Leaving Cert results, CAO offers and appeal outcomes to be released earlier following UCD student’s landmark High Court case

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The release of Leaving Cert results, CAO offers and the outcomes of appeals are being brought forward next year. A major overhaul of the timetable comes in the wake of the recent High Court case …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 1 November]

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Ministers announce significant changes to process of Leaving Certificate examination appeals and entry to higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, and Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, have today (1st November 2018) announced significant changes to the Leaving Certificate examination appeals process from 2019. The changes will mean that, in future, students who appeal the results of the Leaving Certificate will be informed by the State Examinations Commission (SEC) of the outcome of their appeals much earlier than has previously been possible …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 1 November]

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349 get college places after grade changes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College places have been offered today to 349 students who received an upgrade of one or more Leaving Certificate results this week. It is unclear how many of them will be able to start those courses as many colleges will instead ask them to defer their studies until next year as programmes have already been running for up to six weeks …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 12 October]

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Leaving Cert students get surprise upgrades over decision to allow different exam answer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Several hundred CAO applicants can expect a late college offer as a result of Leaving Cert re-checks. The State Examinations Commission (SEC) process led to upgrades in 1,453 papers and many students will receive a new offer or their first offer …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 October]

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Late offers come after 1,453 exam upgrades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Several hundred CAO applicants can expect a late college offer as a result of Leaving Cert re-checks. The State Examinations Commission (SEC) process led to upgrades in 1,453 papers and many students will receive a new offer or their first offer …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 October]

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CAO applicants to UCD who get late offer after Leaving Certificate appeals released tomorrow will get their place this year – but only if space is available

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“CAO applicants to University College Dublin (UCD) who get a late offer after the results of Leaving Certificate appeals are released tomorrow will get their place this year – but only if space is available. UCD’s Academic Council Executive Committee has agreed to extend the September 30 offers deadline introduced this year, in order to offer places to upgraded students if there is spare capacity on the course in question …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 October]

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UCD to admit many more upgraded students this year on ‘exceptional’ basis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Many more Leaving Cert students who secure upgrades to their exams will be accepted onto degree courses in UCD this year on an ‘exceptional’ basis following the Rebecca Carter ruling. It is estimated up to 60 students will secure upgrades in their appeals this week which would make them eligible for courses at UCD …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 October]

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Exams body said student’s appeal case ‘self-serving’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The case brought by Leaving Cert student Rebecca Carter was described as ‘self-serving’ by the State Examinations Commission as it fought her bid to secure a college place. New details have emerged of the lengths the State went to in an effort to stop Ms Carter winning her High Court case …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 4 October]

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Case in which Leaving Cert marks wrongly totted up ‘cannot be repeated’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A High Court judge has said situations such as that experienced by students like Rebecca Carter, whose Leaving Cert exam points were wrongly totted up, ‘cannot be repeated’. Mr Justice Richard Humphreys said the current system where Leaving Cert exams are reviewed by the State Examination Commission (SEC) is ‘highly unfair’ to Leaving Cert students …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 3 October]

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The Irish Times view on The Leaving Cert: How to fix it

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The High Court judgment in the Rebecca Carter case has brought into sharp relief a number of fundamental flaws in how we now administer the Leaving Cert. The exam itself is still, after 92 years, a fair system in which each student can anonymously demonstrate their ability in their chosen subjects …” (more)

[Irish Times, 29 September]

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Rebecca to get special welcome at UCD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A special welcome awaits student Rebecca Carter when she arrives in UCD on Monday to start her veterinary degree programme. The 19-year-old, from Co Wexford, was ‘overjoyed’ yesterday when she received a belated offer of a course place, after successfully appealing one of her results in this year’s Leaving Certificate …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 September]

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Hundreds of students to be affected by Leaving Cert appeals ruling

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of students every year are being forced to wait a year before taking up their course due to delays in correcting Leaving Cert appeals. This week’s High Court ruling in favour of Wexford student Rebecca Carter is likely to result in a faster appeals process which is likely to allow these students to take up their courses in future …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 September]

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SEC to carry out ‘urgent assessment’ of Leaving Cert appeal timeline

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The State Examinations Commission is to carry out an ‘urgent assessment’ of the current timelines involved in the Leaving Certificate appeals process. The SEC board met this evening to consider the implications of this week’s High Court ruling. In a statement issued after its meeting …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 28 September]

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Leaving Cert student’s marks upgraded following successful appeal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert student Rebecca Carter, who won her High Court case aimed at getting a marking mistake fixed in time for her to go to university, has been told that her appeal has been successful and her marks have have been upgraded …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 28 September]

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Bruton vows to speed up appeal process for Leaving Cert students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Richard Bruton has pledged to help speed up the appeals process for Leaving Cert exam students to ensure students do not lose out on potential college places …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 September]

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Leaving Cert ruling has far-reaching implications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Wednesday’s High Court ruling, in a case involving a student who appealed her Leaving Certificate results, has far reaching ramifications. Mr Justice Humphreys described the appeals system as ‘manifestly unfit for purpose’, and he directed that the Minister for Education and his department ensure that by next year, appeals are completed before the start of the academic year …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 27 September]

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‘We had to take a stand’: Mother of incorrect Leaving Cert points student

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The mother of Rebecca Carter, the student who won a High Court case against the State Examinations Commission after her points were incorrectly counted, has spoken of the big risk the family took to pursue the legal case. The student has been allowed to take up a place in veterinary medicine in UCD after the court directed the commission on Wednesday to correct her points tally by the end of the week …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 27 September]

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Q&A: What are the implications of the Leaving Cert appeals ruling?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 27th, 2018 by steve

IrelandWhy are the State exams being reviewed? On Thursday, the High Court ruled in favour of an 18-year-old student, Rebecca Carter, who argued that she was being denied a place in her veterinary medicine course at UCD because her Leaving Cert exam marks had been totted up incorrectly …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 September]

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Bruton must act on dysfunctional Leaving Certificate appeals process – Byrne

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD has called for an overhaul of the Leaving Certificate appeals process. Deputy Byrne made the comments following yesterday’s High Court judgement which found that the current appeals process is highly unfair and causes untold stress for students …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 27 September]

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Review of appeals process for State exams to be carried out following vet student’s High Court challenge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A review of the appeals process for State exams will be carried out following a successful High Court challenge by teenager Rebecca Carter. Rebecca, whose exam points were wrongly totted up by State Examinations Commission markers, won her High Court case …” (more)

[Laura Larkin, Independent, 27 September]

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