Where next for the Leaving Cert?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on June 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“‘Teachers will predict the grades of their own students and there will be no Leaving Cert exam’ – if you’d suggested this at the start of 2020, teachers, unions, parents, students and the Department of Education would have assumed you were sleep-talking through a far-fetched Leaving Cert dream …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 23 June]

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‘Waterford has been outflanked and overtaken’ – calls for WIT to fight for University status without Carlow unless deadline is met

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Labour Party in Waterford has called for a time limit to be put on the troubled talks process around the proposed Technological University of the South East. And the party said that unless a deadline for a resolution can be found, Waterford Institute of Technology should go it alone and try to attain university status without IT Carlow …” (more)

[Shane Doran, Waterford Now, 22 June]

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There is a better way to ensure all students have a fair shot at third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on June 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There is no other country in the world where the final exam at second level dominates public discourse as much as in Ireland. Newspapers analyse why a certain poet did or did not appear on a particular paper while talk radio can guarantee to get listeners going by mentioning any possible changes …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, Irish Times, 23 June]

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George Berkeley and slavery

Posted in Research on June 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Living a few miles from George Berkeley’s childhood home in Thomastown, Kilkenny, I have grown to admire him as a social reformer and man of true vision and humanity. The article ‘What to do about George Berkeley, Trinity figurehead and slave owner?’ (Joe Humphreys, Unthinkable, June 18th), quoting the work of Trinity academic Claire Moriarty, does him a severe injustice …” (more)

[Tony Whittle, Irish Times, 23 June]

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‘Small number’ of schools yet to complete calculated-grades upload

Posted in Teaching on June 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A ‘small number’ of schools have yet to complete the process of uploading data relating to calculated grades for Leaving Certificate 2020. The Department of Education’s calculated-grades collection system – which allows schools to upload data on the estimated marks and class rankings for Leaving Cert students – was due to shut at close of business on Monday …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 22 June]

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Trinity Libraries to Re-Open Gradually From Next Week

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s libraries will re-open on a phased basis next week after more than three months, with a new book delivery service for researchers and a ‘click and collect’ facility. Kinsella Hall will be the first library space to re-open on June 29th, with the Berkeley, Lecky, Ussher, and Hamilton libraries and the John Stearne Medical Library opening on July 20th …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 22 June]

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UCC To Reduce The Contract Length For Their Student Accommodation By Three Weeks

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The change is due to Covid-19. The provisional date for the start of lectures is the 28th of September, however some courses will start earlier …” (more)

[Red FM, 22 June]

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Face Coverings Now Mandatory for Students and Staff Returning to Institutes of Technology in September

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) has announced that face coverings are compulsory for students and staff returning to Institutes of Technology in September. Many students will return to campuses that are quite different from those they left in March; however, THEA is the first third-level institution to implement this protective measure …” (more)

[Emma Hanrahan, College Tribune, 22 June]

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UCC Student’s Union Waiting For Response On Plans For A Rent Hike At College Owned Accommodation Centres

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCC are planning a 3% rent increase. UCC owns and operates five centres and 1,300 student beds and announced the plan in February …” (more)

[Red FM, 22 June]

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WIT say they will hold on-campus classes with social distancing come September

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on June 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology have issued guidelines for students who are awaiting offers of college places, saying they will have as much on-campus activity as its permitted at the time. Ahead of the CAO Change of Mind deadline of 1 July, WIT has shared information on what WIT freshers can expect college life to look like …” (more)

[Aoibhin Fallon, WLR FM, 22 June]

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