Green Party motion to connect UCD to Metro and Luas links receives unanimous support

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“South Dublin County Council (SDCC) have voted unanimously to support a Green Party motion which would see proposed Metro lines extend to Knocklyon and UCD from Charlemont. The MetroLink project is an estimated €3bn project which would see the development of a north-south urban rail service in Dublin …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 14 February]

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The Leaving Cert, signalling and third level non-completion rates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The fact that completion rates in university and IoT courses are closely correlated with CAO points has been known for some time. However, the fact that this is still newsworthy is interesting and probably has to do with the prevailing narrative, a narrative in which the Leaving Cert is deemed to be unfit for purpose and inadequate as a preparation for the rigours of 21st century higher education …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 14 February]

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New Data from the Higher Education Authority

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The HEA have produced a major study on An Analysis of Completion in Irish Higher Education: 2007/08 Entrants, which makes for interesting reading. As with many HEA reports there is a lot of detail and mountains of data (this report is 220 pages long!). It does not include the National College of Ireland nor the likes of the Dublin Business School which is a big pity and a major omission in my view …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 14 February]

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THEA Reaction to HEA Analysis of Completion Rates in Irish Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) very much welcomes this first extended completion analysis across the entire higher education sector. We compliment the HEA for engaging in such a longitudinal study and for the attendant analysis. As a sector, we have been examining progression and successful completion in this manner for the best part of a decade …” (more)

[THEA, 13 February]

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Queen’s University has to address perception as ‘cold house’ for Protestants

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

“A recent intemperate outburst by Professor John Brewer highlighted a problem at Queen’s University, Belfast. Donald Tusk certainly ratcheted up the rhetoric over Brexit when he spoke about ‘a special place in Hell’ for the promoters of Brexit, but Professor Brewer tweeted: ‘Special place in Hell for no-deal Brexiteers. Hell is too good for them’ …” (more)

[Nelson McCausland, Irish Examiner, 14 February]

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Four in Every Five Irish Students Complete their Degree

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Major Study of Higher Education Completion Rates Finds that Leaving Certificate Performance is Strongest Predictor of Completion. The Higher Education Authority today published a study on the rates of completion of 34,059 students who entered Irish Universities, Institutes and Colleges full time at undergraduate level in the 2007/8 academic year …” (more, download)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 14 February]

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Disadvantaged students need much better access to third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In a recent High Court decision, Mr Justice Richard Humphreys vindicated a citizen’s right to access higher education and vocational training. It is both surprising and disappointing that the Minister for Education and Skills has decided to appeal this decision and is to argue that no individual has a right to access to higher education …” (more)

[Judith Harford and Brian Fleming, Irish Times, 14 February]

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Some third-level computing courses have 80% drop-out rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A majority of students are dropping out of third-level computing and engineering courses with low CAO entry points, official figures show. These high non-completion rates are a source of ‘huge concern’ to education authorities, according to a major new study. The findings are contained in a study by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) which has tracked a cohort of more than 34,000 students who started third-level courses in 2007/08 over a 10-year period …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 February]

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Amid Racism Uproar, Burkean’s Founders Call on Editor to Resign

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Founding members of conservative student publication the Burkean have called on the paper’s Editor, Michael O’Dwyer Connolly, to resign over an article he wrote that has been roundly condemned for promoting racism and eugenics …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 13 February]

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Leaving Cert grades linked to finishing college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students with higher Leaving grades and CAO points are significantly more likely to complete higher education than those with lower grades, according to a new report from the Higher Education Authority. The study, which tracked 34,059 full-time undergraduate students who entered Irish universities, institutes of technology and colleges in 2007 across ten years, found that the lowest completion rates were in computing courses, where 45% of students dropped out …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Examiner, 14 February]

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Additional Gardaí on duty for ‘Donegal Tuesday’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Galway Gardai have an operations order in place today as students gather in their droves in the city for ‘Donegal Tuesday’. The annual event is held as part of unofficial Rag Week celebrations with students gathering at Eyre Street from early morning …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 12 February]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBarry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the breakdown of the €15 million allocation for 2019 for a college (details supplied); the date in 2019 the project will commence; if this will be impacted by the cost overrun with the national children’s hospital; if he has been consulted by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 February]

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Intercession: UCD founder Newman to be made saint after ‘second miracle’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Pope Francis will make Cardinal John Henry Newman, who was instrumental in founding the university that became UCD, a saint. The Pope has decided that Newman has committed two miracles. Newman was one of the highest-profile Anglicans to convert to Catholicism during the Victorian era …” (more)

[Dean Gray, Independent, 14 February]

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Sinn Féin puts Magee, A5 and CoDA at heart of Brexit plan

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

“Sinn Féin has called for the Irish government to commit funding for City of Derry Airport, the A5 and Magee University under its contingency planning for a ‘no deal’ Brexit …” (more)

[Kevin Mullan, Derry Journal, 13 February]

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Tech courses are toughest to finish in college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Technology and computing courses are proving to be the hardest to complete in college, a major new study has found. The report from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) also found that females had significantly higher completion of third-level courses than males. And first year is key – with almost two thirds of those who don’t graduate dropping out at that stage …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 February]

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Is it too easy to get into some third-level college courses?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Are we setting the bar too low for entry into some of our higher education courses? It’s a question begged by the findings of a major study by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) into the volume of students who are failing to complete third-level courses. The good news is that, overall, most students (76%) are completing their courses in higher education. …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 February]

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It should be possible to address pay disparity for teachers, TUI says

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The president of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) said if it was possible to sort out the nurses pay dispute then it should be possible to address the disparity in pay for teachers, he said. The nurses’ pay deal shows the Government was prepared to act in a crisis and ‘there is a crisis in teaching’, Seamus Lahart said …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 13 February]

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