Almost one fifth of teachers’ predicted Leaving Cert examination results to be downgraded

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Almost one fifth of teachers’ predicted results for Leaving Cert students are set to be downgraded under the Department of Education’s new calculated grades process. However, a large majority (79%) of students’ estimated grades will remain the same. The remainder will be either reduced (17%) or increased (4%) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 September]

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Back to Returning to Campus Again

Posted in Teaching on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Three weeks ago I was writing about our plans for returning to campus at Maynooth University only to be rudely interrupted the very next day by new restrictions that forced us to put those plans on ice. Now we have about four weeks to get everything in place so we have to crack on. Today the University wrote to all students outlining the general approach we are taking at Maynooth, but the details vary enormously from subject to subject …” (more)

[In the Dark, 1 September]

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Q&A: How will calculated grade changes affect CAO points for college courses?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 1st, 2020 by steve

IrelandFirstly, how have students fared under the new calculated grades system this year? A large majority (79%) of students’ estimated grades given by their teachers and schools will remain the same. The remainder will be either reduced (17%) or increased (4%) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 September]

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Leaving Cert Results 2020: Teachers awarded over double the H1 grades in many subjects than expected

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Teachers awarded more than double the number of H1 grades in many subjects than would have been expected in traditional Leaving Cert exams, the Department of Education found when the 2020 results came in from schools. In some subjects, the generosity of Irish teachers extended to a tripling of the number of H1s – the highest grade available on an ‘honours’ paper – than would normally be achieved …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 1 September]

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Leaving Cert student’s challenge over calculated grade refusal is adjourned

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A High Court challenge by a home-schooled Leaving Cert student over the Minister for Education’s refusal to consider her application for calculated grades is unlikely to be heard this month. The action, the second of its type, has been brought by a 17-year-old student from outside Dublin …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 1 September]

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Irish medical schools phase campus openings

Posted in Teaching on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The country’s six medical schools plan reopening this month on a phased basis for hybrid and campus teaching programmes while clinical placements have got underway …” (more)

[Valerie Ryan, Irish Medical Times, 1 September]

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Minister Foley announces details of Calculated Grades model for Leaving Certificate 2020 and Minister Harris confirms the provision of 1,250 additional places in certain high-demand programmes in higher education institutions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today, Tuesday 1 September, announced further details of the Calculated Grades model for Leaving Certificate 2020 and Minister for Further and Higher Education Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD confirmed 1,250 additional higher education places to be offered on certain high-demand courses for the academic year 2020/21 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 1 September]

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Should students pay full fees in the time of Covid?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This is a tricky one because it goes to the heart of what third level education is actually for. If you look across the Atlantic, the huge rise in college fees over the last decade has largely been due to efforts by institutions to improve the student ‘experience’. This trend is essentially a marketing ploy and in many ways it has little to do with education …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 1 September]

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Safety protocol for international students in place

Posted in Governance and administration on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) University of Medicine and Health Sciences has joined with other higher education institutes (HEIs) to develop a protocol that is to facilitate the safe arrival of international students, many of whom are returning to Ireland to continue their studies …” (more)

[Valerie Ryan, Irish Medical Times, 1 September]

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LIT students expected to attend some lectures on campus

Posted in Teaching on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students returning to Limerick Institute of Technology are expected to attend lectures practicals and tutorials on the college campus at least once a week, and up to four times a week for some courses …” (more)

[Cathy Halloran, RTÉ News, 1 September]

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U-turn on calculated Leaving Cert grades system as results day approaches

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The prior academic performance of a school has been dropped as a factor in calculating Leaving Cert grades for around 61,000 students who could not sit their exams this year due to Covid-19. The predicted grades of teachers will now carry more weight under changes to the Leaving Cert marking scheme this year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 1 September]

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Well Done Waterford IT!

Posted in Teaching on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“So – Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is first out of the blocks and has announced that all lectures, tutorials and practical classes will be delivered remotely for the 2020/2021 academic year, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. In a message to students, WIT announced that ‘delivery will include live-streaming of lectures and other forms of remote learning platforms appropriate to individual modules or programmes …'” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 1 September]

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Huge study: Do universities really teach critical thinking? Apparently not

Posted in Teaching on September 1st, 2020 by steve

“Do universities really teach critical thinking? This huge CLA longitudinal study on 2,322 students for four years from 2005 to 2009 across broad range of 24 US colleges and universities, suggests not …” (more)

[Donald Clark Plan B, 1 September]

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WIT president defends decision to charge full student fees as almost all classes move online

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) said students will be asked to pay full fees for this academic year as all lectures and tutorials move online. Students and staff were informed last week of the blended learning approach for the upcoming academic year …” (more)

[Orla Dwyer, TheJournal.ie, 31 August]

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Second student takes legal action on grades

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A second Leaving Certificate student who was home-schooled by a parent has brought High Court proceedings against the Education Minister’s refusal to consider her application for calculated grades. The latest action has been brought by a 17-year-old student from outside Dublin, who cannot be identified for legal reasons …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolan and Ray Managh, Independent, 1 September]

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Harris says he will tackle ‘high’ student fees during lifetime of Government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student registration fees are ‘too high’ and will be looked at over the lifetime of the Government, Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said. As students prepare for the college year, he insisted the Susi grant system will be flexible to ‘take on board if a family’s income has changed due to Covid-19’ …” (more)

[Catherine Devine, Independent, 1 September]

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University places for asylum seekers ‘not even a drop in the ocean’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A revised education support scheme for asylum seekers has been described as too narrow, with a ‘minuscule’ number of places available at third level and no central government funding. That is according to Angela Flynn, a member of the university of sanctuary working group at UCC and president of the Irish Federation of University Teachers …” (more)

[Maresa Fagany, Irish Examiner, 31 August]

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Cabinet to hear plans for 1,000 new college places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The number of college places is to increase by more than a thousand this year with a particular focus on high-demand areas such as health and education. Under plans to be brought before Cabinet on Tuesday by Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris, each third-level institution will receive a quota of additional places. This quota will be based on their most recent intake of undergraduates …” (more)

[Conor Gallagher and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 September]

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Weaker schools will not be marked down in calculated grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Norma Foley has dropped the controversial use of schools’ ­academic track record as a key decider in the process of awarding grades to the Leaving Cert class of 2020 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 1 September]

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Students face accommodation and fees concern ahead of return to college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third level students in Cork are preparing for a return to college amid concerns over fees and accommodation costs. With some third level institutes opting largely for supporting students to learn from home, calls have been made for student contribution fees to be reduced …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 31 August]

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