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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Large queues at UCD Covid-19 booster vaccine clinic, HSE says

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

Ireland“The HSE has asked people not to go to the UCD walk-in Covid-19 vaccination centre after large queues formed on Thursday morning. The booster vaccine clinic is offering shots to those aged 50 to 69 and all healthcare workers from 8am to 10am …” (more)

[Irish Times, 9 December]

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Pop-up vaccination centres to open on college campuses as students return this month

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

Ireland“Pop-up vaccination centres will open across many college campuses when students return this month, the Higher Education Minister has said. Simon Harris said the initiative is to make it ‘as easy as possible’ for students and staff to get vaccinated against Covid …” (more)

[Cate McCurry, Independent, 18 September]

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Return of third-level students

Posted in Teaching on August 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The HSE has indicated (News, August 24th) that only 53% of those aged 16 to 29 are fully vaccinated and that this group accounts for the highest incidence of Covid-19 infection …” (more)

[Brendan Collins, Irish Times, 26 August]

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Schools, colleges and workplaces to reopen in next phase

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

Ireland“The next phase of reopening, to be announced by the Government on August 31st, will prioritise schools, colleges and the return to workplaces, with live entertainment only expected to return on a phased basis during September and October. A Cabinet sub-committee meeting on Thursday heard a number of briefings from public health chiefs and the HSE …” (more)

[Pat Leahy and Jack Horgan-Jones, Irish Times, 20 August]

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Pop-up vaccine centres in colleges planned to boost student uptake

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

Ireland“The Government is planning to establish pop-up vaccination centres on college campuses in a bid to boost the numbers of students in receipt of Covid jabs once the new academic year gets under way. The Department of Further and Higher Education is understood to be in discussion with health authorities on the likely demand for vaccines and where the centres will be established …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 August]

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Colleges plan to ‘maximise’ on campus experience for students

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges have said they are committed to ‘maximising’ the on-campus experience for students and are now advanced in planning a return to campus next month. Students have been urged to receive the Covid-19 vaccine ahead of the return to college …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 3 August]

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Covid contact tracing centre at UCD to be wound down

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

Ireland“One of the first contact tracing centres set up during the Covid-19 pandemic is to be wound down and its function relocated from University College Dublin to a Health Service Executive facility in Dublin. The UCD centre, which was established in March 2020 and was run by Prof Mary Codd and Prof Patrick Wall of the university’s school of public health, physiotherapy and sport science, was ‘vital’ …” (more)

[Jack Horgan-Jones, Irish Times, 19 July]

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Third-level students may be offered Covid-19 vaccines before new academic year

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

Ireland“Third level students may be offered their first Covid-19 vaccines early this autumn before the new academic year would begin for many of them, it emerged today. Damien McCallion, who oversees the Covid-19 vaccination roll out, said he expects 18 to 20 year olds to to be included in the scheme by that point …” (more)

[Eilish O’Regan, Independent, 23 June]

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‘There is still an opportunity to contain these cases’: Third level students in Cork offered Covid-testing amid increase in cases in community

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

Ireland“Third level students in Cork are being offered testing for Covid-19 amid an increase in cases of the virus reported in the student community in recent weeks. A pop-up testing facility has been established at University College Cork (UCC) and students from UCC and Munter Technological University were invited to attend for free testing at the facility. Testing took place today and will also take place again tomorrow …” (more)

[Mary Corcoran, EchoLive, 20 May]

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No medical students have been hired as vaccinators, despite Minister saying they were giving jabs at vaccine centres

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

Ireland“No medical students have been hired to administer the Covid-19 vaccine, despite Health Minister Stephen Donnelly stating that they were giving jabs at vaccination centres …” (more)

[Christina Finn,, 22 April]

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HSE U-turn as healthcare students who refused Covid-19 vaccine now permitted to complete hospital placements

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

Ireland“Healthcare students who refused to take a Covid-19 vaccine will now be able to complete placements at hospitals following the National Immunisation Advisory Committee’s (NIAC) recommendation to restrict the use of the AstraZeneca jab. Nursing, medical and other healthcare students who were offered and turned down a Covid-19 vaccine were told last month that they could not complete clinical placements at HSE hospitals and facilities …” (more)

[Laura Colgan, Irish Mirror, 16 April]

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Chemistry Staff Slam College’s Ruling on COVID Guidelines in Laboratories

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

Ireland“Staff members in the School of Chemistry have expressed frustration at the recent cancellation of in-person laboratory practicals, alleging that Trinity is out of touch with the reality of the situation. In March, this newspaper reported that Trinity had introduced new rules mandating in-person activities be a maximum of one hour and 45 minutes in length in order to prevent people working in the same room from being labelled as ‘close contacts’ by the HSE …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 8 April]

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Student nurses hit out at ‘cynical’ HSE work placements

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

Ireland“Student nurses will leave Ireland once they graduate as a result of the ‘horrific treatment’ by the Irish Government, according to a student nurse who has worked on the frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic. The issues facing student nurses have come to the fore in recent months, with calls for financial and educational supports for nursing students growing …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Irish Examiner, 6 April]

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Nursing students who refuse Covid-19 vaccine banned from taking up clinical placements with HSE

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Nursing and other healthcare students who refuse to be vaccinated against Covid-19 are now banned from taking up clinical placement in HSE facilities. The HSE decision could see some students fail the clinical placement module of their course or require them to repeat a year. The new rule relates to unpaid clinical placements and does not apply to fourth-year nurses considered part of the HSE workforce …” (more)

[Eavan Murray, Independent, 31 March]

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House parties linked to Covid outbreaks in Galway city

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The HSE has said up to 200 households in Galway city are included in an outbreak of Covid-19, with cases mainly linked to young adults. Galway city has experienced a significant outbreak among young adults from 18-24 years giving rise to 427 cases by the end of last Sunday. This followed a surge in the number of students at NUI Galway and GMIT testing positive for the virus last month …” (more)

[Caitlín Griffin and Ciarán Sunderland, Irish Examiner, 2 March]

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COVID19 vaccinations begin on Munster Technological University campus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The first vaccinations at the Covid-19 vaccination centre at the Bishopstown campus of Munster Technological University (MTU) will take place today. GPs will vaccinate patients from certain GP practices aged 85 or over, by appointment only …” (more)

[Elaine Murphy,, 27 February]

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Covid 19 outbreak in GMIT declared by HSE

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

Ireland“An outbreak of COVID-19 among GMIT students living in Galway has been declared by the Public Health Department of the HSE. An email has been sent to all students who are living in Galway City by the Covid officer of the college …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 14 February]

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Covid outbreaks identified among third-level students in Galway

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

Ireland“Coronavirus outbreaks have been declared among the student population in Galway city, with HSE West identifying ‘many close contacts of known cases’. A dedicated Covid-19 student helpline is in operation this weekend for NUI Galway (NUIG) students experiencing symptoms. Galway-Mayo IT (GMIT) is urging its Galway-based students who believe they may have been exposed to the virus to get a test …” (more)

[, 14 February]

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University of Limerick to facilitate on-campus Covid-19 tests

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) is to facilitate on-campus Covid-19 tests in a bid to prevent further transmission of the virus among students. The tests, carried out by HSE Mid-West Community Healthcare, come in response to a reported rise in cases of the disease in recent weeks in the Castletroy area of the city. These are believed to be associated with students in off-campus accommodation …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 9 February]

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