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University of Ulster offers extra places for engineering course

Posted in Governance and administration on August 18th, 2012 by steve

“The University of Ulster has said it will honour the offer it made to those students affected by an admissions email error, provided they have a full set of their examination results …” (more)

[BBC News, 18 August]

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Attacking grants will shut students out

Posted in Fees and access on August 18th, 2012 by steve

“About six months ago, a friend of mine rang me whooping with joy. She had just been told that out of 200 applicants, she and one other person had been selected to complete a nine-month internship with a local planning authority …” (more)

[Claire O’Sullivan, Irish Examiner, 18 August]

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School book supplier pledges end to backlog

Posted in Teaching on August 18th, 2012 by steve

“Parents awaiting book orders from online retailer Schoolbooks.ie will have the orders filled by Friday, the company said today …” (more)

[Irish Times, 18 August]

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University of Ulster Engineering Admissions Error: Update

Posted in Governance and administration on August 18th, 2012 by steve

“The University of Ulster has now reviewed the cases of every student affected by the admissions email error affecting applicants to the School of Engineering …” (more)

[University of Ulster News Release, 18 August]

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Death and Taxes and Zombies

Posted in Legal issues on August 18th, 2012 by steve

“… This article fills a glaring gap in the academic literature by examining how the estate and income tax laws apply to the undead. Beginning with the critical question of whether the undead should be considered dead for estate tax purposes, the article continues on to address income tax issues the undead are likely to face. In addition to zombies, the article also considers how estate and income tax laws should apply to vampires and ghosts. Given the difficulties identified herein of applying existing tax law to the undead, new legislation may be warranted. However, any new legislation is certain to raise its own set of problems …” (more)

[Adam Chodorow, SSRN, 5 July]

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Schoolbooks.ie delay ’caused by technical issue at warehouse’

Posted in Teaching on August 18th, 2012 by steve

“The managing director of the school book selling website Schoolbooks.ie has issued a statement saying that the delay in delivering some of the ordered books was caused by a ‘technical issue at our warehouse’ …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 August]

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Are employers entitled to ask interview candidates for their social network passwords?

Posted in Legal issues on August 18th, 2012 by steve

“Picture yourself sitting across from a prospective boss having just completed a great interview for a new job. You are just about to leave when you are asked one final question – please provide your social networking login details so the company can inspect your accounts …” (more)

[Lisa Jackson, Silicon Republic, 18 August]

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There’s no online substitute for a real university classroom

Posted in Teaching on August 18th, 2012 by steve

“You hear a lot of talk about how universities and teachers are expensive dinosaurs and how the future of teaching lies online. Don’t believe a word of it. The classroom experience – live – remains the heart of real education …” (more)

[Clifford Orwin, Globe and Mail, 18 August]

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Explainer: A beginner’s guide to the CAO Points system

Posted in Fees and access on August 18th, 2012 by steve

“Monday marks a big day in the lives of thousands of young people in Ireland, as the first round of college placement offers are distributed by the Central Applications Office …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 August]

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Concern over schoolbooks.ie silence

Posted in Life on August 18th, 2012 by steve

“The Consumers’ Association of Ireland says it has been inundated with complaints in the past week from concerned parents who have used the school book online retailer schoolbooks.ie …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 18 August]

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Something has to give in Cabinet over college grants

Posted in Fees and access on August 18th, 2012 by steve

“Over the coming weeks, you can expect a cascade of statistics about students’ and farmers’ grants. All the main players in this classic rural-urban divide come armed with impressive statistics …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 18 August]

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Leaving Cert’s core issues still not confronted

Posted in Teaching on August 18th, 2012 by steve

“Students have too much material to learn and the system is distorted by obsession with points. It’s a long time since I sat my Leaving Cert, though not as long as a cousin of mine seemed to think recently …” (more)

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

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One-in-three students fear they will not be able to afford third-level costs

Posted in Life on August 18th, 2012 by steve

“More than one-in-three students are afraid they will not be able to afford the costs associated with college according to a survey which also shows that 20% of students go drinking three times a week …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 18 August]

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Northern Ireland top of the UK A-level class despite dip in best grades

Posted in Teaching on August 18th, 2012 by steve

“Northern Ireland students are top of the class when it comes to A-Levels. More A* and A grades were awarded to Northern Ireland candidates than in England and Wales …” (more)

[Lindsay Fergus, Belfast Telegraph, 18 August]

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Labour TD backs proposal by farmers over student grants

Posted in Fees and access on August 18th, 2012 by steve

“The chairman of the Labour Party has thrown his weight behind controversial farmer proposals to include public sector pensions in any new means tests for student grants. Galway TD Colm Keaveney’s support for the move could wrong foot farmer lobby groups …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Independent, 18 August]

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State pension form of wealth, says ICMSA

Posted in Fees and access on August 18th, 2012 by steve

“A farming group has called on Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn to include public sector pensions among the forms of wealth that would be considered for means-testing when new eligibility criteria for third-level grants are introduced …” (more)

[Steven Carroll, Irish Times, 18 August]

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College entry standards set to be higher

Posted in Fees and access on August 18th, 2012 by steve

“Entry requirements for hundreds of college courses will be higher than ever on Monday, as hundreds more students than last year have scored top Leaving Certificate points …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 18 August]

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Save £25,000 at university and join the ‘tuition fee refugees’

Posted in Fees and access on August 18th, 2012 by steve

“Thousands of 18-year-olds are planning to study abroad, where courses are increasingly taught in English and tuition costs are a fraction of what they would have to pay at home …” (more)

[Patrick Collinson, Guardian, 17 August]

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A bonus for mathematics students

Posted in Governance and administration on August 18th, 2012 by steve

“Sir, – Along with Dr Jim Gleeson and Prof Ciaran Sugrue (August 15th), I despair at the current philosophical trends driving decisions in education …” (more)

[Thelma Jones, Irish Times, 18 August]

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Exam results show that we need more university places

Posted in Fees and access on August 18th, 2012 by steve

“This year, the University of Ulster has seen the largest number of applications for study in its history – over 34,200 …” (more)

[Richard Barnett, Belfast Telegraph, 18 August]

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