Medical entry exam does measure ‘emotional intelligence’, say operators

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Research on September 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The group behind the Hpat assessment, which is taken by students hoping to pursue a career in medicine, has defended the test’s ability to assess emotional intelligence, saying it successfully examines candidates’ ‘thoughts, feelings and behaviour’. Research published last week by doctors from University College Cork found that Hpat assessment results were not consistent with students’ self-reported empathy levels …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 11 September]

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More on Funding Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A few weeks ago I blogged on the % of state funding given to UCD and TCD. I have now updated it, below the fold. TL:DR – the state is no longer the largest funder …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 11 September]

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The HPAT and the Cult of Empathy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The recent media coverage around the HPAT is interesting for two reasons. Firstly, the idea that you should even attempt to test an 18/19-year old’s character for its suitability for a career in medicine before subjecting them to six years of tough undergraduate study followed by a grueling apprenticeship as a junior doctor, seems daft …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 11 September]

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Funding undergraduate education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – On September 7th, two events occurred in Dublin, barely a kilometre apart, that demonstrate the policy inconsistency that besets Irish higher education. At the Royal Irish Academy, Maynooth University convened a seminar on the funding of undergraduate education, with a focus on income-contingent loans …” (more)

[Tom Boland, Irish Times, 11 September]

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NUIG’s Failure to Elect a Female President Turns Attention to Next Opportunity

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Despite national speculation and a committee dedicated to the job, NUI Galway has failed to elect a female president. It now looks likely that Trinity could belatedly achieve the honour of having the first female university head if and when Provost Patrick Prendergast decides to bow out in 2022 (there are some indications to suggest Prendergast may seek a second term) …” (more)

[University Times, 10 September]

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Colleges open to deals with developers on student digs

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Knight Frank survey of third-level institutes has found that many colleges expect the acute shortage of campus student accommodation to get worse due to more international students being diverted to Ireland because of Brexit. It also found that two-thirds of colleges are open to the idea of forming joint venture partnerships with private developers to address the supply gap …” (more)

[Mark Paul, Irish Times, 10 September]

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USI’s Demand to be Heard Represents a Much-Needed Shift

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“USI’s demand to be invited to speak – and subsequent protest – at Thursday’s Royal Irish Academy conference may seem a bit outlandish. After all, it was by and large set to be an academic discussion focused on the potential repercussions of an income-contingent loan scheme in Ireland – and not one for the various stakeholders to partake in …” (more)

[University Times, 10 September]

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