Up to 450 new CAO offers will be made after Leaving Cert calculated grades computer coding debacle

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A total of 400-450 new CAO offers will be made arising from the Leaving Cert calculated grades computer coding debacle. The figure covers offers at both Level 8 (honours degree) and Level 7/6, and up to one in four will be for places in Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin). The Central Applications Office (CAO) will issue the offers to Leaving Cert 2020 candidates on Thursday, in tandem with other Round 4 offers …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 October]

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Queen’s Investigates ‘Reckless’ Students Who Danced to ‘Rock the Boat’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast has launched an investigation into a video that appears to show around 20 of its students dancing to ‘Rock the Boat’ in one of its accommodation buildings last week. The video, which was obtained by The University Times, shows the students – none of whom are wearing masks or practicing social distancing – dancing in two rows to the popular 1973 song …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 5 October]

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Universities call for €538m in State funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Universities say they need €538m in State support next year, including €102m for additional Covid-related costs. The Irish Universities Association (IUA) has set out details of its funding requirements in a pre-Budget submission, which says the sector is facing a combined deficit of €200m next year …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 October]

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Queen’s University charters flights to bring Chinese students to Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast for the second time in two weeks has chartered a Qatar Airways plane to bring hundreds of Chinese students to Belfast. On Saturday about 400 new and returning Queen’s University students were flown into Northern Ireland from Beijing by Boeing 777 to begin the college term. Two weeks previously the university chartered a flight to bring in about 370 Chinese students …” (more)

[Gerry Moriarty, Irish Times, 4 October]

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Third-Level’s Future Uncertain After NPHET Recommends Move to Level Five

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has tonight recommended a shift to level-five restrictions in a letter to the government, according to RTÉ News, in a move that throws more uncertainty on the future of universities for the rest of the year …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 4 October]

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