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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€360,000 Fraud at NUI Maynooth Being Investigated

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Garda investigation has commenced into a €360,000 fraud at NUI Maynooth. The fraud occurred in 2015 but has only recently surfaced as the university published its annual financial statement for the year ending September 2015. The document reveals that the university has suffered a loss of €362,811 as a result of fraud, which the university claims was carried out by a third party …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 7 January]

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University employee jailed for explosives found ahead of Prince Charles’ visit

Posted in Legal issues on December 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A man arrested on explosives charges in the run-up to the State visit of Prince Charles has been jailed for five and a half years. The Special Criminal Court previously heard evidence that gardai found explosive device components in Donal Ó Coisdealbha’s locker at his workplace, Maynooth University …” (more)

[Independent, 7 December]

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High-Profile Assault Cases Point to Incoherent Procedures from Colleges

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Two high-profile assault cases on students made the national news recently, one an alleged sexual assault on a University College Dublin (UCD) student on the campus of the university, the other a seemingly random attack on a first year studying at NUI Maynooth. While wildly different in many respects, the two have frightened students across the country …” (more)

[University Times, 4 December]

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Man had explosive device components in college locker, court hears

Posted in Legal issues on November 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin man who pleaded guilty to IRA membership was arrested in the run-up to Prince Charles’s visit to Ireland and had explosive device components in his locker at Maynooth University, the Special Criminal Court has heard …” (more)

[Alison O’Riordan, Irish Times, 28 November]


Fear now grips leafy streets around quiet campus

Posted in Life on November 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Last Sunday night in Maynooth an arctic blast brought a freezing fog that shrouded the town, dimmed the light coming from the street lamps below a moonless sky and kept people indoors beside the fire …” (more)

[Jerome Reilly, Independent, 27 November]


Female students stick together after attack

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Female students at Maynooth University expressed concern and anxiety about personal safety following the violent attack …” (more)

[Alan O’Keeffe, Independent, 23 November]

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Maynooth University ‘very disturbed’ by vicious attack on student

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has said it is very disturbed following the attack of one of its students last night. The 18-year-old woman suffered a broken jaw, a fractured eyesocket and lost several teeth in the attack which happened off campus …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 21 November]

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Universities question non use of €270m fund

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Universities have told an Oireachtas Committee they ‘seriously question’ why a fund that is heading towards a surplus of more than €270 million is not released to address the crisis in the Higher Education sector. Addressing the Joint Committee on Education the current president of the Irish Universities Association, Professor Don Barry, said that the National Training Fund was ‘heavily in surplus’ …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 10 November]

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Third-level students want flexibility and choice

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“More than 40 years ago the points system was introduced to level the playing pitch for students seeking entry to higher education. Over the past decade, however, it became clear that it had been exploited and manipulated …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 August]

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Colleges are fuelling the points race, warns university president

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges have not done enough to take the heat out of the CAO points race, according to a university president. Professor Philip Nolan says school-leavers still face too confusing a choice of CAO courses, despite a pledge to simplify the process …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 August]

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Fewer courses a boon for Maynooth

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University claims that having fewer entry courses for Leaving Certificate students is the reason for its increase in popularity this year. A limited number of courses, rather than very specialised degrees at third-level, was proposed by experts in 2011 to ease the intensive ‘points-race’ for school-leavers, which has a major influence on teaching at second-level …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 August]

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Colleges criticised for using small-intake courses to drive up CAO points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Many colleges are still manipulating the CAO system by offering courses with very few student places in order to drive up the points requirements for them, a university president has warned. Colleges have been criticised in the past for creating these high-points courses in the belief they add to the prestige of the institutions …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 August]

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Three Irish institutions rank in top 150 best ‘young universities’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Three Irish universities have ranked in the top 150 best ‘young universities’ league table. The Times Higher Education ‘150 under 50’ ranks colleges which have been established in the past half century. Maynooth University ranked the best of the Irish universities (68th place), followed by Dublin City University (79th place), and University of Limerick (between 101 and 150th) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 April]

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Higher education sector under pressure as never before

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“When Philip Nolan combed through the latest college application figures for Maynooth university on Wednesday morning, he felt conflicted. The university had just recorded its highest-ever level of demand. But there was also the looming dilemma of how to cope with ever-increasing student numbers … ” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 March]

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Students Against Fees Plans Expansion To Other Universities

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

Ireland“A meeting was held yesterday evening regarding the issue of incoming student loans and fee increases, which was attended by members of the Students Against Fees group, and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), as well as students from such as DCU, UCD, and NUI Maynooth, who are interested in setting up similar groups in their respective university …” (more)

[Conn de Barra, Trinity News, 23 January]

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Funding cuts putting third-level sector under pressure

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority has concluded a series of performance agreements with each of the State’s universities, institutes of technology and other third-level colleges …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 January]

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Everyone wants to go to college – but who will pay?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A leaked report this week called for a student loan scheme to solve the chronic underfunding of universities. Would it stop standards dropping or prove unworkable …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 20 December]

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