Student Numbers in Ireland Top 225,000

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The latest publication of Key Facts and Figures shows that student numbers at publicly funded universities, institutes and colleges in Ireland totalled 225,628 in 2016/17. With the number of full time undergraduate students having increased by 10% over the last five years, over 6% of the country’s adult population is now enrolled in a higher education programme …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, Higher Education Authority, 31 January]

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Technological University bill making its way through the Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A bill on the formation of Technological Universities, including one in Kerry, is making its way through the Seanad …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 30 January]

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The core problem at the heart of higher education

Posted in Teaching on January 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“By international standards, on-time completion rates in Irish universities are very high. But that’s not the full story. My impression is that there is a disappointingly high module failure/repeat rate, a rate that is largely invisible to the outside world. I have no data to hand to prove this – it is just my impression from sitting through exam boards over the years …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 30 January]

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UCC Rag Week clampdown

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) President Patrick O’Shea is preparing a major clampdown on student anti-social behaviour by introducing new fines and restrictions that aim to ease the longstanding concerns of local residents. Community gardaí and college chiefs have been working to ease the fears of residents ahead of RAG week in February …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, Evening Echo, 29 January]

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DCU becomes University of Sanctuary for people in Direct Provision

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Refugees in Direct Provision will be the focus of attention in DCU this week when the facility becomes the first designated University of Sanctuary in Ireland. A series of events will take place, including sport and language practice opportunities. Some students at the university will try to live on €21.60 cents for the week – the amount received by those in Direct Provision …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 29 January]

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UCD Smurfit School drops in MBA rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD Smurfit has plummeted 24 places in the latest Financial Times Global MBA rankings, dropping from 70th place last year on the back of falling average salaries for graduates. At joint 94 however, it has managed to hold onto its Top 100 position …” (more)

[Fiona Reddan, Irish Times, 29 January]

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Abolition of institutes of technology is an act of senseless violence

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“We are living in the final days of the Irish institutes of technology (IoTs). It looks increasingly likely that the Technological Universities Bill will escape from the Oireachtas to the President’s pen. Ten of the fourteen institutes are expected to merge into four new technological universities. By doing so they will bring the curtain down on institutes that have done tremendous good in Irish society since they came into being 48 years ago …” (more)

[Ray Griffin, Irish Times, 29 January]

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Academics under pressure: the invisible frontline in student mental health

Posted in Life on January 29th, 2018 by steve

“Interactions between students and academics can really shape a student’s experience – and for many students going through mental health difficulties, academics are often the first point of contact. Students turn to academics for advice because they may be seen as more approachable, accessible and they have a pre-existing relationship …” (more)

[Rachel Piper, Wonkhe, 29 January]

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Lower Trinity drop-out rates among alternate entry-route students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students who have secured places at Trinity College Dublin through a new admissions route not based solely on CAO points have lower drop-out rates than regular students, according to new data. In 2014, Trinity introduced an alternate admissions route for some courses which measure applicants’ performances compared to others in their school …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 January]

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Are today’s degrees really first class?

Posted in Teaching on January 29th, 2018 by steve

“The annual data release published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency can usually be relied upon to show an uptick in the proportion of firsts awarded. This is accompanied by newspaper inches decrying the decline of academic standards in the UK and a reaction that points to the improvements in teaching and the motivation of contemporary students …” (more)

[William Hammonds, Wonkhe, 29 January]

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Don’t Be Fooled: College Tries to Introduce These Fees Every Few Years

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“When Vice-Provost Chris Morash faced members of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) council last Tuesday, he presented what seemed like a reasonable proposal – one that would introduce fees for supplemental exams – and, at least outwardly, quashed the various concerns raised …” (more)

[University Times, 28 January]

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IFUT wins long-running Maynooth staff pension dispute

Posted in Legal issues on January 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A long running pension dispute involving three staff in Maynooth University pension scheme has been resolved following ongoing pressure by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT). The rights of the staff to reimbursement for denial of pension rights, following their redeployment to Maynooth subsequent to closure of Carysfort College of Education in 1988, were accepted by the college, in advance of a High Court hearing on the matter …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 28 January]

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Bats Could Delay Construction of President Deeks’ New Office

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD President Andrew Deeks may have to wait a little longer for a new office because of bats. The Tribune reported in Issue 4 that UCD was spending hundreds of thousands of euro to plan the renovation of Ardmore House as part of an overall HR project. The move will see Deeks’ office transfer out of the Tierney Building …” (more)

[College Tribune, 27 January]

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Revealed: Ireland’s best-performing schools – including those with 100% record of sending students to college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Just five schools have maintained a 100% record of sending students to third level over the past nine years as fee paying schools continue to dominate when it comes to sending students to college. Figures compiled by the Sunday independent show which schools have consistently sent the most students to college …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 27 January]

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Subject quotas for third level courses proposed by Bruton

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton announced plans for the creation of subject quotas in certain courses being offered by third level institutions, in an effort to double the number of students choosing to enter primary and secondary teaching courses …” (more)

[Shane Hughes, Trinity News, 27 January]

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UCD students to launch boycott of Aramark campaign on February 7

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at University College Dublin (UCD) are launching a campaign to boycott the catering company Aramark on February 7. The students are lobbying for UCD to end ties with the business, who caters for three direct provision centers across Ireland. A representative for the lobby group spoke to Trinity News …” (more)

[Seana Davis, Trinity News, 27 January]

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Smart people problems: we need to talk about PhD mental health

Posted in Life on January 27th, 2018 by steve

“I was once invited to a costume party by graduate students where the theme was ‘what you would be doing if you hadn’t gone to grad school’. Although I never attended the party, in hindsight I would probably have dressed as a pharmaceutical sales rep for the mood stabiliser medication that I am currently taking …” (more)

[Alfredo Cumerma, Times Higher Education, 20 January]

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Financial difficulties of students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The findings of the latest Eurostudent survey (News, January 22nd) indicate that over a third of college students in Ireland are experiencing severe financial difficulties. This is the highest percentage of all the European states …” (more)

[Edel Foley, Irish Times, 27 January]

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Distinguished academic who became first female professor of politics

Posted in Life on January 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Elizabeth Meehan, who died suddenly at the age of 70, was a distinguished academic who was the first female professor of politics on the island of Ireland, breaking that particular glass ceiling for women in the profession. Meehan specialised in the analysis of public policy, especially in the EU context, and in the British-Irish relationship …” (more)

[Irish Times, 27 January]

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Threats of cuts no way to boost third level

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Dick Ahlstrom is correct (‘Funding plan for third level a recipe for disaster’, Science, Innovation, January 25th) in questioning the Department of Education’s proposals to alter the funding arrangements for higher education. The recent Cassells report on the sector revealed a continuing rapid increase in demand for third-level education, with 60% of school-leavers entering the system in 2015 …” (more)

[Joan Donegan, Irish Times, 26 January]

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