Education Committee to discuss continuous assessment for State Examinations

Posted in Teaching on March 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Committee on Education and Skills will focus on continuous assessment for State Examinations at its meeting on Tuesday, 6 March 2018. Attending the meeting are: representatives from the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI); Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI); Union of Students in Ireland (USI); and the National Parents’ Council Post-Primary …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 6 March]

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Senior Tutor Blames Government for Supplemental Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Senior Tutor, Aidan Seery, has said that anger about the introduction of supplemental fees should be directed at the government and not at College. Seery posted in Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union’s (TCDSU) Facebook event for an open meeting being held this evening …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 6 March]

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Why Are So Many People Leaving Northern Ireland For University?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 6th, 2018 by steve

“Recently, the BBC published an article focusing on how a third of Northern Irish students have started studying in other parts of the UK. Looking at data from another source, but for the same years, (2016-2017) 4% of English students are studying somewhere else in the UK, 6% of Scots, 31% of Welsh and 27% of Northern Irish …” (more)

[Leanne Thorpe, The Gown, 6 March]

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Insecure academics – just how much do universities rely on casual teaching staff?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2018 by steve

“Casual staff have always played an important role in university teaching. Many graduate students and postdocs supplement their income by delivering lectures and tutorials, gaining valuable experience and often doing a great job. But has casualization gone too far? …” (more)

[CDBU, 6 March]

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Mind the gap: Tackling the class divide at third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“On paper, at least, the odds were stacked against Weronika Nowak going to university. She arrived to Ireland from Poland at the age of 13 without a word of English. She went to school in Ballyfermot, a disadvantaged area with low progression rates to third level. Her school didn’t offer higher level options in many subjects …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 6 March]

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Trinity’s €450 Supplemental Fee Is Maddening

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s decision to introduce a flat fee of €450 for supplemental exams is bound to cause outrage. With any luck, it’ll cause enough that students will want to stand up and fight back, because this, as has been made very clear over the last while, is not a once-off …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 6 March]

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College Board to introduce €450 flat fee for supplemental exams

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The College Board has approved the implementation of modular billing and a €450 flat fee for supplemental exams. The vote took place at a meeting of the Board last Wednesday, February 28. The €450 fee will be a flat charge, regardless of the number of exams a student has to sit …” (more)

[Ciaran Sunderland, Trinity News, 5 March]

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Away from home

Posted in Life on March 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Some 44 years ago I became an undergraduate student at Trinity College Dublin. On my first day as a student, I took a guided tour of the institution organised by the Student Representative Council (as it was then called). I started chatting with two other students …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 5 March]

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