Staff and students in UCC and Cork school appeal for family’s deportation to be halted

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A refugee-support group has appealed to Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to stop the deportation of first year UCC student, Hamza Khan …” (more)

[Eoin English,, 11 January]


Magee Medical School: NI deal gives new hope for 2021 opening

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2020 by steve

“The new deal to restore devolution in Northern Ireland has boosted hopes that a new medical school planned for Londonderry could open by next year. Magee Medical College is to be located in Ulster University’s Magee in the city, but the project has been beset by repeated delays and funding problems. It was due to open in 2019 until the Stormont stand-off scuppered the plan …” (more)

[BBC News, 11 January]

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Irish students planning to study in UK will not face fee hike, says minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Irish students hoping to study at UK universities next September will not face a hike in fees and can continue to avail of Irish grant support despite the UK’s scheduled exit from the EU at the end of the month, according to the Department of Education. In a statement released on Friday, Minister for Education Joe McHugh said the current fee regime and grants support for Irish students studying at UK institutions from September 2020 would remain in place …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 10 January]

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The effects of exam scheduling on academic performance

Posted in Teaching on January 11th, 2020 by steve

International“Exam scheduling may contribute to performance gaps between subjects, between males and females, as well as between students with differing performance histories. Using lottery-generated variation in exam timing at a Greek public high school, this column identifies three distinct channels through which exam scheduling can influence test performance. The simulation experiments show that the higher the number of exams taken, the higher the potential benefit from optimising exams scheduling …” (more)

[Sofoklis Goulas and Rigissa Megalokonomou, vox, 11 January]