Has the government ignored third level students during this pandemic? Let’s hear from those affected …

Posted in Life on February 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It is no understatement to say that the year 2020 was challenging for everyone around the world, and unfortunately, it does not seem to be letting up any time soon. No one could have anticipated the spread of a virus to all reaches of the world, let alone Galway. The very notion of a pandemic seems like an implausible, far-fetched, dystopian sci-fi film plot that would do great in cinema upon its release but slowly flop and be forgotten about after a few years, with its only realm of interest being deep in the Sci-Fi section of Netflix …” (more)

[Neasa Gorrell, SIN, 11 February]

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Provost election swaps podiums for Zoom in highly unusual race

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“For the first time since Trinity’s establishment by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592, the role of provost will go to a woman, whose ten-year term will commence on 1 August 2021. Professors Linda Doyle, Linda Hogan and Jane Ohlmeyer are vying for the spot after the three academics were officially confirmed as candidates on February 5 …” (more)

[Olivia Flaherty-Lovy, Trinity News, 11 February]

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Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD comments on ASTI ballot result

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has commented on the decision of the ASTI to vote against the public service pay agreement. Teachta Ó Laoghaire said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 10 February]

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We’re Being Asked to ‘Buy a Pig in a Poke’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“With the latest deadline for the application of the Technological University of the South East due in April, a new group has been formed – Friends of the University of the South East (FUSE) – with a view to ‘protecting the best interests of WIT and the future of education in Waterford and the South East’. Speaking to the Waterford News & Star this week, FUSE member Padraig O’Griofa …” (more)

[Darren Skelton, Waterford News and Star, 10 February]

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CAO points could climb if calculated grades model is used again

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Points for third-level courses may climb above last year’s record levels if a system similar to calculated grades for the Leaving Certificate is adopted, the chair of the Central Applications Offices (CAO) has warned. Prof Pól Ó Dochartaigh said a 9% increase in applications this year is likely to put upward pressure on CAO points with almost 80,000 applicants for the first time …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 February]

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Government, employers and the Leaving

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The latest Irish Times missive against the Leaving Cert continues the current trend of dismissing the State exam as not fit for purpose or no more than a college admissions exam (Jim Gleeson, ‘Leaving Cert grades have no meaning beyond CAO’, Education Opinion, February 9th). If the latter accusation is true, which it probably is, then we need to ask how we have found ourselves in this position …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 11 February]

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International students face more quarantine but report better understanding of their mental health

Posted in Life on February 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“While Trinity has announced its continuation of online classes, many international students elected to return to accommodation in Dublin even in face of travel restrictions …” (more)

[Audrey Brown, Trinity News, 10 February]

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Institutes of Technology – Waterford and the South-East

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2021 by steve

IrelandJohn Cummins (Fine Gael): I welcome the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science to the House and thank him for taking this Commencement matter in person. I wish to acknowledge the interest and determination of the Minister in ensuring that Waterford and the south-east region finally achieve the long-held ambition to have a university of international standing …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 8 February]

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