Deepening housing crisis may force students to give up courses, says union

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of students face putting their college dreams on hold this autumn due to the housing crisis. The lack of affordable housing is having a devastating impact on third-level students who may have to forgo attending college or university because they can’t find anywhere to live, according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) …” (more)

[Allison Bray, Independent, 19 August]

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18,000 students approved for help

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

Ireland“More than 18,000 students hoping to start college next month have been approved for financial assistance, to aid likely costs. They should now be fully prepared to plan budgeting for accommodation and other costs if they get offered a college course on Monday from the CAO …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 10 August]

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Call for review of Leaving Cert maths bonus over third-level fears

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

Ireland“There are concerns over the basic skills of Leaving Cert maths students who are passing the higher-level paper but struggling to cope at third level, according to a university president …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 August]

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Leaving Cert and the points race

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

Ireland“A chara, – I must confess to becoming fatigued at your regular conflation of the State Examinations Commission (SEC) and the Central Applications Office (CAO). The SEC administers the Leaving Certificate (still the widest held qualification in Ireland); the CAO administers entry to higher education …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 18 August]

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Government should support students in Direct Provision progress to third level – O’Loughlin

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

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Equality, Immigration and Integration Fiona O’Loughlin TD has raised concern over the treatment of second level students in Direct Provision who wish to progress to third level …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 17 August]

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More girls take up higher-level STEM subjects

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

Ireland“Girls studying science subjects took greater advantage than boys of changes to the college entry system that rewards average students for sitting higher level exams. Latest State Examinations Commission figures reveal proportionately more girls moved up to higher level in the three main science subjects …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 18 August]

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Bruton urges colleges to help take pressure out of exam points system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Richard Bruton has urged more colleges to take pressure out of the points system by reducing the number of courses from which to choose for students. One element of the college entry reforms kicking in this year is resulting in more Leaving Cert students taking Higher Level exams in most subjects. However, long-running proposals to have fewer but more general entry-level courses, particularly by universities, have only been adopted by some colleges …” (more)

[Niall Murray and Juno McEnroe, Irish Examiner, 17 August]

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Leaving Cert 2017: Girls outperform boys in most subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Girls outperformed boys in the vast majority of subjects, a gender analysis of this year’s Leaving Cert results shows. In all, girls secured a higher proportion of top grades – grades one, two or three – in 32 out of 38 subjects at higher level. A similar pattern is evident at ordinary level …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 August]

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New grading system leaves anxious students guessing

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The new Leaving Cert results system has left thousands of students facing a more anxious wait than usual for college offers on Monday. The complete overhaul of the exam grades and CAO points scale means that college applicants cannot even make a reasonable guess about their chances of getting their preferred course …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 August]

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Leaving Cert: Higher education should not be the be-all and end-all

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of students across the country have reached an important milestone in their lives with the receipt of their Leaving Cert results. This year, however, there is a difference: a new grading scheme means points are available to students who scored between 30% and 39% … (more)

[Irish Times, 16 August]

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New grading system sees dramatic drop in failure rates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Failure rates among students sitting higher level Leaving Cert subjects have dropped dramatically as thousands of candidates benefit from a more generous grading system. Some 58,000 students will receive their results on Wednesday, though those who applied for college will not know whether they have secured their first choice places until next Monday when offers through the CAO (Central Applications Office) are made …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 August]

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More students taking higher level subjects and fewer failing

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The introduction of a new marking system for the Leaving Certificate this year has resulted in students taking subjects at higher level in greater numbers across virtually all subjects and fewer failing exams. The numbers taking the higher level course in the three core subjects of Irish (22,122), maths (16,395) and English (38,749) increased 10%, 8%, and 6% respectively …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 16 August]

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Leaving Cert Results: Record 13 students achieve new top H1 grade after CAO revamp

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Certificate results today show a leap in the number of students aiming for honours, attracted by the first overhaul of grading and CAO points in 25 years. Almost all subjects saw an increase in the uptake of higher level papers, where for the first time, points are available for a grade of between 30%-49% …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 August]

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Students Set to March Again in October, as Decision on Education Funding Draws Nearer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“With decisions looming on the future of higher education funding, students will take to the streets once again on October 4th, as the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today announced proposed plans for their national demonstration …” (more)

[Ivan Rakhmanin, University Times, 15 August]

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Leaving Cert assessment must change – university head

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

Ireland“The way students are assessed in the Leaving Certificate needs to change, according to Maynooth University president Professor Philip Nolan. Prof Nolan said the reliance on the traditional written exams in June was too narrow …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 August]

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Post-Brexit free movement for students ‘risks class conflict’

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

“The UK and European Union may look to preserve free movement specifically for students after Brexit, but such a deal could ‘exacerbate existing class conflicts’ given inequalities in access to higher education, according to a researcher …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 14 August]

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Brexit linked to sharp rise in EU students’ CAO applications

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

Ireland“There has been a sharp increase in the number of European Union students applying for third-level courses through the CAO system, which experts say is linked to uncertainty over Brexit. The numbers come as tens of thousands of students prepare to receive their Leaving Cert results on Wednesday …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 August]

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Far-reaching reforms aim to slow down CAO ‘points race’

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

Ireland“The most-far reaching reforms in the Leaving Cert in 25 years will kick in on Wednesday when about 58,000 students get their exam results. The introduction of new exam grading, along with an overhaul of the CAO points system, is designed to be fairer and will take some of the heat out of the ‘points race’, according to Maynooth University president Professor Philip Nolan …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 August]

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Theresa May under pressure to cut cost of university as public rejects high fees and huge debts

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

“Theresa May is being urged today to cut the soaring cost of going to university and stop students from being punished with debts of more than £50,000, a poll for The Independent reveals. Almost two-thirds of people want annual tuition fees – which could reach up to £9,250 this autumn at some institutions – to be slashed or scrapped …” (more)

[Rob Merrick, Independent, 13 August]

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Govt extends college grants scheme for asylum seekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A college grants scheme for asylum seekers is being extended. The Education Minister Richard Bruton today announced the pilot student grant programme will continue for the new college year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 10 August]

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