NUIG to make student timetables available by end of month

Posted in Teaching on August 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is to finalise timetables for students by the end of the month as the university prepares to reopen. The university received guidance on the reopening of third level in recent weeks and is now examining the roll-out before the September reopening …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 4 August]

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Reopening of schools and colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The surest way for schools to fully re-open at the end of August is to totally suppress Covid-19 on the entire island as per New Zealand. This means 100% buy-in on masks, distancing, etc, backed by effective legislation along with a 24-hour testing service, compulsory testing/isolation of incoming travellers, minimal foreign travel and all-island collaboration …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 3 August]

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UCD Expects One Metre Distancing On Campus, Against Government Guidance

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

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) is still working under the expectation of 1-metre physical distance measures on campus in the upcoming Trimester, despite recent guidance from government suggesting a 2-metre distance. Sources have told The College Tribune that the University expects an announcement from the government shortly which would allow a reduction in physical distancing from 2-metres to 1-metre, in cases where students wear face masks, which will be mandatory for students on UCD campus …” (more)

[Nessa Collins, College Tribune, 30 July]

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Certainty urgently required on reopening, says third-level union

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

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris is to establish a new forum to engage with staff, students and institutions on key policy areas for the third-level sector. The announcement was made following a meeting between the Minister and trade unions representing staff in the sector on Wednesday …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 July]

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University teachers seek clarity on process for re-opening third level education

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University teachers have said that certainty is required urgently on the re-opening process for higher education institutions. The Irish Federation of University Teachers (Ifut) said an official guidance document issued last week said that the response to Covid-19 involved ‘a rapid move to emergency remote teaching and assessment of programmes, without impacting on the integrity of qualifications’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 29 July]

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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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Time, Money and Guidance in Higher Education

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

Ireland“There was a welcome announcement last week of a package of supports for further and higher education institutions and students in Ireland to cover costs incurred by third level institutions during the Covid-19 pandemic and enable further and higher education students to return to college this September …” (more)

[In the Dark, 27 July]

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UL will not alter fees for reduced access to campus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has defended its decision that students paying up to €6,000 in fees for accommodation along with fees for their course will be only allowed on campus one week a month …” (more)

[Bernie English, Limerick Post, 27 July]

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International Students Long for College Experience and People More than Degree

Posted in Life on July 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) is considered Ireland’s largest international university. It is home to over 6,000 international students that make up 29% of the student population, according to then most recent registration figures …” (more)

[Danielle DerGarabedian, College Tribune, 26 July]

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Students back at uni – but with masks and no bars

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

“The first students are beginning to return for face-to-face teaching on UK university campuses – with a new term of compulsory masks and closed bars. Most students won’t begin until the autumn, but veterinary students are now back at the University of Nottingham …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 27 July]

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Students in limbo over accomodation as they await timetables

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Teaching on July 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third-level students are calling for detailed timetables to allow them make informed decisions on whether or not they need to secure rented accomodation for the upcoming academic year. Universities have provided start dates for students, academic planning is continuing and each facility is scheduling for a blended or hybrid learning approach in line with Covid-19 restrictions …” (more)

[Gail Conway, RTÉ News, 26 July]

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UCD Sport and Fitness Need To Do More To Guard Against COVID

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

Ireland“UCD simply is not doing enough to protect staff and gym users in the Student Centre. Doing anything at the moment is a risk, however, UCD gyms have a duty to minimise that risk for those who use it. Right now they are failing …” (more)

[Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 24 July]

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Two-Metre Rule May be Relaxed in Universities, Says Harris

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

Ireland“The government may relax the two-metre social distancing rule in universities in the coming year, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris said today …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 23 July]

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Colleges and universities hope to welcome first-years in late September

Posted in Teaching on July 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Preparations are underway for colleges and universities to welcome first-year students from late September, according to the education minister. The majority of third-level institutions in Ireland are aiming to induct first-years across their respective campuses from September 28th …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 23 July]

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Two-Metre Distancing Next Year to Significantly Reduce In-Person Learning in Irish Universities

Posted in Teaching on July 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A two-metre social distancing rule will be put into effect on university campuses that re-open this autumn. The two-metre rule, advised by the State’s National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) to stop the spread of Covid-19, is at odds with University College Dublin (UCD)’s plan to implement one-metre social distancing in September …” (more)

[Isobel Dunne, College Tribune, 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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Colleges told to minimise student-staff interaction under new Covid-19 guidelines for third level

Posted in Teaching on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Classes or lectures should be less than two hours long, and face-to-face meetings for staff and students should be minimised when colleges return, the Department of Further and Higher Education has recommended. Temperature checks on campus have been ruled out and face coverings may be required in certain instances, the department also said …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 22 July]

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Experiencing COVID-Style Classroom Teaching

Posted in Teaching on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

“I’m not going to lie: COVID-19 scares me. But I’m a teacher. It’s not just what I do – it’s who I am. Plus, I have four kids to support, so I feel lucky to have a job, and I thoroughly enjoy it. I love my university and my students, but it’s hard to balance that with my concern for my own children and my fears …” (more)

[Christine McClure, Inside Higher Ed, 22 July]

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Life on Campus in September: What We Know So Far

Posted in Life, Teaching on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Life at University College Dublin will be remarkably unusual for students in the upcoming academic year, as staff, lecturers, clubs, societies, and the government try to implement new public health restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is everything we know so far about what college life will be like this September …” (more)

[Ann Jaffray and Nessa Collins, College Tribune, 21 July]

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Over €100 million in Covid-19 support funds sought for third-level sector

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

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris is expected to seek Government approval for additional funding to assist the third-level sector with costs related to Covid-19 measures …” (more)

[, 20 July]

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