Dublin universities introduce enhanced measures in response to increased Covid-19 incidence

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

Ireland“The universities in Dublin have agreed a set of enhanced measures in response to a request from government / NPHET to deal with the rising incidence of Covid-19 in the county. All universities already have detailed plans in place for the safe re-opening of campus over the next two weeks. Arising from the request from government, Dublin universities have made further provisions as follows …” (more)

[IUA, 18 September]

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Thousands of third level students in Dublin to have limited access to college campuses

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

Ireland“Tens of thousands of third level students in Dublin are to have limited access to college campuses under new Covid-19 restrictions. Most lectures and teaching will take place online where possible, with the exception of tutorials and laboratory work …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 September]

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HEA institutions provide an additional 2,225 Higher Education places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in early March, the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has been working closely with Irish higher education institutions (HEIs) and their sectoral representative bodies (IUA, THEA) to both respond to immediate challenges of Covid-19 and to plan for the future …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 11 September]

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IUA also welcomes further details announced today on Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The IUA welcomes the additional 1250 higher education places, in addition to the detail on the Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades process announced today by Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD and Minister for Education Norma Foley TD …” (more)

[IUA, 1 September]

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Universities seek talks to avoid UK-style grades debacle

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

Ireland“Universities have sought urgent talks with the Department of Education to ensure the Leaving Cert results and CAO offer season do not descend into chaos …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Senan Molony, Independent, 27 August]

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Students Were Left Out of Campus Guidelines Planning, says USI President

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“USI President Lorna Fitzpatrick has criticised the government for leaving student representatives out of the development of the public health guidelines that universities will have to follow during the coming year …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 7 August]

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Implementation Guidelines for Public Health Measures in Higher Education Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday I was speculating out loud about where we go from here in order to return to teaching in September. Today I find that there’s actually a guidance document produced by the Irish Universities Association under the auspices of the Health Service Executive …” (more)

[In the Dark, 6 August]

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Fears virus could spread quickly in student residences

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“If Covid-19 enters student residences at universities it can spread quickly, according to new guidelines. The roadmap for the re-opening of third level recommends the wearing of masks in lecture halls when social distancing is not possible …” (more)

[EchoLive, 6 August]

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Pandemic effect upon college life

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Gail Conway explores how Covid-19 has had and will continue to affect third level students around the country and Jim Miley from the Irish Universities Association outlines their advice to students …” (audio)

[RTÉ Radio 1, 26 July]

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A Month Since its Creation, the Higher Education Dept is Proving its Worth

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“If higher education’s stakeholders had been told a few months that the government would go on to announce a €168 million package for third-level institutions to support them through the pandemic, they probably would have had a hard time believing it …” (more)

[University Times, 26 July]

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IUA Statement: Covid package will stabilise the higher education and research system

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The €168 million funding package and the practical guidance offered as part of the Further and Higher Education Roadmap announced by Minister Simon Harris today (22.07.20) is warmly welcomed by the IUA and its member universities. The fund provides much-needed stability for higher education arising from the Covid-induced financial shocks …” (more)

[IUA, 22 July]

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Two metre physical distancing rule to apply on college campuses

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Physical distancing rules of two metres will apply on college campuses from September in a move which will severely limit the ability of universities to hold lectures and graduation ceremonies. The latest official public health advice states that in case where close proximity is required – such as small group work in laboratories – this activity may take place as long as face shields or masks are worn …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 July]

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Extra funding for third level includes three million for mental health support

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has announced a €168m package for third-level institutions and students to cover costs incurred during the coronavirus pandemic and to support students returning to college in September …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Independent, 22 July]

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IUA supports the securing of a strong outcome for research in the EU-UK future relationship: Reaching an agreement on UK participation in Horizon Europe

Posted in Research on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The EU and UK have been discussing UK participation in Union Programmes, including Horizon Europe, as part of the negotiations on a future EU-UK relationship. It is encouraging that both sides have committed to the principle of UK participation in their mandates, recognising that collaboration between the UK and the EU in the framework programmes strengthens our ability to tackle shared challenges, such as cancer and climate change …” (more)

[IUA, 22 July]

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Colleges in chaos as exam results delayed

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

Ireland“Students, parents, and colleges have been left scrambling as the fallout from the decision to delay publishing this year’s Leaving Certificate results added to the chaos and confusion engulfing the education sector …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 18 July]

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Universities say Leaving Cert results delay means first years will start college later

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Universities have expressed ‘surprise and disappointment’ over delays in issuing Leaving Cert results which will force them to admit students to courses later than expected. They say plans to bring first years on campus for induction and orientation in advance of the return of main body of students may now be cancelled …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 17 July]

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Universities ‘actively revising’ plans for first-years due to Leaving Cert results delay

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The majority of universities are now ‘actively revising’ plans for receiving first-year students this year due to the confirmation that the Leaving Cert results will not be issued until September. It also may not be possible for first-year students to attend induction and orientation ahead of the return of the main body of students due to this delay …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 17 July]

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USI calls for €500 reduction in student charges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has called for ‘an immediate reduction’ of the student contribution charge by €500, as well as the elimination of the residency criteria on the free fees initiative. Today, USI has published a document that it presented to Minister for Higher Education, Innovation and Science Simon Harris, outlining the union’s ‘priorities for the new government’ and what students need in light of the pandemic …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 8 July]

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Third-Level ‘Too Reliant’ on Private Accommodation, says Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris today said that the third-level sector has been ‘too reliant’ on private accommodation and advocated for more university-owned accommodation …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 July]

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Minister Harris needs to address is the immediate huge hole in our colleges finances

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A striking feature of the current Covid crisis is the emergence of a new group of scientific experts on our television screens, radios, and newspapers. From epidemiologists to immunologists and virologists to biochemists, some academics have left their laboratories to become household names …” (more)

[Declan Jordan, Irish Examiner, 5 July]

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