Next year’s Junior and Leaving Cert exams will take place ‘as normally as possible’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Next year’s Junior and Leaving Cert exams will take place ‘as normally as possible’ in line with public health advice, according to the Department of Education. In a statement, a department spokesman said all necessary measures will be put in place to ensure compliance with public health guidance in place at the time …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 November]

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‘Severe overestimation’ of Leaving Cert calculated grades by some schools – official

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on November 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The calculated grades awarded to students by some schools and teachers in the Leaving Cert had been a ‘severe overestimation’, officials from the Department of Education told an Oireachtas committee …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 10 November]

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SU President Anderson: ‘At Least 3 Other Schools’ Planning Fee Non-Payment Protests

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Conor Anderson, president of UCD Students’ Union (UCDSU), spoke to The College Tribune this week about the fee protests, UCD’s handling of the COVID crisis, and the difficulty of carrying on the union’s work through lockdown …” (more)

[Isobel Dunne, College Tribune, 10 November]

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‘Big Data on Campus’

Posted in Research, Teaching on November 10th, 2020 by steve

“Amid the periodic enthusiasm for data’s ability to revolutionize the way colleges and universities work, it can be easy to forget that having more data available doesn’t necessarily translate into leaders making better decisions on campus. It’s a point Karen L Webber and Henry Y Zheng make early in their new book, Big Data on Campus (Johns Hopkins University Press) …” (more)

[Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed, 10 November]

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Trinity and Richard Dawkins: Better to debate ideas than to ban them

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The decision some weeks ago by Trinity College Dublin’s Historical Society (the Hist) to ‘disinvite’ prominent scientist Prof Richard Dawkins from a scheduled address sparked considerable controversy across social media and other platforms …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Irish Times, 10 November]

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Cancelling NI exams in 2021 ‘cannot be ruled out’

Posted in Teaching on November 10th, 2020 by steve

“A union representing many school leaders has said cancelling exams in 2021 ‘cannot be ruled out’. The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) said it was ‘ever more likely’ that exams would not fully take place next year …” (more)

[BBC News, 10 November]

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Councillors want reassurances over future of Castlebar campus

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Councillors have called for the future of the Castlebar campus of GMIT to be secured following a meeting with its president. At today’s monthly meeting of the Mayo County Council, new GMIT president Dr Orla Flynn spoke of her strategy to strengthen the campus, by turning Mayo into a university county and Castlebar into a university town, as part of a long-term project to launch a technological university across eight campuses from Letterkenny to south Galway …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 9 November]

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Is it really fair to blame universities for the second wave?

Posted in Research on November 10th, 2020 by steve

“You may well have never heard of Watton. It’s a small market town in the Breckland district of Norfolk. Early last week it had the dubious distinction of having the one of the highest Covid-19 case rates in England …” (more)

[David Kernohan, Wonkhe, 9 November]

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