Meeting in Person

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday was the end of Week 4 of the Autumn Semester. Because Hallowe’en is on Sunday this year, the mid-term study break is a bit earlier than usual, meaning that Week 5 is the last week before that. That’s not to say we have a holiday of course, apart from the October Bank Holiday on 25th October, the first day of that week …” (more)

[In the Dark, 16 October]

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Returning to campus across Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on October 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“As Ireland has begun to open up again, with restrictions being cautiously lowered, universities have begun to solidify their approach to the semester, heading into a new academic year with an overall trend of much more in-person learning and on-campus activities …” (more)

[Julia Bochenek, Trinity News, 11 October]

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Social Distancing in College to be Scrapped by October 22nd

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Provost Linda Doyle has committed to removing all social distancing in College after reading week. In a video posted to Twitter today, the provost said: ‘We are having issues especially about in-person teaching and learning. I want to assure you we are working through those issues and focusing on finding solutions’ …” (more)

[Emma Taggart, University Times, 16 September]

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Universities rising to Covid-19 challenges

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“As third-level campuses start to fill up again for the first time in 18 months, they are going to look a little different. Among the initial and most visible changes will be pop-up vaccination centres, with unvaccinated students and staff encouraged to take up the inoculation to keep campuses safe and open …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 12 September]

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Many schools unable to comply with College’s promised level of in-person teaching

Posted in Teaching on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Room allocation issues have prevented classes with fewer than 50 people from being held on-campus. Many students in Trinity are to have less in-person teaching this semester than College had previously said would take place …” (more)

[Jack Kennedy, Trinity News, 12 September]

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Posted in Teaching on September 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“I spent most of today in various virtual meetings to do with next Semester’s teaching which is due to start on September 20th for returning students (and a week letter for first-years). I’ve also been keeping an eye on the student record system, as the returning students have started to register …” (more)

[In the Dark, 10 September]

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Unvaccinated Students from Red List States Must Pay for Hotel Quarantine

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

Ireland“Unvaccinated Trinity students arriving from any of the seven countries on Ireland’s list of designated states must pay their own hotel quarantine fees, College has confirmed. Currently, these countries are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, with students from Ecuador required to enter hotel quarantine as of 4am today …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 9 September]

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Trinity to to Implement Indoor Events ‘Bonus’ for Vaccinated

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

Ireland“College is considering plans to admit fully inoculated students to indoor events ahead of their unvaccinated peers under a new ‘bonus’ system this year, The University Times can reveal …” (more)

[Emma Taggart, University Times, 7 September]

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Schools May Rotate Groups of Students for In-Person Classes

Posted in Teaching on September 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Schools may decide to allow rotating cohorts of students to attend in-person lectures intermittently, the Director of College Health has said. The plan would see students divided into smaller groups that would take turns attending in-person lectures, while watching them online the rest of the time …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 31 August]

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Back to School …

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“… Three weeks today we are supposed to start teaching returning students; first years won’t start until 27th September. I wish I could say I was optimistic about this. With Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations climbing it feels very much like it did last year. Nevertheless the powers that be are insisting that we proceed with full lecture theatres without social distance …” (more)

[In the Dark, 30 August]

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DCU announce reopening plans as college presidents urge students to get vaccinated

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“This week Dublin City University announced their reopening plans to incoming and continuing undergraduate and master students. Continuing undergraduate students and master programmes will begin on the 20th of September, while incoming first year undergraduates will begin on the 27th of September. All students are expected to complete semester one on the 18th of December …” (more)

[Muiris O’Cearbhaill, The College View, 29 August]

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Mask wearing to be mandatory for large college lectures

Posted in Teaching on August 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students attending large-scale lectures on their return to college next month will have to wear face masks. With about 500,000 students and staff set to return to campus after 18 months, detailed plans as to how to minimise the spread of Covid-19 have been developed and each college will determine how many will attend large lectures …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 29 August]

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Trinity College adopts a two-phase approach to re-opening campus

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is adopting a two-phase approach to returning to campus from next month to take account of the evolving public health situation. Up until the end of October it will operate strict social distancing rules that will limit activity, such as capping the maximum number of students at in-person lectures …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 27 August]

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UCC to return to on-campus teaching at 80% capacity

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

Ireland“Plans to deliver in-person lectures and seminars at University College Cork have been announced in an email addressed to students by the university’s interim president. Prof John O’Halloran announced the university’s plans to permit on-campus face to face teaching at 80% of the normal room capacity, with the number of people allowed in a room being capped at 200 …” (more)

[Emer Walsh, Irish Times, 25 August]

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Return of third-level students

Posted in Teaching on August 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The HSE has indicated (News, August 24th) that only 53% of those aged 16 to 29 are fully vaccinated and that this group accounts for the highest incidence of Covid-19 infection …” (more)

[Brendan Collins, Irish Times, 26 August]

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Max of 300 at ‘in person’ lectures as University of Limerick outlines return plan

Posted in Teaching on August 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has implemented a maximum capacity of 300 students for face-to-face lectures for the new academic semester. Students have been informed via email that Week 1 of the Autumn 2021 semester commences on Monday, September 6 (first year students excluded) with teaching and exam weeks taking place as per the academic calendar …” (more)

[Aine Fitzgerald, Limerick Leader, 24 August]

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Each college to decide how to hold lectures safely, says minister

Posted in Teaching on August 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The higher education minister has said that it will be up to Irish colleges to determine how they can hold lectures safely in the coming academic year. Speaking on Monday, Simon Harris indicated that the Government would not be prescribing a set of specific rules for how lectures should be held when students return to college in several weeks’ time …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and James Ward,, 23 August]

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Students will return to ‘near normal’ college experience in September

Posted in Research, Teaching on August 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students will return to a ‘near normal’ third level experience when colleges reopen in September, Nphet’s Prof Philip Nolan said. Prof Nolan, a public health expert and president of Maynooth University, said some mitigations such as mask wearing and distancing measures will remain …” (more)

[James Ward, Belfast Telegraph, 23 August]

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Limitations on Events Unfair, Say Societies

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students in Trinity’s societies have expressed dismay at the Central Societies Committee’s (CSC) most recent announcement for freshers’ week, arguing that the limitations on events are ‘unfair’, and the committee’s communication with societies is ‘inconsistent’ …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 21 August]

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Minister Does Not Expect Reversal of In-Person College Plan

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

Ireland“The Minister of State for Skills and Further Education, Niall Collins, spoke about the recently announced return to campus on Newstalk this Friday. UCD has announced a full return to the in-person learning experience, without strict social distancing measures in place. In his interview, the Minister emphasised that the rules regulating this milestone in the post-pandemic recovery will be largely left to individual institutions, stating ‘one size does not fit all here’ …” (more)

[Rosie Kuntz, College Tribune, 21 August]

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