Saved by Technology: An Inside Look at UCD’s Online Learning Platform

Posted in Teaching on March 28th, 2020 by steve

“After a two weeks break, on March 23rd classes have restarted for all UCD students through the online learning platform made available by the university. This is as a result of the nationwide university shutdown aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 …” (more)

[Alessia Mennitto, College Tribune, 27 March]

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A Day in the Life of UCD President Andrew Deeks

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

Ireland“The below story follows the President of UCD on an average day in the office. It should be noted that due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and university shutdown, the President’s day is vastly different, with much of his work done online and from home …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 27 March]

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37-Member UCD Governing Authority to Hold Virtual Meeting Amid COVID-19 University Shutdown

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

“The UCD Governing Authority (GA) is to meet this Thursday using video conferencing tool Zoom. In a historic first, the 37-member committee will meet virtually, providing video or audio access for all governors who are working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 12-member University Management Team (UMT) have also held daily online meetings throughout the current university shutdown …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 25 March]

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UCD President Warns of ‘Very Severe’ Financial Impact for University Over COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 24th, 2020 by steve

“UCD President Andrew Deeks has said that the potential long-term impacts of COVID-19 for UCD could be ‘very serious’ and have a severe impact on the university’s commercial activities. The President has appealed to recruitment staff to ensure international students, who make up over 20% of UCD’s annual income, attend the university next year …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 24 March]

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Academic Freedom

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

“I was asked once to write a piece on Academic Freedom. It struck me then, as now, that it’s more about ‘Responsibility’ or ‘Duty’ than about ‘Freedom’. It’s a sort of ‘Hippocratic Oath’ for truth-tellers. So how can it happen that a group of people, probably a lot younger than I am and so a lot less cognitively impaired, certainly no dumber than I was myself in previous decades, would suggest sabotaging an Irish university’s policy on ‘Academic Responsibility’? …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 24 March]

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UCC and UCD to give free course to help more nurses treat coronavirus patients

Posted in Teaching on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“University College Cork and University College Dublin are to provide a course, free of charge during the coronavirus pandemic, to help more nurses treat patients with Covid-19. The National Foundation module in Critical Care Nursing is an online accelerated programme aimed at increasing the number of nurses available to provide critical care to patients with Covid-19 as well as to other patients who require intensive care …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 23 March]

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Clamping Down

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

“So there I was, feeling heartless. Why couldn’t I feel more genuine pity for the Captains of Enterprise who had steered their Starship Universities onto the global barrier reefs? The panic was, after all, palpable in the ‘engine-room directive’ to keep the orders coming for next year’s foreign trade …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 23 March]

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First call centre outside HSE set up at UCD to provide coronavirus support

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2020 by steve

“UCD is operating the first call centre outside the HSE to provide test results, information and advice to people who have had COVID-19 tests and to gather information on close contacts for tracing purposes …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 March]

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Medical Students Remain On Placement Despite Covid-19 Threat

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2020 by steve

“Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing students claim they are facing difficulties in remaining on hospital placement. UCD and the HSE are insistent they continue with their placements. Medical students must complete mandatory ‘placements’ in Irish hospitals in order to progress through their degree, consisting of practical work in a clinical setting. In a statement from a 2nd year nursing student who wishes to not be named; the Tribune has been told of a ‘miscommunication’ from UCD on the decision to continue running medical placements …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 22 March]

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Staff Continue to Receive Pay as Campus Shuts for Business

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2020 by steve

“Businesses on UCD campus and around Ireland have abruptly shut down due to the university shutdown, which has affected their staff. This is one of many disruptive changes on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. The UCD Clubhouse has been forced to close its doors for an indeterminate length of time. While many students would give their right arm to be back there now, the closure means uncertainty for its staff. The bar has committed to pay all full-time salaried staff and also part-time staff up to the end of the current published roster …” (more)

[Conor Paterson, College Tribune, 22 March]

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Global Hindsight

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 21st, 2020 by steve

“It’s hard to take in the full impact of the coronavirus catastrophe on Higher Education in Ireland. For fifteen years, many colleges have been pursuing an ever more intensive global agenda. My own university’s strapline is famously ‘Ireland’s Global University’ and the first iteration of our newly global strategy was equally clear: ‘Forming Global Minds’. This agenda quickly became all-invasive. Not educationally, however …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 21 March]

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UCD Cancel All Traditional Exams as Doubts Mount over Colleges Returning by March 29th

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

“In an email sent out to all current students, UCD Deputy President and Registrar, Professor Mark Rogers announced that the university ‘will not be running our traditional examinations in the RDS, Blackrock or the Newman Building this trimester’. The university will attempt to replicate all scheduled lectures, assessment and grading as best it can, in a time which Rogers described as ‘very difficult, challenging and unsettling’ …” (more)

[Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 19 March]

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Coronavirus: UCD to extend on-campus leases for students unable to go home

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2020 by steve

“University College Dublin (UCD) has said it will extend leases for any student living in on-campus accommodation ‘unable to return to their normal place of residence’ in May, due to coronavirus overseas travel restrictions. The university has also said students living in private rental accommodation outside of the south Dublin campus who lose their housing amid the coronavirus crisis can apply for on-campus accommodation …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 19 March]

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UCD Residences to Remain Open – University Invites Displaced Students to Apply for Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2020 by steve

“In an email sent to all UCD students, Deputy President and Registrar, Professor Mark Rogers, laid out an eight-point policy regarding on-campus student accommodation during the Covid-19 outbreak. UCD announced that they will honour the existing rental agreements for all students who would like to remain in their on-campus accommodation. The university will continue to support these students …” (more)

[Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 19 March]

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UCD Severely Restricts Building Access

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2020 by steve

“From today, buildings in UCD will operate using ‘out-of-hours’ protocols, in a move that is set to severely restrict movement on campus. The protocol requires staff and students to request permission from their school, in order to enter a building. The new protocols are expected to dramatically reduce staff and student access on campus, in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 18 March]

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‘It’s like a ghost town’ – Scenes from an empty UCD campus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, UCD has closed its doors for teaching … for the most part. There are still plenty of buildings open. I took a stroll around Belfield campus to see what’s going on at the moment. Unsurprisingly, there’s not much. It’s like a ghost town …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 17 March]

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Coronavirus: UCD to open library for students without internet access

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“University College Dublin (UCD) is to open one of its libraries on campus for students without internet or laptop access at home, despite a two-week shutdown of schools and colleges ordered in response to the coronavirus outbreak …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 17 March]

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Irish researchers win backing from €344m pilot fund

Posted in Research on March 15th, 2020 by steve

“Researchers from University College Cork, University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin, as well as a number of Irish startup companies, were among the successful applicants to a new €344m European pilot innovation fund. The Irish universities were chosen from among what the European Innovation Council (EIC), which runs the fund, described as 100 game-changing ideas from across Europe …” (more)

[Fearghal O’Connor, Independent, 15 March]

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COVID-19 University Shutdown: Full List of UCD Closures

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

Ireland“The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced yesterday that schools and colleges would close from today until March 29th, in order to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. UCD has announced plans to move teaching and learning online for the remainder of the academic year …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 13 March]

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UCD Moves Online For Remainder of Year Amid COVID-19 University Closures

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCD President Professor Andrew Deeks emailed students and staff this evening, detailing changes in response to the governments decision today to shut ‘schools, colleges and childcare facilities’ from tomorrow until the 29th of March …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 12 March]

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