Student Accommodation – Refunds

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

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the mechanisms he has explored to ensure students in both on-campus and off-campus accommodation will receive full refunds for unused accommodation; the institutes of higher education and accommodation providers that have agreed to give refunds; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more, and even more)

[Dáil debates, 20 October]

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College confirms that ‘not much will change’ for Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on October 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In an email to students this evening, Provost Patrick Prendergast explained that because of College’s previous preparations, not much will change in Trinity as College is operating at a ‘very high level of safety’ …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly and Audrey Brown, Trinity News, 20 October]

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Covid-19: Schools and colleges to remain open during Level 5 restrictions

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There is ‘overwhelming’ evidence that schools remain safe settings and they will continue to operate during the Level 5 restrictions, Minister for Education Norma Foley has said. In a statement, she said the move to increase public health restrictions will support schools to continue to operate safely and sustainably during the pandemic …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 October]

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No mention of higher education in Taoiseach’s restrictions announcement

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In an expected move tonight, the government has decided to implement Level 5 restrictions on the country for six weeks, starting Wednesday night. Implications for the higher education sector were not mentioned by the Taoiseach during his address to the country this evening announcing Cabinet’s decision on the imposition of heightened Covid-19 restrictions …” (more)

[Audrey Brown, Trinity News, 19 October]

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Trinity’s library spaces need urgent attention and systematic change ahead of exam season to cope with social distancing

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

Ireland“Any Trinity student who frequents the library, particularly during exam season, knows the all too familiar struggle of trying to find a seat: pacing the BLU, passing rows upon rows of occupied seats, or desks reserved with a pile of untouched books and a jacket. In October of last year, the practice of ‘desk hogging’ became such an issue that College hired teams of postgraduate students to manage the situation …” (more)

[Grace Gageby, Trinity News, 19 October]

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Majority of UL to stay online ‘for rest of semester’

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick has this afternoon announced plans to continue its model of online class delivery for the remainder of the first semester. In an email distributed to students shortly after midday, Professor Nigel Healey, Interim Vice President Academic Affairs and Student Engagement, said …” (more)

[Mike Finnerty, Limerick Voice, 16 October]

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‘This will not be your college experience, this will not last forever’ – Harris laments impact of pandemic on young people

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

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said that there has not been enough discussion about the impact of the pandemic on young people. Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, he said that he is ‘concerned’ that there has been a lack of dialogue about the impact restrictions have had on young people and students …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 15 October]

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UCD did not implement all guidelines for a safe return to campus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Teaching on October 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An investigation carried out by The University Observer into the implementation of measures by UCD in response to the Guidelines for Public Health Measures in Higher Education Institutions (HEI)s has left many questions surrounding how seriously the management of UCD planned the reopening campus …” (more)

And see: UCD Statement on return to campus

[Doireann de Courcy Mac Donnell, University Observer, 13 October]

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Studying arts while social distancing

Posted in Research, Teaching on October 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All students are grappling with the hurdles of online learning right now regardless of course, but for students in courses such as music, visual arts, and drama, the traditionally physical elements of their subjects have brought additional challenges to the shift online. A piano student needs a teacher to guide their fingers over the keys; a drama student needs to look into another performer’s eyes for full immersion …” (more)

[Olivia Flaherty-Lovy, Trinity News, 14 October]

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Covid-era college: Empty lecture halls, virtual clubs, ‘click and collect’ libraries

Posted in Life on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It’s Freshers’ Week at Trinity College Dublin and a cold wind rattles through the empty front square. The only telltale sign a new academic year is underway is a lone student inspecting posters which dot the campus advertising the college’s 120 clubs and societies …” (more)

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

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Covid and Queen’s: ‘A very different year’ at the Belfast university

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“When the coronavirus pandemic took hold earlier this year, scientists sudden dominated the airwaves. ‘I never knew Northern Ireland had so many virologists’, was a common observation. Many of those experts – not least the North’s chief scientific adviser, Prof Ian Young – were from Queen’s University Belfast …” (more)

[Freya McClements, Irish Times, 12 October]

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What is a college campus without its students?

Posted in Life on October 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“What does a university campus sound like without its 17,000 students? Well, apart from a student rolling the odd suitcase through otherwise deserted courtyards on their way to the bus stop, it’s pretty silent. I headed out to the University of Limerick (UL), my own alma mater, to see what a college campus looks like under the current Covid restrictions …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 11 October]

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UCC teaching to continue online for remainder of term

Posted in Teaching on October 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has announced that the majority of its courses will continue to be delivered remotely for the remainder of the semester. However, the university has left it up to its individual schools to decide whether to hold non-practical tutorials in person …” (more)

[Aine Kenny, Irish Examiner, 8 October]

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The Pandemic Throws Up Challenges for Third-Level – But Also Opportunities

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

Ireland“‘God, wouldn’t you hate to be starting college this year?’ More than anything else that is the response I get when asking anyone about the situation students find themselves in. There is no doubt this will be one of the most challenging academic years on record. The coronavirus has torn up the rulebook for the world as we know it with particular challenges for our colleges and universities …” (more)

[Seán Defoe, University Times, 5 October]

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Queen’s Investigates ‘Reckless’ Students Who Danced to ‘Rock the Boat’

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

“Queen’s University Belfast has launched an investigation into a video that appears to show around 20 of its students dancing to ‘Rock the Boat’ in one of its accommodation buildings last week. The video, which was obtained by The University Times, shows the students – none of whom are wearing masks or practicing social distancing – dancing in two rows to the popular 1973 song …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 5 October]

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Simon Harris warns critics to lay off students after house parties fallout, branding stereotypes ‘complete bull’

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

Ireland“Simon Harris has warned critics to lay off students – while urging young people to party safely – as Ireland is engulfed by the dreaded second wave of Covid-19. In a wide-ranging interview with the Irish Sun, the Higher Education Minister hits out at the ‘complete bull’ stereotypes that students are ignoring health rules following wild scenes in Galway, Limerick and Cork …” (more)

[Adam Higgins, Irish Sun, 4 October]

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Higher education not prioritised under new Covid-19 restrictions

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On September 18, Dublin was raised to Level 3 restrictions in response to rising Covid-19 cases in the capital. The levelled guidance system was published by the government only three days previously. Despite the guidelines indicating universities would remain open at Level 3 as long as they ‘escalate all appropriate protective measures / limit congregation’ …” (more)

[Kate Glen, Trinity News, 2 October]

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College student: ‘There’s been no dancing on tables or shots at the bar’

Posted in Life on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Arriving at the gates of student accommodation late last week felt rather surreal. It was over seven months since I had packed my bags and left in the midst of a lockdown. While all had changed in the outside world, everything inside my student apartment felt the same …” (more)

[Harry McCann, The Journal.ie, 30 September]

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Galway student gatherings a ‘slap in the face’ says students union

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The massive gathering of students in Galway city earlier this week has been described as a ‘massive slap in the face’ by student representatives, who say students have also been abandoned by the Government. The students union at NUI Galway was responding to the large gatherings of students at the Spanish Arch, Shop Street, and Wood Quay in the city, which prompted concern about the lack of social distancing …” (more)

[Ryan O’Rourke, Irish Examiner, 29 September]

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UCC’s ‘Campus Watch Committee’ sees fall in student discipline breaches

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí in Cork have said they are not investigating any suspected breaches of the public health regulations after they responded to reports of crowds queuing outside bars on Oliver Plunkett St in the city …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 29 September]

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