Case in which Leaving Cert marks wrongly totted up ‘cannot be repeated’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A High Court judge has said situations such as that experienced by students like Rebecca Carter, whose Leaving Cert exam points were wrongly totted up, ‘cannot be repeated’. Mr Justice Richard Humphreys said the current system where Leaving Cert exams are reviewed by the State Examination Commission (SEC) is ‘highly unfair’ to Leaving Cert students …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 3 October]

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USI say 6,000 third level students protested in ‘Raise the Roof’ rally in Dublin City

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Member unions of the Union of Students Ireland (USI), along with UCDSU, marched on Leinster House today in protest of the national housing and homelessness crisis. Beginning at the Garden of Remembrance, student unions from all over the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland gathered together to call for radical change in housing legislation and tenant’s rights, before the Dáil vote next week …” (more)

[Dylan O’Neill, University Observer, 3 October]

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3,000 Students March as Housing Protests Escalate

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As anger over the housing crisis intensifies, students from all over the country descended on the Garden of Remembrance this morning to march for better housing, ahead of the national Raise the Roof rally …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 3 October]

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Expert quit centre role after ‘flawed’ funding assessment

Posted in Research on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A leading expert in the health research landscape said she quit her governance position at a perinatal research centre because the university where it is based failed to challenge Science Foundation Ireland’s decision not to fund it …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan and Elaine Loughlin, BreakingNews.ie, 3 October]

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Graduate salaries are no measure of a university’s worth

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

“The government’s teaching excellence framework may have been controversial, but it has enabled the higher education sector to articulate what students, parents and industry are genuinely interested in: teaching, employability, student support, real-world skills and co-curricular activities …” (more)

[Dominic Shellard, Guardian, 3 October]

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Cracking the College Code

Posted in Life on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Presented and produced by Seán Delaney. On this week’s programme I speak to Catherine O’Connor about making the transition from post-primary school to college. Catherine is author of the book, Cracking the College Code: Making the Most of the First Year College Experience …” (more, audio)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 3 October]

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University of Limerick declines opportunity to feed into Local Area Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Surprise has been expressed that the University of Limerick did not take up the opportunity to contribute to a local area plan being drawn up for Castletroy. UL, which has a student population of almost 12,000 – many thousands of whom live in the local area – did not respond to a call from council bosses to provide feedback to the plan, which will provide a blueprint for Castletroy’s development in the future …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 3 October]

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Mumps Outbreak among UL Students

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A number of students in the University of Limerick (UL) have been diagnosed with mumps in recent days, according to a statement released on the Facebook page of UL Student Life …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 2 October]

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Ulster University: no need to back down

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

“Ulster University seems to have retracted the claim on its website that it is in the top 3% of universities in the world. Elsewhere it has apparently claimed to be in the top 2% …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 3 October]

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Education system still counting cost of brain drain from flight of our graduates after crash

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is still feeling the after-effects of the graduate brain drain that robbed the country of youthful talent during the depths of the recession. Thousands of our brightest and best youngsters left these shores in pursuit of more viable job opportunities as the country languished in the fallout from the crash …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 October]

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Should a university teach a killer?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

“How should a university treat an application from a mass murderer? This was the question facing the University of Oslo, when Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik applied from prison to take its political science degree …” (more)

[Matt Pickles, BBC News, 3 October]

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