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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Monday Interview: ‘Universities need to charge an extra €2,000 a year per student’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Universities need to charge an extra €2,000 per student a year to fund their education properly, according to Maynooth University president, Professor Philip Nolan. He added that students and the Government should share that extra cost evenly, through the introduction of the proposed income-contingent loan scheme …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 December]

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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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Broke universities missing Brexit opportunities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“On paper, it is a golden opportunity for the State’s universities. The Republic’s soon to materialise status as the biggest English-speaking member of the European Union could result in a surge in students and world-class academics seeking an Irish home …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 October]

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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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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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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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Minister Bruton Opens New €20 million Eolas Building at Maynooth University

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD today opened the new €20.6 million Eolas building at Maynooth University. The state-of-the art facility will serve as a ‘research powerhouse’ that will drive innovative teaching methods, foster collaboration with industry and deepen a culture of ‘spin-out’ companies, according to Maynooth University President, Professor Philip Nolan …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 6 October]

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Nine Irish colleges in world’s top 5%

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The latest university league tables show mixed results for Irish third-level colleges but the country still has nine in the top 5% in the world. Trinity College Dublin remains Ireland’s top-ranked institution in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, slipping form 138th to 160th place …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 1 October]

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CAO points changes aim to reduce pressure on students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A new Central Applications Office (CAO) points scale for students entering third-level education aimed at taking some of the pressure off the Leaving Cert year has been published …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 3 September]

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Manipulating the points for access to third level is not in the best interests of Irish education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“At a time when third-level institutions are experiencing a shortage in funding, the practice of limiting intake of students for particular courses to keep qualifying points high is both socially unacceptable and financially wasteful …” (more)

[Irish Times, 18 August]

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CAO Points and Generic Entry

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ok, a one off … probably. Over the last four or five years we have heard many interested parties encourage school-leavers to study STEM subjects. Not surprisingly, the entry points for STEM courses have risen steadily. Unsurprisingly, the points for Arts and Humanities subjects have dropped …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 17 August]

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Time to end the ‘Rotten Game’ – we need more college places to meet the demand

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“It’s more of everything this year – more students taking the Leaving, more getting better grades, more applying for college, more being offered places and more points needed for more courses …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 17 August]

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Small-intake courses drive up CAO points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Engineering and business studies, two areas closely aligned to the economic recovery, were the big movers in this year’s CAO offers. Points were also up in science and technology, with a few notable exceptions, while those for arts and humanities slipped a little …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 17 August]

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Colleges accused of manipulating admissions system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A leading academic has said colleges have been manipulating the admissions system to maintain their number of high-points courses. President of Maynooth University Professor Philip Nolan said colleges are limiting the number of students being admitted to these high-points courses to keep the points requirements high …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 16 August]

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Education – broad or deep?

Posted in Teaching on June 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Karlin Lillington’s recent column (‘Graduates must bridge divide between arts and science’, Business Opinion, June 4th) is just the latest in a growing list of articles extolling the value of broad-based, multidisciplinary undergraduate education …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 6 June]

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