Fewer than 1% of coronavirus tests on college campuses are positive

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

Ireland“A pilot project aimed at detecting Covid-19 on college campuses using antigen and other forms of rapid testing has found low levels of the virus among staff and students. Less than 1% of more than 12,000 rapid Covid-19 tests in third-level colleges have registered positive since campuses reopened …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 October]

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Campus to Re-open to Public This Friday

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

Ireland“Trinity’s campus will re-open to the public this Friday, October 22nd, after 18 months of restricted access. Social distancing is to be scrapped in College from that date …” (more)

[David O’Connell, University Times, 20 October]

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No Plans to Use Vaccine Certs for Lectures, Says Harris

Posted in Teaching on October 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students will not have to show proof of vaccination to attend face-to-face lectures, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said, following an announcement yesterday that vaccination certificates will continue to be used until next year …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 20 October]

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The disappearance of women researchers in times of pandemic

Posted in Research on October 20th, 2021 by steve

International“When an article is published in a scientific journal, three authorship positions indicate who the study’s principal researchers are: first author, last author and corresponding author. These positions are used for decision-making, particularly in the evaluation of scientific careers and the awarding of possible promotions. Previous studies have shown that women less frequently occupy these authorship positions than men do, especially as last authors, a position reserved to senior scientists …” (more)

[AlphaGalileo, 20 October]

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Trinity students march on the Dáil in continued protests over reopening of the university

Posted in Life on October 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students today marched on the Dáil to protest what they call major shortfalls in the student experience. Led by members of Students4Change and the Graduates Student Union (GSU), the students marched from the Front Square of the university to outside Leinster House at 4pm this afternoon …” (more)

[Ellen Gough, Hot Press, 16 October]

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Vaccine clinics on college campuses extended

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A push to vaccinate students and staff on college campuses will continue this Monday, Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has said …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 16 October]

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Online learning

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason that many third-level students remain studying predominantly online; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 13 October]

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Returning to campus across Ireland

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

Ireland“As Ireland has begun to open up again, with restrictions being cautiously lowered, universities have begun to solidify their approach to the semester, heading into a new academic year with an overall trend of much more in-person learning and on-campus activities …” (more)

[Julia Bochenek, Trinity News, 11 October]

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Queen’s University students get fines of more than £50,000 for breaking Covid rules

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

“Queen’s University fined students more than £50,000 for breaching Covid-19 rules off-campus during the last year. Following media reports of widespread Covid breaches in the Holylands area in September 2020 …” (more)

[Thomas Copeland, Belfast Telegraph, 10 October]

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3,335 students avail of pop up vaccination centres across campuses

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

Ireland“This afternoon, the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, revealed that 3,335 students have availed of vaccinations at over 30 HSE clinics across the country. In a video posted on his personal Twitter account, Harris said that he is ‘delighted’ with the number of students who availed of the vaccinations during ‘College Vaccination Week’ …” (more)

[Bella Salerno, Trinity News, 8 October]

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Adjusting back to the ‘old normal’ might be easy for some, but not for all

Posted in Life on September 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“With streets bustling, pubs and restaurants rebounding and schools resuming in-person lessons, we can take a deep breath, relax, and welcome back the ‘old normal’. Or can we? For some it won’t be that easy. While we craved all the hallmarks of our normal lives with its foreign holidays and weekend getaways for 18 months, now that we can gradually reintroduce those aspects to our lives, many will experience what has been termed as post-pandemic anxiety …” (more)

[Trudy Feenane, The College View, 29 September]

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Colleges open up in tandem with walk-in vaccination clinics

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

Ireland“Pop-up Covid-19 vaccination clinics are up and running on college campuses as the academic year gets into full swing. As tuition started yesterday for an estimated 50,000 first years, walk-in clinics started opening to ensure as many students as possible receive the protective jab …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 September]

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Covid-19 Tests

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

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department has engaged with universities and colleges on the use of Covid-19 antigen testing in third-level institutions; the plans that are in place for the roll-out of antigen testing on college campuses; the timeline for any such roll-out; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 September]

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Irish university warns students that lecturers may call security if masks aren’t worn in class

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

Ireland“An Irish university has told students that campus security may forcibly remove them from lectures if they refuse to wear a face coverings or leave a classroom, as part of plans to ensure the safe return of classes this year. In an email circulated to students in one faculty in recent weeks, University College Cork told students that lecturers will ask them to wear a mask or leave the lecture hall …” (more)

[Stephen McDermott, TheJournal.ie, 24 September]

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In-Person Lectures – Trinity College

Posted in Teaching on September 24th, 2021 by steve

IrelandJim O’Callaghan (Dublin Bay South, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he will take to ensure that in-person lectures at a university (details supplied) recommence in alignment with other third-level institutions …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 September]

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Graduation Ceremonies

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

IrelandRuairi Ó Murchú (Louth, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the person or body which determines whether graduation ceremonies will be held in person or online; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 September]

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Messed Trinity

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

Ireland“This evening. Trinity College, Dublin. Members of Students 4 Change protest outside of Trinity College Dublin’s Dinning Hall in protest over the rona-related lack of in person classroom tuition …” (more)

[Broadsheet, 22 September]

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11 college pop-up vaccination centres at third-level colleges announced by Minister Harris and Minister Donnelly

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

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris TD and Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD have today announced 11 pop up vaccination centres will be established across colleges next week. The clinics will provide first or second doses and will be provided to students and staff as walk-in clinics during Vaccination Week …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 22 September]

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Pop-up vaccination centres to be established on college campuses across Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Pop-up vaccination centres are to be established on third level campuses across Cork next week. Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris TD and Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD have today announced 11 pop up vaccination centres for colleges across the country …” (more)

[Maeve Lee, EchoLive, 22 September]

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Trinity knowingly misled students this term and must make amends

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

Ireland“Trinity has not bathed itself in glory since classes returned on September 13. The issue of this newspaper published on September 7 featured an editorial decrying the administrative incompetence displayed by College year after year, amplified in particular by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, things have only gotten worse, significantly so …” (more)

[Trinity News, 21 September]

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