Language Schools

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 19th, 2021 by steve

IrelandJames O’Connor (Cork East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will report on the return of English language schools in view of the reopening of international travel; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 June]

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Covid-19 Pandemic – Antigen Tests

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2021 by steve

IrelandMarc MacSharry (Sligo-Leitrim, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the process that will be undertaken by his Department for the procurement of antigen tests for third-level institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 June]

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Opening of colleges not contingent on antigen testing scheme success – Harris

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

Ireland“Minister for Higher and Further Education Simon Harris has said the opening of colleges is not contingent on the success of the UniCov scheme, which is a pilot antigen testing programme. Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Mr Harris said the trial scheme will involve 8,000 staff and students taking part in rapid testing over the summer months …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 June]

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LYIT President says students will not be denied entry based on vaccination

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Teaching on June 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“LYIT President Paul Hannigan says that the IT cannot refuse entry to any of their courses based on a student’s vaccination status. Speaking to Greg Hughes on this morning’s Nine Til Noon Show, Hannigan said that while the college has no definite plan in place at the moment, it has received legal advice …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 17 June]

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Student challenges refusal to allow private tutors input into calculated grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on June 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A Leaving Certificate student’s High Court challenge over a refusal to allow private tutors assist in assessing his calculated grades will not be heard until July 2nd. The boy, who cannot be named, had received private tutoring because he had not been attending his school after refusing to obey a requirement that he wear a face mask in the common areas …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 16 June]

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Minister Harris publishes plan for re-opening of third level education from September

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

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today (Tuesday) published the plan for a safe return to on-site activity for September 2021. Higher and further education and training, and research, are essential activities, and the plan for the 2021/22 academic year is for mainly on-site activity for all students, learners, and staff …” (more)

[MerrionStreet.ie, 16 June]

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IUA Welcomes Cabinet Approval and Publication of a Plan for the Safe Return to Campus in the Autumn

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

Ireland“The IUA warmly welcomes the publication of the Plan for a safe return for further and higher education and research in 2021/22 by Minister Simon Harris. Staff and students in our universities eagerly anticipate a safe return to as comprehensive a range of on-campus activities as possible for the next academic year, including large scale teaching …” (more)

[IUA, 15 June]

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USI welcomes plan for holistic re-opening of third-level campuses

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland welcomes the plan published today, which aims to re-open campuses and have most third-level activity back on site from the start of the new academic year. Along with getting students back into lectures and classrooms, that the plan also allows for the reopening of libraries, cafes, canteens and bars, as well as the restarting of club, society and sporting activity is particularly welcome …” (more)

[USI, 15 June]

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International students call for visa extension to mitigate Covid impact

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of international students are calling for their visas to be extended because they have not been able to fullfil ‘a vital part’ of their reason for studying in Ireland – the chance to work in graduate level employment. The Third Level Graduate Programme allows Irish educated non-EEA graduates remain here after their studies, for the purpose of seeking graduate level employment. The graduates are generally permitted to work here for between one and two years …” (more)

[Sharon Tobin, RTÉ News, 15 June]

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Opening Up Again

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

Ireland“The Irish Government has just produced its plan for A Safe Return to on-site further and higher education and research that outlines what is basically a full return to on-campus activity from September 2021. I quote from the preamble to the document linked to above …” (more)

[In the Dark, 15 June]

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A Safe Return to on-site further and higher education and research

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

Ireland“On 29 April 2021 the government made a commitment to a significant increase in on-site further education and training, higher education and research from the beginning of the next academic year. Higher and further education and training, and research are essential activities, and so the plan for 2021/22 is for mainly on-site activity for all students, learners, and staff …” (more)

[gov.ie, 15 June]

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Colleges get green light to reopen with large-scale lectures to resume from September

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

Ireland“Large-scale lectures are set to resume as the Government gives the green light for the reopening of college campuses in September. After more than a year of online learning, all students in higher and further education will be back on site in the autumn. Chief medical officer Tony Holohan has told Minister Simon Harris that colleges can prepare for the resumption of maximum attendances, including large-scale lectures …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 June]

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Rapid testing pilot begins today in four of Ireland’s universities

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

Ireland“A rapid testing and surveillance system has commenced in four universities today in an effort to support the return of third-level students to campuses. Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris confirmed the rapid testing pilot will begin today at NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Dublin (UCD), University College Cork (UCC) …” (more)

[Eoghan Moloney, Independent, 14 June]

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International higher education at a crossroads post-COVID

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

International“With the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the higher education environment in mind, we are proposing to look forward and venture a few preliminary observations. At the beginning of the crisis, we provided two assessments – and by and large, we think that we were right in our analysis …” (more)

[Philip G Altbach and Hans de Wit, University World News, 12 June]

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Students face 3% lower income over lifetime due to Covid-19

Posted in Research on June 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The impact of Covid-19 on children’s education will widen the gap between rich and poor and impose long-term losses of income for all students, according to a policy document by Social Justice Ireland. It warns that pupils affected by the pandemic face long-term losses in income and an average student can expect about 3% lower earnings throughout their lifetime …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 14 June]

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Academic and non-academic life expected to resume on campus next year

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

Ireland“Simon Harris, Minister for Further and Higher Education, said last week that he expects that both staff and students will be back on campus for the next academic year. A new plan is being finalised by the department and is expected to be announced next week. It has been suggested by the Minister that this plan will result in a full return to campus activity …” (more)

[Muiris O’Cearbhaill, The College View, 13 June]

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First year college classes must not start before September 27 – students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on June 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Second-level student leaders say teaching of first years in third-level colleges must start no earlier than September 27, following the announcement that Leaving Cert result won’t issue until September 3. Colleges have been reviewing their schedules and some, including UCD, DCU, UCC, NUI Galway and Maynooth University, have decided on a September 27 start for tuition, but details are awaited from across the sector …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 June]

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College campus reopening plan to allow large lectures, sports activity and societies

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

Ireland“Large lecture theatres, sports facilities, bars and canteens are set to reopen in colleges and universities from September under a new framework being finalised by Government. In addition, students will be given the option to pay monthly for accommodation in case there is a fourth wave of Covid-19. This is aimed at ensuring students and their families do not lose out on deposits or rent, as happened in some cases last year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 June]

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PUP Cuts Make It Clear That Students Are Low-Hanging Fruit for the Government

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

Ireland“The announcement last week that students would be cut from the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) from September 7th – before all other workers in the country – was both unfair and financially painful for college-goers. After the Irish Daily Mail reported on an unnamed government minister making comments about students ‘lying in bed and enjoying the PUP grant’ a few weeks ago, it was clear that cuts could well have been on the horizon …” (more)

[University Times, 7 June]

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Students want recorded lectures to continue when campuses reopen, survey shows

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

Ireland“Students want recorded lectures to continue when campuses reopen for face-to-face teaching. Strong support for the continuation of recorded lectures emerged in a survey of nearly 50,000 students across 25 colleges. The survey explored the impact of Covid-19 on students’ experience of higher education and the picture painted by their responses was mostly positive …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 31 May]

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