Maynooth apologise for tweet sent to student

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University’s Department of Law has apologised to a student following a reply they received on Twitter. The response a student was given when they asked about the exam timetable has received criticism online …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 31 March]

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Oh, Good God Gary

Posted in Teaching on March 31st, 2019 by steve

IrelandThe Irish Times published an article in on Tuesday 26th March which gave space to Mary O’Rourke and Dr Gary Granville to present their view on whether history should be a compulsory subject. Dr Gary Granville is professor emeritus at the National College of Art and Design. He was formerly assistant chief executive in the NCCA …” (more)

[Peter Lydon, 31 March]

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The untold story of the Trinity Education Project

Posted in Teaching on March 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The 2018/19 academic year has brought with it the first year of the Trinity Education Project implementation. As Trinity’s most extensive effort to alter and consolidate its undergraduate curriculum, TEP is already more than half a decade in the making. Today, less than a year into implementation, alterations have already been made …” (more)

[Isabella Noonen, Trinity News, 30 March]

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Why are university students catching mumps?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2019 by steve

“Mumps – a contagious viral infection that causes swelling of the glands – has been in the news this week following a confirmed outbreak at two universities. A total of 223 suspected cases were reported, with 40 confirmed, across Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham …” (more)

[BBC News, 31 March]

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High-profile members of Trinity club express surprise at ‘hazing’ claims

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“High-profile members of Trinity College Dublin’s Knights of the Campanile have said they were not aware of any ‘hazing’ rituals carried out by the society. A list of members at a recent annual dinner held by the Knights of the Campanile, which has been seen by The Irish Times, includes prominent figures from the worlds of business, media, politics and sport …” (more)

[Jack Horgan-Jones and Jack Power, Irish Times, 30 March]

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College consent classes too little, too late

Posted in Teaching on March 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A proposal to compel third level institutions to provide sexual consent classes or risk losing funding was floated last week after it was recommended in a Government-commissioned report. The report, which was sought by the Minister for State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor raised concerns about the levels of sexual assaults happening on Irish college campuses …” (more)

[Deborah Coleman, The Corkman, 30 March]

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Campuses where everyone is a student of nature

Posted in Research on March 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A Saturday morning walk around the boundary of the University College Dublin campus in Belfield recently alerted me to the public access to green spaces on third-level campuses across Ireland. As I walked along the 6km woodland walk, I met walkers and runners, who, like me, were simply using the university campus like a public park …” (more)

[Sylvia Thompson, Irish Times, 30 March]

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Continuous Assessment and the Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on March 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There seems to be a consensus developing in certain quarters that the Leaving Cert (LC) needs a bit of an overhaul and many are making the case for the inclusion of a lot more continuous assessment (CA). The arguments for more continuous assessment seem to include the following: …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 29 March]

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Call for students in disadvantaged schools to get extra CAO points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students from disadvantaged schools should receive extra CAO points in recognition of the barriers they face, the president of a school management body has suggested. Paul Fiorentini, president of the Association of Community and Comprehensive Schools, said more work is needed to ensure greater equality of access to higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 March]

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ERASMUS Programme

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2019 by steve

IrelandCatherine Martin (Dublin Rathdown, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to ensure that Irish students domiciled in Northern Ireland will have access to Erasmus programmes here and elsewhere after 2021; if Irish students can study in the UK after 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 March]

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Quarter of students suffer unwanted sexual advances in Northern Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 28th, 2019 by steve

“More than a quarter of students at universities or colleges in Northern Ireland have experienced unwanted sexual behaviour, a survey has revealed. Over 2,200 students took part in the survey on consent and unwanted sexual behaviour, conducted by the National Union of Students-Union of Students in Ireland (NUS-USI) …” (more)

[Gillian Halliday, Belfast Telegraph, 28 March]

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Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD hosts next in a series of Regional Stakeholder Forums

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD hosts the third in a series of five regional forums with stakeholders in the education and skills sector this evening, Wednesday, 27 March 2019, at NUI Galway. The Minister invited a range of stakeholders from the education system, teachers and academics, figures involved in Irish language organisations and passionate voices to gather views about how best to improve the teaching and learning of Irish at all levels in the education system …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 27 March]

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Students call on Taoiseach to commit to publicly-funded higher education system

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Student groups have welcomed comments from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar which appear to rule out a student loan scheme or increase in fees for higher education. Until now, Mr Varadkar has voiced his opposition to ‘US or UK-style’ student loans schemes but has not ruled out other loan schemes which involve smaller levels of debt …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 March]

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Should we care about Trinity College ‘hazing’ antics?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On the off chance that you are not endlessly fascinated by what Trinity students get up to in their bedrooms let me bring you up to speed. We are reliably informed by the University Times (no relation) that a secretive grouping has been engaged in some arcane and rather unwholesome activities on campus …” (more)

[John McManus, Irish Times, 28 March]

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Should UCD prioritise funding degrees with better job prospects?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2019 by steve

IrelandYES: As the largest university campus in the country, UCD has very high overheads. They have to be able to keep the lights on from month to month. Therefore, any extra funding they can gain, be it from government funding or Alumni donations, can only make the student experience better …” (more)

[Heather Reynolds and Nathan Young, University Observer, 27 March]

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LIT Ennis Forge Transition Agreement with ECFE

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), Ennis Campus, and the Ennis College of Further Education (ECFE) have just signed an agreement that will provide a seamless transition for ECFE graduates to LIT Ennis …” (more)

[Clare FM, 27 March]

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Liam Neeson removed from Queen’s prospectus as university stays silent on star’s honorary doctorate

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2019 by steve

“Queen’s University has failed to confirm whether it will rescind Liam Neeson’s honorary doctorate after he was reportedly removed from its latest prospectus for new students …” (more)

[Victoria Leonard, Belfast Telegraph, 27 March]

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Student fee hike and loan scheme ruled out

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Further increases to student fees or the introduction of a student loan scheme have been ruled out, the Irish Examiner can reveal. In a ‘highly significant’ development, the Government has rejected two of three recommendations contained in a 2016 report into how a gaping hole in third-level funding is to be filled …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 27 March]

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Leaving Cert ‘too academic’ say groups consulted in senior-cycle review

Posted in Teaching on March 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Leaving Certificate is too narrowly focused on academic learning and is not suitable for students of varying abilities, according to groups consulted as part of an official review of the senior cycle. A strong consensus has emerged among many schools and students that the current system is too rigid and should have more technical or creative pathways for students whose strengths lie in different areas …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 March]

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Leaving Cert students may be assessed over two years

Posted in Teaching on March 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students should be assessed on a staggered basis over two years instead of facing a single set of summer exams, according to groups consulted as part of an official review of the senior cycle. The proposal is one of a series that, if agreed, would amount to the biggest changes in the Leaving Cert in half a century …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 March]

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