Medical student recruitment company sues College of Surgeons

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on November 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A company which recruited students from Saudi Arabia for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is suing the college in the High Court over the level of fees paid by the students. The Nahj Company for Services is in dispute with the college over whether the €16,000 fee for participation in the medical commencement programme was inclusive or exclusive of a €5,000 commission said to be payable to the recruiting company …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 13 November]

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TCDSU Communications Officer Philly Holmes said the tone of the email was ‘wholeheartedly inappropriate’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Communications Officer Philly Holmes has slammed an email sent from College’s Accommodation Office to residents of Halls, which told them to turn off their lights and close their blinds, after alleged complaints from neighbouring residents …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Cormac Watson, University Times, 13 November]

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Grading the Leaving Certificate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, Pat O’Brien is correct (Letters, November 13th). The Leaving Cert exam has many faults but the calculated grades fiasco proves that anonymously marked exams are a must. However, the so-called ‘severe overestimating’ of grades that occurred this year might not all necessarily be the result of teacher generosity …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 14 November]

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Responses from the Department for Higher Ed to Questions raised at recent Education Futures Webinar

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDelighted to hear about the prospect for a cross border university, what stage is that issue currently at and how will it proceed? The establishment of a technological university (TU) in the north-west is being advanced through the Connacht Ulster Alliance (CUA) TU development consortium composed of Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Galway Mayo IT and IT Sligo …” (more)

[IFUT, 13 November]

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Smurfit students demand fee reduction

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On the morning of November 12th, 492 students of the Smurfit Business school penned a letter to the Dean of Business, Professor Anthony Brabazon, and Director of the Smurfit Business School, Professor Gerardine Doyle, demanding a reduction of fees for the current academic year …” (more)

[Nathan Young, University Observer, 13 November]

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UCD Students Will be Allowed to Finish Academic Year Online

Posted in Teaching on November 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) will operate classes predominantly online for the rest of the academic year, the university has announced jointly with University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 13 November]

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Brexit Issues – NI students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 14th, 2020 by steve

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the arrangements that have been made to ensure that students from Northern Ireland will continue to be treated as previously in Irish universities post Brexit as far as fees and so on are concerned; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 November]

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Student Universal Support Ireland – Study in the UK

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2020 by steve

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if Irish students will be able to avail of SUSI grants post Brexit to study at universities in Northern Ireland and the UK; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 November]

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