Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

16.16 3 Apr 2020


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Seven of Ireland's universities are replacing their face-to-face exams at the end of this semester with online assessments.

The seven institutions will use the likes of essays, reports and multiple choice questions to asses students.

The Irish Universities Association (IUA) says detailed information on timetables will be issued as soon as possible.

In a statement, the association said academics are making sure that no students suffer academic disadvantages due to the new approach while also making sure the assessments meet the requirements of external examiners and accreditation bodies.

They have also pledged to ensure flexible arrangements for students facing technical issues or poor connectivity, as well as offering dedicated supports and arrangements for students with recognised disabilities.

In a statement, the IUA said: "The challenging and stressful circumstances that students are facing are being taken into account in the design and marking of these revised assessments."

President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, said it has been a challenging time for both students and staff.

He explained: "I'm particularly conscious both of staff and students who've really made a huge effort to make this possible.

"I've been really heartened by the sense of community that is there that's made this possible in a really challenging context... and that sense of solidarity and kindness we have for each other in doing so."

The seven Irish universities involved in IAU are UCD, UCC, DCU, Trinity College, NUI Galway, Maynooth University and Limerick University.

Main image: File photo of Trinity College in Dublin. Photo:Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

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