Covid-19 and Universities

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

Ireland“Drivetime’s John Cooke reports on the return of students to NUI Galway, and Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Deputy President and Registrar at NUI Galway, Chris Luke, consultant in emergency medicine, discuss the reopening of universities …” (audio)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 28 September]

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On the Exploitation of Postgraduates

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

Ireland“Thinking through the implications of Friday’s announcement for teaching I saw the following advice sent out to students from Maynooth University: ‘For the next few weeks most lectures will move online. You will be invited on-campus for practical classes, tutorials and for the teaching which requires a lot of interaction …'” (more)

[In the Dark, 27 September]

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Third Level Education – NUI Galway Research Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 26th, 2020 by steve

IrelandHolly Cairns (Cork South West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to communications from NUI Galway to postgraduate research students for them to undertake unpaid teaching contributions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 September]

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NUI Galway postgraduates address school president and Simon Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Post-Graduate Workers’ Alliance at the National University Ireland Galway (PGWA NUIG) sent an open letter to the college president Donal Leech and the Minister for Further Education Simon Harris last night, affirming that they refuse to perform any unpaid labour for the college …” (more)

[Connie Roughan, Trinity News, 25 September]

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NUIG to supply free face coverings to students and staff as campus reopens

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is to supply free face coverings to students as the Newcastle campus opens this week. The Students’ Union will distribute the three reusable, washable masks to each student from a pop-up station at the Aula Maxima building until October 9th …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 24 September]

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NUI Galway warns students they could be expelled for breaches of Covid-19 restrictions, on or off campus

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has warned students that they could be expelled for breaches of Covid-19 related public health restrictions, either on or off the campus. As the new academic year gets underway, the university has sent an email to students warning of the dangers of parties or other risks associated with the pandemic …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 September]

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NUI Galway Reopens Campus to Students

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Health and safety of students, staff and the wider community is a top priority as campus reopens. NUI Galway reopened its campus this week to welcome its First Year students to a three-day dedicated online and on campus orientation …” (more)

[NUIG, 24 September]

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NUI Galway to refund students who don’t take up places in campus accommodation this year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at NUI Galway who no longer wish to take up places in on-campus housing this year are set to be refunded by the company in charge of the accommodation. Students at the university were informed late in August that their time on campus may be limited during 2020/21 due to the Covid-19 pandemic …” (more)

[Stephen McDermott, TheJournal.ie, 24 September]

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NUIG Postgraduate Students Strike Against Unpaid Teaching Hours

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

Ireland“Postgraduate students at NUI Galway (NUIG) are refusing to carry out the university’s required 120 hours of unpaid teaching, with the Postgraduate Workers Alliance NUIG describing it as ‘exploitative and unjust’ …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 23 September]

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NUIG Students’ Union calls on local TDs to take meaningful action on student fees

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

Ireland“NUI Galway Students’ Union has joined USI and NUS-USI in the launch of the Education for All campaign which is calling for immediate action on Higher Education funding. The organisation that represents 374,000 students across the island of Ireland has written an open letter to Minister Simon Harris asking him to take action on a number of key areas …” (more)

[Michael Malone, Galway Daily, 21 September]

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NUI Galway drops ‘behave responsibly’ pledge requirement

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has dropped its mandatory requirement that all students must sign a pledge to adhere to public health advice and ‘behave responsibly’ as a condition of registration for the new academic year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 September]

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NUIG teaching staff ‘will not cooperate with unsafe work practices’

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

Ireland“Unions representing teaching staff at NUI Galway have expressed deep concerns that social distancing will not be possible when classes return at the end of the month. Guidance issued to third level institutes from the Department of Higher Education recommends that a physical distance of two metres during lectures should be maintained ‘where possible’, but adds that there will be situations where classes can only be delivered with less than two metres …” (more)

[Stephen Corrigan, Connacht Tribune, 7 September]

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NUI Galway to launch fundraising drive to raise €30m

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

Ireland“NUI Galway is to launch a fundraising drive in order to raise €30m to supported the continued development of the university. The money would be used for a range of projects – including the construction of new buildings and refurbishment of existing campus buildings …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 6 September]

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Outrage Over Timetables in NUIG and UCD May Be a Sign of the Times for Trinity

Posted in Teaching on September 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Last Monday, NUI Galway (NUIG) published spreadsheets that indicated the percentage of hours students could expect to spend on campus compared to online in the coming semester. What erupted in the wake of the news was nothing short of a Twitter frenzy, as students that had been told they would only have a handful of hours on campus lashed out at the college for having previously told them to secure accommodation …” (more)

[University Times, 6 September]

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NUIG Students Express Frustration Over On-Campus Teaching Hours

Posted in Teaching on September 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The ‘new normal’ is a phrase that has been bandied about in higher education circles throughout the summer. NUI Galway (NUIG) students were this week exposed to what this new normal will look like in a more practical sense, and the continued uncertainty that it may bring …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 September]

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Maynooth University confirms it was victim of cyberattack in which ransom was paid to cybercriminal

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has confirmed it was a victim of a widespread cyber hack in which data pertaining to students and alumni was stolen. The attack occurred in May and was targeted at Blackbaud, a software company which provides software and cloud management systems to third-level institutions, including Maynooth University …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 3 September]

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‘A disaster waiting to happen’ – NUIG staff raise Covid concerns

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Staff at NUI Galway have raised concerns about the implementation of social distancing measures as the college prepares to welcome back students at the end of the month. SIPTU have also written to the Minister for Further Education Simon Harris and NPHET to seek clarification on the guidelines …” (more)

[Rob O’Hanrahan, Joe.ie, 2 September]

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NUI Galway confirms student timetables will be issued next week

Posted in Teaching on August 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has confirmed student timetables will be issued next week. It comes as students have expressed growing concern over a lack of information on whether they’ll be expected to attend classes on-campus or if lectures and tutorials will be held online – to facilitate Covid-19 restrictions …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 28 August]

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NUIG Deputy President calls for assurance on CAO timeline

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Deputy President of NUI Galway is calling on the Department of Education for assurances that CAO timelines will run as planned, and that the process won’t run into the same problems as those faced in the UK …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 27 August]

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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, BreakingNews.ie, 26 August]

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