Ireland and nuclear research

Posted in Research on August 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Kevin O’Sullivan’s report on Senator Colm Burke’s discussion on the question of Ireland’s membership of Cern (European Organisation for Nuclear Research ) with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar reflects a campaign that has run for over five decades …” (more)

[Denis O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 19 August]

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Deepening housing crisis may force students to give up courses, says union

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of students face putting their college dreams on hold this autumn due to the housing crisis. The lack of affordable housing is having a devastating impact on third-level students who may have to forgo attending college or university because they can’t find anywhere to live, according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) …” (more)

[Allison Bray, Independent, 19 August]

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UCD Unable to Renew Lease on Muckross Halls Residence

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD has confirmed that the Muckross Halls Residence will no longer be available for students this year after the Dominican Order which owns the site opted against renewing the lease with the university. The off-campus accommodation is located near Marlborough Road in Donnybrook, on a large area of land owned by the Order …” (more)

[College Tribune, 18 August]

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18,000 students approved for help

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than 18,000 students hoping to start college next month have been approved for financial assistance, to aid likely costs. They should now be fully prepared to plan budgeting for accommodation and other costs if they get offered a college course on Monday from the CAO …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 10 August]

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Call for review of Leaving Cert maths bonus over third-level fears

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There are concerns over the basic skills of Leaving Cert maths students who are passing the higher-level paper but struggling to cope at third level, according to a university president …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 August]

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Leaving Cert and the points race

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – I must confess to becoming fatigued at your regular conflation of the State Examinations Commission (SEC) and the Central Applications Office (CAO). The SEC administers the Leaving Certificate (still the widest held qualification in Ireland); the CAO administers entry to higher education …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 18 August]

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Government should support students in Direct Provision progress to third level – O’Loughlin

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Equality, Immigration and Integration Fiona O’Loughlin TD has raised concern over the treatment of second level students in Direct Provision who wish to progress to third level …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 17 August]

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More girls take up higher-level STEM subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Girls studying science subjects took greater advantage than boys of changes to the college entry system that rewards average students for sitting higher level exams. Latest State Examinations Commission figures reveal proportionately more girls moved up to higher level in the three main science subjects …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 18 August]

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Student housing block held up by ‘opportunistic pay off’ bid

Posted in Governance and administration on August 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“What has been described as an ‘opportunistic bid to secure a substantial pay-off’ is blocking the sale of a site and the development of 350 student bed spaces in Dublin’s Brewery Quarter, the High Court heard today on Thursday …” (more)

[Ray Managh, Irish Times, 17 August]

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1,000 Cork students join ‘sugar daddy’ dating site

Posted in Life on August 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Almost 1,000 Cork students have signed up to a dating website that allows them to meet potential dates who are willing to contribute to their living expenses in exchange for company. The website, Seeking Arrangements.com, claims almost 10,000 Irish students have joined …” (more)

[Liz O’ Brien, Evening Echo, 17 August]

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Bruton urges colleges to help take pressure out of exam points system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Richard Bruton has urged more colleges to take pressure out of the points system by reducing the number of courses from which to choose for students. One element of the college entry reforms kicking in this year is resulting in more Leaving Cert students taking Higher Level exams in most subjects. However, long-running proposals to have fewer but more general entry-level courses, particularly by universities, have only been adopted by some colleges …” (more)

[Niall Murray and Juno McEnroe, Irish Examiner, 17 August]

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Leaving Cert 2017: Girls outperform boys in most subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Girls outperformed boys in the vast majority of subjects, a gender analysis of this year’s Leaving Cert results shows. In all, girls secured a higher proportion of top grades – grades one, two or three – in 32 out of 38 subjects at higher level. A similar pattern is evident at ordinary level …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 August]

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Unite union wants members to reject public sector pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on August 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Members of the Unite trade union have been advised to reject a new public service pay agreement. Representatives met on Wednesday following several weeks of consultation with members …” (more)

[Jack Quann, newstalk, 16 August]

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New grading system leaves anxious students guessing

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The new Leaving Cert results system has left thousands of students facing a more anxious wait than usual for college offers on Monday. The complete overhaul of the exam grades and CAO points scale means that college applicants cannot even make a reasonable guess about their chances of getting their preferred course …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 August]

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Government vows crackdown on universities giving out too many firsts

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 17th, 2017 by steve

“The Government is preparing a crackdown on the rapidly increasing proportion of top degrees being awarded by universities, amid fears that the value of higher education is being eroded. Ministers are drawing up plans to stop the growth in students receiving first-class degrees so that university education continues to carry ‘prestige’, raising the prospect that quotas could be introduced to limit the numbers of top awards …” (more)

[Rachael Pells, Independent, 17 August]

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Leaving Cert: Higher education should not be the be-all and end-all

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of students across the country have reached an important milestone in their lives with the receipt of their Leaving Cert results. This year, however, there is a difference: a new grading scheme means points are available to students who scored between 30% and 39% … (more)

[Irish Times, 16 August]

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Rethink of EU research membership rules may offer UK ‘solution’

Posted in Research on August 16th, 2017 by steve

“The redrawing of the criteria for associate membership of the European Commission’s next research framework programme could offer the UK a ‘solution’ for accessing continental grants and collaborations post-Brexit, a sector leader has said …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 16 August]

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New grading system sees dramatic drop in failure rates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Failure rates among students sitting higher level Leaving Cert subjects have dropped dramatically as thousands of candidates benefit from a more generous grading system. Some 58,000 students will receive their results on Wednesday, though those who applied for college will not know whether they have secured their first choice places until next Monday when offers through the CAO (Central Applications Office) are made …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 August]

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More students taking higher level subjects and fewer failing

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The introduction of a new marking system for the Leaving Certificate this year has resulted in students taking subjects at higher level in greater numbers across virtually all subjects and fewer failing exams. The numbers taking the higher level course in the three core subjects of Irish (22,122), maths (16,395) and English (38,749) increased 10%, 8%, and 6% respectively …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 16 August]

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Leaving Cert Results: Record 13 students achieve new top H1 grade after CAO revamp

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Certificate results today show a leap in the number of students aiming for honours, attracted by the first overhaul of grading and CAO points in 25 years. Almost all subjects saw an increase in the uptake of higher level papers, where for the first time, points are available for a grade of between 30%-49% …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 August]

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