Trinity College and DCU yet to outline student accommodation refund policy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Five of the State’s seven universities have confirmed they will refund students who leave their third-level accommodation, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 21 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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Surviving Week 1

Posted in Teaching on October 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The first week of the semester was eventful, very busy but personally I didn’t find it remotely stressful. Yes, there were times I was mildly irritated with some aspects of my work – notably all the Health Declaration Forms I had to process – but being very busy and stressed are two different things …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 10 October]

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DCU students unable to access lectures due to technical fault

Posted in Teaching on October 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin City University have been unable to access lectures and other online facilities due to a problem with the college’s virtual learning platform. The university reopened to students yesterday, with the bulk of learning to take place online …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 6 October]

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Irish jobs: UCC, Trinity, UCD and more offer 100+ roles with incredible salaries

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than 100 jobs are currently up for grabs in Ireland’s top education institutions. You could be paid more than €150,000 a year to work in some of the country’s best universities. And while you’ll have to be very well qualified to work in many of these jobs, it always worth having a look as there are some very varied roles available …” (more)

[Sam Roberts, Irish Mirror, 22 September]

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Dublin universities cancel on-campus activities, move most classes online

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin’s four universities have suspended the majority of on-campus activities and moved classes online as tighter Covid-19 restrictions look set to be implemented in the capital. UCD, Trinity College, DCU and TU Dublin announced that all teaching and learning will be online except for practical workshop and lab-based tuition that cannot be done remotely …” (more)

[Ceimin Burke,, 18 September]

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Students urged not to rush into booking third level accommodation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the Leaving Certificate results date of September 7th draws closer, many students are facing uncertainty regarding where they will get accommodation for the academic year. Earlier in the summer, University of Limerick (UL) announced they have amended their accommodation offerings, allowing some students to avail of ‘flexible accommodation’ in recognition of the reduced on-campus time they will have due to Covid-19 restrictions …” (more)

[Muireann Duffy,, 26 August]

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Dublin City University and University of Limerick are among Irish universities offering students short term renting on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on August 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A number of colleges and universities across Ireland are planning to offer short-term rentals to students who will be completing the majority of their studies for the next academic year online. The Minister for Further Education Simon Harris asked that student accommodation providers, both university and privately owned, offer students flexible accommodation options if they do not need to attend classes in person this year …” (more)

[Shauna Ledwidge, The College View, 22 August]

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Online learning is the next test for university students

Posted in Teaching on August 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The summer of strange and unprecedented times, staycations and contact tracing begins to draw to a close. The start of an academic year like no other is no longer a far off deadline in the future, leaving students with far more questions than answers. DCU has adopted a policy of ‘blending learning’ for Semester 1. The traditional large lecture hall of old now brings a sense of nostalgia, a longing for the days where an overcrowded O’Reilly library at exam time would not be a health hazard …” (more)

[The College View, 18 August]

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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,, 27 July]

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Students struggle to get the most from their Intra placements during Covid-19

Posted in Teaching on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“For many students Integrated Training (Intra) is their first experience into the world of work of their chosen profession. It can create opportunities for final year students and for some students Intra placement results in a full time job for after they graduate. Employers mentor these interns and look out for potential future graduates …” (more)

[Aoife Breslin, The College View, 21 July]

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How POC Students Feel Marginalised on Irish Campuses

Posted in Life on July 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Since the 1990s, Ireland has witnessed a large wave of social change, including in schools, universities and workplaces. The majority of current Black Irish university students are the children of first generation immigrants that made this place their home – a country that prides itself on immigration …” (more)

[Tolani Adeleye, Demilade Adeniran and Melanie Fidel, University Times, 18 July]

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Discrimination and Apathy: Students Describe Culture of Racism on Campuses

Posted in Life on July 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On placement, Trinity student nurse Florence Nwaje has had to learn to ignore patients telling her that her skin looks like ‘dirt’. College, she told The University Times, does not provide students with the necessary training for dealing with racism while on placement …” (more)

[Tolani Adeleye, Demilade Adeniran, Melanie Fidel and Cormac Watson, University Times, 18 July]

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Prof Daire Keogh Takes the Reins as DCU President

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

Ireland“Prof Daire Keogh today took over as president of Dublin City University (DCU), succeeding Prof Brian MacCraith whose 10-year term ended on Monday. In a press statement, Prof Keogh said: ‘It is my great honour to lead the university in the next phase of its development …'” (more)

[Rachel O’Leary, University Times, 15 July]

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New President of Dublin City University: Professor Daire Keogh

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

Ireland“Professor Keogh was President of St Patrick’s College Drumcondra from 2012 to 2016, at which time the college was incorporated into DCU. Since then he has served as Deputy President of DCU. Speaking ahead of his address to staff on Thursday, July 16, Professor Keogh said …” (more)

[Education Matters, 15 July]

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Brian MacCraith Finishes Decade-Long Tenure as DCU President

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

Ireland“Prof Brian MacCraith’s tenure as president of Dublin City University (DCU) ended today, after ten years in the role. In a tweet this evening, MacCraith said: ‘My overriding emotion is gratitude: Gratitude for the honour. Gratitude for the amazing students (& alumni) & wonderful staff who have shared the journey. Gratitude for all the friends I’ve made’ …” (more)

[Emma Donohoe, University Times, 13 July]

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UCD Residences to be ‘Filled as Normal’ Despite No Clear Guidance from Government

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

Ireland“Deputy President and Registrar of University College Dublin (UCD), Professor Mark Rogers, has this week outlined plans regarding on-campus student accommodation for the coming academic year. Despite ongoing concerns over the pandemic, UCD’s eight student residences, which remained open to some students throughout the lockdown period, will ‘be filled as normal’, with ‘additional special arrangements’ to ensure the safety of its occupants from September …” (more)

[Gemma Farrell, College Tribune, 12 July]

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Undergrads at UCD to spend 40-60% of Studies In Person

Posted in Teaching on July 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On July 8th, Deputy President and Registrar of University College Dublin (UCD) Mark Rogers announced to current students via email the plan for the upcoming academic year, stating that ‘your education remains our top priority’ …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 8 July]

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Incoming university students are worried about how Covid-19 will affect their education

Posted in Teaching on June 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The uncertainty on what lies ahead for incoming first year college students is poignant with only three months left until they start third level education. For many it is very difficult during these times to decide what they want to study and where they want to study, as access to information is limited to online resources …” (more)

[Aoife Breslin, The College View, 21 June]

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DCU announces multiple new scholarships for asylum seekers and refugees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University has announced 15 additional scholarships for refugees, bringing the total number to 30 for the 2020 academic year. The announcement, which comes days before World Refugee Day, will allow more Irish-based refugees’ and asylum seekers to access higher education …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally,, 18 June]

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