PhDs Raise Concerns Over Lack of Communication on Re-Opening Plans

Posted in Teaching on August 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“PhD students have said that they were frozen out of reopening plans by the College and feel left in the dark about what teaching and tutorials are going to look like for the coming year. One of the founders of Trinity’s PhD Workers Rights Group, Thomas Dineen, told The University Times that some schools in Trinity did not involve PhD students in their ‘return to work’ committees, set up to plan the reopening of College …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 13 August]

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Education Minister Peter Weir in eye of the storm over A-level results grading ‘farce’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 14th, 2020 by steve

“Education Minister Peter Weir is facing calls to scrap this year’s controversial A-level results – or reconsider his position – following a backlash from principals and pupils …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 13 August]

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WIT urged to Rethink Method of sitting Repeat Exams

Posted in Teaching on August 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Former WIT Students’ Union President and Labour Party Representative, Michael Murphy is urging Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to rethink their method of assessment for the autumn repeats …” (more)

[Claire Quinn, Waterford News and Star, 13 August]

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Peer Mentoring To Go Ahead With Digital Changes

Posted in Teaching on August 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“First year students will have the option to take part in the Peer Mentoring programme remotely this year. Certain Orientation Week activities will be offered virtually to students who cannot attend University College Dublin (UCD) campus due to COVID-19 restrictions …” (more)

[Nessa Collins, College Tribune, 13 August]

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Calculated grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – You report that ‘Minister insists Leaving Cert students’ results will be “accurate, reliable and fair” to all’ (News, August 11th), citing issues in Scotland where calculated grades were reversed due to systematic biases shown toward pupils in socially disadvantaged communities. The issues being raised about calculated Leaving Cert grades seem to me to conflate two important but different issues …” (more)

[Shane Bergin, Irish Times, 14 August]

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Coronavirus Case Confirmed In UCD Creche

Posted in Governance and administration on August 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed on the grounds of University College Dublin’s (UCD’s) main campus. Reports emerged on Wednesday night that a staff member at Oakmount Creche, located on the university’s Belfield campus, had tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday, August 9th …” (more)

[Nessa Collins, College Tribune, 13 August]

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‘Highly gifted’ student’s challenge against ‘discriminatory’ Leaving Cert calculated grades system opens before the High Court

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on August 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A decision not to consider a home-schooled Leaving Cert student’s application for calculated grades is ‘unjust and discriminatory’, the High Court has heard. Elijah Burke claims the exclusion of home school students from the calculated grades process breaches his rights under the Article 42 of the Constitution and the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain and Ray Managh, Independent, 12 August]

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Majority of students not receiving enough government support

Posted in Life on August 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Irish students are reporting they are not receiving enough support from the government support during the pandemic. Research has found there are fears and uncertainty among college students and those entering third-level education. Their mental health has also been affected during the pandemic …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 12 August]

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Examination Shenanigans

Posted in Teaching on August 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“So here I am in my office while the first batch of our repeat examinations gets under way here in Maynooth. They seem to have started correctly so I’ve taken a break to have a cup of coffee and catch up on the news …” (more)

[In the Dark, 12 August]

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Minister insists Leaving Cert students’ results will be ‘accurate, reliable and fair’ to all

Posted in Teaching on August 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Norma Foley has moved to reassure thousands of Leaving Cert students that the new calculated grades system will be ‘accurate, reliable and fair to all students’. Her comments follow controversy in Scotland after the government reversed the downgrading of almost 125,000 students’ calculated grades based on teachers’ predictions …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 11 August]

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Universities should learn from assessment methods used during the pandemic – and cut down on exams for good

Posted in Teaching on August 12th, 2020 by steve

International“Timed written examinations continue to dominate university assessment. In most professions, the need to recall and write down specific information from memory under timed conditions is rare. Yet every year across the world students are crammed into exam halls to do just that …” (more)

[Naomi Winstone and David Boud, The Conversation, 11 August]

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Trinity Sport Centre reopens with social distancing, online booking, and reduced hours

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity Sport Centre and its outdoor campus facilities have reopened today with reduced operating hours and new social distancing measures in place. A one-way system has been introduced for entering and exiting the gym, which must be accessed through the Westland Row gate. Members are being asked to adhere to the two-metre social distancing markers and directional arrows …” (more)

[Shannon McGreevy, Trinity News, 12 August]

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Afraid to go back to work? #Over60s

Posted in Governance and administration on August 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland

“Older people with underlying conditions appear to be the most vulnerable to dying if they catch the Covid-19 virus – younger people are less affected. Take a look at the data example below …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 11 August]

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Unhappy Northern Ireland students could challenge exam grading system in court: warning

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on August 11th, 2020 by steve

“GCSE and A-level results could be mired in controversy after claims that some children will be disadvantaged simply because of the school they attend and grades could be appealed through the courts. This year because of the coronavirus pandemic children were unable to take key exams …” (more)

[Andrew Madden, Belfast Telegraph, 11 August]

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UCD’s Efforts Show a Dangerous Crusade to Attract Students at Any Cost

Posted in Governance and administration on August 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Numbers seem to be everywhere these days. Be it the latest dosage of discovered coronavirus cases, the oft-repeated 2 metre mantra of social distancing or whatever that ‘R number’ claims to be (search me – I was a veteran of the back row in maths). But there is one number I do understand and if you’re a UCD student or just someone who cares about their physical wellbeing – you should too. That number is €100,000,000 …” (more)

[Rowan Kelleher, College Tribune, 10 August]

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Phased Return to Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Several weeks ago when it was announced that the NCI Campus would reopen on a phased basis from 10th August, it seemed so far away. I have not been in the College since the middle of March, and have no plans to go there for at least the rest of this month. My summer holidays are over, but I am continuing to work from home …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 10 August]

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University of Limerick confirms plans for ‘full graduation ceremony’ for class of 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A full graduation ceremony is to take place for the University of Limerick Class of 2020 ‘as long as a second wave of Covid-19 does not hit prior to this’, it has been confirmed. UL Student Life has released a statement on its their website to update students on the situation …” (more)

[Martin Mongan, Limerick Leader, 10 August]

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Trinity to provide transfers and meal services for arriving international students

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College has confirmed plans to provide airport transfers and a meal service to international students restricting their movements during their first two weeks in Dublin, in communication with affected students this weekend …” (more)

[Audrey Brown, Trinity News, 10 August]

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Reopening work well underway at LyIT

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Further reassurances have been given that the Letterkenny Institute of Technology will be able to reopen doors safety at the end of next month. New guidelines on how third level institutions are to operate going forward have been released and President of the LyIT Paul Hannigan says they are confident that it’s a good roadmap to move forward with …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 10 August]

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College begins next phase of reopening today

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Today, College has begun the next phase of its reopening, following its closure on March 12 to try prevent the spread of coronavirus. While Trinity has been closed since March, it began its phased reopening of the Library from June 29, with limited spaces opening in the Ussher complex opening for researchers …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 10 August]

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