Majority of private school students did not get their first choice of college course in today’s CAO offers and over half of students considering appeals – survey

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The majority of private school students did not get their first choice of college course in their CAO offers today, a new survey has found. A Studyclix.ie survey conducted between 2pm and 4pm which received 1,015 responses from sixth year students found that 69% of students in private schools did not get their first choice course …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 11 September]

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Almost £4m for extra university places in NI

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 12th, 2020 by steve

“Almost £4 million is being provided to create extra university places following the cancellation of A-levels in Northern Ireland. This includes medical, nursing and midwifery courses, Finance Minister Conor Murphy said …” (more)

[Michael McHugh, Belfast Telegraph, 11 September]

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CAO offers: ‘It was always going to be hard to find a solution to suit everyone’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“When Lorna Griffin received her text from the CAO at noon on Friday, it was not the news she had been hoping for. The 19-year-old from Kerry, who had taken a year out after her Leaving Cert to save for college, had not been offered pharmacy at University College Cork …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 12 September]

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UCD president defends college’s handling of sexual harassment case

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin’s president, Prof Andrew Deeks, has faced strong criticism of the university’s handling of the Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin sexual harassment case from members of its governing authority, The Irish Times has learned …” (more)

[Una Mullally, Mark Hilliard and Jack Horgan-Jones, Irish Times, 12 September]

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Adjusted grades were an experiment that we dare not risk repeating

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It was never going to please everyone. The political decision to abandon the Leaving Cert exam in favour of calculated grades left the Department of Education with an impossible task: to assign accurate grades to students who didn’t sit exams which never happened in courses they hadn’t completed …” (more)

[Jennifer O’Connell, Irish Times, 12 September]

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Universities to limit student deferrals amid gap year concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Universities are to limit the number of students who are allowed to defer taking up their places amid concern that many may choose to take a gap year due to Covid-19 restrictions …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 12 September]

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Third Level Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to abolish third level registration fees in view of the fact that many students will not be attending lectures as normal, will have extra IT costs due to online learning and will find it more difficult to find work; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 9 September]

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Technological Universities – IT Carlow and Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandVerona Murphy (Wexford, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the timeline for the amalgamation of Institute of Technology Carlow and Waterford Institute of Technology to form the Technological University for the South East Ireland …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 9 September]

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Third Level Institutions – Letterkenny IT and Magee College

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandMarian Harkin (Sligo-Leitrim, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the plans in place to progress a university of the north-west involving Letterkenny IT and Magee College, Derry; and the way in which such plans may impact on the Connacht, Ulster Alliance for a technological university application …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 September]

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Technological Universities – Dundalk IT

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandGerald Nash (Louth, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the fact that Dundalk Institute of Technology is the only institute of technology not to have formally linked into a consortium to obtain technological university status; the actions he and the Higher Education Authority will take to advance technological university status for the institute; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 September]

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Third Level Fees – Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandHolly Cairns (Cork South West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will elaborate on his recent statement that student contribution fees are too high; and the timeline for the reduction of these fees …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 September]

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Technological Universities – Connacht-Ulster alliance

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandVerona Murphy (Wexford, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the progress of the Connacht and Ulster alliance of Sligo Institute of Technology, Galway and Mayo Institute of Technology and Letterkenny Institute of Technology on forming a technical university …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 9 September]

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Technological Universities – Wexford

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandVerona Murphy (Wexford, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a new Wexford campus as part of the Technological University for the South-East Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 September]

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