Up to 3,000 calculated Leaving Cert grades may not be awarded

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on August 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Up to 3,000 grades may not be awarded to Leaving Cert students this year on the basis that ‘satisfactory’ evidence was not available on which to base an estimated percentage mark. Department of Education legal documents submitted to the High Court show that it estimates it has been unable to award up to 1,500 grades to out-of-school students …” (more)

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

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UCD Accused of EU Data Protection Breach, Potential Liability of €20 million

Posted in Legal issues on August 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCD have been accused of breaching EU data protection laws. As reported by the Times on Thursday, UCD, alongside other huge organizations such as RTE, AIB and Airbnb are sending data to the US in a way that ‘contravenes an EU court order’. The allegation has been filed by prominent digital privacy activist Max Schrems …” (more)

[Ahmed Jouda, College Tribune, 20 August]

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Majority of Irish students fear they won’t have enough money to stay in college this year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on August 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Four in five students fear they won’t have enough money to stay in college this year. And Covid-19 is to blame because of falling incomes in families and the complete collapse of summer work that normally allow students to build a nest egg for the year …” (more)

[Ferghal Blaney, Dublin Live, 20 August]

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UCD Residences Cost Significantly More Than UL’s ‘Airbnb’ Style System

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students in University College Dublin (UCD) will pay more as a result of the university’s post-covid approach than those at the University of Limerick (UL). Following the announcement by UL of an ‘Airbnb’ system of student accommodation for the coming semester, it appears UCD students will pay more for living on campus in the upcoming trimester despite there being no confirmed number of on-campus hours …” (more)

[Casey Conway, College Tribune, 20 August]

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Leaving Cert students should not be punished as a result of government mismanagement

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Mental Health Mark Ward has called on the Minister for Education to reassure Leaving Cert students awaiting results after standardisation measures used to calculate grades, similar to those being employed here, were scrapped in the North and in Britain …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 19 August]

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Students from UK ‘won’t have an edge for CAO spots’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UK students will not scoop up extra CAO places on the back of this year’s bumper A-Level grades, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has confirmed. Professor Kevin Mitchell, Trinity’s dean of undergraduate studies, said the university’s goal was ‘to be as fair and equitable as possible to students from everywhere’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 20 August]

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National Forum Welcomes Establishment of Higher Education Futures Group

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The National Forum is delighted to welcome the establishment of a new national group of experts to explore framework options for the future development of higher education across the island of Ireland. The Higher Education Futures Group has been convened by the Royal Irish Academy …” (more)

[T&L, 19 August]

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Women less likely to critique men’s research in academic journals

Posted in Research on August 20th, 2020 by steve

“Women researchers are less likely to comment on academic work, and it shows a subtle gender bias in academia. If women are less likely to comment, they could be excluded from or marginalized in important scholarly debates and networks …” (more)

[Cary Wu, Rima Wilkes and Sylvia Fuller, Academic Matters, 19 August]

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Q&A: What does court ruling on calculated grades mean for Leaving Cert students?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on August 20th, 2020 by steve

IrelandWhat just happened? Elijah Burke, 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. He claimed the exclusion of students who were tutored by a parent or close relative at home from the calculated grades process breached his rights and was unfair and discriminatory …” (more)

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

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Consultation for National Research Plan to Begin ‘Shortly’, Says Harris

Posted in Research on August 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The consultation process for a new national plan for research will begin ‘shortly’, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris said today. The plan will be the successor to Innovation 2020, which was launched as Ireland’s strategy for research in 2015 and aimed to build on existing infrastructures and encourage private-public collaborations …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 19 August]

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