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LYIT expecting 1,100 new students this year

Posted in Fees and access on August 22nd, 2014 by steve

“It is expected that LYIT will see 1,100 new first year students come through the doors for the first time when the 2014/2015 academic year begins in September. The college has increased the amount of offers they have made by 8% on last year …” (more)

[Donegal Democrat, 22 August]

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Limerick union leader fears for standards in Junior Cert reforms

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Standards in second level education could decline under the reforms of the Junior Cert, according to the vice-president of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland …” (more)

[Mike Dwane, Limerick Leader, 22 August]

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UCC Lead in Social Media, as Trinity Lags Behind

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2014 by steve

“It was remarked, before last year’s students’ union officers met with College web staff, that the unlikely achievement of Trinity’s social media accounts is to offer the distinct impression that there are no students in the university …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, University Times, 22 August]

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More than 10,000 sign up for Trinity’s first free online course covering Ireland’s history 1912-23

Posted in Teaching on August 22nd, 2014 by steve

“More than 10,000 people have signed up for Trinity College Dublin’s first free online course, which begins on 1 September and is being run in partnership with FutureLearn …” (more)

[Grainne Rothery, Business and Leadership, 22 August]

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Teaching the Scientific Method

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2014 by steve

“I was going to write about Teaching Assistants this time but I’ve postponed that for next week. In the meantime, this article in Scientific American about parents’ reluctance to expose their children to injections of any kind, vitamin K in this case but also vaccines, grabbed my attention …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 22 August]

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Accommodation crisis forcing students back to traditional lodgings

Posted in Life on August 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Third level students are being forced to live in ‘digs’ up to 10 miles away from college, because of massive demand for accommodation and rising rents in Galway City …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Galway City Tribune, 22 August]

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Why Students Should Own Their Educational Data

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Designing a textbook or lecture with the average student in mind may sound logical. But L Todd Rose, who teaches educational neuroscience at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, argues that doing so means that the lesson is designed for nobody …” (more)

[Jeffrey R Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 August]

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Getting yourself ready physically and practically for third-level life

Posted in Life on August 22nd, 2014 by steve

“So you’re off to college and you have a disability or specific learning difficulty; here’s how to get off to a good start. All the hard work has paid off: you have survived the Leaving Cert and you’re off to college …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 22 August]

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Nama ‘powerless’ to ease student rental shortage

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Nama has said it does not have the power to release properties to help accommodate students who are struggling to find rooms to rent ahead of the new college term …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 22 August]

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Prices rises for NUIM student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2014 by steve

“NUI Maynooth is one of a number of universities who are putting up the cost of accommodation for incoming first year students …” (more)

[Henry Bauress, Leinster Leader, 21 August]

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Universities at risk of dumbing down into secondary schools

Posted in Teaching on August 22nd, 2014 by steve

“In the current rush to achieve the highest student satisfaction and best positions on university league tables we are at significant risk of dumbing down what’s being taught at universities …” (more)

[Alister Scott, The Conversation, 22 August]

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NAMA criticise UCD Students’ Union housing proposals

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2014 by steve

“A spokesperson for the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) has criticised UCDSU’s call for the release of properties held by the bank. A statement sent to The University Observer last night cites a misunderstanding of NAMA’s relation to the properties in question …” (more)

[David Corscadden, University Observer, 21 August]

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University of life or career – or both

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2014 by steve

“We have moved very far from Newman’s idea of a university – the purpose of which was to present a cultural inheritance of the Western World and to provide the tools whereby graduates could continue their journeys of education …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 21 August]

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Going beyond the points race to ensure greater diversity at Third Level

Posted in Fees and access on August 21st, 2014 by steve

“Learning, ideally, is its own reward. In practice, though, the education young people gain in secondary school is translated annually into a numerical value. ‘How many points did you get?’ is the question school-leavers were asked this week as the Central Applications Office (CAO) began making offers for college places …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 August]

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Jan O’Sullivan: ‘Early years are crucial to tackle gap’

Posted in Fees and access on August 21st, 2014 by steve

“Following a report by the Higher Education Authority showing a big gap in students from different backgrounds accessing third-level education, Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan said her main objective as minister is to open up higher education to students from disadvantaged backgrounds …” (more)

[Jimmy Woulfe, Irish Examiner, 21 August]

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Report finds that transport links affect choice of university

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2014 by steve

“A lack of adequate transport links to west Dublin is hindering access by disadvantaged students to universities, according to a study undertaken in UCD’s geography department. The researchers found that 60% of UCD entrants last year came from schools within a 9km radius …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 21 August]

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Students seeking Galway places caught up in rent race

Posted in Life on August 21st, 2014 by steve

“Student leaders and a housing charity in Galway are dealing with an unprecedented level of people who are unable to find suitable accommodation in the city …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 21 August]

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Medical careers and admissions test

Posted in Fees and access on August 21st, 2014 by steve

“Sir, – The proposal of Dr Chris Luke (August 19th) to remove the HPAT (Health Professions Admission Test) as a measure to persuade newly qualified doctors to remain in Ireland highlights the ongoing disconnect between non-consultant hospital doctors and their senior colleagues in medical and management positions …” (more)

[Steven Maloney, Irish Times, 21 August]

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8 Campus Technologies That I’m Surprised Still Exist

Posted in Life on August 21st, 2014 by steve

“What technologies do you see on your campus that you thought would history by 2014? Here are my nominations for 8 campus technologies that I’m surprised have hung on: 1. Microsoft Office: …” (more)

[Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed, 20 August]

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O’Brien calls for radical overhaul of education system

Posted in Fees and access on August 20th, 2014 by steve

“Speaking following the publication of figures by the Higher Education Authority regarding the progression of young people from disadvantaged areas to higher education, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Education Jonathan O’Brien TD said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 20 August]

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