Cork charity pays out €50k in last three months to help students in need

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A leading Cork charity has given more than €50,000 to students and their families who are struggling to keep up with the costs of third level education. In less than three months, St Vincent de Paul has granted €52,000 in financial aid to students in Cork who need help covering the costs of college, according to SVP South-West regional coordinator Gerry Garvey …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Evening Echo, 5 December]

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University challenge

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on December 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Preparing graduates for complex professional roles in a changing technological world is an increasingly significant challenge for higher education institutions. Brian Norton, President, Dublin Institute of Technology writes …” (more)

[eolas magazine, 1 December]

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Ireland’s third-level fees one of EU’s highest

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As the Oireachtas Education Committee examines how higher education should be funded, a report by the European Commission has revealed that third-level Irish students pay the second highest fees in Europe. Second only to the UK, where fees are currently €10,000 annually, Ireland’s third-level fees have been assessed as being the second highest of 42 education systems across Europe …” (more)

[eolas magazine, 1 December]

Underinvestment causes reputation stagnation

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The latest rankings of the world’s best universities shows little progress being made in the standing of Irish institutions and only one university ranked in the top 200 (Trinity College Dublin). Trinity, was the only Irish university to show a significant increase in its ranking, moving up 14 places to number 117 from the previous year …” (more)

[eolas magazine, 1 December]

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The Case for the Opt-Out Option

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A petition has been launched in Trinity, as many reading this will be aware, for a referendum which would enable students to opt-out of the student union. Even with the initiative in its infancy, the debate surrounding this idea is proving to be quite divisive. In this article, I would like to outline as simple as possible why I support the right of students to leave the union …” (more)

[Donnchadh Curran, Burkean Journal, 5 December]

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Will the UK get a Brexit deal on research? That’s the €160bn question

Posted in Research on December 5th, 2017 by steve

“The government isn’t committing to a Brexit deal for universities, but we need a new partnership in science and innovation between the EU and the UK – and we need it urgently. The stakes are high: the continued ability of British universities to produce high quality research, and of the UK to retain its status as a leading knowledge economy, depend upon it …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman, Guardian, 5 December]

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Privately-educated elite have greater access to third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are denied the same opportunities as their wealthier peers, while parents with money can afford a better education for their children despite Ireland’s so-called free education system, an analysis of 2017 Irish Times feeder school list shows. Fee-paying schools continue to send large numbers to third-level …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Brian Mooney and Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 5 December]

Bonus points for everything?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The new foreign language strategy is to explore the potential of bonus points for languages for school-leavers planning to study languages (‘Plan for more school pupils to study foreign languages’, News, November 4th) …” (more)

[Seán McDonagh, Irish Times, 5 December]

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Academics dispute UCD’s claim to share of their firm

Posted in Legal issues on December 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A dispute over whether University College Dublin (UCD) is entitled to a 15% shareholding in a company involved in developing commercial processes for global pharmaceutical giants has come before the Commercial Court …” (more)

[Tim Healy, Independent, 5 December]

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Almost half of workforce feel that they are ‘too good’ for their job

Posted in Life on December 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Almost half of workers think they are too good for their jobs, according to a report to be published today. New research by the Economic and Social Research Institute (Esri) showed that 46pc of employees believed they were overqualified …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 5 December]

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How language teacher MAs could be in line for financial incentives

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government is considering giving financial incentives for people who want to complete a language Masters, with a view to becoming school teachers. Education Minister Richard Bruton said he would like to introduce a ‘straightforward subsidy’ for people who are proficient in a language …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 5 December]

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What’s the value of feeder schools?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“They’re perhaps the most controversial feature of the Irish education landscape. Back in 2002, The Irish Times was the first newspaper to publish information about how many students, from which school, go on to third-level. This was a time before whole-school evaluations, when parents could only access whatever information schools saw fit to give them and whatever they heard on the local grapevine …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 5 December]

Surge in third-level entry from State-funded schools

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“College entry rates from State-funded schools are continuing to close the gap with the fee-paying sector. There has been a seven-fold increase in the number of publicly funded schools to record 100% progression to third-level since 2010 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 December]

Students Want More Engagement With Lecturers, Says New Report

Posted in Teaching on December 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new national survey indicates that students are not satisfied with the amount of student-staff interaction they receive, with just over half of students surveyed saying they’ve never spoken to a member of staff about potential career paths …” (more)

[Ciaran Molloy, University Times, 4 December]

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