DCU, Maynooth, UL to Stay Online for Second Semester

Posted in Teaching on November 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU), Maynooth University and the University of Limerick (UL) have all decided to remain online for next semester, the Irish Independent reported today. The move is a surprising one, considering the government has yet to publish public health guidelines for next semester …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 November]

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Universities tell students no return to campus next semester

Posted in Teaching on November 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A number of universities have told students that there will be no general return to campus for the second half of the academic year. It means that some students may not set foot on the campus for the entire 2020/21 year, with lecture halls remaining silent and students logging on to classes from their bedrooms …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 November]

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Mountjoy prisoners gain access to third-level education during pandemic

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on October 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Prisoners at Mountjoy Prison have been granted online access to college lectures and tutorials during the coronavirus pandemic and this could be instrumental in establishing third-level education in Irish prisons in the longer term, a review of a new project involving the Dublin jail and Maynooth University has concluded …” (more)

[Conor Lally, Irish Times, 29 October]

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Maynooth University Library Cat Update

Posted in Life on October 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As we enter a six week period of Level 5 restrictions in Ireland I thought I’d post a quick update about Maynooth University Library Cat just to reassure readers that he is doing fine. Yesterday I passed by his post on the way to my 2pm lecture in Physics Hall …” (more)

[In the Dark, 22 October]


Maynooth from the Air

Posted in Life on October 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I came across this video of drone footage of Maynooth and surroundings and thought I’d share it here. There are plenty of shots of the St Patrick’s College and parts of Maynooth University as well as the town itself and Carton House …” (more)

[In the Dark, 12 October]


Who will be the next President?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The question on everyone’s lips here at Maynooth University is who will take over from Professor Philip Nolan when his ten-year term as President of the University comes to an end in August next year. Over the last few months the current President has had to combine the duties of his office with …” (more)

[In the Dark, 11 October]

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Week Ending

Posted in Life, Teaching on October 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It’s the Saturday after a very tough week. At least I’ve got an excuse for lounging about at home because I’m waiting for a new bed to be delivered. Since I moved into my new house I’ve been sleeping in a single bed, in what will be the spare room, but when the bigger bed arrives I’ll be able to move into the main bedroom. Last week was a tough one at work …” (more)

[In the Dark, 3 October]

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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 at Level Three and Back to Square One

Posted in Teaching on September 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I spent a big chunk of yesterday assigning students to groups and organization rotations to allow them to attend lectures on campus at Maynooth University in a manner consistent with public health guidelines relating to Covid-19. Then, late yesterday afternoon, the Irish Government announced that all third-level institutions should move practically all their teaching online …” (more)

[In the Dark, 26 September]

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Maynooth University to Hold All In-Person Language Classes ‘As Planned’, Despite IUA Requests

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Universities across Ireland have agreed to adopt a set of enhanced public health-protective measures, which previously were only applicable to Dublin-based universities. These protective measures are to be in place for ‘2-3 weeks’ at minimum, however, The College Tribune understands that Maynooth University intends to use the ‘discretion’ agreed upon by the IUA to host some classes in-person, despite the established guidelines …” (more)

[Adam Conway, College Tribune, 25 September]

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Irish jobs: UCC, Trinity, UCD and more offer 100+ roles with incredible salaries

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

Ireland“More than 100 jobs are currently up for grabs in Ireland’s top education institutions. You could be paid more than €150,000 a year to work in some of the country’s best universities. And while you’ll have to be very well qualified to work in many of these jobs, it always worth having a look as there are some very varied roles available …” (more)

[Sam Roberts, Irish Mirror, 22 September]

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Plan B for Teaching

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday’s Covid-19 figures for Ireland were a bit of a shocker, with 396 new cases (241 of them in Dublin). The latest 7-day average is 283.1 new cases per day. We haven’t seen figures like this since April. Here’s the latest log-linear graph …” (more)

[In the Dark, 21 September]

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Maynooth University to escalate Covid-19 measures as Dublin lockdown announced

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University is to move lectures online and limit on-site teaching, it announced in a statement this evening in response to the lockdown measures imposed on Dublin earlier today. Dublin has moved to Level 3 restrictions due to the number of Covid-19 cases in the capital …” (more)

[Leinster Leader, 18 September]

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Maynooth University students not being allowed visitors for on campus living

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University students residing on campus accommodation will not be allowed guests, says a statement from the University. The University reopens for first year students on September 21, and for all students on September 28.It closed in mid March …” (more)

[Leinster Leader, 16 September]

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A Semester of Covid-19

Posted in Teaching on September 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It’s the Twelfth of September so it’s now precisely six months to the day since schools and colleges in Ireland were closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The initial announcement on 12th March was that the closure would be until 29th March. Little did we know then that six months later campus would still be closed to students …” (more)

[In the Dark, 12 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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Back to Returning to Campus Again

Posted in Teaching on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Three weeks ago I was writing about our plans for returning to campus at Maynooth University only to be rudely interrupted the very next day by new restrictions that forced us to put those plans on ice. Now we have about four weeks to get everything in place so we have to crack on. Today the University wrote to all students outlining the general approach we are taking at Maynooth, but the details vary enormously from subject to subject …” (more)

[In the Dark, 1 September]

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Back to School

Posted in Teaching on August 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“… Meanwhile the Third Level sector is also preparing to re-open. Although we have another month to go before teaching is supposed to restart at Maynooth University, I’m already getting quite a few emails from students asking what things are going to be like when it resumes in September …” (more)

[In the Dark, 26 August]

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The Week Ahead

Posted in Life on August 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On Friday I finished correcting the batch of Repeat examinations that were within my remit. I think the other staff have done likewise. All the marks now get uploaded and cross-checked and before another meeting of the Exam Board the year’s examination process to an end …” (more)

[In the Dark, 23 August]

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Acht na Teanga Oifigiúla á Sárú ag Ceithre Ollscoil

Posted in Governance and administration on August 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Foilsíodh tuarascáil faireacháin de chuid an Choimisinéara Teanga inniu ag nochtú go raibh os cionn 47% de chomharthaí in ollscoileanna faoi scáth Ollscoil na hÉireann i mBéarla amháin. Sáraíonn seo na rialacháin faoi Acht na dTeanagacha Oifigiúla …” (níos mó)

[Jennifer Ní Chiara, University Times, 12 August]

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