Mixed response to Leaving Cert points reform plan

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Institute of Guidance Councillors has welcomed plans to award ‘compensatory’ CAO points to students who score below the existing 40% pass grade in higher level papers. The move is aimed at incentivising Leaving Cert students to take higher level papers …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 27 April]

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The mini-revival of the Irish language

Posted in Teaching on April 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“There seems to be a general perception that our national language is perpetually on its last legs. But the view from within the Irish-language departments of our third-level institutions – and from colleges as far afield as the US and Australia – is rather different …” (more)

[Arminta Wallace, Irish Times, 27 April]

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Zoology Students to Resit Exam After Paper was Uploaded to Blackboard

Posted in Teaching on April 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Fourth-year zoology students will have to resit their research comprehension exam after the exam paper was accidentally uploaded to Blackboard last week. Students sat the exam this morning, before the problem became apparent to course administrators …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 27 April]

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Tools That Limit Distraction May Raise Student Performance in Online Classes

Posted in Teaching on April 27th, 2015 by steve

USA“For students taking courses online, the endless distractions of the Internet can be a hindrance to success. But using software to limit those diversions can make a big difference. That’s the takeaway from a new study …” (more)

[Casey Fabris, Chronicle of Higher Education, 23 April]

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Former EI CEO Frank Ryan appointed chair of Athlone Institute of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Former CEO of Enterprise Ireland Frank Ryan has been appointed chairman of the governing body of Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT). Ryan succeeds Paul Breen who was in the role from 2006 …” (more)

[Grainne Rothery, Business and Leadership, 27 April]

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Queen’s maintains lead over Ulster University, but gap is narrowing

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2015 by steve

UK“Queen’s University Belfast has maintained its lead over Ulster University in UK league tables – but the gap between the two is narrowing. QUB has fallen five places in the national rankings, from 31st last year to 36th place, according to the Complete University Guide …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 27 April]

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Pass threshold for higher level Leaving Cert dropping to 30%

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A lower bar for failing the Leaving Certificate at higher level, which would see students awarded points even if they drop below 40%, will be introduced for fifth year students from this September …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Irish Times, 27 April]

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CAO points for honours students who ‘fail’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A new CAO points system is set to be introduced for students sitting the Leaving Certificate in 2017. One key change aims to reward students who take higher level ‘honours’ papers by giving them points for a mark of between 30-39% …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 27 April]

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‘Right’ that public sector invited to pay restoration talks, says Burton

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Tánaiste Joan Burton said it was ‘right and appropriate’ that public sector workers enter talks with the Government on restoring pay levels. She said the Government wanted to ensure public servants, in an appropriate way, were able to share in the economic recovery …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 27 April]

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Strike notice at UCC follows five years of failed negotiations

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) have issued joint strike notice to obtain an agreed appeals process to review grossly anomalous pay scales for researchers at Ireland’s premier research centre, Tyndall National Institute in Cork …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 26 April]

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Public sector set for 2% pay rise

Posted in Governance and administration on April 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The country’s 290,000 public sector workers are in line for pay increases of at least 2% that could be approved as early as the summer, the Sunday Independent can reveal …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell and John Drennan, Independent, 26 April]

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EU-US trade deal to undermine education as ‘public good’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Upheaval in third-level sector escalates on Monday with industrial action at Cork IT Students at work at Cork Institute of Technology. The new trade agreement being negotiated between the EU and US will ‘enshrine increased rights for privatised education’ at the expense of publicly-funded colleges, lecturers have claimed …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 25 April]

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Lower fees would mean different course choices, say students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 25th, 2015 by steve

UK“About 40% of university applicants might choose a different course if tuition fees were reduced to £6,000 a year, a new study suggests …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 25 April]

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Warwick students angry at ‘aubergine’ university logo

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2015 by steve

UK“Over 4,000 students at the University of Warwick have signed a petition calling on the university to halt its rebrand, after its new logo was revealed on Tuesday. Students are concerned that it ‘does not reflect the identity of such a high-class academic institution’ …” (more)

[Natalie Gil, Guardian, 24 April]

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Staff at Tyndall National Institute in Cork to strike next month

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Members of two trade unions at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork are to strike next month over claims that colleagues in University College Cork (UCC) are being paid more for doing similar work. The picket by members of Siptu and the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) will be the second strike in an ongoing dispute …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 24 April]

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Charlie Hebdo: Craven Queen University’s needs a lesson in free speech

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2015 by steve

UK“We are exceptional, says the embarrassingly boastful Queen’s University Belfast slogan. After the decision to cancel a conference about the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris, Queen’s had better get on the phone to the PR men who come up with this guff for them, no doubt at great expense …” (more)

[Fionola Meredith, Belfast Telegraph, 24 April]

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Trinity College academic warns draconian restrictions are being imposed due to budget and staff shortages

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A senior Trinity College academic and board member has said “draconian strictures” are being imposed on college courses due to budgetary restrictions and staff shortages …” (more)

[Sam Griffin, Independent, 24 April]

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Belfast’s £150m Ulster University campus contract to be joint venture

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2015 by steve

UK“A joint venture by Lagan Construction Group and Somague, one of Europe’s biggest builders, has won the £150m contract for phase two of Ulster University’s new Belfast campus …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 24 April]

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Exams won’t be disrupted by industrial action, UCC says

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork says student exams will not be disrupted as a result of industrial action. Staff at the Tyndall National Institute have served notice that they are to picket the research body and college campus next month in a row over pay parity …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 25 April]

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Mergers should not be driven by cost saving – EUA

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2015 by steve

EU“Cost saving should not be the primary goal behind university mergers, the European University Association, or EUA, has warned in a new report. The academic mission must take precedence at all times, it says …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 24 April]

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