Are the Irish over-qualified?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A Sunday Times report over the weekend put Ireland at the top of the league in terms of overeducation in Europe. Cormac Lucey’s analysis suggests that some students who may not be cut out for specific levels of academic study are being pushed into third level education at the expense of vocational education. Do we need more plumbers and electricians and less white collar graduates, a question we have posed in this leader previously …” (more)

[Kieran Walsh, Munster Express, 2 February]

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Scotland confirms free tuition for EU students in 2019-20

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 2nd, 2018 by steve

“The Scottish government has extended its pledge of free university tuition for European Union students to the cohort arriving in 2019-20, covering the period immediately after the UK’s exit from the bloc. The move, announced on 1 February, increases the pressure on the UK government to extend the offer of student loan funding to EU students enrolling in English higher education institutions in 2019-20 …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 1 February]

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Colleges spent €150m on private consultants’ fees over six years

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Institutes of higher education are relying increasingly on private consultants for expertise, with colleges spending €150 million hiring outside firms over the past six years, according to analysis from the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 2 February]

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Drop in number of CAO applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The number of applicants who have applied for college courses has dropped to the lowest level in at least five years. A total of 72,751 applicants applied ahead of the CAO’s normal application deadline at 5.15pm on Thursday, down almost 5% on the same period last year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 February]

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Trinity Staff ‘Ashamed’ of Arts Block

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Staff in Trinity’s Arts Block have called the building ‘seriously overcrowded’ and ‘inadequate’, adding their frustrations to persistent concerns about the decades-old building. The building, due to undergo renovations to the value of €4 million over the coming years, was designed in the 1970s and currently hosts 4,500 students – 800 more than it was originally intended to accommodate …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, Irish Times, 1 February]

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Salaries for education graduates drop more than for other sectors

Posted in Life on February 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Starting salaries for education graduates have dropped by more than for graduates of any other field of study over recent years, new figures indicate. Despite the fall, they remain among the best paid graduates in their first year out of college …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 February]

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That dreaded time of the year again

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The reminder, which boldly announces that the remaining 50 per cent or €1,500 is due, sends a shiver tingling down my spine, sparking a multitude of thoughts and emotions. First comes the recognition that this is something that will be of benefit to me and must be paid …” (more)

[Alison O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 February]

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Trinity Crams for Exam Changes, Citing Space Concerns

Posted in Teaching on February 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students could be forced to sit more than two exams per day, with some in the evenings or on Sundays, to fit all exams in the one-week periods at Christmas and in summer. If no changes are made to available exam venues or the number of exams students must sit, then Trinity will have to make alternative arrangements, a College feasibility study found …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 1 February]

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