Review shows students think Irish should become optional for Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on July 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Many students think Irish should become an optional subject for the Leaving Cert as a review of senior cycle education uncovers mixed views on keeping Gaeilge compulsory. Parents would also like to see students have the option to focus on five exam subjects instead of seven. Many students believe all subjects should be optional. The finding is included in a review of the existing senior cycle …” (more)

[Jess Casey, BreakingNews.ie, 29 July]

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Munster Tech University Raises Many Questions. Answers Are Hard to Find

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Then Minister for Education Joe McHugh this week postponed the creation of Ireland’s second technological university until early 2020, alarm bells may have sounded for some in the higher education sector. For others, though, the news that Cork IT and IT Tralee are not yet ready to merge – despite provisional plans to do so this year – will have come as no surprise …” (more)

[University Times, 28 July]

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‘Royal’ prefixes and Irish institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The proposed conferring of university status on the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is perhaps an opportune time to reflect on the appropriateness of the continued use of ‘royal’ prefixes by a large number of Ireland-based institutions …” (more)

[Tom Cooper, Irish Times, 29 July]

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Students Need Affordable Accommodation, Not Luxury ‘Studio Apartments’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On Friday, the government proudly announced that 6,691 student beds have been created in Ireland since 2016 as part of its National Student Accommodation Strategy. What the government did not deign to mention, however, is that the vast majority of this accommodation is expensive enough to give the average student heart palpitations …” (more)

[University Times, 28 July]

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GMIT president resigned following dispute over ‘governance issues’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The former president of GMIT, Dr Fergal Barry, was engaged in a lengthy dispute with the governing body of the college before his resignation. Dr Barry resigned in May after an extended period on leave, but no reason was given for his departure …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 28 July]

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A degree of reality is needed about whether college courses are really worth taking

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More money is needed so our universities are not left to crumble. Third-level funding stands at €138m less than what is needed to cater for our rapidly expanding student numbers. But where should the money come from? And how many graduates do we need? Isn’t it time to question our obsession with herding every young person off to college at the taxpayers’ expense? …” (more)

[Lorraine Courtney, Independent, 29 July]

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