College-Wide Points Drop is a Cause For Concern

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Lies, damned lies and CAO points offers. In many ways, the day that rolls inexorably round each August, when tens of thousands of college hopefuls receive their first-round CAO offers, feels more akin to theatre than anything else, taken as it is by expressions of ecstasy and anguish, by experts shouting down the airwaves, by an avaricious public greedily feeding on the highs and lows of its next generation …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 20 August]

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CAO points rise for over 40% of courses as offers made

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than 50,700 applicants will receive a third-level course offer from the Central Applications Office this morning. This year sees fluctuation in the points requirement for many courses. While around half of all courses have seen a points drop, points have risen for more than 40% of options …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 20 August]

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Decline in students choosing ICT courses cause for concern

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Technology Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the sector, says it is concerned at the 11% decline at level 8 and level 6/7 for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) courses as first preferences at a time when total CAO applications fell by 4.2%. Responding to the CAO application data, Una Fitzpatrick, Director of Technology Ireland said …” (more)

[IBEC, 20 August]

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Five big take-aways from this year’s CAO results

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This morning more than 50,000 applicants will receive an offer from the CAO on behalf of the 44 institutions who provide their places on courses through this structure. Here’s are some of the big trends from this year’s figures. 1. Students fall out of love with the arts. A fall in applications for arts programmes this year is reflected in a decrease in points requirements across most courses …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 20 August]

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CAO 2018: Points for arts fall amid demand for jobs-friendly courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Points for many arts and creative courses have fallen as students opt for degrees linked to areas of strong jobs growth such as engineering, teaching and nursing. In all, just over 50,000 college hopefuls are set to receive their CAO results on Monday …” (more)

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

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CAO 2018: Arts falls, science steady and engineering and law rise

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2018 by steve

IrelandArts: The big news for arts students this year is the introduction of three new streams in UCD’s offering. The changes have had a mixed impact on points. Last year, arts at UCD went from 320 to 326 points but the three new courses cannot be directly compared to the 2017 offering …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 20 August]

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Higher-level maths students performing well despite doubling in exam numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students are performing remarkably well in higher level maths despite a doubling in the proportion of students taking on the more challenging exam in recent years, according to a new study …” (more)

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

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Trinity’s CAO Decline Shows it Needs to Focus More on the Here and Now

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“New figures that show a steep decline – of 8% – in the number of students who put Trinity down as their first choice on their CAO applications must have left College officials wondering where they’ve gone wrong. Nationally, CAO applications declined by 4.5%, suggesting that, for some reason, Trinity isn’t keeping pace …” (more)

[University Times, 19 August]

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What’s attracting 1,000 Irish students to the Netherlands this year?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on August 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As Leaving Certificate students around the country await Monday’s CAO offers in the wake of their results, there’s a chance that some of their peers have already started their third-level education. At Leiden University College (LUC) The Hague in the Netherlands, four Irish students are among the 200-plus first year students beginning their introduction week at the English-taught institution …” (more)

[Kayle Crosson, Irish Times, 17 August]

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Number of students who got over 400 points on the rise

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The number of Leaving Certificate candidates scoring high points for college entry has jumped since the changes to the exam grading system and CAO points scale. Figures from the CAO show that 11.9% of students achieved between 500 to 599 points this year, compared with 9.6% in 2016. There are also other candidates with 600 points, and even more if they have the ‘honours’ maths bonus …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 August]

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More than 3,700 Leaving Cert pupils fail maths exam

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than 3,700 students have failed their Leaving Cert maths papers, effectively locking them out of many third-level courses which require a pass as a basic entry requirement. The bulk of those who failed to secure a pass grade sat the ordinary-level paper where the failure rate was just under 10% …” (more)

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

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Increase in students opting for higher level papers

Posted in Teaching on August 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The results of the 2018 Leaving Cert indicate an increase in the number and percentage of students opting for higher level papers. This trend is driven in part by the movement downwards from 40% to 30% of what constitutes a failure in the eyes of third-level colleges, and many students have responded to this change by opting to study higher level subjects …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 15 August]

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New figures show extent of ‘class gap’ in higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 23rd, 2018 by steve

“New figures show the extent of the ‘class gap’ in higher education with students from fee-paying schools far more likely to attend a handful of top Dublin-based universities. Students from fee-paying schools account for 20-25% of undergraduates at Trinity and UCD …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 July]

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Teacher shortage drives big demand for college courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 7th, 2018 by steve

“Demand for post-primary teacher training courses has bounced even higher since the initial deadline for making CAO college choices in February. Relentless headlines about shortages for key subjects, including maths, Irish, home economics and foreign languages, have clearly fuelled even more interest in a career as a post-primary teacher …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 July]

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Universities urged not to offer places to students based on predicted grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 19th, 2018 by steve

“Predicted grades should not be used by universities to make offers to students, a union has said. The UK is ‘out of step’ with the rest of the world on university admissions, according to the University and College Union (UCU) which is calling for an overhaul of the system …” (more)

[Alison Kershaw, Belfast Telegraph, 19 June]

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College apartheid continues, 40 years after we voted for change

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 18th, 2018 by steve

“Few residents of north, west and inner-city Dublin, and similar communities throughout the country, will get to attend NUI or Trinity College Dublin. If you live in Dublin 4, 6, or Dublin South County and some parts of North Dublin, you are many times more likely to go to university than residents of other postal districts …” (more)

[Gay Mitchell, Independent, 17 June]

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More Leaving Cert students than ever taking higher level subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 5th, 2018 by steve

“The proportion of Leaving Cert students taking on higher level subjects has climbed to a new high. It is a sign that pupils are trying to make the most from recent changes to the CAO points system which reward students for what used to be E grades, or fails …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 June]

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Trinity College launch initiative targeting NI students

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

“Trinity College in Dublin (TCD) has launched an initiative to try to attract more students from Northern Ireland. Only 136 students from Northern Ireland began full-time undergraduate study in the Republic of Ireland in 2016/17. In the same year, there were only 568 full-time Northern Irish students enrolled in universities in Ireland …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 27 April]

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Almost 400 new college spots created amid demand for teaching courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 14th, 2018 by steve

“Almost 400 extra places on teacher training courses are to be created this year in a bid to help alleviate a lack of supply in key subjects. The move also has the potential to offset some of the heat added to the points race by a surge in the number of young people applying for education programmes through the Central Applications Office (CAO) …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 14 March]

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‘Tackling the class divide at third level’

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

Ireland“Sir, – Olive Byrne, UCC’s access officer, points out that ‘if reading scores from a local primary [school] are below average, that’s where the targeting needs to happen’ (Peter McGuire, ‘Mind the gap: Tackling the class divide at third level’, Education, March 6th). Here in the National College of Ireland, we believe that early intervention and partnership with parents are the answers to closing the class divide at third level …” (more)

[Josephine Bleach, Irish Times, 12 March]

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