Calls for cap on places at QUB and Ulster University to be removed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 19th, 2020 by steve

“The Stormont Economy Minister is facing calls to remove the cap on the number of students which Northern Ireland’s universities can accept. Trade union NIC ICTU has urged Diane Dodds to make the move after Education Minister Peter Weir reversed the decision which saw thousands of A-level grades reduced from teacher estimates …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 19 August]

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Student home-schooled by mother wins challenge against Leaving cert predictive grade system

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on August 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Leaving Cert student who was home-schooled by his mother has won his High Court challenge against the Minister for Education’s decision to exclude him from the calculated grades process …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain and Ray Managh, Independent, 19 August]

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Education Minister insists Leaving Cert will not repeat UK results mess

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Norma Foley has insisted Ireland’s Leaving Cert calculated grades model won’t have the same problems as the UK system. When it emerged that 40% of the grades estimated by teachers had been marked down by the UK process, there were mass protests. This led to a U-turn from the British government …” (more)

[James Cox,, 19 August]

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UCC to develop Treasures Gallery to display the Great Book of Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On Thursday 20th August at 22.10, RTÉ One will premiere a documentary on The Great Book of Ireland (Leabhar Mór na hÉireann), which has been termed as ‘Ireland’s modern-day Book of Kells’. Samuel Beckett’s last handwritten poem is among the original work of 121 artists, 144 poets, and nine composers in this extraordinary 278 page single volume vellum manuscript …” (more)

[Mary Bermingham,, 19 August]

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Students and SU Believe New Legislation ‘Not Enough’ to Protect Students’ Rental Rights

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“President Michael D Higgins signed the Residential Tenancies and Valuation Act 2020 into law on August 1st, ensuring tenants who are struggling to pay rent as a result of the pandemic remain protected. This legislation has been met with mixed opinions with Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin, one of many opponents to the act describing the measure as an ‘attack on renters’ …” (more)

[Oisín Magfhogartaigh, College Tribune, 18 August]

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Leaving Cert students must wait a week after results day to see teachers’ estimates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students will have to wait a week after receiving their official calculated grades before they get to see their teachers’ estimated marks, the Department of Education has confirmed. This means thousands of students will not immediately get to see the extent to which their grades have been adjusted by standardisation measures which have proved highly controversial in the United Kingdom …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 August]

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Online learning is the next test for university students

Posted in Teaching on August 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The summer of strange and unprecedented times, staycations and contact tracing begins to draw to a close. The start of an academic year like no other is no longer a far off deadline in the future, leaving students with far more questions than answers. DCU has adopted a policy of ‘blending learning’ for Semester 1. The traditional large lecture hall of old now brings a sense of nostalgia, a longing for the days where an overcrowded O’Reilly library at exam time would not be a health hazard …” (more)

[The College View, 18 August]

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Some Students Being Pressured Into Signing Long Term Leases Despite Uncertainty Over Timetables

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“That’s according to UCC Student Welfare Officer Jamie Fraser who has written an open letter to department heads, landlords and students. He’s calling for timetables to be released as soon as possible before the majority of classes begin on the 28th of September …” (more)

[Red FM, 18 August]

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Derry MLA urges Ulster University to allocate extra student places to Magee campus

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2020 by steve

“A Derry MLA has said that if third level institutions in Northern Ireland are to get extra student places this year that Ulster University should allocate those places to its Magee campus. In a speech made in the Northern Ireland Assembly today, Sinead McLaughlin MLA, the SDLP’s economy spokesperson, spoke of the need to lift the cap on student numbers at Northern Ireland universities …” (more)

[Derry Now, 18 August]

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Funding boost for IT Carlow’s science department

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Carlow is getting a new Science Building. The government investment will provide additional space for STEM studies, and health science in particular. The new 6,100 square metre building will include labs, lab support and specialist health science spaces …” (more)

[Edwina Grace, KCLR, 18 August]


State of the art STEM building for GMIT to go to tender early next year

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A state of the art STEM building for GMIT is to go to tender at the beginning of next year. The project is part of a major national programme designed to provide for 8,000 additional students in 11 institutions across the country …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 18 August]


HEA welcomes significant step to deliver 73,000 sq m of new Higher Education facilities

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) today, Tuesday 18 August, welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, of the launch of the tender process for Bundle 1 of the Higher Education Public Private Partnership (PPP) Programme …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 18 August]

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