NUIG President says flexible approach being taken as second semester begins

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 12th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“The President of NUI Galway says there will be a need for flexibility in the early stages of the new semester as students and staff return. Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh says the planning process is being navigated in a similar fashion to semester one, with a view to being back on campus for the most part …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 11 January]

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LyIT Students to get Continuous Assessment and ‘Pod’ Exams

Posted in Teaching on January 11th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“The Letterkenny Institute of Technology has reached an agreement with the college’s student union after a stand-off over exams. The college had deferred all in-person exams due to begin last week, but students were left with serious concerns when it emerged that management had no plans to move exams online …” (more)

[Donegal Daily, 10 January]

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Third-level colleges set to reopen from Monday

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 7th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Universities and colleges are set to reopen from next week, Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has confirmed. It follows a meeting on Friday between student, staff and management representatives to discuss the resumption of on-site activity …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 January]

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LyIT students in limbo over examinations

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Students of Letterkenny Institute of Technology are calling for remote exams to be introduced. Last week, the college announced that all semester 1 in-person exams were being postponed until a later date due to rising cases of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 7 January]

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Schols Candidates Should be Focused on the Exam – Not the Exam Conditions

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“The end of Christmas exams is accompanied by a sense of relief for the majority of students. For those second-year students opting to take the Foundation Scholarship (Schols) exams, however, this marks the time when the stress truly begins to build …” (more)

[Abby Cleaver, University Times, 6 January]

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TCDSU calls for January exams to be moved online

Posted in Teaching on January 6th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has issued a statement calling for College to move all exams scheduled for next week online, in light of the current public health situation. The union said that the current plans for the assessment period are ‘not reflective of the current public health advice’ …” (more)

[Jack Kennedy, Trinity News, 6 January]

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Staff Shortages

Posted in Life, Teaching on January 5th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“… The timing of the academic term for staff Maynooth University is doing us some favours. On Friday 7th we start the examination period. Across the University, 95% of the assessments taking place are online. In my Department that is 100%, so neither students nor staff have to travel onto campus …” (more)

[In the Dark, 5 January]

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Dundalk Institute of Technology confirms exams will be moved online

Posted in Teaching on January 4th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Management at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) has confirmed, that the student exams that were due to begin this week, will now be moved online due to Covid-19. The decision to move the exams online was communicated to students on Friday last …” (more)

[Donard McCabe, Dundalk Democrat, 3 January]

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Last Day Off Again

Posted in Life, Teaching on January 3rd, 2022 by steve

Ireland“So I find myself almost at the end of the Christmas break as I did on the same day last year. Tomorrow is officially my first day back at work. I don’t think I’ll be going back to my office on campus in the morning, though, as I think I can probably manage all the things I have to do from home …” (more)

[In the Dark, 3 January]

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LyIT to Defer In-Person Exams over Covid

Posted in Teaching on January 1st, 2022 by steve

Ireland“The Letterkenny Institute of Technology is to defer its Semester One Exams because of Covid. The exams were due to take place between January 6th and 21st …” (more)

[Donegal Daily, 1 January]

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University says January exams must go online or be deferred as Covid surges

Posted in Teaching on December 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) has announced major changes to written exams due to start next because of the Covid wave. All written in-person exams will either go online or will be deferred until March …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 31 December]

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College students left isolating for Christmas after claiming they caught Covid following in-person exams

Posted in Teaching on December 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish college students have been claiming they tested positive for Covid as a result of recent in-person Christmas exams. With December 25 just days away, many of them will be spending the festive season isolating themselves in their rooms for up to 10 days …” (more)

[Sophie Collins, Irish Mirror, 20 December]

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Third Level Examinations – NUI Galway

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

IrelandBríd Smith (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position in relation to exams in NUI Galway; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that students are being forced to sit exams in venues without social distancing or ventilation; if his further attention has been drawn to the added stress and anxiety caused to students and staff that are fearful of catching and spreading the virus in exam situations without proper social distancing and ventilation measures; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 December]

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Covid-19 Pandemic – In-person exams

Posted in Teaching on December 17th, 2021 by steve

IrelandSorca Clarke (Longford-Westmeath, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if it is planned to introduce health regulations in relation to the holding of in-person third-level examinations between the end of November and Christmas 2021 in the Technological University of the Shannon, Athlone in view of the risk that the institute might become a super-spreader events and cause Covid-19 to be reintroduced by students returning home for Christmas to households throughout the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 December]

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MTU Kerry students raise concerns about queues outside exam hall

Posted in Teaching on December 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Concerns have been raised by students about queues outside MTU exams. Some students in the Kerry campus of the Munster Technological University had exams in the Kerry Sports Academy today, which is part of the campus in Dromtacker …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 14 December]

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‘Frustrated’ UCD student’s final year exams postponed after Covid diagnosis

Posted in Teaching on December 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A UCD student has expressed his frustration after he received a positive Covid diagnosis right before his final year exams …” (more)

[Amy Donohoe, DublinLive, 14 December]

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Schols Could be Held Online if COVID Restrictions Change

Posted in Teaching on December 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Upcoming Foundation Scholarship (Schols) exams could be held online if public health restrictions mean they are unable to be held in person, The University Times can reveal …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 10 December]

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Chaos in third-level exams completely avoidable – Rose Conway-Walsh TD

Posted in Teaching on December 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education Rose Conway-Walsh TD has called on the government to show ‘common sense’ and engage seriously with students and staff regarding concerns about mass indoor exams. After raising the issue in the Dáíl with the Tánaiste, Teachta Conway-Walsh said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 10 December]

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Third Level Examinations and Placements

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

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if students returning from placements in healthcare settings such as student nurses will be expected to sit in-person exams; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 December]

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Calls for MTU Kerry to hold Christmas exams online

Posted in Teaching on December 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“There are calls for the Munster Technological University Kerry campus to hold their Christmas exams online. Exams are scheduled to go ahead in person at the Kerry campus …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 9 December]

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