Extra 800 college places will be offered in bid to ease Leaving Cert concerns

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The number of CAO places being offered on Friday is to rise by a further 800 in the hope of calming the turbulence stirred up by the best Leaving Cert results in history. Further and Higher Education Minister Simon Harris confirmed the figure in the Dáil today …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 September]

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Going online and the student experience

Posted in Teaching on September 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I’ve a letter today in the Irish Times today about the move to online learning in the coming academic year and I’m just going to expand on it in this blog. Much of the negativity surrounding the move to online teaching has been driven, it seems to me, by commentators championing the rite-of-passage aspect of higher education …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 9 September]

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Lecture notes

Posted in Teaching on September 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – While I completely understand that third-level students have a sense that they will be missing out by having so little on-campus time this semester, it really needs to be pointed out that the quality of their education can and will be maintained …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 9 September]

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Number of CAO places to rise by 500 on Friday amid best Leaving Cert results in history

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The number of CAO places being offered on Friday is to rise by a further 500 in the hope of steadying the turbulence stirred up by the best Leaving Cert results in history. Medicine, nursing and business are among the areas where more places are expected to open , over and above what’s already been announced …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 September]

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New public sector pay deal to be explored

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government is to explore a new public sector pay deal with servants, even though it doesn’t have any available funds for any increases without adding to the National Debt. Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath told Cabinet yesterday he had instructed his officials to undertake ‘exploratory’ talks with the public services committee of ICTU over the coming weeks …” (more)

[Senan Molony and Hugh O’Connell, Independent, 8 September]

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Holyland row as residents call for action over students dumping rubbish along alleyways

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2020 by steve

“A new row has erupted in Belfast’s Holyland over rubbish being dumped in alleyways by students. Residents have reported seeing students dumping suites of furniture, fridges and cookers into the communal alleyways as they move in and out of the area …” (more)

[Peter Moor, Belfast Telegraph, 8 September]

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Safety, Consultation and Resources key to sustainable higher education reopening, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ongoing detailed consultation by university managements with staff and students on safety and resource provision is essential to guarantee a sustainable re-opening of higher education, The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has stated following issuing of Leaving Certificate results to students …” (more)

[IFUT, 8 September]

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Leaving Cert results raise important gender bias issues

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Data gender has only been provided for three core subjects, leaving education experts blind as to the true picture, say Professors Pat O’Connor, Delma Byrne, and Selina McCoy. The Leaving Certificate was cancelled on May 8 to be replaced by the teachers’ subjective judgments on what percentage mark they thought each of their students might have received in the Leaving Certificate …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 8 September]

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Leaving Cert Results Were Record-Breaking – But This Will Benefit Few

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Like a check-up at the dentist or the unloading of a dishwasher, leaving certificate results day is a necessary evil in the lives of all Irish students who have managed to trudge their way through 14 years in the Irish academic system …” (more)

[Faye Curran, University Times, 8 September]

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