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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Leaving Cert: Senior cycle review seeks update to 21st century

Posted in Teaching on March 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Leaving Cert was introduced almost a century ago and its basic structure has remained broadly the same over the past 50 years or so. At a time when society and the world of work is undergoing rapid change, it poses the question of whether our senior-cycle system is fit for purpose for the 21st century …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 March]

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Bid to defund Trinity student paper a ‘press freedom’ issue

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

Ireland“The University Times student newspaper office in Trinity College Dublin looks out across the cobblestone front square of the city-centre campus. The window of the cramped office, littered with stacks of old papers, faces the 166-year-old campanile bell tower …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 26 March]

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