Students could be returning to face to face learning on campus in September, says Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on February 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Reprioritisation of the government’s Provisional Vaccine Allocation Groups could see Trinity return to face to face learning by the start of the next academic year, College officials announced yesterday evening. According to the government’s latest vaccination plan, members of third level institutions could see earlier vaccination than the general public, after those aged 55 to 60 years …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 27 February]

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University of Limerick president ‘hugely disappointed’ by behaviour of minority of students

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The president of the University of Limerick has expressed her ‘huge disappointment’ at some of the comments made by students on national radio earlier this week. Professor Kerstin Mey was reacting to a report on RTÉ’s Drivetime during which several UL students, living in off-campus accommodation, openly admitted attending house parties and social gatherings in breach of the current Level 5 restrictions …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 25 February]

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Gardaí called to UCD pitches after members of the public flout Covid rules by meeting up to play sport

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

Ireland“Gardaí had to be called to the sports pitches at University College Dublin on six occasions during lockdown after members of the public flouted Covid-19 rules by meeting up in groups to play sport and refusing to stop the activity …” (more)

[Eilish O’Regan, Independent, 24 February]

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President of University of Limerick appeals to students to ‘stay apart and stay safe’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The President of the University of Limerick has directly appealed to students to stay apart from each other and not to visit any other households. In a video message posted on social media this Saturday evening, Professor Kerstin Mey said there is concern about the number of cases of Covid-19 associated with students …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 20 February]

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Research and Science students – On-site Access for Practical Work

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will respond to matters raised in correspondence by a person (details supplied) in relation to research and science students; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 February]

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No mass return of students to third-level campuses before the summer

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on February 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“There will be no mass return of students to third-level campuses in the current academic year. Depending on public health advice, there may be opportunities for more students to attend for small group teaching or other activities, but lecture theatres won’t fill until autumn, at the earliest …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 February]

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Student gathering led to 61 cases and infected a wedding

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Public Health has expressed concern over increases in Covid-19 transmission in the Mid-West, linked to social gatherings involving the student population. Public Health Mid-West appealed for this behaviour to stop, as the country reaches ‘a critical period of the Covid-19 pandemic’ … (more)

[David Raleigh, Irish Examiner, 3 February]

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Students ‘horrified’ by Halls restrictions seek help from unions

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

Ireland“Students who feel ‘terrorized’ by a strict implementation of social restrictions at Trinity Hall (Halls) have raised their concerns ahead of the upcoming semester. In a meeting of the newly-established Trinity College Dublin’s Renters Union (TCDRU) this evening, an issue was raised about the conditions Trinity Halls (Halls) residents have been experiencing over the last few months …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly and Kate Henshaw, Trinity News, 28 January]

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In-Person Teaching Must be Kept to an ‘Absolute Minimum’, Says IFUT

Posted in Teaching on January 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s branch of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has said that in-person activity in College ‘has to be kept to an absolute minimum’, echoing Trinity’s message on increased restrictions earlier today …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 8 January]

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Teaching Arrangements for Spring Trimester to Continue Remotely

Posted in Teaching on January 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Teaching arrangements for the Spring trimester, beginning on the 18th of January were officially communicated to students on Friday, 8th January. Remote learning is to continue until the 8th of March with the exception of essential laboratories, practicals, clinical and studio teaching which will continue on-campus. Libraries and study spaces are to remain open ‘where possible’ …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 8 January]

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Minister Harris confirms further restriction of onsite third level activity in response to deteriorating COVID-19 situation

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris TD has today confirmed further restriction of onsite third level activity in response to the deteriorating COVID-19 situation. Further and higher education are operating primarily online with most activities delivered remotely during this academic year …” (more)

[gov.ie, 6 January]

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First-year college students to be offered time on campus in the new year to improve their ‘wellbeing’

Posted in Teaching on December 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All 50,000 first-year students will, be offered time on campus in the new year, amid moves to improve their college experience. Colleges will be writing to first years shortly to outline the arrangements, Further and Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said today …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 December]

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Weirdest term ever: How students have coped, from primary to third level

Posted in Life on December 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“‘When I think about it, wow, I just haven’t met anyone. I haven’t made a friend.’ Neasa Clancy is a first-year student of history, Irish and German at UCD, writes Deirdre Falvey. ‘I was there once’, she says, talking about the campus in Belfield, where she visited the bookshop and library in September. Other than that she’s now at home in Raheny, day-in day-out, laptop on knees, in her room too small for a desk, moving sometimes to the kitchen or living room, trying not to disturb her uncle, also working remotely …” (more)

[Irish Times, 12 December]

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Covid-19: DCU warns students over parties in campus accommodation

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

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has issued a warning to students living in on-campus accommodation, following a party in ‘serious breach’ of the college’s Covid-19 rules. The warning came following a party in a student apartment on November 11th in the College Park Residences. One source confirmed the gathering was hosted by a short-stay renter on the north Dublin campus and that people from outside of the college were also in attendance …” (more)

[Niamh Quinlan, Irish Times, 11 December]

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The IUA say student experience is a priority for universities in semester two

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on December 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In a statement, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) said that universities are conscious of the uncertainty students are facing and have therefore planned to begin semester two of the academic year predominantly online. This has been done to provide students with more certainty in the coming months but according to the IUA, ‘the ambition is to increase in person teaching and face-to-face activities on campus should evolving public health guidelines permit it’ …” (more)

[Aoibhín Meghen, The College View, 9 December]

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Vast Majority of Students Want More In-Person Activities, Says Provost

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on December 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast told Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) council tonight that a survey ran by College found that around 80% of students surveyed ‘want more in-person activities under level three’ …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 8 December]

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UL announces academic model for Spring 2021

Posted in Teaching on December 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has this morning announced its academic delivery model for the upcoming Spring semester. As announced in November, the University had announced plans to retain its current academic delivery model for the remainder of the academic year and have now offered specifics …” (more)

[Mike Finnerty, Limerick Voice, 8 December]

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Mixed Reaction to Online Language Learning

Posted in Teaching on December 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Many students feel that in-person interaction is crucial to their learning of a language at Third Level. Language students have been hopeful for the return of language labs on campus for semester two. Unfortunately, this looks unlikely as the use of headsets and microphones are essential in labs and it would prove quite difficult to disinfect them after every student …” (more)

[Mary Raftery, SIN, 2 December]

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Is it the Right Time to be Talking About In-person Teaching Next Semester?

Posted in Teaching on November 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As Ireland took its first steps to relax level-five restrictions this week, apprehension and caution trumped any feelings of celebration that people may have felt. It felt eerily similar to last summer, when restrictions were loosened only for the virus to ultimately resurge with a vengeance. Provost Patrick Prendergast sent out an email to students on Friday …” (more)

[University Times, 29 November]

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Third degree: College students struggling to cope with remote learning experience

Posted in Life on November 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“COVID-19 has turned the typical third-level student experience on its head. Remote learning is the prevailing reality for the majority, cutting students off from the rich vibrancy of campus life. Opportunities to connect in-person with their peers – so vital for this stage of their development – and with their lecturers – key mentors for their future careers – are rare or non-existent …” (more)

[Helen O’Callaghan, Irish Examiner, 27 November]

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