Student nurses and midwives are being exploited says union

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses and midwives are being exploited during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has claimed. It said on Friday that students on placements in hospitals across Ireland were facing additional Covid risks but were ‘effectively being asked to work as staff for no pay’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 16 October]

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Majority of UL to stay online ‘for rest of semester’

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on October 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has this afternoon announced plans to continue its model of online class delivery for the remainder of the first semester. In an email distributed to students shortly after midday, Professor Nigel Healey, Interim Vice President Academic Affairs and Student Engagement, said …” (more)

[Mike Finnerty, Limerick Voice, 16 October]

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Minister Harris launches €5 million National Student Mental Health Framework

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The National Student Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Framework has been launched by Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris, in response to the growing concern surrounding student mental health and suicide, especially in the wake of COVID-19 isolation and uncertainty …” (more)

[Iseult O’Callaghan, College Tribune, 15 October]

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‘This will not be your college experience, this will not last forever’ – Harris laments impact of pandemic on young people

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on October 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said that there has not been enough discussion about the impact of the pandemic on young people. Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, he said that he is ‘concerned’ that there has been a lack of dialogue about the impact restrictions have had on young people and students …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 15 October]

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Covid-19 Pandemic – NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandPeadar Tóibín (Meath West, Aontú): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to a cluster of Covid-19 cases in NUI Galway in the past two weeks of September 2020; and if a rise in Covid-19 cases in NUI Galway had any bearing on the decision by his Department in September 2020 to move learning in universities online for two weeks …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 October]

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Leaving Cert – Calculated Grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on October 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandAodhán Ó Ríordáin (Dublin Bay North, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will constitute an independent inquiry into the 2020 leaving certificate which would examine the circumstances leading to the cancellation of the exam, the design and implementation of the calculated grades system, the ensuing errors and omissions and the knock-on effect on the CAO process; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 14 October]

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Third Level Institutions – Debt

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department is monitoring the debt levels of publicly funded universities and technological universities; the total amount and by each publicly funded university and technological university; the anticipated impact on levels of debt held by universities due to Covid-related disruption to the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 October]

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Third Level Fees – Refunds

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandPat Buckley (Cork East, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide details on the process a person (details supplied) could follow; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 October]

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UCD did not implement all guidelines for a safe return to campus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Teaching on October 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An investigation carried out by The University Observer into the implementation of measures by UCD in response to the Guidelines for Public Health Measures in Higher Education Institutions (HEI)s has left many questions surrounding how seriously the management of UCD planned the reopening campus …” (more)

And see: UCD Statement on return to campus

[Doireann de Courcy Mac Donnell, University Observer, 13 October]

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Self isolation in DCU: A strange beginning to an Erasmus year

Posted in Life on October 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Outgoing Erasmus students from DCU are unable to travel abroad this year due to the ever changing coronavirus pandemic. However, around 200 incoming international students arrived in Dublin to begin their fourteen-day quarantine …” (more)

[Róisín Cullen, The College View, 14 October]

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Joint call on landlords by NUIG President and Students Union to offer refunds

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There has been a joint call on landlords by the NUI Galway President and the Students Union to provide refunds to students who no longer need to be in Galway due to the switch to online learning …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 14 October]

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Trinity launches Ireland’s first on-campus testing programme

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

Ireland“Trinity College (TCD) is the first Irish third level institute to launch an on-campus Covid-19 testing programme available for students and staff. The programme is currently for symptomatic cases only, but the school hopes to expand it and eventually offer optional tests to all TCD students …” (more)

[Devin Sean Martin, The College View, 14 October]

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Studying arts while social distancing

Posted in Research, Teaching on October 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All students are grappling with the hurdles of online learning right now regardless of course, but for students in courses such as music, visual arts, and drama, the traditionally physical elements of their subjects have brought additional challenges to the shift online. A piano student needs a teacher to guide their fingers over the keys; a drama student needs to look into another performer’s eyes for full immersion …” (more)

[Olivia Flaherty-Lovy, Trinity News, 14 October]

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Gardaí Say Arrests Likely If Halls Dwellers Keep Breaking Coronavirus Rules

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity Hall residents were warned today that local Gardaí will arrest those who repeatedly violate health protocols by illicitly gathering in Palmerston Park. In an email to residents, Warden Dr Roja Fazaeli said …” (more)

[Jane Cook, University Times, 13 October]

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Students express concerns over handling of SUSI grants

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

Ireland“When colleges closed their doors last March, many students were forced to move back to their hometowns to complete the academic year online. With most of these students staying in their locality from March until September, many of their part-time jobs allocated them more hours to help deal with the surge in demand from the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Conor Brummell, SIN, 13 October]

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Budget 2021 – Ministers Harris and Collins announce a range of measures including €50 million fund to provide financial assistance for full-time students, new reskilling and retraining package and extension of Apprenticeship scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD and Minister of State for Skills and Further Education Niall Collins TD have today announced a series of new measures as part of Budget 2021. The package includes …” (more)

[MerrionStreet.ie, 13 October]

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Covid-era college: Empty lecture halls, virtual clubs, ‘click and collect’ libraries

Posted in Life on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It’s Freshers’ Week at Trinity College Dublin and a cold wind rattles through the empty front square. The only telltale sign a new academic year is underway is a lone student inspecting posters which dot the campus advertising the college’s 120 clubs and societies …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 October]

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Budget must respond to dire needs of higher education and initiatives proposed by Higher Education Minister

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for higher education to be given priority funding in next Tuesday’s Budget. Joan Donegan, General Secretary of IFUT, said that thousands of lecturers and tens of thousands of students require urgent support to cope with the impact of Covid-19, on top of a previous decade of underfunding …” (more)

[IFUT, 12 October]

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Minister Harris announces targeted funding of €47 million for researchers affected by COVID-19

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, has today (12 October 2020) confirmed that €47 million will be provided to support contract researchers and research students whose work has been seriously disrupted by the pandemic …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 12 October]

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Broken Promises: UCD’s Handling Of The Global Pandemic

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

Ireland“In March, students left the Belfield campus, as they have every year for the welcomed two-week respite. But this time, they did not return. Covid-19 took the country into lockdown and resulted in the closure of Higher Education Institutions nationwide …” (more)

[College Tribune, 12 October]

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