Government hopes hard Brexit would not affect fees for cross-Border students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government is hopeful that students will be able to study north and south of the Border without incurring hikes in student fees in the event of a hard Brexit. About 1,200 students from the North attend colleges in the Republic, while more than 2,000 students from the Republic attend colleges in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 January]

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Irish government considers grants for Northern Ireland students after Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish government is considering a grant scheme for Northern Ireland students applying to universities in the Republic, to avoid fee hikes post-Brexit. A-level students in Northern Ireland say they have been left in limbo over whether they will have to pay non-EU student fees after the UK leaves the EU in March, a factor that could heavily determine where they choose to attend university …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 3 January]

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University ‘teaching’ then and now: Part 2

Posted in Teaching on January 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“When I went to university in the US I was struck by how ‘managed’ student learning was. Each module had homeworks, quizzes, mid-terms and finals. It was common for lecturers to follow a single textbook and to assign readings for that textbook. It was a radically different approach to what I was used to in UCD …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 3 January]

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US visa bill for Irish graduates scuppered by single US senator

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“New efforts will have to be made to secure thousands of potential new US working visas for Irish people after the deadline passed for it to be approved in the US Senate …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 3 January]

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The Irish Times view on third level grade inflation: Keeping an eye on standards

Posted in Teaching on January 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities are awarding more top degrees to students than ever before. About two out of three students secured first or upper second-class degrees last year, up significantly on a decade ago. Are students becoming smarter? Or are universities ‘dumbing down’ their qualifications? And do these trends really matter? …” (more)

[Irish Times, 3 January]

Do we need another university?

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Dr Joseph Ryan’s claim (‘Dublin college merger: technological universities arrive with a TUD’, Opinion & Analysis, December 31st) that ‘policymakers in this country have been strong in defending our diversified provision that caters to differing talents and learning approaches’ is, well, a dud. They have done no such thing …” (more)

[Patricia Mulkeen, Irish Times, 3 January]

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New doctrine threatens freedom of speech in universities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A principal function of the university is to conduct rational enquiry in order to discover/create new knowledge. Rational enquiry is dependent on academic freedom, ie freedom of speech that allows full and free contest of ideas. Freedom of speech is so fundamental to rational argument that, if it is denied in a university, we no longer have a university …” (more)

[William Reville, Irish Times, 3 January]

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