Third level and a change of mind

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Leaving Cert students who are contemplating their CAO forms at the moment will be grateful for the Change of Mind 2020 supplement and Brian Mooney’s advice about choosing your college course carefully (‘Decision time: what should you study?’, May 26th) …” (more)

[Mary Cannon, Irish Times, 30 May]

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DkIT President Welcomes Clarity Around Leaving Cert

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk IT President Dr Michael Mulvey has welcomed the greater clarity provided by the Government in relation to this year’s Leaving Cert. Dr Mulvey said it was still the institute’s hope of welcoming new students this September, subject to public health guidelines …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 11 May]

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Calculated grades: plus points and trying questions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The decision to cancel this year’s Leaving Certificate examinations has prompted debate over the ‘calculated grades’ method for grading students’ performance and results. Two secondary-school teachers set out their positions on a contentious matter …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 8 May]

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Clarity on Exams, But Muddier Waters for Colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Teaching on May 9th, 2020 by steve

“Although it means that politicians won’t get to send their annual tweet wishing students well in the leaving certificate and radio stations will lose a month of content from disgruntled parents, students and those with no affiliation to the exams whatsoever ringing in to complain about it, the decision taken by the government today to cancel the leaving certificate exams and replace them with calculated grades has been painted by the media as one of relief for students …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 8 May]

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Students Can Avail of €3k Fees Even If They Restart College After Appeal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 9th, 2020 by steve

“Students who start college next year but get an improved course offer after appeal will remain eligible for ‘free fees’ and SUSI grants as if they were starting college for the first time, under new government arrangements for the leaving certificate …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 8 May]

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‘Too Early to Say’ When Freshers Will Start College, Says Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on May 8th, 2020 by steve

“Trinity has said that it is ‘too early to say’ when first-year students will be admitted to College in the next academic year, after the government’s reconfiguration of the leaving certificate was confirmed today …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 8 May]

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Universities Confirm They’ll Use Calculated Grades for Admissions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 8th, 2020 by steve

“Universities will use the government’s newly introduced calculated grade system for their admissions processes, while students who sit the postponed leaving certificate exams will have to wait until autumn 2021 to start college …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 8 May]

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Q&A: Am I better off opting for exams or predicted grades?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 8th, 2020 by steve

Am I better off opting for written Leaving Cert exams in the coming months or predicted grades? Students won’t have to choose between the two. All Leaving Cert candidates who were due to sit this year’s exams will be entitled to receive predicted grades if they so wish. The option of sitting the exams – possibly later this year or early next – will also still be there …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 May]

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By Hook Or By Crook You Shall Go To The (Freshers) Ball: Predicted Grades and some thoughts on LC 2020

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 7th, 2020 by steve

“It is important to remember the purpose of the Leaving Certificate examination (versus the course) when trying to consider whether or not the exam should be held in August. Firstly the Leaving Certificate – the actual certificate/statement of results itself – is a record of completion and achievement at the end of a two year upper second level course of study. Secondly it provides a set LC exam results relied upon by students as a means of accessing third level places in accordance with agreements laid down by the universities in 1977 and since …” (more)

[Peter Lydon, 7 May]

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Leaving Cert exams: McHugh chairs meeting on ‘Plan B’ options

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 6th, 2020 by steve

“A meeting is being held at the Department of Education this afternoon in a bid to resolve unhappiness from parents and pupils over the plans to hold the Leaving Cert at the end of July. Minister for Education Joe McHugh is holding discussions with parents, teachers, school managers and students to discuss the practicalities of running the exams in the context of social distancing and public health advice …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 6 May]

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Medics, paralysis and the class of 2020

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 6th, 2020 by steve

“I’m in lockdown for what seems like forever and although there is a feeling of being in the movie, Groundhog Day, I’m actually quite happy. I think I needed a break from ploughing into DCU every day for too many years to mention. It has been interesting to observe how the country is coping with the Covid crisis …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 6 May]

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Oral and practical sections of Leaving

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 21st, 2020 by steve

“Sir, – The decision by the Department of Education to award full marks for oral and practical components of Leaving Certificate examinations is ill-judged at least and reckless at most …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 21 March]

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Further education courses boost students’ chances of graduating from third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students who first complete further education courses are significantly more likely to graduate from third-level degree courses, new research suggests. Solas, the umbrella body for the further education sector, says the latest data shows that up to 75% of students with a foundation in a Post-Leaving Cert (PLC) course who move on to higher education complete their degree …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 March]

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Increase in CAO applications for science and environment courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of school-leavers are choosing careers in science and the environment this year, according to the latest Central Applications Office (CAO) application trends. These figures back-up reports of a surge in interest among Leaving Cert students in careers linked to tackling climate change and promoting sustainability …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 March]

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CAO receives almost 73,000 third-level applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Almost 73,000 applications for third-level courses were received by the CAO (Central Applications Office) by its 1 February closing date, a figure that is on a par with last year’s data. The number of students applying to study nursing or midwifery has declined this year by 8%, while numbers wishing to train as second-level teachers has risen by 10% …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 10 March]

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CAO applications show drop in languages, arts and agriculture

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A total of 72,973 applications were received by the Central Applications Office (CAO) by the due date of 1 February this year, a decrease of 61 on last year. Of this number, 7,273 applications came from students who were over 23 years of age – down 560 (-7.1%) applications from last year …” (more)

[The Journal.ie, 10 March]

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CAO may be expanded to include further education courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A new CAO system that would allow school leavers to apply for both university and further education courses is under consideration by the Department of Education. The proposal is contained in a draft departmental consultation paper, seen by The Irish Times, which acknowledges criticism that too many students are choosing higher education over options such as apprenticeships and further education courses …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 March]

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Snobbery at the heart of two-tier education system for school-leavers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It’s CAO season and tens of thousands of school-leavers are choosing their higher education courses. Chances are that most will never stop to think about apprenticeships, traineeships or post-Leaving Cert courses as options. That’s partly because they don’t feature in the CAO system, which is operated by universities and institutes of technology …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 March]

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Study into impact of bonus for Irish on CAO points questions fairness

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An unpublished study on the impact of bonus points for students who answer the Leaving Cert through Irish has questioned the fairness of the measure. Under rules that date back to the mid-1920s, any student who answers a written exam in Irish may receive bonus marks of up to 10%, depending on the subject …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 February]

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The two-tier nature of education system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The recently published Higher Education Authority (HEA) report on socioeconomic and spatial differences in third-level education (as reported in Carl O’Brien’s article ‘Wealthy students more likely to study high-points courses’, News, October 21st) draws attention to the role that parental income and where you live may play in higher education choices in Ireland. However, a deeper understanding of these relationships is needed …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 28 October]

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