Students reject science in final college choices

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

Ireland“Science, engineering, and technology degrees are proving less popular with this year’s college applicants, but law and some health courses are among the most appealing. The data showing the final preferences of just under 71,600 people seeking entry to honours (level 8) degrees reveal that arts and business continue to attract the highest numbers of applications …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 18 July]

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‘Worrying’ drop of 5% in CAO applications for nursing courses

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

Ireland“There has been a more than 5% drop in school leavers opting for nursing as their first choice of career this year, according to new figures released on Friday by the Central Applications Office. The latest figures show those applying to study nursing are down 325 (-5.47%) to 5,629, while applications for places in other healthcare-related courses where salaries are generally considered to be higher have increased 219 (+9.7%) to 2,464 …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 14 July]

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CAO: College applicants banking on strength of Irish economy

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

Ireland“College applicants this year are expressing more confidence in the strength of the Irish economy and in its potential to provide high-quality employment opportunities. Over 80,000 applicants are seeking a college place, of whom 71,597 have listed at least one level 8 honours degree course and 45,393 a level 7/6 ordinary degree or higher cert programme …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 15 July]

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Maynooth University applications pass 4,000 milestone

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has received more than 4,000 first preference applications from the CAO for the first time since it was founded in 1997. A total of 4,037 students applied to the university this year, a 9% increase on first preference applications from last year …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 4 July]

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Brexit could lead to increase in CAO points for Irish students

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

Ireland“Brexit could lead to increases in CAO points if thousands of Irish students who study in the UK opt to remain at home, a university president has warned. Dublin City University president Brian MacCraith said up to 12,000 Irish students currently study in universities across the UK …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 March]

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Bonus points lure one-third of pupils to higher maths

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“About one in three Leaving Cert students has applied to sit higher-level maths this year, many lured by the prospect of earning 25 CAO bonus points. Interest among sixth years in the ‘honours’ paper is similar to what it was at the same stage in 2016 and 2015, suggesting that uptake is stabilising …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 20 March]

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It’s time for the NUI to drop the third language requirement

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

Ireland“A new grading system and new CAO common points scale will be used for the first time in this year’s Leaving Certificate exams. The old ABC-style grades, 14 each at higher and ordinary level, have been abolished in favour of eight H (higher) and eight O (ordinary) grades. The change to the grading system is also bringing change to the CAO points scale …” (more)

[Billy Ryle, Independent, 16 March]

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Ditching a language will restrict college choices

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

Ireland“Choosing subjects for the Leaving Cert can be a difficult task for students and their parents. Concern stems from a need to ensure students do not rule themselves out of college courses they may wish to be considered for in the future …” (more)

[Aoife Walsh, Independent, 16 March]

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Demand for engineering courses drops despite skills shortage

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of students seeking college places in engineering and technology has fallen this year despite high-profile attempts to tackle a skills crisis facing the sector. Overall, college applicants are being drawn towards third-level courses linked to most areas of the growing economy, with increases in demand for architecture, construction, law and business-related courses …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 March]

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CAO applications on course to match last year’s record high

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of college applicants this year is on course to match last year’s record high, new figures show. Latest figures show 76,213 applicants had registered with the CAO by Wednesday evening’s deadline …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 February]

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New Grading System Won’t Change Old Leaving Certificate

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

Ireland“As the new term begins, and whispers of mock exams and CAO deadlines surface menacingly, this year’s Leaving Certificate examinations are making their approach known, with the overwhelming majority of Trinity students full of both fond and painful memories of the ordeal they represent …” (more)

[University Times, 15 January]

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Education journalism and entry to college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It won’t make me popular to say this but we have a problem with education journalism in this country. This morning there have been two articles, one in the Irish Times and one in the Examiner in which Philip Nolan, president of University of Maynooth, is given free rein to continue his campaign to make general entry the normal mode of entry to third level education …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 11 January]

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Third-level courses should be radically overhauled, says university president

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Traditional third-level courses should be radically overhauled to allow students choose whether to specialise early or pursue a much broader range of study, according a university president. Philip Nolan, president of Maynooth University, said a majority of its students are opting to study a wide range of subjects under recent changes to its undergraduate programmes …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 January]

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University course flexibility ‘working’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A university which has reduced the number of specialised entry courses says the positive response shows it has been a good move for students. Maynooth University (MU) offers arts students a wider choice of subjects in first year, rather than restricting themselves to very specific paths in their Central Applications Office (CAO) forms …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 11 January]

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New website aims to simplify CAO process for students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A new site to search third-level college courses has received more than 20,000 hits in its first week. UniBrowse.ie is a interactive search tool that enables applicants to easily access detailed information about third-level college courses …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 29 December]

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Private School Dominance in High Points Courses Needs to be Understood

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on December 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A recent report, published by the Irish Times, uncovered the fact that there is a steady rise in the number of students progressing from fee-paying secondary schools to high-points courses. More private school students are attending the top courses in the top institutions than ever before …” (more)

[Kate Lawler, University Times, 23 December]

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A dozen education issues set to dominate 2017

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Here are 12 issues you are likely to hear plenty about in Irish education next year, ranging from the baptism barrier to student loan schemes and from industrial action to preschool problems …” (more)

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

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Feeder schools list reveals scale of social inequality as pupils from fee-paying schools dominate high-points courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The annual list of feeder schools shows the number of students who are progressing to higher education from individual secondary schools. As a measure of academic performance, it is a blunt instrument …” (more)

[Irish Times, 7 December]

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Geography and third-level education: the strong link

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Young people who live in more affluent parts of the city and county – predominantly south Dublin and certain parts of north Dublin such as Clontarf, Howth and Portmarnock – have a higher chance of going to college than those in more disadvantaged parts of Dublin. On a county by county basis, Limerick and Galway also do well, while Longford doesn’t do so well …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 6 December]

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Private schools tighten grip on top university places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Pupils from private schools are tightening their grip on places in high-points third-level courses, despite millions of euro being spent on programmes to widen access to higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 December]

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