University fee increases pushed through

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 27th, 2017 by steve

“Almost all universities in England will be able to add annual inflation-linked increases to tuition fees until 2020, in a deal pushing legislation through Parliament before the general election. The higher education legislation had been intended to make higher fees dependent on improved teaching …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 27 April]

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Major cyber criminals target Trinity College and steal ‘substantial’ amount of money

Posted in Legal issues on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A criminal investigation has been launched after bank accounts belonging to the Trinity Foundation were targeted by cyber criminals. Trinity Foundation, the fundraising organisation of Trinity College Dublin, had a ‘substantial’ amount of money stolen from its accounts following a major computer-based scam …” (more)

[Amy Molloy, Independent, 27 April]

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More than 6,000 students drop out of college in first year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“One in six third-level students – or 6,200 a year – are dropping out of their college courses during their first year, according to the latest official figures. Drop-out rates are highest in construction, computer science and engineering courses, especially those offered at institutes of technology …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 April]

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Grassroots effort to end ASTI industrial action is resisted by union leaders

Posted in Teaching on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A grassroots move within the ASTI to bring an end to industrial action in schools is being resisted by the union leadership. It is understood that about 500 members of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) have so far signed a petition to support a special convention to consider a suspension of all action …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 27 April]

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Public sector pay report to back keeping pension levy

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new pay commission is set to advise the Government to keep in place a pension levy that was imposed on public servants during the financial crisis. In its first report, the Public Service Pay Commission is expected to support the Government position that most of its 300,000 employees make a bigger contribution towards their retirement benefits …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 27 April]

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Many college graduates lack work-ready skills, say small firms

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The quality of college graduates appears to be on the decline, with many lacking work-ready skills, according to small and medium-sized businesses. They also say the record number of school leavers going on to third level is not a positive development and reflects a lack of alternatives such as apprenticeships …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 April]

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After Ongoing Disruption, Luas Works Outside Botany Bay Suspended until May 14th

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“After ongoing lobbying from Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) and College, the Luas has said that, after months of disruption and complaints that have resulted in on-campus residents rehoused, works nearest to the Botany Bay area of Trinity are to be halted until May 14th …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 26 April]

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Number of students who quit computer science falls

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of computer science students dropping out of their course after first year is showing a welcome improvement. However, computing and other courses with a high maths content, such as engineering and construction, are still losing proportionately more first-year students than other disciplines …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 27 April]

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Males are more likely to drop out of college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Male students and people with lower Leaving Certificate points are prominent among more than 6,000 who drop out annually before they reach the second year of third-level courses. While overall dropout rates from 26 colleges fell slightly to 15% in the latest figures from the Higher Education Authority (HEA), courses related to construction and some disciplines at certain colleges continue to have particularly high dropout rates …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 27 April]

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Skills gaps: Where are the best opportunities for graduates?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Every year State agencies monitor the supply of skills emerging from the education system and measure it against demand for employment. Many of the reports are produced by officials in Solas, the further education and training authority, for the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, a State advisory body …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 April]

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Creating an autism friendly campus

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Going to college can be a difficult transition for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In school they may have received special support, but they can struggle when they have to make the change to third level, even if they are academically gifted …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 27 April]

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