33% Increase in First-Class Degrees Awarded Between 2012 and 2015

Posted in Teaching on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of students achieving a first in their undergraduate degree has increased dramatically in recent years, with a 33% increase in the number of first-class honours awarded between 2012/13 and 2014/15. In 2012/13, 397 students were awarded firsts, according to the most recent Senior Lecturer’s Report …” (more)

[Philip McGuinness, University Times, 7 February]

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That narrative around third level access

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This is news? ‘An Irish Times analysis on the proportion of students on grants across the higher and further education sector last year contains some revealing findings. It shows a striking class divide, with students from better-off families far more likely to occupy places at the country’s top universities …'” (more)

[The Cedar Lounge Revolution, 7 February]

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Progressive teaching of maths: the cause of all our troubles?

Posted in Teaching on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Whenever I chat to colleagues from physics or maths we tend to end up sharing our experiences and frustrations about teaching quantitative subjects to college students. Everyone, in all third level institutions, is exasperated …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 7 February]

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TUI Education Conference 2017 – presentations available to download

Posted in Research on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“On Saturday 4th February TUI held its annual education conference. One hundred delegates attended and the conference addressed policy issues in second level, further education and third level. The presentations from the conference are available below …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 7 February]

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Update on UCC Israeli Conference

Posted in Governance and administration on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The status of the conference has been the source of some confusion over conflicting reports and statements both in the press and on social media in recent weeks. In response to the confusion, the University has released a statement following a meeting of the University Management Team on the 16th of January …” (more)

[Chris McCahill, UCC Express, 7 February]

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Hey student! Turn those lecture notes into cash!

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on February 7th, 2017 by steve

“I wrote here recently about the companies exploiting students and profiteering from helping them cheat. In similar vein there seems to have been a significant growth in websites which enable students to sell lecture notes to their fellow students …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Registrarism, 7 February]

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New figures expose class divide in higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Up to three-quarters of students in some of the State’s colleges are reliant on grant support, according to new figures that highlight the scale of the class divide in Irish higher education. School-leavers from more affluent backgrounds are much more likely to have places in universities offering high-points degrees …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 February]

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Despite ‘free fees’, are universities still bastions of privilege?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“At one point, Dylan McGowan was working five nights a week in a Smyth’s toy store to help make ends meet while in college. Now, as president of the students’ union at Letterkenny Institute of Technology, McGowan sees large numbers of students struggling to overcome financial hurdles on a daily basis …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 February]

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Senators to Introduce New Bill After Trinity Lecturer’s Discrimination Case Fails

Posted in Legal issues on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Following the rejection of former lecturer David Parris’s claim of discrimination at the European Court of Justice last year, Trinity senator Ivana Bacik has submitted a bill to the Seanad that would amend College’s current pension regulations …” (more)

[Charlotte Ryan, University Times, 6 February]

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Gender equality: universities are still all talk and too many trousers

Posted in Governance and administration on February 7th, 2017 by steve

“Anyone who sincerely believes that academia is a meritocracy must be either deluded or in denial. This is the blunt conclusion of our recent research into how female academics feel about the system. Even now, in the age of high-profile equality initiatives such as the UK’s Athena SWAN programme, unconscious bias remains rife …” (more)

[Laurie Cohen and Jo Duberley, Times Higher Education, 2 February]

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Gender Recognition on the Way for Transgender People in UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“2015 was a landmark year for LGBT rights in Ireland. The Marriage Equality referendum passed with a resounding ‘Yes’ vote from the people of our country and people marched in celebration and with great excitement for the future …” (more)

[Aoife Hardesty, University Observer, 6 February]

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Social divide shows up in grants across higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“For students whose family income falls below a certain limit, the State helps them attend further and higher education through financial supports. But the distribution of these financial supports among institutions is very revealing …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 7 February]

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New Education Action Plan Confirms 2018 as Target for New Funding Model

Posted in Governance and administration on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new higher education funding model should be in place for the 2018 Budget, according to a new plan published today by the government. The commitment comes less than six months after the Action Plan for Education outlined the second quarter of 2017 as the timeline for a model …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 6 February]

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Gold-Digger Clauses and LGBT Rights: The Trinity Lecturer Fighting for his Pension

Posted in Legal issues on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In 1983, David Norris brought a case to the Irish Supreme Court, arguing that the criminalisation of homosexual behaviour was unconstitutional. The case, perhaps unsurprisingly, failed. Yet it would be the start of a revolution in Irish attitudes to homosexuality, marking the beginning of the slow, incremental movement towards marriage equality …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 6 February]

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Living with semesters

Posted in Teaching on February 7th, 2017 by steve

“Most universities in the English-speaking world (though as we shall note, not all) organise their academic sessions into semesters. A ‘semester’, just in case this needs to be explained, is according to the Oxford English Dictionary ‘a period or term of six months’ …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 7 February]

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