Maynooth University to open €14m school of education as college celebrates 90-year teaching tradition

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University (MU) is celebrating a tradition in teacher training that goes back more than 90 years, with the opening of a new €14m school of education. From a modest six students on the higher diploma in education at Maynooth in 1926 , an average of 600 teachers a year now qualify in Maynooth and it has more than 12,600 graduates on the Teaching Council register …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 February]

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What’s the likely impact of Brexit on Higher Education in Northern Ireland?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 21st, 2019 by steve

“When you hear the words Northern Ireland and Brexit, I know you automatically think ‘backstop’, but the focus of media on the backstop issue, whilst completely understandable, has had the unintended consequence of diverting attention away from the other likely implications of Brexit on Northern Ireland that are not directly backstop related. Take, for example, the issue of higher education …” (more)

[Cathy Gormley-Heenan, Irish Politics Forum, 21 February]

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Feedback as part of Learning

Posted in Teaching on February 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“I am not often asked by students to give feedback on an exam paper – just a handful over the past few years. Almost always in my experience, when a student requests a feedback session they want to know ‘where did I lose marks’. Students also may feel that they should have got a higher mark – and want to question their grade …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 21 February]

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The Modern German University, Satirized

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2019 by steve

“Academics at Berlin University’s Institute for Cybernetics and Simulation Research are brainstorming how to impress evaluators at a crucial upcoming research assessment. Phoebe, a young and not yet entirely cynical researcher, suggests presenting them with the results of her work on climate change. The first question her colleagues ask is: How will her report be bound? …” (more)

[David Matthews, Inside Higher Ed, 21 February]

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‘Huge drop’ in literacy levels of Irish university graduates – OECD study

Posted in Research, Teaching on February 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Up to 6% of Irish university graduates are functionally illiterate, according to latest international research. These rates, contained in an OECD study, are significantly higher than in Finland (2%) or the Netherlands (3%), though are similar to the UK (7%) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 February]

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Student landlord fails in ‘women’s prison’ appeal

Posted in Legal issues on February 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Tax Appeals Commission has said it was ‘startling’ to suggest that student accommodation could be likened to the Dochas women’s prison in Dublin. The statement was made in a case where a student accommodation provider failed in an effort to exempt its dwellings from the local property tax …” (more)

[John Mulligan, Independent, 21 February]

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