Leaving Cert – Calculated Grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 30th, 2020 by steve

IrelandGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide details of the different demographic characteristics including gender and socio-economic status being used to review individual grades from 2020 leaving certificate students which are leading to significant delays; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 July]

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University teachers seek clarity on process for re-opening third level education

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

Ireland“University teachers have said that certainty is required urgently on the re-opening process for higher education institutions. The Irish Federation of University Teachers (Ifut) said an official guidance document issued last week said that the response to Covid-19 involved ‘a rapid move to emergency remote teaching and assessment of programmes, without impacting on the integrity of qualifications’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 29 July]

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Predicted grades must be extended to class of 2021

Posted in Teaching on July 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“During the early part of 2020, when the severity of Covid-19 and the impact it would have on our economy and society became suddenly apparent, one of the most urgent and debated questions was with regard to the viability of the 2020 Leaving Cert exam …” (more)

[Letters, Independent, 28 July]

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Science publishing has opened up during the coronavirus pandemic. It won’t be easy to keep it that way

Posted in Research on July 28th, 2020 by steve

International“Scientific publishing is not known for moving rapidly. In normal times, publishing new research can take months, if not years. Researchers prepare a first version of a paper on new findings and submit it to a journal, where it is often rejected, before being resubmitted to another journal, peer-reviewed, revised and, eventually, hopefully published …” (more)

[Virginia Barbour, The Conversation, 27 July]

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Student teacher takes legal challenge over not being permitted to graduate this year

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A student teacher has brought High Court proceedings against Maynooth University over not being permitted to graduate this year because she had not built up sufficient teaching experience to enable an assessment …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 27 July]

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Pandemic effect upon college life

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Gail Conway explores how Covid-19 has had and will continue to affect third level students around the country and Jim Miley from the Irish Universities Association outlines their advice to students …” (audio)

[RTÉ Radio 1, 26 July]

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Time, Money and Guidance in Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There was a welcome announcement last week of a package of supports for further and higher education institutions and students in Ireland to cover costs incurred by third level institutions during the Covid-19 pandemic and enable further and higher education students to return to college this September …” (more)

[In the Dark, 27 July]

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UL will not alter fees for reduced access to campus

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick has defended its decision that students paying up to €6,000 in fees for accommodation along with fees for their course will be only allowed on campus one week a month …” (more)

[Bernie English, Limerick Post, 27 July]

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DCU accommodation plans postponed indefinitely due to financial strain caused by Covid-19

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“New planned accommodation at Dublin City University has been postponed indefinitely due to the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the university. A spokesperson for DCU said, ‘We are working towards delivering new on-campus accommodation but there is no specific date for the construction to begin’ …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally, TheJournal.ie, 27 July]

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International Students Long for College Experience and People More than Degree

Posted in Life on July 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) is considered Ireland’s largest international university. It is home to over 6,000 international students that make up 29% of the student population, according to then most recent registration figures …” (more)

[Danielle DerGarabedian, College Tribune, 26 July]

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Students back at uni – but with masks and no bars

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 27th, 2020 by steve

“The first students are beginning to return for face-to-face teaching on UK university campuses – with a new term of compulsory masks and closed bars. Most students won’t begin until the autumn, but veterinary students are now back at the University of Nottingham …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 27 July]

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Students in limbo over accomodation as they await timetables

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Teaching on July 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third-level students are calling for detailed timetables to allow them make informed decisions on whether or not they need to secure rented accomodation for the upcoming academic year. Universities have provided start dates for students, academic planning is continuing and each facility is scheduling for a blended or hybrid learning approach in line with Covid-19 restrictions …” (more)

[Gail Conway, RTÉ News, 26 July]

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Will international students be allowed back this autumn?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 26th, 2020 by steve

“While many universities in the Western world fret about how many international students will turn up on campus for the start of the new academic year, at least one Norwegian university has ‘revoked admission’ to its masters degree programmes taught in English for non-European Union students as a result of COVID-19 …” (more)

[Nic Mitchell, University World News, 24 July]

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Third Level Education – COVID-19

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

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her views on whether many third-level students face challenges during the Covid-19 restrictions, such as issues of mental health and well-being, access to on-campus support services, challenging home lives and access to the internet for remote learning; if she has considered encouraging third-level institutions to consider allowing students to use work done during the year to contribute towards their final grade, particularly for students that for a variety of reasons failed their final exam in the summer; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 July]

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IFUT welcomes government higher education funding and guidelines but cautions that issues will need to be addressed on ongoing basis

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

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has broadly welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Higher Education, Simon Harris, of funding supports for universities and details in the ‘Guidance for Further and Higher Education for returning to on-site activity in 2020’ …” (more)

[IFUT, 23 July]

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UCD Sport and Fitness Need To Do More To Guard Against COVID

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

Ireland“UCD simply is not doing enough to protect staff and gym users in the Student Centre. Doing anything at the moment is a risk, however, UCD gyms have a duty to minimise that risk for those who use it. Right now they are failing …” (more)

[Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 24 July]

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13 Students Given Passing Mark After Initially Being Told to Resit Exams

Posted in Teaching on July 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity incorrectly informed 13 students studying TSM or joint-honours courses that they would have to repeat exams, after complications arose over the marking of students’ grades this year …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 24 July]

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JI visa rite of passage falls by wayside in Covid-restricted US

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

“Nestled on a cove in the pretty New England state of Rhode Island, Newport has long been a destination for wealthy American holidaymakers. Edith Wharton, the incisive chronicler of New York high society, bought an oceanfront property in the town in 1893 …” (more)

[Suzanne Lynch, Irish Times, 25 July]

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UL graduates to be conferred in absentia

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick (UL) graduates will have a Covid conferral next month but they’ll have to wait a while longer before they can celebrate their graduation. UL’s autumn conferring ceremonies were due to take place during the week of August 24 to 28 but the ceremonies were cancelled earlier this summer …” (more)

[Nicole Glennon, Limerick Post, 23 July]

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Two-Metre Rule May be Relaxed in Universities, Says Harris

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government may relax the two-metre social distancing rule in universities in the coming year, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris said today …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 23 July]

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