters have paid thousands of euro in advance to secure accommodation they are now prevented from using …” (more)

[Rose Conway-Walsh, Sinn Féin, 29 October]

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Trinity College spend over €4,500 on upgrades to hand sanitisation stations

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College was forced to spend €4,610 on upgrades to their campus’ hand sanitisation stations after criticisms. Upgrades to the hand sanitisation stations on Trinity’s campus were required after students complained about the lack of accessibility and Irish translations. The first installation of the stations included a foot pump to dispense the hand sanitiser. However, this was found to not be accessible, especially for people with physical disabilities and impairments …” (more)

[Shauna Bannon Ward, The College View, 28 October]

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Ireland’s Approach to the Pandemic May Have Long-Lasting Effects for Students

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“When the coronavirus pandemic forced me to depart Dublin for my native United States, I was heartbroken. It hadn’t taken me long after arriving at Trinity to pursue a masters degree, in the Autumn of 2019, to fall in love with the country from which my ancestors had come. The nightlife, culture and history were enough to draw me in almost instantly but it helped that Ireland had what I considered to be a highly competent government …” (more)

[Samuel O’Brient, University Times, 27 October]

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TCDSU Votes to Lobby for Reduced International Student Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Council has passed a motion mandating the union’s President Eoin Hand and International Officer Patrick O’Mahony to lobby against annual three to five per cent fee increases for international students. The motion was proposed by a group of 10 students …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 27 October]

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‘Stop exploiting student nurses and midwives’: Appeal for the unpaid workers of the pandemic

Posted in Teaching on October 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has warned the government that the ‘exploitation’ of student nurses has been intensified by the pandemic. ‘Our students are being taken for granted’, INMO General Secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha, said. ‘They are facing huge workloads and risking COVID infection …'” (more)

[Maeve McTaggart, University Express, 27 October]

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Harris to Announce Funding for 14,000 College Places With Reduced Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Some 14,000 higher-education places without fees or with reduced fees will be made available to help support workers affected by coronavirus restrictions, RTÉ News has reported. Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris is due to announce €30 million in funding to support part-time or postgraduate college places …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 27 October]

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Waterford IT’s advice to students stopped at garda checkpoints

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has issued advice to students travelling to college with Covid-19 restrictions in effect. ‘With the introduction of Level 5 restrictions, we are mindful that some students may encounter garda checkpoints as they travel to or from college …'” (more)

[Leinster Leader, 26 October]

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Students put at a ‘major disadvantage’ in SUSI grant applications this year, Senator says

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Labour Spokesperson on Higher Education Senator Annie Hoey has said that students who were in receipt of the PUP this year were put at a disadvantage in their SUSI applications, as the grant application process did not account for government support payment …” (more)

[Julia Bochenek, Trinity News, 25 October]

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Students need clarity on staging of 2021 exams

Posted in Teaching on October 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Teachers are seeking clarity on next year’s Leaving Cert, saying contingencies should be in place to make sure exams can happen, or parameters need to be set out in case teacher-assessed calculated grades are needed again. The Department of Education said the State Examinations Commission intends to run the 2021 exams ‘as normally as possible’, with necessary safety measures in place …” (more)

[Independent, 25 October]

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Residents Allowed Refunds on Remaining License Fee for College Accommodation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College will refund residents who want to move out of its accommodation at a pro-rata basis for the remainder of their license fee to January 23rd, minus four weeks for the notice period. Students will not have to find a replacement for their room and there is no deadline in place for when students have to leave by …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 23 October]

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‘”The voice of students must be heard” – O’Dowd’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has announced that the party will table an Assembly motion in support of students who facing challenges to learning as a result of Covid19. The party’s Further and Higher Education spokesperson said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 23 October]

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Why are we letting students cop the blame for Covid-19?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2020 by steve

“If you read the British press, particularly its online iteration, you would be forgiven for thinking students are solely to blame for coronavirus transmission in university cities …” (more)

[Will Green, Wonkhe, 23 October]

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Third Level Institutions – TU Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No 236 of 14 October 2020, if Dublin Technical University currently holds no debt; if he plans to create a borrowing framework for the technological universities to allow them to borrow in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 October]

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Covid, data and teachable moments

Posted in Teaching on October 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“At this time of year, I have lots of meetings with second-year students who must complete a term paper on a biotechnology-related topic of their choice. The conversation typically centres around issues like structure, scientific writing, and information sources. One of the issues that I often stress is that science is not an impersonal, dispassionate activity: in fact, it is a very human one …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 22 October]

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Trinity College and DCU yet to outline student accommodation refund policy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Five of the State’s seven universities have confirmed they will refund students who leave their third-level accommodation, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 21 October]

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Today, Govt Ceded Ground to Third-Level Institutions Battling for Autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The question of third-level’s agency has, in education circles, been a hot-button issue for years. In what can only be described as a battle for autonomy in the higher education sector, universities have increasingly found themselves up against a government eager to assume its position as puppet-master …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 20 October]

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