Students to hold national demonstration for third-level funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has announced they will hold a national demonstration on October 4th calling on the Government to invest in publicly-funded third-level education. The demonstration, which is expected to draw over 5,000 students from across Ireland, will call on government officials and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills to invest in the publicly-funded third level education model as outlined in the Cassells report published last year …” (more)

[Seán Dunne, Irish Times, 25 September]

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Has the HPAT really failed to measure empathy?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A study from University College Cork has recently been published investigating the link between medical students’ scores on HPAT Section 2 and a questionnaire called the Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy. The researchers’ conclusion was that ‘JSE [Jefferson Scale of Empathy] values did not correlate with HPAT-Ireland scores’. Is this something we should be concerned about? …” (more)

[Kevin O’Rourke, Trinity News, 24 September]

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Higher fees and international students could tackle university underfunding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 25th, 2017 by steve

“With budget cuts and Brexit putting pressure on higher education institutions, education correspondent Simon Doyle speaks to Prof Paddy Nixon, head of Ulster University, about what the future holds for students and staff …” (more)

[Simon Doyle, Irish News, 25 September]

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Irish parents blamed for high rate of overqualified workers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Parents’ ‘obsession’ with ensuring their children progress to third-level is a key reason why Irish workers are among the most overqualified in Europe for the jobs in which they are working, it has been claimed. Latest figures show that about one in three workers in the State are at least one educational level above the international norm for the jobs they are in …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 September]

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Irish workers are most ‘overqualified’ in Europe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Irish workers are the most overqualified in the European Union for the jobs they are working, according to latest research. About one in three workers are at least one educational level above the international norm for the jobs they are in …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 September]

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Student Grant Scheme Expenditure

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to increase student funding over the next four years to at least the average rate of other high income western European EU countries; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 September]

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Third Level Fees: Cost

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost in 2018 for abolishing all third level fees, both capitation and tuition, for under graduate and post graduate …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 September]

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Global higher education a ‘massive business’ serving ‘the 1%’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 20th, 2017 by steve

International“The notion that universities operate as a public good is ‘unrealistic’ and dishonest, according to a higher education consultant who claimed that the sector should not be so arrogant to ‘bestow’ its vision on the world. Daniel Guhr, managing director of US-based Illuminate Consulting Group, said that higher education exists ‘in a world of the 1%’, in terms of the proportion of people across the world who study at universities …” (more)

[Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education, 15 September]

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Third Level Admissions Reform: HEAR and DARE

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 19th, 2017 by steve

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that some colleges are operating a system of a fixed number of places for mature students, HEAR and DARE applicants collectively (details supplied); his plans to change the system; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 September]

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NI teens most likely to go to university

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2017 by steve

“Teenagers in Northern Ireland are the most likely in the UK to go to university, official figures show. The entry rate for 18 year-olds living here was 34.8% this year, according to admissions service Ucas …” (more)

[Alison Kershaw, Belfast Telegraph, 18 September]

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Only two asylum seekers qualify for grant to support third-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“15 asylum seekers sought a grant to attend third-level education in 2016, and two were successful. The number of those who applied also dropped from 39 in 2015 to 15 in 2016. The grant scheme is operated by the Department of Education to offer financial aid to school leavers who are in the protection scheme or have come through it …” (more)

[Niamh Keating, Trinity News, 15 September]

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Fifty-fold growth in English-taught bachelor’s courses in Europe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 14th, 2017 by steve

“The number of English-taught bachelor’s programmes being offered by European universities has increased 50-fold in the past eight years, according to a major study. Research from the European Association for International Education and international study platform StudyPortals found that there are 2,900 such courses being offered today at universities in continental Europe, up from just 55 in 2009 …” (more)

[Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education, 14 September]

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Medical entry exam does measure ‘emotional intelligence’, say operators

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Research on September 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The group behind the Hpat assessment, which is taken by students hoping to pursue a career in medicine, has defended the test’s ability to assess emotional intelligence, saying it successfully examines candidates’ ‘thoughts, feelings and behaviour’. Research published last week by doctors from University College Cork found that Hpat assessment results were not consistent with students’ self-reported empathy levels …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 11 September]

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The HPAT and the Cult of Empathy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The recent media coverage around the HPAT is interesting for two reasons. Firstly, the idea that you should even attempt to test an 18/19-year old’s character for its suitability for a career in medicine before subjecting them to six years of tough undergraduate study followed by a grueling apprenticeship as a junior doctor, seems daft …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 11 September]

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Funding undergraduate education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – On September 7th, two events occurred in Dublin, barely a kilometre apart, that demonstrate the policy inconsistency that besets Irish higher education. At the Royal Irish Academy, Maynooth University convened a seminar on the funding of undergraduate education, with a focus on income-contingent loans …” (more)

[Tom Boland, Irish Times, 11 September]

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USI’s Demand to be Heard Represents a Much-Needed Shift

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“USI’s demand to be invited to speak – and subsequent protest – at Thursday’s Royal Irish Academy conference may seem a bit outlandish. After all, it was by and large set to be an academic discussion focused on the potential repercussions of an income-contingent loan scheme in Ireland – and not one for the various stakeholders to partake in …” (more)

[University Times, 10 September]

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Study finds HPAT does not accurately measure empathy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new study has shown that the Health Professions Admission Test (HPAT) does not accurately test empathetic or interpersonal skills. The study, which was published in the British Medical Journal Open, assessed empathy levels in 290 undergraduate medical students from University College Cork …” (more)

[Aoife Ní Chadhain, Trinity News, 8 September]

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‘Inaccurate to claim HPAT is not doing its job’ – Body that administers exam

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Australian body which administers an Irish medical education screening test warned it was inaccurate to claim it was not doing what it was originally designed for. The Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) administers the Health Professions Admissions Test (HPAT) which all Irish prospective medical students must sit alongside their Leaving Cert …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 8 September]

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Empathy levels of doctors ‘not properly tested’ in entry exam

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Empathy levels and emotional intelligence are not being properly assessed under the Health Professions Admission Test (Hpat) which was introduced to make medical school more accessible to aspiring doctors, researchers claim. Doctors from University College Cork (UCC) say results from the Hpat assessment, which is a requirement for students hoping to pursue a career in medicine, were not consistent with students’ self-reported empathy levels …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 4 September]

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‘No evidence HPAT exam is doing what it was designed for’ – study

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new study has found no evidence that a test specifically designed to assist Irish people with strong interpersonal skills and empathy to enter the medical profession is doing what it was designed for. The examination, the Health Professions Admissions Test (HPAT), was introduced in 2009 in a bid to widen the entry access to medical courses in Ireland …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 3 September]

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