Irish parents ‘open’ to idea of student loans, reveals survey

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Three out of four Irish parents think student loans could be a great idea according to a new survey, which also unsurprisingly reveals that parents appear increasingly unprepared for funding third-level education. The survey, carried out by Red C for Aviva, found considerable openness and some support for the idea of a student loan system with repayment to be contingent on the income earned by graduates …” (more)

[Fiona Reddan, Irish Times, 22 August]

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Students had to use accommodation for the homeless

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Some students are ending up sleeping on friends’ couches, floors or in cars due to difficulties sourcing affordable accommodation, according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). A survey of more than 3,500 students by USI has found that almost 40 students were unable to secure accommodation and had to rely on friends or emergency accommodation for homeless people …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Jack Power, Irish Times, 22 August]

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Half of parents have no money put aside for third-level education costs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Half of parents say they have no money put aside to meet the cost of third-level education for their children. Parents expect to have to fork out more than €5,000 over a year to send a child to college or university …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 August]

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New maths entry requirements for teachers to end marking anomaly

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“New maths requirements for entry to primary teaching training, due to be announced soon, should end the anomaly that left some high-achieving school-leavers out of the running for a course place this year …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 August]

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‘Almost half’ of recent research papers now open access

Posted in Research on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

International“Nearly half of all recently published journal articles are freely available online, according to researchers who claim that institutions may be approaching a tipping point where they cancel their subscriptions to paywalled periodicals …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times High Education, 15 August]

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‘It’s behaviour from the Dark Ages’ – Outrage as Trinity experiments on 110,000 animals

Posted in Research on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Nearly 110,000 animals have been used in medical research by Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in the past five years, new figures have shown. Last year alone, it spent more than €310,000 buying nearly 25,000 animals and €10,000 to dispose of them when the research was complete …” (more)

[Darragh McDonagh, Independent, 21 August]

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Government must get serious about CAO reform – Byrne

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD says the Government needs to place a greater emphasis on reforming the CAO system and broadening entry to third level education …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 21 August]

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Observable trends in jungle of CAO statistics

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Within an overall picture of points generally falling, there are some trends of note within the annual jungle of statistics surrounding the Central Applications Office (CAO) first-round offers. In broad terms, close to two-thirds of honours (level 8) degrees require the same or fewer points than last year. They include more than 420 of the 800, around 53%, of all those that are directly comparable year-on-year …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 21 August]

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Anger as maths ‘anomaly’ means some pupils fail to make CAO grade

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Aspiring primary teachers with high points will be angry over how the new grading system affects their eligibility for entry to their dream courses. An anomaly in the maths requirement for entry to their chosen profession could dash the hopes of Leaving Cert candidates who have achieved at the highest level …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 August]

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Grading changes ease points race, but other factors at play

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Nearly 52,400 applicants are being offered a place on at least one course this morning, and the minimum points needed for most courses are the same as, or down on, last year. While the drop in points might be linked to the significant reforms of Leaving Certificate grading and the points system introduced this year, other factors may also be involved …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 21 August]

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CAO trends: Slight recovery for arts as science drops

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It’s been a nervous week for the class of 2017. Students had been warned: the new grading and CAO points means that points from 2016 or previous years are no guide as to what to expect today. Most have chosen to ignore the advice and, over the past week, they’ve still looked to the points scores of 2016 as a guide …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 21 August]

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Points race slows after major changes to grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The points race has slowed down dramatically as a record number of students get first round offers from the CAO. More of them are getting one of their top three choices than ever before …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 August]

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UCD loses 47 student beds as religious order terminates lease

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin has lost 47 beds from its student residences after the religious order leasing the rooms to the college terminated the arrangement. The accommodation in Muckross Halls, Donnybrook, was owned by the Dominican Order of nuns and leased out to the university to use for student housing …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 21 August]

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Trinity’s Response to Government Temporary Contract Intervention Will Be Telling

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new element was added to the ongoing industrial dispute in Trinity this week, after the government sent colleges and institutes of technology guidance that explicitly called for a re-think of their use of temporary contracts in the employment of administrative and support staff …” (more)

[University Times, 20 August]

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Consent Conversations Must Respond to Students Who Barely Recognise Sexual Assault

Posted in Life on August 21st, 2017 by steve

“A survey on sexual assault was a long time coming in Northern Ireland. With national conversation erupting in the last few years around consent, Queen’s have followed in the footsteps of USI and Trinity respectively, in conducting their own survey to glean insight into the prevalence of sexual assault on campus. The Queen’s survey is unexpectedly pioneering in more ways than one …” (more)

[University Times, 20 August]

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UCDSU and ULSU Decline Offer from USI to Attend National Training Event

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An attempt by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) to mend the historically fractious relationship with University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) and University of Limerick Students’ Union (ULSU) went unreciprocated this week, as the two unions declined an invitation to a USI-run training event …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 19 August]

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Ireland and nuclear research

Posted in Research on August 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Kevin O’Sullivan’s report on Senator Colm Burke’s discussion on the question of Ireland’s membership of Cern (European Organisation for Nuclear Research ) with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar reflects a campaign that has run for over five decades …” (more)

[Denis O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 19 August]

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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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UCD Unable to Renew Lease on Muckross Halls Residence

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

Ireland“UCD has confirmed that the Muckross Halls Residence will no longer be available for students this year after the Dominican Order which owns the site opted against renewing the lease with the university. The off-campus accommodation is located near Marlborough Road in Donnybrook, on a large area of land owned by the Order …” (more)

[College Tribune, 18 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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