Students are being priced out of Third Level Education – Senator Paul Gavan

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Education in the Seanad, Senator Paul Gavan, has spoken out against the decision by Trinity College Dublin to introduce a supplement exam fee of €450. Senator Gavan, has called on the University to reverse their decision in the best interests of those students already struggling to financially survive Third Level Education …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 7 March]

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Trinity to Propose Accommodation Fee Jump

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College is proposing a significant increase to on-campus accommodation, The University Times has learned. A memorandum from Trinity’s Director of Commercialisation, Adrian Neilan, due to be discussed at Finance Committee today and obtained by The University Times, recommends a €21 increase per week …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 7 March]

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“unfair”? Making up for lost class time

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This morning it is reported in the Irish Independent that the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) have said that it would be ‘very unfair’ to shorten Easter holidays to make up for days lost due to bad weather. This might sound like a little bit of moaning to those in the private sector, but the statement comes just two weeks before the Easter holidays, and no doubt teachers as well as students and their parents will have plans in place for the two week break …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 7 March]

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Submission from the Technological Higher Education Association toward the Indecon review of the National Training Fund

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

Ireland“In the 2018 Budget Statement delivered on 10 October 2017, the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Paschal Donohoe TD, announced an increase in the National Training Fund levy and signalled further increases in the coming two years to reach 1.0% in 2020. Alongside that, there was a commitment that employers would have a central role in determining priorities for these sectors in 2018 and beyond, and this review is an important element in shaping and delivering on that promise. To that end, the technological sector is pleased to contribute to this review …” (more)

[Joseph Ryan, THEA, 6 March]

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Teachers to oppose changes to exams

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Parents, students and universities have given broad support to a system of continuous assessment for the Leaving Cert – but teachers are opposed. The views were aired at a meeting of the Oireachtas Education Committee to consider whether a change would reduce high levels of student stress blamed on the current exam model …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 March]

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USI Condemns €450 Supplement Exam Fee Placed On Trinity College Dublin Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) stands in solidarity with Trinity College Dublin Students’ Unions (TCDSU) after the announcement that Trinity students will be expected to pay a flat fee of €450 for supplement exams from 2019 onwards, following a decision of the College Board on February 28th …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, USI, 6 March]

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Leaving Cert leads to ‘devastating’ stress among students

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The way the Leaving Cert is structured is maximising stress on students and leading to crippling levels of anxiety, parents’ representatives have claimed. The National Parents Council Post-Primary said high-stakes, one-off exams can be ‘brutal instruments’ and fail to properly assess student’s overall performance and learning during their time at school …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 March]

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In Heated Meeting, Students Pledge Opposition to Supplemental Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students promised radical action in response to the introduction of supplemental fees this evening, as student anger boiled over in the face of the €450 charge …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee and Dominic McGrath, University Times, 6 March]

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DCU beats London site in battle for top digital partnership

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

Ireland“Europe’s largest co-working and digital innovation network – Talent Garden – has selected DCU ahead of London for its new campus. Talent Garden (Tag) Dublin will provide capacity for 350 work spaces, the Talent Garden Innovation School, multiple corporate innovation labs, a large event space, and an Italian-themed café/restaurant …” (more)

[Jane Last, Independent, 7 March]

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Call for investment in Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Significant investment in maintaining standards will be vital if more assessment methods are used for the Leaving Certificate, TDs and senators have heard. Lewis Purser, Irish Universities Association director of academic affairs, told the Oireachtas Education Committee that good practice of teachers regularly assessing their students is often sacrificed by the preparation required for the Leaving Certificate’s high-stakes format …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 March]

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