Aramark to Leave UCD for ‘Commercial Reasons’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Aramark, the catering company managing UCD’s Gerard Manly Hopkins building, is set to end its tenure on campus in the coming weeks. Belfield’s restaurant building will soon be controlled by Gather & Gather, who were successful in winning the contract worth €1.2 million …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhryn, College Tribune, 7 September]

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Leaving Cert 2020: Winners and losers from calculated grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It’s a been a Leaving Cert like never before. No summer exams, the first ever set of teachers’ predicted marks and a record high set of grades across the board. The devil is in the detail, however …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 September]

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Students will decide if Government has passed or failed its own Leaving Cert test

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The record number of top grades today will bring joy to the Leaving Cert Class of 2020 but anxiety to CAO applicants from previous years who fear they will miss out on college places next month …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 7 September]

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Top marks: Leaving Cert grades see massive 4.4% surge but fears remain over numbers applying for college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Leaving Cert class of 2020 is celebrating the best results day ever, with average grade inflation of 4.4% after teachers assessed their own pupils when the exams were cancelled because of Covid-19. The increase in grade values would have been greater had the teachers’ generosity not been curbed by the process set up to keep the national results picture broadly comparable with previous years …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 September]

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‘Student views on transition to higher education in Ireland: Challenges, impacts and suggestions’

Posted in Research on September 7th, 2020 by steve

IrelandAbstract: This paper examines students’ perspectives on the main transitional challenges experienced when commencing higher education. It explores which students are most affected by the transition and is the first paper to provide an overview of student recommendations to help improve the transition in an Irish context. The study involves large‐scale surveys and focus groups across four higher education institutions and explores a range of transitional challenges (including academic, social and course‐specific aspects). Over 1,100 student suggestions to improve transition are analysed and many of these recommendations could be easily implemented beyond Ireland. Ten overall recommendations are made which include, among others, specific supports for mature students and those with longer commuting distances, course‐specific introductory skills modules to be given by current students, a first year ‘starter’ pack with course‐specific orientation materials, and the introduction of a student‐shadowing programme for prospective students.

Eleanor Denny, Student views on transition to higher education in Ireland: Challenges, impacts and suggestions, Higher Education Quarterly, https://doi.org/10.1111/hequ.12273. First published: 6 September 2020.

Leaving Cert results: grade inflation evident across most subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The results are in – and the number of top grades have shot up. Normally, the Leaving Cert results as a whole are predictable as sunrise and sunset, with the bell curve ensuring that there’s no significant deviation between grades from one year to the next …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 7 September]

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Minister Foley congratulates over 60,000 students who will receive Leaving Certificate results today

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today, Monday 7 September, announced the issue of the results of the 2020 Leaving Certificate to over 60,000 students. On what is a very different day than might have been anticipated, today the Leaving Certificate class of 2020 are receiving their results, following the completion of the Calculated Grades process …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 7 September]

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UCD and sexual harassment

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin’s willingness to go public about her experience at UCD gives us a rare insight into how sexual harassment policies work – or don’t work – in practice …” (more)

[Justim McAleese, Irish Times, 7 September]

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The Education Departments Were Uncoordinated Last Week. Best Not Let it Fester

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“No one said a Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael coalition was going to be easy. Two rival parties, so used to maligning each other over the past century, now must work together – and so far things have not been running smoothly. Last week, we saw how the current fissure could hurt the third-level sector …” (more)

[University Times, 6 September]

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NUI Galway to launch fundraising drive to raise €30m

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is to launch a fundraising drive in order to raise €30m to supported the continued development of the university. The money would be used for a range of projects – including the construction of new buildings and refurbishment of existing campus buildings …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 6 September]

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‘All of the costs, fewer benefits’ – Student Unions’ outrage over high third level fees despite COVID

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student unions across Ireland have expressed their outrage as universities and colleges intend to keep registration fees high despite the impact of COVID-19 on third level education …” (more)

[Ali Condon, Extra.ie, 6 September]

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Outrage Over Timetables in NUIG and UCD May Be a Sign of the Times for Trinity

Posted in Teaching on September 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Last Monday, NUI Galway (NUIG) published spreadsheets that indicated the percentage of hours students could expect to spend on campus compared to online in the coming semester. What erupted in the wake of the news was nothing short of a Twitter frenzy, as students that had been told they would only have a handful of hours on campus lashed out at the college for having previously told them to secure accommodation …” (more)

[University Times, 6 September]

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Leaving Cert: Big increase in top grades under new process

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There has been a dramatic increase in top grades awarded to thousands of Leaving Cert students under the calculated grades process. A total of 60,000 Leaving Cert students will find out what grades they have been awarded online at 9am on Monday morning …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 September]

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Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin contacted by UCD president with personal apology

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“President of UCD, Professor Andrew Deeks, has confirmed he contacted lecturer and broadcaster Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin on Sunday evening, to personally apologise for the harassment and abuse she suffered at the university for two years …” (more)

[Sean McCárthaigh and Kitty Holland, Irish Times, 6 September]

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Leaving Cert 2020: How the CAO determines points allocations

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students receiving the results of their Leaving Certificate this morning through the assessed grades process will probably jump to an instant assumption of their success or failure based on their perception of whether they have secured sufficient CAO points to secure one of their selected course choices …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 7 September]

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