UK universities predict record student dropout rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 19th, 2020 by steve

“Record numbers of young people in the UK are starting a university course this autumn, with many anxious to escape a collapsing employment market. But as students embark on a very different university experience, vice-chancellors are worried that many may not last the year …” (more)

[Anna Fazackerley, Guardian, 19 September]

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How Level 3 Restrictions Will Impact UCD: Minimal In-Person Lectures and Societies Suspended

Posted in Teaching on September 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the capital is set to move to Level 3 of lockdown, University College Dublin is preparing for the drastic effects the new regulations will have on the first few weeks of the Autumn Term. The Registrar has announced that UCD will be operating under Level 4 restrictions with regard to teaching …” (more)

[Jack McGee, College Tribune, 18 September]

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Asylum seeker with top grades denied Queen’s university place

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 19th, 2020 by steve

“An asylum seeker who received top grades in his A-levels has said he cannot take up his place at Queen’s University because he is not eligible for a student loan or grant …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 18 September]

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Maynooth University to escalate Covid-19 measures as Dublin lockdown announced

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University is to move lectures online and limit on-site teaching, it announced in a statement this evening in response to the lockdown measures imposed on Dublin earlier today. Dublin has moved to Level 3 restrictions due to the number of Covid-19 cases in the capital …” (more)

[Leinster Leader, 18 September]

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Removal of school profiling may have affected ‘accuracy’ of Leaving Cert results, study says

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Removing ‘school profiling’ from the calculated grades process for Leaving Cert students may have affected the accuracy of the final results, according to a Department of Education study. The plan to take account of schools’ Leaving Cert performance over a three-year period sparked significant controversy over the summer …” (more)

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

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Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences to Move Online Where Possible, Says College

Posted in Teaching on September 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Classes in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, apart from those which must be delivered in person, will move online until level-three restrictions are lifted, the College announced this evening …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 18 September]

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House party of 30 in Holyland broken up

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 19th, 2020 by steve

“Thirty people from across Northern Ireland attended a house party in Belfast’s Holyland area, police said. Three people attempted to hide by locking themselves in a bathroom for more than 10 minutes as officers dealt with other people …” (more)

[Michael McHugh, Belfast Telegraph, 18 September]

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Minister Simon Harris welcomes enhanced measures in Higher and Further Education Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, has today (Friday) welcomed the initiation of enhanced measures by the higher and further education sectors in light of heightened COVID-19 restrictions in Dublin, saying …” (more)

[gov.ie, 18 September]

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Charging €3,000 to access further education ‘is unthinkable’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There has been a creeping sense among students over the past number of years that the higher education sector in Ireland is moving its focus from education to profit. From the wave of rent increases across campuses earlier this year to the repeated fee increases and exploitation of international students, the emerging trend is that third-level institutions are now seen as businesses, with students as their customers …” (more)

[Cian Kelly-Lyth, Irish Times, 18 September]

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