Coombe Hospital Vaccinated Staff Family Members over 39 Medical Students

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

Ireland“On the evening of January 8th, 16 relatives of Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital staff were vaccinated ahead of 39 medical students who were on stand-by for the vaccine. Hospital management was made aware of the 39 students on stand-by an hour before vaccines were given out to family members, Prof Deirdre Murphy, Head of Obstetrics at Trinity College Dublin, has told an investigative review into the incident …” (more)

[Adam O’Sullivan, College Tribune, 1 March]

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Partying students ‘let rest of us down’ says Limerick minister

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

Ireland“The minority of UL students who are flouting public health guidelines are ‘letting themselves, their families and their communities down’, Minister Niall Collins has said. The Minister of State at the Department of Higher Education was speaking following comments made by students on RTÉ’s Drivetime last week …” (more)

[Donal O’Regan, Limerick Leader, 1 March]

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Leaving Cert: High Court to rule on challenge to 2020 calculated grades process

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A High Court judge will rule on Tuesday on the lead challenge over the calculated grades process adopted for the Leaving Certificate 2020 exam in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Mr Justice Charles Meenan heard the lead action by Freddie Sherry, who was a 2020 Leaving Cert student at Belvedere College, Dublin, over some five weeks before the case concluded in early February …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 1 March]

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COVID19 vaccinations begin on Munster Technological University campus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The first vaccinations at the Covid-19 vaccination centre at the Bishopstown campus of Munster Technological University (MTU) will take place today. GPs will vaccinate patients from certain GP practices aged 85 or over, by appointment only …” (more)

[Elaine Murphy, TheCork.ie, 27 February]

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Students could be returning to face to face learning on campus in September, says Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on February 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Reprioritisation of the government’s Provisional Vaccine Allocation Groups could see Trinity return to face to face learning by the start of the next academic year, College officials announced yesterday evening. According to the government’s latest vaccination plan, members of third level institutions could see earlier vaccination than the general public, after those aged 55 to 60 years …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 27 February]

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Deeks’ Bulletin Highlights Importance of Limiting Campus Activities to Most Essential

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“On February 22nd, University College Dublin (UCD) President, Andrew Deeks issued a Bulletin following the announcement of the Level 5 Lockdown extension. Deeks outlined the importance of limiting campus activities to those ‘that can only be carried out on campus and are both essential and time critical’ …” (more)

[Medb McBrearty, College Tribune, 26 February]

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NUIG Student Union supports bill to protect student renters during pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Students Union at NUI Galway is voicing its support for a new bill aimed at protecting student renters during the pandemic. The proposed bill is supported by Sinn Fein, Social Democrats, Labour Party, Solidarity-People Before Profit and Independents for Change …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 25 February]

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University of Limerick president ‘hugely disappointed’ by behaviour of minority of students

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick has expressed her ‘huge disappointment’ at some of the comments made by students on national radio earlier this week. Professor Kerstin Mey was reacting to a report on RTÉ’s Drivetime during which several UL students, living in off-campus accommodation, openly admitted attending house parties and social gatherings in breach of the current Level 5 restrictions …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 25 February]

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UL to start high visibility patrols on campus after a spike in Covid-19 cases

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí will be conducting high visibility patrols every evening around the University of Limerick (UL) due to concerns about student gatherings, according to the President of the university. The move comes after the university began mass testing their students, to manage an outbreak of Covid-19 among the student population earlier this week …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally, TheJournal.ie, 25 February]

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Gardaí called to UCD pitches after members of the public flout Covid rules by meeting up to play sport

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí had to be called to the sports pitches at University College Dublin on six occasions during lockdown after members of the public flouted Covid-19 rules by meeting up in groups to play sport and refusing to stop the activity …” (more)

[Eilish O’Regan, Independent, 24 February]

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Students Must Find New Ways to Grab the Attention of Politicians

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“‘This literally can’t go on. At some point we’re going to have to take to the streets, lockdown or no lockdown.’ If you’re as active on Irish Twitter as I am, you’ll have seen these tweets frequently over the past while. After the Mother and Baby Homes debacle, after the government tried to push CETA through while our backs were turned, after the relaxing of restrictions before Christmas led to a lockdown at Christmas and hundreds of deaths etc …” (more)

[Tara Nic Giolla Seanáin, University Times, 24 February]

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Queen’s University fails to address issues relating to Chinese flights

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2021 by steve

“Internal Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) documentation highlights senior university officials expressing concern at the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on international student recruitment. This documentation, seen by The Detail, also shows how the university values just eight international students as having an economic impact equivalent to £1 million …” (more)

[Rory Winters, The Detail, 24 February]

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More Professors Ditch Print

Posted in Teaching on February 24th, 2021 by steve

“For the first year on record, more faculty members used learning management systems than print course materials when teaching classes, according a new report released Tuesday from the National Association of College Stores. The 2020 Faculty Watch report is based on a survey of 968 faculty members from 17 two- and four-year, public and private institutions in the United States and Canada …” (more)

[Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed, 24 February]

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Mass Covid-19 testing continues at University of Limerick as referrals increase 10-fold

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The number of University of Limerick students referred for Covid-19 tests has risen by more than 10 times in just two weeks. Dr Ronan Ryder, the director of the student health centre at the college, said the service referred fewer than five patients for testing 14 days ago …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 23 February]

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Delay in paying student nurses and midwives returning to work unacceptable – David Cullinane TD

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2021 by steve

IrelandWSinn Féin spokesperson on Health David Cullinane has reiterated his call for the Minister for Health to immediately pay student nurses and midwives. This follows a Sinn Féin motion which was passed by the Dáil a month ago on January 20th …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 22 February]

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A Year of Covid-19 in Maynooth

Posted in Life on February 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“One useful thing about having a blog is that I can look through my back catalogue of posts quite easily to remind me exactly when things happened. Doing that over the weekend I discovered that it was exactly a year ago today that I travelled from Maynooth into Dublin to see a production of Fidelio …” (more)

[In the Dark, 22 February]

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COVID-19 Aids Unlikely Without ‘Organisation of Students’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“UCDSU President Conor Anderson and Welfare Officer Ruairí Power met with the Registrar and Deans on Wednesday to discuss new COVID-19 aids for students. The proposed accommodations include waiving resit fees, uncapped resit grades, and the automatic right to resit an assessment or exam in August. The College Tribune met with Ruairí Power to discuss how the meeting went, his rationale for pursuing these measures, and the likelihood of their passing …” (more)

[Rosie Roberts Kuntz, College Tribune, 21 February]

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President of University of Limerick appeals to students to ‘stay apart and stay safe’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The President of the University of Limerick has directly appealed to students to stay apart from each other and not to visit any other households. In a video message posted on social media this Saturday evening, Professor Kerstin Mey said there is concern about the number of cases of Covid-19 associated with students …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 20 February]

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Third level students continue to suffer as Government offer no clarity, whilst primary and secondary schools may go back next month

Posted in Life on February 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Third level students continue to suffer nationwide as the Government offers them no clarity, whilst primary and secondary schools may go back to education next month. The first four classes in primary schools are likely return on March 1st and Leaving Certificate students are also to be prioritised …” (more)

[Amy Donohoe, DublinLive, 20 February]

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UL at ‘critical point in battle against Covid-19’ as clusters emerge in off-campus housing

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Public Health Mid-West has identified a number of positive Covid-19 tests following last weekends testing at the University of Limerick, and now fears have arisen surrounding clusters in shared off-campus housing …” (more)

[Mike Finnerty, Limerick Voice, 19 February]

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