Students ‘will be forced to drop out’ as rocketing rents make college unaffordable

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at Maynooth University are coming under pressure to drop out of college or face lengthy daily commutes as rents continue to rocket in the college town. Maynooth University is the smallest university in Ireland and has been known for a community atmosphere by its 12,000 students. However, as the housing crisis takes hold of the college town attitudes have been changing among students …” (more)

[Conor McCrave, Independent, 21 August]

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College-Wide Points Drop is a Cause For Concern

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Lies, damned lies and CAO points offers. In many ways, the day that rolls inexorably round each August, when tens of thousands of college hopefuls receive their first-round CAO offers, feels more akin to theatre than anything else, taken as it is by expressions of ecstasy and anguish, by experts shouting down the airwaves, by an avaricious public greedily feeding on the highs and lows of its next generation …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 20 August]

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No Budget helping hand for students despite rent crisis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There will be no increase to the third-level grant received by students in the Budget despite spiralling rents, the Irish Independent understands. Increasing the Susi grant has not featured in any of the budgetary discussions that have taken place up to now …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 21 August]

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CAO points rise for over 40% of courses as offers made

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than 50,700 applicants will receive a third-level course offer from the Central Applications Office this morning. This year sees fluctuation in the points requirement for many courses. While around half of all courses have seen a points drop, points have risen for more than 40% of options …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 20 August]

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Decline in students choosing ICT courses cause for concern

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Technology Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the sector, says it is concerned at the 11% decline at level 8 and level 6/7 for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) courses as first preferences at a time when total CAO applications fell by 4.2%. Responding to the CAO application data, Una Fitzpatrick, Director of Technology Ireland said …” (more)

[IBEC, 20 August]

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Five big take-aways from this year’s CAO results

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This morning more than 50,000 applicants will receive an offer from the CAO on behalf of the 44 institutions who provide their places on courses through this structure. Here’s are some of the big trends from this year’s figures. 1. Students fall out of love with the arts. A fall in applications for arts programmes this year is reflected in a decrease in points requirements across most courses …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 20 August]

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CAO 2018: Points for arts fall amid demand for jobs-friendly courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Points for many arts and creative courses have fallen as students opt for degrees linked to areas of strong jobs growth such as engineering, teaching and nursing. In all, just over 50,000 college hopefuls are set to receive their CAO results on Monday …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 August]

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CAO 2018: Arts falls, science steady and engineering and law rise

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2018 by steve

IrelandArts: The big news for arts students this year is the introduction of three new streams in UCD’s offering. The changes have had a mixed impact on points. Last year, arts at UCD went from 320 to 326 points but the three new courses cannot be directly compared to the 2017 offering …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 20 August]

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Family spending cut in bid to meet education costs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Half of parents are set to cut spending on family clothing and other goods to cope with the massive expense of getting their children through college. A third of families will also slash what they spend on food and groceries. A majority of families expect to get into debt to cover the cost of third-level education …” (more)

[Charlie Weston, Independent, 20 August]

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Higher-level maths students performing well despite doubling in exam numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students are performing remarkably well in higher level maths despite a doubling in the proportion of students taking on the more challenging exam in recent years, according to a new study …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 August]

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Trinity’s CAO Decline Shows it Needs to Focus More on the Here and Now

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“New figures that show a steep decline – of 8% – in the number of students who put Trinity down as their first choice on their CAO applications must have left College officials wondering where they’ve gone wrong. Nationally, CAO applications declined by 4.5%, suggesting that, for some reason, Trinity isn’t keeping pace …” (more)

[University Times, 19 August]

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What’s attracting 1,000 Irish students to the Netherlands this year?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on August 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As Leaving Certificate students around the country await Monday’s CAO offers in the wake of their results, there’s a chance that some of their peers have already started their third-level education. At Leiden University College (LUC) The Hague in the Netherlands, four Irish students are among the 200-plus first year students beginning their introduction week at the English-taught institution …” (more)

[Kayle Crosson, Irish Times, 17 August]

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Girls outperform boys in majority of Leaving Cert subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Girls outperformed boys in the vast majority of higher level subjects, a gender analysis of this year’s Leaving Cert results shows. In all, girls secured a higher proportion of top grades – H1s, H2s and H3s, or 70-100% – in 34 out of 40 subjects at higher level. Maths was one of just seven subjects at higher level where boys fared better than girls …” (more)

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

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Number of students who got over 400 points on the rise

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The number of Leaving Certificate candidates scoring high points for college entry has jumped since the changes to the exam grading system and CAO points scale. Figures from the CAO show that 11.9% of students achieved between 500 to 599 points this year, compared with 9.6% in 2016. There are also other candidates with 600 points, and even more if they have the ‘honours’ maths bonus …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 August]

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More than 3,700 Leaving Cert pupils fail maths exam

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than 3,700 students have failed their Leaving Cert maths papers, effectively locking them out of many third-level courses which require a pass as a basic entry requirement. The bulk of those who failed to secure a pass grade sat the ordinary-level paper where the failure rate was just under 10% …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 August]

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Leaving Cert system favours wealthier students, study finds

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Leaving Certificate programme places problem solving, critical thinking and creativity secondary to rote learning and recall, a new five-year research study has found. The study indicated that skills such as remembering and understanding were prioritised above evaluation and creativity, which were found to be largely absent from the examination papers in many subjects …” (more)

[Louise Roseingrave, Irish Times, 13 August]

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How to manage €13,000 bill for child’s first year in university

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Parents of the 120,000 students who get their Leaving Cert results this Wednesday are facing a bill of as much as €12,800 to put their child through their first year in college. It currently costs €12,828 a year to put a child through college – if he or she is living away from home and renting in Dublin for nine months, according to the latest cost of student living survey by the Dublin Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Louise McBride, Independent, 12 August]

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Dramatic Instability in International Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 12th, 2018 by steve

International“The sudden rise in nationalism and populism in many countries has implications for higher education. The announcement that the Saudi Arabian government threatens to withdraw scholarships from 7,000 Saudi students headed to Canadian universities in a few weeks because of statements made by the Canadian foreign minister critical of human rights in Saudi Arabia is the latest …” (more)

[Hans De Wit and Philip G Altbach, Inside Higher Ed, 11 August

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Fees complaint against Academic Registry upheld by Ombudsman

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A complaint against Trinity’s Academic Registry in relation to postgraduate fees has been upheld by the Office of the Ombudsman, as published in the August 2018 edition of the Ombudsman’s casebook. The complaint, which was completed in October 2017, relates to a man who stated he had received inaccurate information about the fees for his two year Masters course in Trinity …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 11 August]

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Is 18 too young for college?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It’s generally accepted that the path from school to college is a direct one, but for some of the 55,000 secondary school graduates anxiously awaiting the results of the Leaving Cert next week, it might be worth considering a more circuitous route …” (more)

[Celine Naughton, Independent, 9 August]