Students charged €5.5k each up-front for accommodation in one popular Limerick district

Posted in Life on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In a week which saw thousands of students flock to Limerick for the start of the new academic year, a landlord has charged a number of students €5.5k each up-front for privately rented accommodation near UL campus …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 12 September]

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USI Demands SUSI Exemption for Students in Direct Provision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today called for an exemption to SUSI residency rules for asylum seekers living in direct provision, in an address to the Oireachtas Committee for Education and Skills …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 12 September]

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Student grant fails to cover half of rental costs in Ireland’s cities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The grant provided by the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) does not cover even half of the cost of accommodation in Ireland’s major cities, a committee has heard. The SUSI grant, which provides funding to third-level students for fees and maintenance, also fails to reflect the cost of living, particularly for housing …” (more)

[Cate McCurry, Belfast Telegraph, 12 September]

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Lack of accommodation a major issue for AIT students

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Jumping housing prices and inadequate accommodation make the issue of living away from home very difficult for students attending Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT ) this year. ‘Many people may not think it’s an issue compared bigger cities like Dublin. Athlone will of course not be going through the same huge rent being charged in our capital city, however it is still putting huge amounts of strain onto students both due to the lack of accommodation as well as the rising prices …'” (more)

[Ronan Fagan, Athlone Advertiser, 12 September]

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Bite-sized Lessons – A Message for Third-Level?

Posted in Teaching on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An interesting ad popped on my Facebook feed this morning – it was from Babbel.com who were advertising bite-sized language lessons that last 10-15 minutes, with the tag line ‘you’ll always find time for them’. I like the sound of such short lessons, my own YouTube Channel contains short ‘How To …’ videos of about 5-10 minutes length – this seems to work well for casual learners …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 12 September]

University rankings may not be perfect, but they do matter in globalised world

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Global university rankings matter. Real or not, perceptions matter. In a globalised world, they matter when it comes to competing for research funding from multinational corporations, or other sources that want to believe they are investing in the best talent and infrastructure to optimise the outcomes. Irish graduates have also found they matter to prospective employers, in the US and elsewhere around the world …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 September]

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Trinity drop in world list sparks row over funding

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new controversy is erupting over State funding for university researchers after Trinity College Dublin (TCD) dropped 44 places in the latest annual global rankings. In a further blow to the nation’s higher education reputation, the only Irish entry in the world’s top 200 tumbled from 120th to 164th in the UK-based Times Higher Education table …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 September]

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TCD’s falling rankings: ‘It does not give me confidence in the Irish system’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Zoe Ellingboe almost didn’t go to Trinity. The first-year theoretical physics student was close to making the jump to university abroad, due to Irish institutes slipping in higher education rankings. ‘Trinity was the centre of theoretical physics during the 1800s, and they were very much toting that when we had our first Introduction to Physics – which sounded really cool, except [for] the fact that the thing they’re most proud of is in the 1800s’, she said …” (more)

[Sarah Mooney, Irish Times, 11 September]

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Most secondary school girls face ‘confidence gap’ over science, technology and maths

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Many secondary school girls face an ‘information and confidence gap’ over so-called Stem subjects such as science, technology, engineering and maths, according to a new survey. Some 64% of girls say they don’t know enough about Stem, while 26% of students say here are easier ways of getting CAO points than choosing to study Stem …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 September]

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World University Rankings 2020: Trinity College drops 44 places in further blow to Ireland’s reputation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has dropped 44 places in the latest global university rankings, in a further blow to Ireland’s reputation on the world stage. It has sparked a call on Government from the 427-year-old university for a national strategy on rankings to reverse the ongoing decline in the nation’s standing …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 September]

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