Students welcome CAO reform

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Reform of the college entry system has been largely welcomed by student organisations which say the changes will ease the points race and alleviate pressures placed on Leaving Certificate students …” (more)

[Kelly O’Brien, Irish Examiner, 5 September]

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Raising maths and science standards

Posted in Teaching on September 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Peter Cheney assesses Ireland’s latest OECD rankings and how improvements can be achieved. One in seven Irish students fail to gain basic skills in maths and science, according to a new OECD report. However, the Project Maths initiative appears to be improving standards and helping to turn around Ireland’s performance …” (more)

[eolas Magazine, 4 September]

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Germany claims success for elite universities drive

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2015 by steve

Germany“For a decade, Germany’s government has tried to explode the myth that all the country’s universities are equal. In 2006, it launched an 11-year, €4.6-billion (US$5-billion) programme that aimed to make the best German universities more competitive with the likes of Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard …” (more)

[Quirin Schiermeier and Richard Van Noorden, Nature, 4 September]

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EU backs project to test students across Europe

Posted in Teaching on September 5th, 2015 by steve

EU“A new project to create an ‘internationally comparable’ test of what students learn across European higher education is to launch with a €500,000 (£365,713) grant from the European Union. This autumn will see the start of a feasibility study on the Measuring and Comparing Achievements of Learning Outcomes in Higher Education in Europe project, known as Calohee …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 4 September]

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Bullying expert claims he was harassed in his job by university

Posted in Legal issues on September 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Professor takes case against NUI Galway to Employment Appeals Tribunal. An international expert on bullying has himself claimed to be a victim of bullying in his job …” (more)

[Brian McDonald, Irish Times, 3 September]

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Overhaul of CAO points will see average scores drop for school leavers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Certificate students will see average CAO point scores drop slightly under a new system that will come into effect for those sitting the exam in 2017 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 September]

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Reformed college entry system ‘must be monitored’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Parents will be watching the rollout of a reformed college entry system very closely to ensure the desired effects of easing the long-running points race are achieved, education leaders have been told …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 4 September]

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Reform of points system is not radical, but it is progressive

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“We constantly hear calls for ‘radical reform’ of the Leaving Certificate and the points system. But radical reform is not what is required …” (more)

[Phillip Nolan, Independent, 4 September]

CAO points changes aim to reduce pressure on students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A new Central Applications Office (CAO) points scale for students entering third-level education aimed at taking some of the pressure off the Leaving Cert year has been published …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 3 September]

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Unions outraged at NUI Galway refusal to attend LRC to discuss equality taskforce

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU and IFUT have expressed outrage at the refusal by management at NUI Galway to attend a meeting at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) to discuss an equality taskforce it has appointed …” (more)

[Facebook, 2 September]

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A new CAO points scale for students sitting the Leaving Certificate in 2017 has been unveiled

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A new CAO points scale for students sitting the Leaving Certificate in 2017 has been unveiled. For the first time, students will be awarded points for a mark of less than 40% on a higher level paper, traditionally regarded as a ‘fail’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 September]

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Minister O’Sullivan launches new CAO points scale

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, today launched a new CAO points scale which will be used for entry to higher education from 2017. Announcing the changes, Minister O’Sullivan said …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 3 September]

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The debate in History over early careers

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on September 3rd, 2015 by steve

UK“In July I attended a conference at Birmingham University on Rethinking Modern British Studies. Having submitted my thesis the week before, I had not been plugged in enough to actually read the conference materials …” (more)

[Fighting Against Casualisation in Education, 3 September]

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Student hostel plan refused for Dublin Georgian House

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Plans to use an empty Georgian house on Dublin’s Parnell Square for student accommodation have been refused by Dublin City Council because of the lack of open space and poor communal facilities …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 3 September]

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Group set up to tackle student housing crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“An inter-departmental working group is being set up to tackle the student housing crisis. Three Government departments – Education, Environment and Finance – will be represented on the group, as well as the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 September]

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Ulster University confirms jobs and student places cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2015 by steve

UK“Ulster University has confirmed a series of cutbacks following an £8.6m cut in the subsidy received from the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) in June this year. 1,250 student places across the four university campuses will be lost as will over 200 staff posts …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 2 September]

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Trinity professorship for McWilliams

Posted in Teaching on September 3rd, 2015 by steve

IrelandIrish Independent columnist David McWilliams will join Trinity Business School as a professor on global economics. Recently ranked the UK and Ireland’s most influential economist by London’s CityAM, Mr McWilliams is credited with predicting a credit bubble during the boom …” (more)

[Independent, 3 September]

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Academics in the minority at more than two-thirds of UK universities

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2015 by steve

UK“Support staff are in the majority at 71% of UK higher education institutions, analysis by Times Higher Education has revealed. Universities’ 2013-14 returns to the Higher Education Statistics Agency on staff numbers reveal that support staff were the majority at 111 out of 157 institutions …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 3 September]

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Minister vows action on student housing shortage

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Work is to begin at Government level to find ways to remove more than 25,000 students from the private rental market, five months after the Department of Education was alerted to the campus accommodation shortfall …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 September]

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Multinationals ‘exaggerated’ research activity to lower tax bills

Posted in Research on September 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Several multinational firms have been found to be aggressively and improperly claiming tax credits for research and development to lower their corporation tax bills. A Government scheme gives firms up to 25% of their expenditure on R&D in the form of cash or a credit against their corporation tax …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 September]

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