Minister Harris confirms third level will proceed as planned after meeting with stakeholders

Posted in Governance and administration on January 7th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris, has said that the third level sector will recommence onsite activity on the basis of the continued operation of the Safe Return plan. This follows the Minister’s meeting today with student, staff and management stakeholders. Minister Harris said …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 7 January]

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Schols Candidates Should be Focused on the Exam – Not the Exam Conditions

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“The end of Christmas exams is accompanied by a sense of relief for the majority of students. For those second-year students opting to take the Foundation Scholarship (Schols) exams, however, this marks the time when the stress truly begins to build …” (more)

[Abby Cleaver, University Times, 6 January]

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Waterford IT postpones graduation ceremonies

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has made the decision to postpone next week’s graduation ceremonies for 2021 graduates. The ceremonies will be moved to a later date and the planned ceremonies will not take place as scheduled in January …” (more)

[Clodagh Nagle, Waterford Live, 3 January]

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College students left isolating for Christmas after claiming they caught Covid following in-person exams

Posted in Teaching on December 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish college students have been claiming they tested positive for Covid as a result of recent in-person Christmas exams. With December 25 just days away, many of them will be spending the festive season isolating themselves in their rooms for up to 10 days …” (more)

[Sophie Collins, Irish Mirror, 20 December]

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Third Level Examinations – NUI Galway

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

IrelandBríd Smith (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position in relation to exams in NUI Galway; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that students are being forced to sit exams in venues without social distancing or ventilation; if his further attention has been drawn to the added stress and anxiety caused to students and staff that are fearful of catching and spreading the virus in exam situations without proper social distancing and ventilation measures; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 December]

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Covid-19 Pandemic – In-person exams

Posted in Teaching on December 17th, 2021 by steve

IrelandSorca Clarke (Longford-Westmeath, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if it is planned to introduce health regulations in relation to the holding of in-person third-level examinations between the end of November and Christmas 2021 in the Technological University of the Shannon, Athlone in view of the risk that the institute might become a super-spreader events and cause Covid-19 to be reintroduced by students returning home for Christmas to households throughout the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 December]

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MTU Kerry students raise concerns about queues outside exam hall

Posted in Teaching on December 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Concerns have been raised by students about queues outside MTU exams. Some students in the Kerry campus of the Munster Technological University had exams in the Kerry Sports Academy today, which is part of the campus in Dromtacker …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 14 December]

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In-person Christmas exams

Posted in Teaching on December 9th, 2021 by steve

IrelandAlan Farrell (Dublin Fingal, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department will issue Covid-19 safety guidelines to third-level institutions in relation to in-person Christmas exams; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 December]

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Keep in-person exams at third level

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Before decision makers in higher education institutions heed the calls from students’ unions to run exams online, they would do well to read Carl O’Brien’s report ‘Exam answers in 30 minutes’ (November 13th) on the extensive resources available online to help students to cheat …” (more)

[Shane O Rourke, Irish Times, 6 December]

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Some colleges to carry out in-person exams despite Covid concerns raised by students

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

Ireland“Many of the Irish third level institutions have said they will continue to implement in-person exams this Christmas despite pushback from students …” (more)

[Garreth MacNamee, TheJournal.ie, 4 December]

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NUIG students criticise university for holding mass in-person exams

Posted in Teaching on December 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students at NUI Galway have strongly criticised the university for its decision to continue mass in-person exams for students this year despite growing concerns about rising Covid-19 cases. Photos and videos of NUIG’s exam hall layout have spread around social media with many students complaining that desks were not set up in a socially distanced manner …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 3 December]

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No Booster in Sight …

Posted in Teaching on December 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Data from the last few days provide just a hint that the recent increase in Covid-19 infection in Ireland may be slowing down. Even if this is the case, though, the level of Coronavirus in circulation is very high, much higher than it was this time last year ahead of the Christmas surge and this year there’s the apparently much more transmissible omicron variant to throw into the mix …” (more)

[In the Dark, 2 December]

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Covid and teaching at third-level

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – When the history of the pandemic in Ireland is written, the universities will undoubtedly be singled out, along with schools, for their apparent stoicism in keeping their doors open amid rising infection rates amongst staff and students …” (more)

[Sarah Alyn Stacey, Irish Times, 29 November]

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WIT Exams On Campus Despite Rise In Covid Cases

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Despite Waterford Institute of Technology’s main campus being located in Waterford City South, which at one point recently had the highest incidence of Covid-19 anywhere in Ireland, the Institute is ploughing ahead with plans to hold end of semester exams on campus …” (more)

[Claire Quinn and Darren Skelton, Waterford News and Star, 24 November]

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Galway TD urges NUIG to follow lead of other institutes in adopting policy for online exams

Posted in Teaching on November 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A Galway West TD has called on NUIG to follow the lead of other universities in moving student exams online, as infection levels rise. Sinn Féin TD for Galway West Mairéad Farrell argues that with rising Covid cases and changing public health guidelines, NUIG should move to allow for students to sit their exams online instead of in-person …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 24 November]

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Exam Period to Involve Online and In-Person Sittings

Posted in Teaching on November 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has said that the upcoming assessment period will involve a mix of in-person and online exams. College is working on contingency plans for students who have to self isolate when they are due to sit an exam in person, but for now, no major changes to assessment timetables are planned as public health advice for universities is ‘unlikely to change’…” (more)

[David O’Connell, University Times, 19 November]

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Students demand online exams amid surge in Covid-19 cases

Posted in Teaching on November 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students are demanding more online exams amid concerns over the safety of reopening exam halls due to a surge in Covid-19 cases. Most universities are planning a combination of in-person exams for the first time in two years as well as online assessments next month …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 November]

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Questions of Examinations and Lectures

Posted in Teaching on November 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The deterioration of the Covid-19 situation in Ireland continues apace, with a 7-day average of new cases currently around 4300 per day and 640 people in hospital with 121 needing intensive care …” (more)

[In the Dark, 20 November]

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College to move ahead with both in-person and online exams

Posted in Teaching on November 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“College has provided ‘clarification’ on the plans for Michaelmas Term assessments, but has not pledged to reintroduce mitigation measures or cancel in-person exams …” (more)

[Jack Kennedy and Sarah Emerson, Trinity News, 19 November]

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Christmas jumpers outnumber face masks as hundreds of Cork students queue for pubs

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

Ireland“It was Christmas jumpers that were the order of the day as opposed to face coverings as students gathered at pubs across Cork City today to mark an early start to the festive season. To the outside observer, the optics were not great …” (more)

[Steve Neville, Irish Examiner, 18 November]

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