Cork now facing a ‘serious shortage’ of beds for college students

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of Cork Institute of Technology has warned of a ‘serious shortage’ of student accommodation and the need for better public transport as it bids to grow its student population by 3,000 over the next decade. CIT expects to add at least an extra 3,000 students to its books in the next 10 years …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 10 January]

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Reflections on the Examination Period

Posted in Teaching on January 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Tomorrow (11th January) is the start of our mid-year examination period here at Maynooth University. It’s therefore a good opportunity to send a hearty ‘good luck’ message to all students about to take examinations …” (more)

[In the Dark, 10 January]

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Trinity College Dublin poised for 21st-century makeover

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For hundreds of years, Trinity College Dublin has appeared to many Dubliners as an imposing, high-walled institution they dared not enter. ‘I’ve spoken to people who’ve lived and worked in the capital their whole lives’, says Prof Veronica Campbell, Trinity’s bursar. ‘Often, their first time in Trinity may not occur until they are in their 40s or 50s’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 January]

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Trinity College seeks to open ‘imposing’ walls to Dublin’s public

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is planning to open up some of its imposing high perimeter walls to create new ‘public gateways’ into the country’s oldest university. The college, which started out as an enclosed campus, has long been criticised for its neglect of surrounding areas such as Pearse Street …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 January]

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Grudge matches

Posted in Research, Teaching on January 10th, 2019 by steve

“One of the things that students find most puzzling about university exams is that markers (or graders for US friends) can give high marks to well argued, well referenced answers with which they strongly disagree. This is perhaps helped by the fact that in Cambridge, in my faculty at least, exams are not regularly marked by those who taught the course …” (more)

[Mary Beard, Times Literary Supplement, 9 January]

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