I realise that travelling during Covid- 19 might not a great idea, and I must admit I did it once before non-essential travel was lifted. I did it to see my family in my home country of Ukraine. I don’t think people realise how lonely it is to be a foreigner during a strict lockdown with no family by your side and nobody to take care of your elders back home. Ukraine is not a … [Read more...] about My experience travelling during the pandemic
NUI Galway graduates have been expressing their disappointment and anger towards the university after this year’s series of virtual graduations. Described by one graduate as an “insult,” the virtual ceremonies took place after NUI Galway President Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh informed students that he believed it was in the best interest of students and families to … [Read more...] about Virtual graduations cause online backlash
The prospect of returning to campus was very much a two-sided affair. On one hand, there was the excitement of being back after so long, seeing the inside of lecture halls again and catching up with friends. On the other, seeing thousands of students once again congregating in the same area came loaded with anxiety considering all we’ve been through since March 2020. With … [Read more...] about Returning to in-person learning: Campus changes
By Úna Kehily The complicated debate around the re-opening of schools has dominated the media since the reintroduction of Level 5 restrictions in late December. The last several weeks have seen heated exchanges between Teachers’ Unions, the Minister for Education and other members of government about the safety of teachers and students returning to schools, and the … [Read more...] about Are teachers unfairly criticised over school closures?