College Proposals for Late Exam Sittings Are Unacceptable, Says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has set down a red line to College over the possibility of exam sittings extending beyond 5pm and occuring on Sundays, calling the suggestion ‘unacceptable’. Speaking to The University Times, the Chair of Trinity’s branch of IFUT, John Walsh, raised concerns about student welfare if exams occur more than twice a day …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 20 February]

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Leaving Cert review to focus on easing ‘points race’ pressure

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A major review of the Leaving Cert which gets under way on Tuesday is to examine ways of easing the ‘points race’ and better preparing students for alternatives to university such as apprenticeships. Ireland currently has the highest proportion of school-leavers in the EU who progress to third level. By contrast, far fewer students here follow more vocational routes …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 February]

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End of the line for the Leaving Cert?

Posted in Teaching on February 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Is the Leaving Cert fit for purpose for the 21st century? It’s a question being regularly asked against the backdrop of a world where the skills required for workplace are changing fast. The must-have career attributes to future-proof today’s school-leavers, according to the World Economic Forum, include creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 20 February]

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Finding value in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2018 by steve

“Today the British government launched a new review of English higher education, the aim being ‘to ensure a joined-up system that works for everyone’. This review has been heavily trailed for some time, and appears to be based on a sense of uneasiness with the existing framework …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 19 February]

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DCU rules out men in adverts for three academic posts

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University has said it will consider only women candidates for three academic posts it has advertised in Saudi Arabia. The university plans to hire a lecturer in data analytics, an adjunct lecturer in advanced practice nursing, and an assistant professor in marketing. All will teach at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, or PNU, the world’s largest women-only college, in Riyadh …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 20 February]

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UCC to invest €500k in Opera House partnership

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Student internships at Cork Opera House and a new postgraduate degree are part of a new partnership that will see University College Cork invest more than €500,000 in the cultural institution. The funding from UCC’s non-taxpayer revenues will be spread over eight years and the university will get its name in lights over the Cork Opera House, replacing the Toyota signs that were recently removed at the end of a 30-year-old sponsorship deal …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 February]