‘Frenzy’ Outside Library, As Reduced Opening Hours Leave Students Battling for Seats

Posted in Life on April 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students have blasted the College after the library’s opening hours were cut over the Easter weekend, with a crowd of more than a hundred left waiting outside this morning ahead of the start of exam season next Tuesday …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 19 April]

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Maynooth apologise for tweet sent to student

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University’s Department of Law has apologised to a student following a reply they received on Twitter. The response a student was given when they asked about the exam timetable has received criticism online …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 31 March]

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Feedback as part of Learning

Posted in Teaching on February 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“I am not often asked by students to give feedback on an exam paper – just a handful over the past few years. Almost always in my experience, when a student requests a feedback session they want to know ‘where did I lose marks’. Students also may feel that they should have got a higher mark – and want to question their grade …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 21 February]

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The Pressure Is Not Worth It: Exam Stress And The Effects On The Body

Posted in Life on February 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It is fashionable to be under pressure and to be working late and hard. This is often the status quo in the corporate world and work life. It is seen as a feat if you are doing everything until you are worn-out and exhausted and the implications of this on the individual are not taken into account …” (more)

[Cecily Nic Cionnaith, College Tribune, 9 February]

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Minister for Education to argue against right of access to higher education

Posted in Legal issues on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Joe McHugh is set to argue that no individual has a right of access to higher education in an upcoming court appeal. The appeal is being made against a ruling carried out last September …” (more)

[Sarah Moran, Trinity News, 6 February]

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Reflections on the Examination Period

Posted in Teaching on January 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Tomorrow (11th January) is the start of our mid-year examination period here at Maynooth University. It’s therefore a good opportunity to send a hearty ‘good luck’ message to all students about to take examinations …” (more)

[In the Dark, 10 January]

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A Christmas break in academia

Posted in Research, Teaching on January 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There was a time when you wouldn’t catch sight of this academic in Ireland over Christmas – I used to head straight for the ski slopes as soon as term ended. But family commitments and research workloads have put paid to that, at least for a while, and I’m not sure it’s such a bad thing …” (more)

[Antimatter, 4 January]

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Back to Exams

Posted in Teaching on January 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Well here I am, back in my office at Maynooth University, although I wish I could say the same about the heating. The Christmas closure officially ended yesterday (3rd January) but there are very few people about today and no heating in my office. I doubt there will be anywhere open to get lunch later. And did I mention there’s no heating? …” (more)

[In the Dark, 4 January]

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TCD exam students left in limbo for hour after seating error

Posted in Teaching on December 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than 1,000 Trinity College students have been affected by an administrative error that left exams delayed by more than an hour in the RDS in Dublin. According to one student, they were informed 20 minutes before their exams were due to begin at 5pm that the hall had to be evacuated …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 14 December]

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Over 1,000 students affected by hour-long exam delay

Posted in Teaching on December 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Over 1,000 students have been affected by an administrative error at an exam in the RDS Simmonscourt venue this evening. The incident is still ongoing, with a student present estimating that around 70% of students had re-entered the venue at 6.15pm …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 13 December]

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DCU exams to be held before Christmas break from 2020

Posted in Teaching on December 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The DCU academic calendar is on the road to change in 2020 when semester one exams will take place before the Christmas break as opposed to afterwards, according to DCU Students’ Union VP for Academic Affairs Callaghan Commons …” (more)

[Ciara O’Loughlin, The College View, 12 December]

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Brian Cox, exams and what Level 8 means

Posted in Teaching on August 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In a recent interview, Brian Cox, physicist and science communicator, said this: ‘I think it is the wrong message that their job as students is to pass an exam. It really is not; it is to understand their subject’. I think we’ve all encountered the student who seems to be a good exam performer but when you chat to them in a lab or work with them on a project, you are puzzled as to how they are doing so well. But, in my experience, this sort of student is rare …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 28 August]

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Maynooth Matters

Posted in Life on May 31st, 2018 by steve

“Well, it’s another lovely day here in Maynooth and it feels even nicer that now that I’ve finished the stack of examination and project marking I had to do relating to the Computational Physics module I’ve been teaching for the past term …” (more)

[In the Dark, 31 May]

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For Struggling Students, There is Little Compassion in Trinity’s Exam System

Posted in Teaching on April 25th, 2018 by steve

“There is no medical certificate for grief. There is no predictability to bereavement. There is no signed docket from a doctor telling you when you will be fit to sit an exam or to warn you about when a wave will hit, leaving you – once capably reading your notes in the library – silently shaking against a locked door in the Ussher bathroom …” (more)

[Niamh Egleston, University News, 24 April]

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Demand for 30% hike as exam pay is lower than minimum wage

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 6th, 2018 by steve

“Teachers have voted overwhelmingly to demand a 30% increase in the rates of pay for those marking and supervising the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert exams. Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) members voted to increase an enhanced pay request to the State Examinations Commission (SEC) from 20% to 30% …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 6 April]

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‘Impending catastrophe’ for Junior and Leaving Cert exams if rate of pay for State examiners not increased

Posted in Teaching on April 5th, 2018 by steve

“Teachers have voted overwhelmingly to demand a 30% increase in the rates of pay for those marking and supervising the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert exams. Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) members agreed to increase an enhanced pay request to the State Examinations Commission (SEC) from 20% to 30% …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 5 April]

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Should We ‘Take Back’ UCD?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 31st, 2018 by steve

“Recently there was a meeting in the Trinity Arts Block, held by activists involved in the Take Back Trinity movement. The discourse of the meeting followed the lines of how to move on from the dining hall occupation, and how to escalate from here. The capacity of these students to organise themselves, the sheer strength in numbers, and their genuine belief in the idea that they can win this battle against their administration is both heartening and aspirational …” (more)

[Benjamin Jordan, University Observer, 30 March]

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Students living in €249-a-week accommodation offered partial refunds due to months of construction work

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2018 by steve

“Students living in €249-a-week student accommodation in Dublin’s inner city have complained about months of ongoing construction work which they say has upset their studies and is negatively affecting their day-to-day lives. A number of students staying at the New Mill student accommodation, on Mill Street in The Liberties, have come forward to complain about loud construction work ongoing since October …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 31 March]

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TCD reverses plan to introduce supplemental fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 28th, 2018 by steve

“Trinity College Dublin has decided to drop plans for the introduction of supplemental examination fees after a campaign led by students, which said the proposal was unfair and undemocratic. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the college said the board of Trinity College Dublin agreed …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 28 March]

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Trinity Agrees to Scrap Supplemental Exam Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Supplemental exam fees have been scrapped, in the face of historic levels of student anger and opposition, following a decision of the College Board today. Provost Patrick Prendergast announced the decision on Twitter following this morning’s meeting of the College Board …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 28 March]

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