Failing A-levels

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 17th, 2019 by steve

“As it is tangentially related to yesterday’s post I thought I’d comment on an article in The Times with the headline …” (more)

[In the Dark, 17 April]

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The Student Levy: Another Slap In The Face Of Every Student

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Every year around Christmas, Dublin’s Grafton Street becomes the venue for a monster busking session by a number of high-profile Irish musicians, usually including the likes of Bono and Glen Hansard, with a view of raising much-needed money for Irish charities …” (more)

[James Brandon, College Tribune, 16 April]

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State asks appeal court to dismiss ‘right to third level education’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on April 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Court of Appeal has reserved judgment on appeals by the State Examinations Commission and the Minister for Education and over parts of a High Court decision allowing student Rebecca Carter to take up a place at veterinary medicine at UCD …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 12 April]

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Trinity joins universities that give asylum seekers and refugees free tuition

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is the latest Irish university to offer free fees and other supports to students living in direct provision to help them pursue third-level education. The university’s academic council has approved four four-year scholarships, for each of the next four years, for asylum seekers and refugees …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 April]

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Fate of Admissions Feasibility Study Up in the Air

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Uncertainty abounds over the future of Trinity’s admissions feasibility study, as College considers whether to continue funding a programme that aims to make certain courses accessible to students with fewer CAO points. The admissions programme allows leaving certificate students to apply to study law, history, and ancient and medieval history in Trinity using alternative criteria to CAO points …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 9 April]

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University challenge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – I read with interest the story on page one of your excellent newspaper that outlined the fears that universities have now apparently expressed that, due to State underfunding, there may have to be a cap imposed on the number of Irish students …” (more)

[E Dillon, Irish Times, 5 April]

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IUA fear fee-paying international students may replace Irish students at third level institutions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) have suggested the possibility of having to limit University places for Irish students in future years due to funding shortages within the sector. The IUA have attributed this possible move to the growing number of students in the sector, and lowered investment by the government …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 4 April]

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Dispute over NUI Galway charging 5% interest rate on students’ bill to build Sports Centre

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway are applying a 5% interest rate on the student contribution towards the bill for building the Sports Centre and redeveloping Áras na Mac Léinn. This contribution takes the form of €100, contained within in the NUI Galway student levy which is €224 in total. All students must pay this levy in September of every year …” (more)

[Aine Kenny, SIN, 3 April]

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The Irish Times view on Leaving Cert reforms

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on April 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The consultation with students and parents as part of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) review of the Leaving Cert, reveals a surprising ignorance on how the exam has been radically transformed, as revised curriculums across a wide range of subjects have been introduced …” (more)

[Irish Times, 1 April]

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Call for students in disadvantaged schools to get extra CAO points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students from disadvantaged schools should receive extra CAO points in recognition of the barriers they face, the president of a school management body has suggested. Paul Fiorentini, president of the Association of Community and Comprehensive Schools, said more work is needed to ensure greater equality of access to higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 March]

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Student fee hike and loan scheme ruled out

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Further increases to student fees or the introduction of a student loan scheme have been ruled out, the Irish Examiner can reveal. In a ‘highly significant’ development, the Government has rejected two of three recommendations contained in a 2016 report into how a gaping hole in third-level funding is to be filled …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 27 March]

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Yale Becomes First University to Rescind Admission for Student in College Fraud Scandal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on March 26th, 2019 by steve

“Yale University has rescinded the admission of a student who was accepted as part of the massive college cheating scandal revealed by the Department of Justice earlier in March. Federal prosecutors charged 50 people for participating in the scheme, which employed bribery, exam cheating and unearned athletic endorsements to help get applicants into prestigious colleges …” (more)

[Ciara Nugent, Time, 26 March]

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Vote ­­­­No campaign launched in UCD student centre levy referendum

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A Vote No campaign has been launched against an upcoming University College Dublin (UCD) referendum on the continuation of a student levy to cover the cost of an extension to the student centre. The referendum is expected to ask the question: ‘Are you in favour of the proposed extension of the Student Centre levy to fund the Student Centre Extension?’ …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 26 March]

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Liam Neeson ‘removed from Queen’s University Belfast prospectus’ following race row

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 26th, 2019 by steve

“Liam Neeson has reportedly been removed from the prospectus for Queen’s University Belfast. The move comes just over a month since the actor told The Independent he once roamed the streets with a cosh, looking for a ‘black bastard’ to kill after the rape of a close friend …” (more)

[Jack Shepherd, Independent, 26 March]

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Moynihan calls for overhaul of leaving cert appeals process

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A Cork TD has called for an overhaul of the Leaving Certificate appeals mechanism after it emerged one high-profile case last year cost the State almost €70,000. Cork North West Fianna Fail TD Michael Moynihan has said the current appeals process was ‘deeply flawed’ and that revising it would result in huge savings for the State …” (more)

[Bill Browne, The Corkman, 23 March]

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Prioritising the basics in education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – If there aren’t enough places in third level to meet demand I can understand why there are those who think the answer is to put more money into the sector (‘Shortage of college places looms unless State invests in higher education, say campaigners’, News, March 22nd) …” (more)

[Patrick G Burke, Irish Times, 23 March]

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Shortage of college places looms unless State invests in higher education, say campaigners

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There will not be enough college places over the coming years to cope with a demographic bulge unless there is more State investment in higher education, campaigners have warned. Third level students and lecturers across college campuses staged lunchtime protests on Thursday to highlight a ‘growing crisis’ in higher education funding …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 March]

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Ireland will have highest university fees in Europe post-Brexit, according to student union

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“At €3,000 Ireland will have the highest university fees in the EU after Brexit. That is according to the Union of Students in Ireland ahead of a protest today at Dublin’s Trinity College. Third level students and staff will call on the government to respond to the growing crisis in higher education funding …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 21 March]

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Fee Certainty Is Not Enough to Quell the Northern Ireland CAO Tumble

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It was perhaps unclear, on June 23rd, 2016, just how destabilising Britain’s Brexit vote would be to the European economy as a whole. Ireland, as the UK’s nearest neighbour and one of its closest trading partners, is particularly exposed to these destabilising forces. It quickly became clear that myriad sectors of the Irish economy would come under significant strain, especially in the event of a no-deal Brexit …” (more)

[Matthew Murphy, University Times, 20 March]

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Erasmus scheme in chaos as UK students left in limbo

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 19th, 2019 by steve

“For Alice Watkins, a Manchester University student, a year in Paris, then Madrid, as part of her degree was a dream. Now, with the turmoil of Brexit, she is preparing to arrive in France this summer with nowhere to live and no idea whether the money will still be there to support her …” (more)

[Anna Fazackerley, Guardian, 19 March]

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