New €6.5m Project to Expand NovaUCD’s Capacity

Posted in Governance and administration on August 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD today announced that NovaUCD, the University’s Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs, is to expand its capacity to house early-stage start-ups by over 50% with a €6.5 million development project …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 16 August]

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Don’t Even Think of Publishing in This Journal

Posted in Research on August 16th, 2018 by steve

“A major higher education research journal is suspending submissions to clear out a two-year backlog. Some see this case pointing to broad problems in academic publishing, such as the unwillingness of many scholars to review papers …” (more)

[Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, 16 August]

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Bruton plays down high failure rate in ordinary level maths

Posted in Teaching on August 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said officials will examine whether there are ‘lessons to be learned’ from the volume of students who failed ordinary level maths in this year’s Leaving Cert exam. However, he played down concerns over the issue and said the proportion of failures at ordinary level was linked to greater numbers taking on the higher level paper …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 August]

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Number of students who got over 400 points on the rise

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The number of Leaving Certificate candidates scoring high points for college entry has jumped since the changes to the exam grading system and CAO points scale. Figures from the CAO show that 11.9% of students achieved between 500 to 599 points this year, compared with 9.6% in 2016. There are also other candidates with 600 points, and even more if they have the ‘honours’ maths bonus …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 August]

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Leaving Cert and rote memorisation

Posted in Teaching on August 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Your Editorial (‘A signpost, not a destination’, August 15th) says in relation to our two-year Leaving Cert course: ‘A new study by Dr Denise Burns of DCU indicates that rote learning (sic) continues to dominate over critical thinking’. It’s true that rote memorisation dominance exists. It’s also true that critical thinking shortcomings can be rectified easily – and ought to be, for level-playing field purposes – during the first semesters of third-level courses …” (more)

[Joe Foyle, Irish Times, 16 August]

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How the housing crisis is hitting vulnerable students

Posted in Governance and administration on August 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students across the country are struggling to find accommodation as the annual start of college looms in September. A shortage of accommodation has driven prices upward to a point where many students – especially in Dublin – are simply not able to afford. The situation is becoming increasingly untenable for students …” (more)

[Patrick Kelleher, Irish Times, 16 August]

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