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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Thoughts on Evidence Informed Policymaking

Posted in Governance and administration on July 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I attended the recent IUA/RIA panel discussion on ‘Evidence-informed policy making: The Role of Higher Education and Research’. As usual, Philip Nolan gave a very interesting talk: he’s clearly the most thoughtful and analytical of our university presidents …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 3 July]

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As Autumn Exchanges Remain Cancelled, UCD Prepares for Incoming Internationals

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“International students will be welcomed to University College Dublin (UCD) for the autumn trimester, while all autumn exchange programmes for UCD students remain cancelled. There will also be no charge for incoming international students on-campus for the first 21 days …” (more)

[Brigid Molloy, College Tribune, 30 June]

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‘Positive meeting’ between Provost, IUA and Simon Harris on future of new higher education department

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education, Innovation and Science Simon Harris met with the Irish Universities’ Association (IUA) and Provost Patrick Prendergast on Tuesday morning to discuss the future of the new higher education department following the appointment of the new government Cabinet at the weekend …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 30 June]

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New higher education minister position praised by USI and IUA

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This evening, both the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and the Union of Students’ in Ireland (USI) have welcomed the appointment of Simon Harris to the new position of Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation. In a statement, IUA expressed their ‘warm welcome’ to Simon Harris as Minister for Higher Education, Innovation and Research …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 27 June]

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IUA welcomes the announcement that a new independent Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science is being formed

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The IUA warmly welcomes the announcement by Taoiseach Micheal Martin that a new independent Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science is to be formed. Reacting to the announcement Jim Miley, Director General of IUA said: ‘This key change in government clearly recognises the central importance of universities and other third level institutes as producers of the talent pipeline for the economy and as hubs of research and innovation …'” (more)

[IUA, 27 June]

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Provost Hails ‘New Beginning’ as Higher Education Department Set Up

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

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has welcomed a new government decision to create a specific department for higher education and research, hailing it as a move with ‘the potential to be a new beginning for the third level sector after a decade treading water’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 27 June]

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IUA / NUI / THEA / TU Dublin Statement: concerning students who have studied Leaving Certificate 2020 subjects outside school and who have not been able to obtain calculated grades in those subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) joins with the National University of Ireland (NUI), the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA), and the Technological University Dublin on an agreed common approach in relation to students who have studied Leaving Certificate 2020 subjects outside school and who have not been able to obtain calculated grades in those subjects …” (more)

[IUA, 25 June]

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Third Level Education – Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to, and his views on a document (details supplied); if he will be in a position to provide additional funding to the third-level sector; if this will include additional funding to ensure places through SUSI, HEAR and DARE spaces; and if it will increase the number of university places overall and increase funding to ensure that sustainability and innovation within the sector is safeguarded …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 June]

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