IUA Urges Students to get Vaccinated Ahead of Return to Lectures

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

Ireland“The presidents of Ireland’s higher education institutions have called on all students to register for the coronavirus vaccine. Currently, over 82% of individuals aged between 16 and 29 have received at least one dose, with 57% fully vaccinated …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 25 August]

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Colleges plan to ‘maximise’ on campus experience for students

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges have said they are committed to ‘maximising’ the on-campus experience for students and are now advanced in planning a return to campus next month. Students have been urged to receive the Covid-19 vaccine ahead of the return to college …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 3 August]

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IUA, THEA and RCSI Joint Statement: Higher Education Reopening Plans Confirmed

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

Ireland“The higher education institutions represented by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) and RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences, have joined together to announce their plans for a safe return to campuses this September with maximum on-site presence …” (more)

[IUA, 3 August]

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Minister Harris welcomes EUA report commending Irish higher education institutions for ‘professionalising’ the delivery of postgraduate research education

Posted in Research, Teaching on July 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish doctoral student experience and standard of awards are endorsed by international report of the European University Association. A new international report has commended Irish higher education institutions for ensuring both the standard of awards, and the quality of student experience, by ‘professionalising’ the delivery of postgraduate research education and training in Ireland …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 21 July]

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TUSE’s Advisory Panel Concluding Its Work Today

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

Ireland“An international advisory panel of higher education experts is concluding its review of the Waterford IT (WIT)/IT Carlow (ITC) application for designation as a Technological University (TU) this afternoon. Since Monday, July 5 (and over seven days in total) the advisory panel, appointed by Further Education Minister Simon Harris (FG) has held three different daily sessions for six of those days, extending to one hour each …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 15 July]

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New legislation must be backed up with better funding for third level, committee told

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

Ireland“Legislative reform of the higher education sector will be ‘meaningless’ if institutions do not receive adequate funding, an Oireachtas committee has been told. Director General of the Irish Universities Association, Jim Miley, welcomed the Government’s Higher Education Authority Bill 2021, but he said the issue of ‘serious underfunding’ of the sector must also be addressed …” (more)

[Ellen O’Riordan, Irish Times, 7 July]

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Universities’ Autonomy Must be Protected Under Governance Bill, Says IUA

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

Ireland“The autonomy and agility of third-level institutions should not be compromised by any changes to how the institutions are run, the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Further and Higher Education has heard …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Mairead Maguire, University Times, 6 July]

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Minister Harris welcomes the publication of the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) PROPEL Project report, towards tackling sexual harassment and violence in third level institutions

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

Ireland“Speaking today, Minister Harris said: ‘The preparation of the report was funded by my Department. In August 2020, I wrote to the Presidents of all publicly funded higher education institutions requesting that they develop and publish specific institutional action plans on tackling sexual violence and harassment …'” (more)

[MerrionStreet.ie, 15 March]

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Institutes of technology seek posts to deal with sexual violence

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Institutes of technology are seeking funding to create new posts dedicated to preventing and responding to sexual misconduct. It is recommended in a report from the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) dealing with consent and the prevention of sexual violence in higher education institutions …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 March]

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Third-level colleges aim to resume more face-to-face teaching early next year

Posted in Teaching on November 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges may be able to increase face-to-face teaching for first year students and resume sports activity on campus early next year in line with an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, according to Government sources. A formal announcement is due on Friday afternoon and follows discussions between the Department of Higher Education and representatives of third-level colleges over options to boost on-campus activity …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 26 November]

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The Top Five Takeaways From Third-Level’s Pre-Budget Submissions

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Budget 2021 will be announced in the Dáil on Tuesday. Following on from a tumultuous year in the higher education sector, organisations have been lobbying intensively for the supports they think the sector needs …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty and Cormac Watson, University Times, 12 October]

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Institutes of technology calling for €534m over three years

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Institutes of technology say they need €136m in State funding next year as the first slice of a three-year investment package of €534m. The Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) makes the case in a pre-Budget submission highlighting the critical role of the sector in regional development, in addressing disadvantage and in lifelong learning …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 September]

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HEA institutions provide an additional 2,225 Higher Education places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in early March, the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has been working closely with Irish higher education institutions (HEIs) and their sectoral representative bodies (IUA, THEA) to both respond to immediate challenges of Covid-19 and to plan for the future …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 11 September]

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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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Maynooth and Limerick universities sticking with re-opening plans despite three-week delay for CAO offers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University (MU) and the University of Limerick (UL) are sticking with their re-opening plans despite the three-week delay in the release of the Leaving Cert results and CAO offers …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 July]

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IUA / NUI / THEA / TU Dublin Statement: concerning students who have studied Leaving Certificate 2020 subjects outside school and who have not been able to obtain calculated grades in those subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) joins with the National University of Ireland (NUI), the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA), and the Technological University Dublin on an agreed common approach in relation to students who have studied Leaving Certificate 2020 subjects outside school and who have not been able to obtain calculated grades in those subjects …” (more)

[IUA, 25 June]

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Face Coverings Now Mandatory for Students and Staff Returning to Institutes of Technology in September

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) has announced that face coverings are compulsory for students and staff returning to Institutes of Technology in September. Many students will return to campuses that are quite different from those they left in March; however, THEA is the first third-level institution to implement this protective measure …” (more)

[Emma Hanrahan, College Tribune, 22 June]

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THEA ‘Strongly Encourage’ Students to Start and Continue Their Studies For The Coming Year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Technological Higher Education Association released a statement on June 16, urging students to begin and continue studies for the coming year. This is despite a leaked report in May 2020, which claimed ‘Significant numbers of Leaving Cert students are likely to defer taking up college places this year because of disruption linked to the coronavirus pandemic’ according to the Irish Times …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 18 June]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor thanks the tertiary education sector for implementing alternative examination arrangements

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 8th, 2020 by steve

“The Minister also announces a student-focused initiative to safeguard integrity of qualifications for 2020 graduates. Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor today (8 April 2020) announced that further and higher education institutions will not be holding written, oral or practical assessments in examination centres during the Covid-19 emergency …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 8 April]

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Students reassured they won’t be penalised if they can’t take part in assessment replacing traditional exam

Posted in Teaching on April 8th, 2020 by steve

“Students in higher and further education are being assured that they will not be penalised if they cannot take part in an alternative assessment that is replacing a traditional exam this year. New guidelines make clear that such students can progress, as expected, and will have opportunities to complete assessments at a later point …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 April]

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