Extra college places and Leaving Cert

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 5th, 2020 by steve

“Sir, – The recent Fianna Fáil proposal (‘Cancel Leaving Cert, says FF’, News, May 2nd) that extra college places should become available for Leaving Cert students because fewer international students are attending third-level institutions suggests that in normal times Irish students are being disadvantaged by such an international student intake …” (more)

[Kevin Nolan, Irish Times, 5 May]

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If universities shift online, we risk more poorer students dropping out

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 5th, 2020 by steve

“This is a highly anxious time for universities. The Office for Budget Responsibility estimates the education sector will be worst hit by coronavirus, while universities have approached the government for a bailout to plug a project £2.5bn hole in their finances …” (more)

[Chris Skidmore, Guardian, 4 May]

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Why is the Provost So Quiet on Board Changes With Huge Autonomy Implications?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2020 by steve

“In recent years, when Provost Patrick Prendergast has ventured into the media, he’s tended to focus predominantly on one issue: funding. Small wonder: for third-level, government underinvestment has been the monster at the end of the bed for years – and in the last few months, with economic crisis looming, Prendergast has been making the case for state funding more stridently than ever …” (more)

[University Times, 4 May]

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Derry Medical School needs government approval by end of May

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2020 by steve

“Ulster University has said that government sign-off is needed by the end of May to ensure student intake for a Magee medical school can proceed as planned for 2021. Elected representatives from across the north west have called on the Executive to sign off on a medical school at Magee and match funding for Derry’s City Deal …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 4 May]

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Extra Third Level Places Must Be At The Heart Of Any Leaving Cert Alternative – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2020 by steve

“Fianna Fáil Education Spokesperson Thomas Byrne has today welcomed the call from the Irish Universities Association for funding for extra places this year. Universities and Institutes of Technology are likely to lose international students this year as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 4 May]

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‘I can’t get motivated’: the students struggling with online learning

Posted in Teaching on May 5th, 2020 by steve

“Loretta Charles-Cregan, an 18-year-old A-level student, considers herself lucky because her school gave her a laptop to help her do her GCSEs when she was made temporarily homeless after her house flooded. ‘It’s the only reason I can do my work now’, she says. ‘It was a blessing in disguise’ …” (more)

[Rachel Hall and David Batty, Guardian, 4 May]

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Universities warn cost of funding lost to pandemic is €374m

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2020 by steve

“Universities want the Government to fund more places for Irish students in the autumn to help cover their Covid-19 losses. The cost of the pandemic to the seven traditional universities will run to €374m over 2020 and 2021, according to an initial assessment …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 May]

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