Teaching to Remain Online for Semester Two

Posted in Teaching on January 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Lectures, small group classes and tutorials will remain online, while some practical classes and lab-based activities will take place in person, College announced tonight. An email to staff and students this evening – signed by Provost Patrick Prendergast and Vice-Provost Jürgen Barkhoff – stated that while teaching will move online, the libraries will still be open to students who had pre-booked seats …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 8 January]

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What’s the purpose of university? Your answer may depend on how much it costs you

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 8th, 2021 by steve

“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the university sector under greater scrutiny. In some cases, this has prompted new conversations about the purpose of higher education. These have included the extent to which universities are upholding their commitment to public service, and whether the current institutional adjustments in universities will change the way higher education is delivered …” (more)

[Achala Gupta, The Conversation, 8 January]

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College to Consider Pausing Development of Trinity East

Posted in Governance and administration on January 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“College Board will decide the fate of Trinity East – College’s large-scale capital investment project – in March of this year, with a temporary halting of the project on the table. According to minutes of an October meeting of the College Board, the chief governing body in Trinity will decide the ‘future direction of the project’, which was previously called TTEC, in two months’ time, and the option to pause the project will be considered …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 8 January]

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Norma Foley casts doubt over Leaving Cert unless students return to school

Posted in Teaching on January 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Norma Foley is casting doubt over whether Leaving Cert exams can go ahead after a three day week for sixth years was ruled out by teacher unions. The minister was forced into a U-turn on the partial re-opening of schools from Monday to allow 60,000 students continue face to face teaching in the crucial run up to the exams …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 January]

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Left-wing parties could sink €100m State subsidy for fee-paying schools

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Fee-paying schools are hoping to bounce back from last year’s hiccup when some of them didn’t get their usual crop of top grades across the board. The vast majority of their Leaving Cert students still went to college. But the performance of these schools was equalled by more non-fee paying schools than usual …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 8 January]

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There’s a Moose Loose Aboot this Hoose!

Posted in Life on January 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“I am working from home at the moment owing to Covid-19 restrictions on campus activity but I have been informed by on campus staff that an unauthorized mouse bas been seen in the Department of Theoretical Physics. This is a very serious situation as access to the Science Building is for essential work only and this does not include rodents …” (more)

[In the Dark, 8 January]

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Traditional Leaving Cert still the ‘firm objective’ despite schools staying closed – Minister Norma Foley

Posted in Teaching on January 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Holding a traditional Leaving Cert this summer is still the Government’s ‘firm objective’ despite schools remaining closed until February, education minister Norma Foley has said. Earlier this evening, the ASTI directed its members not to engage with the Department of Education’s plan to reopen schools to Leaving Cert students from next Monday due to ‘health and safety concerns’ …” (more)

[Eoghan Moloney, Independent, 7 January]

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Leaving Cert calculated grades system may need more homework, college tables show

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students from lower- and middle-­income backgrounds scooped up more college places in the autumn after the June 2020 Leaving Cert was replaced by calculated grades. They were buoyed by a big rise in the number of CAO offers made to adjust for the extraordinary circumstances of 2020 when teacher assessments combined with a computer algorithm decided the grades of more than 60,000 candidates …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 January]

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Getting into college is only half the story – the course is the other half

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A child’s address not only determines their chances of getting into college, but also the course for which they get an offer. A school-leaver from the most affluent background is nine times more likely to be studying Medicine than someone from the most economically disadvantaged family …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 January]

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More students from Deis schools progressed to third level in 2020

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Deis-designated schools saw an increase in student progression to third-level education in 2020, but social class remains a significant factor in determining the level of educational attainment achieved by students in Ireland, according to figures compiled by The Irish Times …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 8 January]

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Students will also be allowed to resit exams that go towards their final degree, even if they had previously received a passing mark

Posted in Teaching on January 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students will be allowed to defer their exams or essays due as part of the assessment period without providing a reason, and third and fourth years will be able to resit exams if they count towards their final degree mark even if they have achieved a passing mark in the module, College has announced …” (more)

[Cormac Watson and Emer Moreau, University Times, 7 January]

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