‘I’m a year into college and don’t know any of my classmates … I couldn’t tell anyone apart without a mask’

Posted in Life on May 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University student Aoife Corcoran feels the pandemic stopped her from saying ‘goodbye’ to school and starting college life, despite being almost a year into university …” (more)

[Laura Lynott, Independent, 4 May]

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College during Covid: ‘I can’t say I’ve made any friends’

Posted in Life on April 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Difficult though it is to accept that it was 20 years ago, I can still remember my first day of college very vividly, particularly the feeling that this was the beginning of a new and very exciting chapter in my life. I met people that day who would become close friends, bonding over the experiences we shared over four years. The nights (and afternoons) out, the disastrous attempts to complete projects at the last minute, the trips away and the bizarre scrapes in which we found ourselves …” (more)

[Conor Wilson, RTÉ News, 27 April]

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IUA Welcomes Harris’s Comments on Reopening of Universities Next Semester

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

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) today welcomed Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris’s recent comments in favour of a ‘substantial reopening’ of universities next semester. The Irish Independent reported yesterday that Harris said that the two-metre social distancing rule would likely be replaced with a ‘one metre with a mask’ rule …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 20 April]

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Colleges now planning for ‘substantial return’ of students to campus in autumn

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

Ireland“Third-level and further education colleges are drawing up plans for the widest possible return of students in the autumn. It won’t be ‘business as usual’ because some public-health restrictions are expected to be still in place when the new academic year gets under way in September. Much will depend on the progress of the vaccination programme and the extent of the threat from Covid-19, including from any new variants …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 19 April]

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Chemistry Staff Slam College’s Ruling on COVID Guidelines in Laboratories

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

Ireland“Staff members in the School of Chemistry have expressed frustration at the recent cancellation of in-person laboratory practicals, alleging that Trinity is out of touch with the reality of the situation. In March, this newspaper reported that Trinity had introduced new rules mandating in-person activities be a maximum of one hour and 45 minutes in length in order to prevent people working in the same room from being labelled as ‘close contacts’ by the HSE …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 8 April]

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Concern student outbreaks could affect on-site learning

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

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon has told university chiefs that he is concerned Covid-19 outbreaks among students could have a negative impact for on-campus learning in the next academic year …” (more)

[Éilís Sheehy, RTÉ News, 26 March]

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Students likely to be back on campus in September, Harris says

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

Ireland“Third-level students are likely to be back on university and college campuses next September, according to the Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris. Plans were already in place for such a possibility, the Minister told Newstalk Breakfast. The rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine programme means ‘we will be in a different place’ …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Breakingnews.ie, 25 March]

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Second-Year Physics Students Return to In-Person Lab Practicals

Posted in Teaching on March 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Second-year physical science students return to in-person practicals today, after being informed in an email from College on Friday that laboratory practicals ‘are going ahead’. The labs will now be an hour and 45 minutes long as opposed to the original three hours. First year labs remain entirely online …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 22 March]

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Deck Chairs Have Changed The Fabric Of Campus For The Better

Posted in Life on March 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“As a final-year student, I’ve seen a lot of changes throughout my time in college. The good, the bad, the perpetually ridiculous: I’ve kept fairly on top of the changes College has made and have consistently had the hot takes to go alongside them. It is with this level of expertise and context that I feel confident in the following statement: the deck chairs are single handedly the best thing College has ever done in its 429 year history …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 19 March]

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College Cancels In-Person Lab Practicals for Chemical Science Students

Posted in Teaching on March 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity today cancelled all in-person laboratory practicals for chemical sciences students for the rest of the year due to new coronavirus restrictions. In an email to students, the School of Chemistry’s Undergraduate Head of Teaching and Learning …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 16 March]

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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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