Self Assessments

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“My first batch of examination marking having been completed satisfactorily and my next paper not taking place until the weekend (Saturday morning, to be precise), I naively hoped that I could devote myself to research for a few days this week as I am behind schedule in completing a couple of papers …” (more)

[In the Dark, 17 January]

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Record number of UK university students awarded first-class degrees, figures show

Posted in Teaching on January 17th, 2019 by steve

“A record number of first-class degrees were awarded to graduates last year despite growing pressure on UK universities to tackle grade inflation. More than a quarter (28%) of graduates now leave UK universities with top marks – a rise of two percentage points, figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa) reveal …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby, Independent, 17 January]

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College to Spend €860,000 on Rubrics Refurbishment

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has plans to spend €860,000 on a refurbishment of the Rubrics and the Chief Steward’s House as part of a range of works on the College’s historic accommodation buildings. The oldest building on campus, dating back to 1699, the Rubrics will be renovated ‘for residential and support uses’, according to a public tender seeking a design team …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 17 January]

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Universities can do more to support their disabled students

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2019 by steve

“Going to university is no longer the preserve of a privileged few. Thanks to successive reforms under this government, including a generous student finance system and the abolition of student number controls, anyone who aspires to a higher education can achieve it …” (more)

[Chris Skidmore, Guardian, 17 January]

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Trinity Student Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Jack Power, Irish Times reporter, discusses the news that Trinity College Dublin is hoping to recover €1.7m after 509 students were undercharged registration fees over the past three years” (podcast).

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 17 January]

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The Leaving Cert and the Premier League

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“One of the purported aims of the new Leaving Cert grading and points-awarding system (in the news today) was to ‘take the heat out of the CAO system’. The argument was that by having fewer grade bands, students would be under less pressure to scramble for every point to get to the next grade and earn more points …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 17 January]

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UL headquartered centre contributes over half a billion euro to economy

Posted in Research on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Every €1 invested into Lero, a national research centre headquartered at the University of Limerick, has generated five times its value to the Irish economy, a new report has found. A study by the UL Kemmy Business School has found that over the last 13 years, every €1 invested into Lero contributed €5.25 to the economy on average …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 17 January]

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Grade reforms push ‘ill-equipped’ students to take higher-level exams

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Reforms which reward those who sit higher level exams are pressurising struggling students into taking on more challenging exam papers, according to new research. The ESRI study into the impact of grading reforms introduced in 2017 finds there is also evidence of growing inequality, with students in disadvantaged schools less likely to take up higher level subjects compared with students in better-off areas …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 January]

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Grading changes risk further alienating less academic pupils

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new grading system introduced two years ago was supposed to ease pressure on Leaving Cert students and take some of the heat out of the points race. However, a new study by the ESRI finds that, for some students, it has had the opposite effect …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 January]

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Research shows some increase in number of students taking higher level subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD announced today that the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has published research on the early impacts of the revised grading scheme for Leaving Certificate examinations which was introduced in June 2017 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 January]

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Equality of Opportunity in Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 17th, 2019 by steve

IrelandPearse Doherty (Donegal, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the measures being taken to promote equality of opportunity in higher education; the efforts being made to remove barriers to accessing higher education and to promote greater participation by those under represented in the sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 January]

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