Few Words for Third-Level Funding, at Action Plan Launch

Posted in Governance and administration on February 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The government’s new-year education action plan, launched today, offered few clues as to when the sector can expect a decision on a new funding model. While the 80-page report focused on government aims for technological universities and improving access to education, there was thin gruel for a sector following closely the contentious issue of higher education funding …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 7 February]

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Students to learn more foreign languages under post-Brexit plan

Posted in Teaching on February 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More students will be encouraged to learn foreign languages and study abroad under a plan to build closer links with Europe following Brexit. The Government’s action plan for education acknowledges that Ireland needs to prepare for a changed dynamic in the EU following the UK’s departure and the rising importance of non-English speaking countries globally …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 February]

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Graduate loses bid to sue Oxford over 2:1 degree

Posted in Legal issues on February 7th, 2018 by steve

“A graduate who sued Oxford University over his failure to get a top degree has had his claim dismissed by the High Court. Faiz Siddiqui claimed ‘inadequate teaching’ contributed to his low mark in a final year history paper in 2000. He alleged it cost him entry to a top US law college and sought £1m from the university …” (more)

[BBC News, 7 February]