In-Person Teaching Must be Kept to an ‘Absolute Minimum’, Says IFUT

Posted in Teaching on January 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s branch of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has said that in-person activity in College ‘has to be kept to an absolute minimum’, echoing Trinity’s message on increased restrictions earlier today …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 8 January]

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Foley and unions agree on Leaving Cert but no deal over schools’ return

Posted in Teaching on January 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Norma Foley, teacher unions and other education partners have agreed they want the Leaving Cert to go ahead – but they are no closer to getting sixth years back into the classroom. Less than 24 hours after teacher unions pulled the plug on plans to reopen schools on Monday for 60,000 Leaving Cert students and 18,000 pupils with special needs, a new round of talks was under way in an effort to find agreement …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 January]

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Teaching Arrangements for Spring Trimester to Continue Remotely

Posted in Teaching on January 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Teaching arrangements for the Spring trimester, beginning on the 18th of January were officially communicated to students on Friday, 8th January. Remote learning is to continue until the 8th of March with the exception of essential laboratories, practicals, clinical and studio teaching which will continue on-campus. Libraries and study spaces are to remain open ‘where possible’ …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 8 January]

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Teaching to Remain Online for Semester Two

Posted in Teaching on January 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Lectures, small group classes and tutorials will remain online, while some practical classes and lab-based activities will take place in person, College announced tonight. An email to staff and students this evening – signed by Provost Patrick Prendergast and Vice-Provost Jürgen Barkhoff – stated that while teaching will move online, the libraries will still be open to students who had pre-booked seats …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 8 January]

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Norma Foley casts doubt over Leaving Cert unless students return to school

Posted in Teaching on January 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Norma Foley is casting doubt over whether Leaving Cert exams can go ahead after a three day week for sixth years was ruled out by teacher unions. The minister was forced into a U-turn on the partial re-opening of schools from Monday to allow 60,000 students continue face to face teaching in the crucial run up to the exams …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 January]

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Left-wing parties could sink €100m State subsidy for fee-paying schools

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Fee-paying schools are hoping to bounce back from last year’s hiccup when some of them didn’t get their usual crop of top grades across the board. The vast majority of their Leaving Cert students still went to college. But the performance of these schools was equalled by more non-fee paying schools than usual …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 8 January]

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There’s a Moose Loose Aboot this Hoose!

Posted in Life on January 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“I am working from home at the moment owing to Covid-19 restrictions on campus activity but I have been informed by on campus staff that an unauthorized mouse bas been seen in the Department of Theoretical Physics. This is a very serious situation as access to the Science Building is for essential work only and this does not include rodents …” (more)

[In the Dark, 8 January]

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Traditional Leaving Cert still the ‘firm objective’ despite schools staying closed – Minister Norma Foley

Posted in Teaching on January 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Holding a traditional Leaving Cert this summer is still the Government’s ‘firm objective’ despite schools remaining closed until February, education minister Norma Foley has said. Earlier this evening, the ASTI directed its members not to engage with the Department of Education’s plan to reopen schools to Leaving Cert students from next Monday due to ‘health and safety concerns’ …” (more)

[Eoghan Moloney, Independent, 7 January]

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Students will also be allowed to resit exams that go towards their final degree, even if they had previously received a passing mark

Posted in Teaching on January 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students will be allowed to defer their exams or essays due as part of the assessment period without providing a reason, and third and fourth years will be able to resit exams if they count towards their final degree mark even if they have achieved a passing mark in the module, College has announced …” (more)

[Cormac Watson and Emer Moreau, University Times, 7 January]

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Remote Exam Time

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It’s the day before the start of the January examination period at Maynooth University so I thought I’d do a quick post on the topic of examinations or, as they are right now, online timed assessments. First, for readers elsewhere, full-time undergraduate students at Maynooth what is called 60 ‘credits’ in a year, usually split into two semesters of thirty credits each …” (more)

[In the Dark, 7 January]

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Education and exams in a pandemic

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Being a sixth-year student in a pandemic hasn’t been easy. We lost out on three vital months of our Leaving Cert course. We were told that we had nothing to worry about during this time because we were only fifth-year students, and we still had a whole year left to finish our course. Look where we are now …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 7 January]

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Colleges Must Mitigate Effects of Stricter Lockdown on Students – USI

Posted in Life, Teaching on January 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has called on third-level institutions to mitigate any potential educational disadvantages faced by students with the introduction of increased measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 6 January]

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Minister Harris confirms further restriction of onsite third level activity in response to deteriorating COVID-19 situation

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris TD has today confirmed further restriction of onsite third level activity in response to the deteriorating COVID-19 situation. Further and higher education are operating primarily online with most activities delivered remotely during this academic year …” (more)

[gov.ie, 6 January]

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Calls growing for Leaving Cert 2021 to be cancelled as TD warns of huge mental health risks for students

Posted in Teaching on January 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“This year’s Leaving Cert should be cancelled as a result of Covid-19, with all students allowed to access their first or second-choice college courses, a Solidarity–People Before Profit TD has insisted. Mick Barry said today that running the exams – a rite of passage for thousands of young people across the country every year – risks ‘the potential for an unacceptable level of mental health pressures on a large number of leaving cert students’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, Irish Mirror, 6 January]

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Trinity Displaying ‘Lack of Leadership’ on COVID As Cases Surge, Says Unite

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Unite the Union – which represents technical staff in College – has strongly condemned a ‘lack of leadership’ in Trinity, after it announced today that staff and students would be notified about arrangements for the second semester ‘by Friday’. Cieran Perry, the secretary of Trinity’s Unite the Union house committee, said that the union was ‘very disappointed with the lack of leadership from the college’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 5 January]

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‘Student voices aren’t being heard’ – Leaving Cert students ‘stressed out’ awaiting closure announcement

Posted in Teaching on January 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students say they’re feeling ‘anxious and stressed’ about the possibility of facing exams this summer in the face of a further possible school closure. The class of 2021 have already missed three months of fifth year with the possibility of schools remaining closed in January also looming this evening …” (more)

[Eoghan Moloney, Independent, 5 January]

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SIPTU says more support needed for student nurses and midwives during pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU representatives have called for more support for student nurses and midwives than the recommendations outlined in a Short Term Review of Clinical Placement Allowances published yesterday (Monday, 4th January) by the Department of Health. SIPTU Organiser, John McCamley, said …” (more)

[SIPTU, 5 January]

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Government to Extend WiFi Initiative for Students to 90 New Locations

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The government will extend internet access for students to 90 new locations across the country in order to create ‘extended virtual campuses’, Higher Education Minister Simon Harris announced today. HEAnet will lead the initiative, rolling out eduroam – a WiFi connection that students can automatically connect to – to locations accessible to students, such as libraries, museums, public offices, coffee shops and shopping centres …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 5 January]

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ASTI: State exams must go ahead in 2021 ‘no matter what’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The president of the Association of Secondary Students in Ireland (ASTI) has said that State exams must go ahead in 2021 ‘no matter what’. Speaking on RTÉ radio’s Today show, Ms Piggott said that the content of exam papers may need to be changed because of the current situation …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Irish Examiner, 5 January]

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Student nurse and midwife pay must reflect Covid risk – David Cullinane TD

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health, David Cullinane TD, has called for student nurse and midwife pay to better reflect Covid-19 risk with high hospitalisations. The Waterford TD also called on the Minister to engage urgently with the health unions. Teachta Cullinane said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 4 January]

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