UCD academic Dolores Cahill resigns as chair of Irish Freedom Party

Posted in Life on March 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“UCD academic Prof Dolores Cahill has resigned as chair of the Irish Freedom Party. The ard chomhairle of the party met on Sunday morning to consider her position and said it had agreed to accept her resignation. Clare architect Michael Leahy will replace her …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 22 March]

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Deck Chairs Have Changed The Fabric Of Campus For The Better

Posted in Life on March 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“As a final-year student, I’ve seen a lot of changes throughout my time in college. The good, the bad, the perpetually ridiculous: I’ve kept fairly on top of the changes College has made and have consistently had the hot takes to go alongside them. It is with this level of expertise and context that I feel confident in the following statement: the deck chairs are single handedly the best thing College has ever done in its 429 year history …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 19 March]

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What about college students?

Posted in Life on March 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I agree completely with Dee Delany (Letters, March 12th) that the young need a little hope. We hear daily of creches, primary, secondary and Leaving Cert students, and how important their education is …” (more)

[Jackie Martin, Irish Times, 20 March]


Students are sticking with college during the pandemic

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life, Teaching on March 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students are persisting with college courses despite the challenges posed by remote learning and Covid-19. The pandemic has not triggered a rise in drop-out rates, new figures show. Students have generally stuck with their courses and, in some cases, retention figures are well up on previous years …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 19 March]

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Warning as students reinfected with Covid within six months

Posted in Research on March 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Three university students have been diagnosed with Covid-19 for a second time, within six months of their initial infection. The three NUI Galway students were infected in February and were part of the major Covid outbreak that kicked off in the city early last month …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Eilish O’Regan, Independent, 18 March]

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UCD Students’ Union Calls For Investigation Into Professor Over Anti-Mask Comments

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin Students’ Union has called for an investigation into Professor Dolores Cahill over her anti-mask comments. Prof Cahill of UCD’s School of Medicine, who is the chair of the fringe far-right Irish Freedom Party, was an organiser of the St Patrick’s Day event at Herbert Park in Dublin 4 …” (more)

[Carlow Nationalist, 19 March]

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Young people being made ‘scapegoats’ for pandemic problems, claims students’ union president

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2021 by steve

“Young people have been made scapegoats for the pandemic, a students’ union has said. Ulster University Students’ Union president Collette Cassidy made the claim after St Patrick’s Day passed off without major incident …” (more)

[Gareth Cross, Belfast Telegraph, 18 March]

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UCD professor Dolores Cahill moved from lecturer role

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin professor Dolores Cahill’s claims at an anti-Covid-19 lockdown protest that children who wear face masks are being ‘starved’ of oxygen and will have lower IQ have been criticised by a fellow college academic. Speaking at a lockdown protest in Herbert Park on St Patrick’s Day, Prof Cahill charged that ‘globalists’ have pushed for mandatory mask wearing because ‘oxygen-deprived people are easy to manipulate’ …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 18 March]

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Heavy PSNI presence in Belfast’s Holyland following Botanic Gardens closure

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

“There was a heavy police presence on Wednesday evening in Belfast’s Holyland, following the closure of Botanic Gardens after large crowds had gathered in the park during the afternoon. A visible PSNI operation around the area has seen the Holyland experience a quiet end to St Patrick’s Day …” (more)

[Christopher Leebody, Belfast Telegraph, 17 March]

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UCD Professor Speaks at Anti-Lockdown ‘Gathering’

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

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) Professor Delores Cahill spoke at an anti-lockdown mass gathering in Herbert Park on Wednesday, the 17th of March. The gathering was described by some speakers as: ‘not a protest, it is a “gathering of free spirits”‘ …” (more)

[Stephen Kisbey-Green, College Tribune, 17 March]


College Cancels In-Person Lab Practicals for Chemical Science Students

Posted in Teaching on March 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity today cancelled all in-person laboratory practicals for chemical sciences students for the rest of the year due to new coronavirus restrictions. In an email to students, the School of Chemistry’s Undergraduate Head of Teaching and Learning …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 16 March]

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No students suspended or expelled after Covid rules breaches

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Universities have avoided using suspension or expulsion to deal with breaches of Covid-related regulations. Students have been banned from living in campus accommodation, fined, or told to write reflective essays or letters of apology after partying or breaking public health rules …” (more)

[Independent, 16 March]

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‘Respect Belfast Holyland residents’, says PSNI chief Byrne warning St Patrick’s Day Covid breaches will be dealt with

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

“The PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne has warned anyone planning to travel to the Holyland area of Belfast for St Patrick’s Day that police will deal robustly with Covid-19 breaches and anti-social behaviour. Mr Byrne is also backing a call by the area’s MP for a task force to oversee change in the main student area of Belfast – not just on St Patrick’s Day but all year round …” (more)

[Lauren Harte, Belfast Telegraph, 15 March]

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A Year of Closure

Posted in Life, Teaching on March 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Today is 12th March 2021, which means it is exactly one year since Maynooth University campus closed because of Covid-19. Last year 12th March was on a Thursday and I remember doing my Computational Physics lecture in the morning and a computer lab in the afternoon and then heard we couldn’t go back to teaching the following day …” (more)

[In the Dark, 12 March]

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Irish students in the UK

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 13th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRéada Cronin (Kildare North, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if Irish students who have been accepted onto master’s degree courses in the UK pre-Brexit and deferred their place for an academic year due to Covid-19 will be exempt from international student fees and will be expected to pay the usual EU fees and qualify for student loans on the basis of same due to the CTA; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 March]

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Good Practice in Higher Education Access and Participation During Covid-19

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Challenges to access and support services for some higher education students posed by the COVID-19 pandemic are being turned into new opportunities to successfully communicate to and cater for those who rely on such supports, a Higher Education Authority event has heard …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 11 March]


Over 200 Queen’s students suspended for Covid breaches

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2021 by steve

“More than 200 students have been suspended from Queen’s University, Belfast in just seven months for breaching coronavirus regulations, it can be revealed. In total, 252 students have been reported to the university by police, while 229 were suspended for a fortnight after flouting the health and safety rules …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 10 March]

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Executive has abandoned us, say furious Holyland residents

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2021 by steve

“Residents of the Holyland have rounded on the First and deputy First Ministers for their ‘wholly inadequate’ response to concerns about house parties in the run-up to St Patrick’s Day. The south Belfast student area is notorious for revelry at this time of the year …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 10 March]

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College should utilise this time to refurbish its facilities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“We seem to endlessly hear the phrase ‘use this time’ at the moment; it encapsulates the dramatic shift in the way we are working and living as a result of the pandemic, and the immense pressure to do more, insinuating that lockdown equals leisure, a statement we all know to be untrue. However, while our collective change in lifestyle has been isolating, and has negatively affected mental health, it has also allowed many to be more productive …” (more)

[Lara Monahan, Trinity News, 10 March]

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Leaving Cert: Grade inflation needs to be addressed as a priority

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Fighting Covid-19 has forced many previously unthinkable changes to life as we knew it. In doing so, it has done one significant service by exposing some of the vulnerabilities and inadequacies of the Leaving Certificate. It is an exam that provokes an annual media frenzy around grades and entry to third level, almost as if there is no other purpose to the exercise …” (more)

[Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Irish Times, 9 March]

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