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The Madness in the CAO System

Posted in Fees and access on August 29th, 2014 by steve

“When academics look at the CAO numbers at the end of August they are inevitably delighted when the points increase for their own particular course. Why? Because they know from experience that a CAO points score is a relatively good marker for basic intelligence and, crucially, work ethic and commitment …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 29 August]

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Independent report recommends UCD Ball return to campus following ‘substantial loss’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2014 by steve

“UCD Students’ Union (SU) have commissioned an independent report into a ‘substantial’ financial loss made by the UCD Ball 2014. UCDSU President Feargal Hynes has cited poor attendance as a primary factor …” (more)

[Cormac Duffy, University Observer, 29 August]

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Minister O’Sullivan launches consultation on ‘Foreign Languages in Irish Education’

Posted in Teaching on August 29th, 2014 by steve

“The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, has today launched consultations on foreign languages in Irish education …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 29 August]

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Floodworks planned at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2014 by steve

“NUI Galway is seeking permission for flood prevention works to the Distillery Channel waterway which passes through the centre of the main university campus …” (more)

[Lorraine O'Hanlon, Galway Independent, 29 August]

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Shocking level of graduate emigration must be addressed, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2014 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for a new approach to promoting graduate and research jobs in Ireland, saying many highly qualified young people are being forced to emigrate because of lack of real job opportunities here …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 28 August]

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What Lies, beneath. Civil and public service pay, again

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2014 by steve

“So, public sector pay is back on the radar. The publication by the CSO of the recent public/private sector pay comparisons has given rise to the usual outpourings from the organs of media billionaires …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 29 August]

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College student missing in Poland found safe and well

Posted in Life on August 29th, 2014 by steve

“An Irish student who vanished in Poland has been found safe and is now on his way home …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 29 August]

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Foreign medics fill hospital jobs as Irish doctors leave

Posted in Life on August 29th, 2014 by steve

“One in three doctors treating patients here is now from abroad, while home-grown medics – educated at a cost of €100,000 each – are emigrating …” (more)

[Eilish O'Regan, Independent, 29 August]

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Frantic search for college student missing in Poland

Posted in Life on August 29th, 2014 by steve

“The friends and family of a third-level student are carrying out a frantic search in Krakow, Poland, after he went missing hours before he was due to return to Ireland …” (more)

[Independent, 29 August]

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UCC and TCD placed on international list of ‘must-see’ universities

Posted in Life on August 29th, 2014 by steve

“University College Cork has been named as one of three Irish universities worth visiting by international travel site FlipKey. The site, which is part of global travel review site TripAdvisor, listed UCC alongside Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s University in Belfast …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 29 August]

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Social sciences suffer from severe publication bias

Posted in Research on August 29th, 2014 by steve

“When an experiment fails to produce an interesting effect, researchers often shelve the data and move on to another problem. But withholding null results skews the literature in a field, and is a particular worry for clinical medicine and the social sciences …” (more)

[Mark Peplow, Nature News & Comment, 28 August]

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Magee university expansion campaign: U4D endorse Martin McGuinness’ comments

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2014 by steve

“Comments by the Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness MLA, committing to the substantial expansion of the Magee campus represent a significant step forward for the campaign says the lobby group U4D …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 28 August]

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NUIG to undertake flood prevention works on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2014 by steve

“NUI Galway is planning to carry out flood prevention works at its campus in Newcastle. The college is seeking approval from the City Council for flood prevention works …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 28 August]

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Minister accepts #icebucketchallenge

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2014 by steve

“Thank you Simon Lewis of Carlow Educate Together National School for the Ice Bucket Challenge nomination, I nominate …” (more, video)

[Facebook, 25 August]

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European research and innovation spending since the Crisis

Posted in Research on August 28th, 2014 by steve

EU“The Crisis affected public spending. Research and innovation is one area often highlighted as needing protection. This column does not find strong evidence that European countries sacrificed research and innovation more than other government expenditure …” (more)

[Reinhilde Veugelers, vox, 28 August]

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Newly branded ‘Maynooth University’ plans radical reform of curriculum

Posted in Fees and access on August 28th, 2014 by steve

“NUI Maynooth is planning a radical shake up of its curriculum which will see up to two-thirds of its entry courses being phased out to allow undergraduates to specialise later in their studies …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 28 August]

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Universities have been ‘using the points system’ to inflate demand

Posted in Fees and access on August 28th, 2014 by steve

“The chair of a universities’ task force on reforming admissions procedures for third level has admitted colleges have been artificially inflating points by offering courses with a small student intake …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 28 August]

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Now it’s ‘Maynooth University’ as the college rebrands

Posted in Governance and administration on August 28th, 2014 by steve

“Maynooth University is the new name for NUI Maynooth, in a move by the Co Kildare third-level college to strengthen its brand identity. It is part of a broader plan by the university to reposition itself and build its profile as an institution of high scholarship and research, with an international reputation …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 August]

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Record 60,000 get CAO offers

Posted in Fees and access on August 28th, 2014 by steve

“A record 60,000 people have been given a chance to start a third-level course, as the last big round of Central Applications Office (CAO) offers went out this morning …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 28 August]

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Maynooth on course for big changes

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 28th, 2014 by steve

“The chance to study subjects from different disciplines, and as few as 20 course choices for Leaving Certificate students, are among reforms planned by a rebranded Maynooth University. From Monday, the Kildare college will change its public identity, while keeping its legal name of National University of Ireland Maynooth …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 28 August]

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