Simon Harris optimistic half of students will receive their first-choice college placement

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has committed to maintaining previous college course ratios, whatever the outcome of the Leaving Cert discussions. The ASTI teaching union said it was withdrawing from discussions last night on the Leaving Cert 2021, pending a guarantee that talks will focus on planning for examinations, rather than calculated grades …” (more)

[Aoife Moore, Irish Examiner, 12 February]

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ASTI agrees to fresh talks with Foley after quitting Leaving Cert negotiations

Posted in Teaching on February 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Fresh talks aimed at resolving a row over plans for the Leaving Cert exams are due to begin on Friday between the Minister for Education and the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI). The union’s decision to pull out of confidential discussions over the exams on Thursday threatened to derail the Government’s plans to provide clarity for tens of thousand of students early next week …” (more)

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

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Former University of Limerick HR director fails to get injunction halting probe into alleged misuse of funds

Posted in Legal issues on February 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The High Court has dismissed a bid by a former Human Resources Director with the University of Limerick’s to halt an investigation into his alleged role in the suspected misuse of funds regarding the college’s pension scheme …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Limerick Leader, 11 February]
[The ruling is here.]

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SIPTU members support Public Service Agreement by overwhelming majority

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU members in the public service have voted by a resounding majority to accept the proposals in Building Momentum, a New Public Service Agreement. Following a count of ballots in Liberty Hall today (Thursday, 11th February), 91% of votes were in favour of the proposals …” (more)

[SIPTU, 11 February]

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The Leaving and critical thinking

Posted in Teaching on February 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Prof Jim Gleeson argues that ‘the need for radical Leaving Cert reform is more obvious than ever’, that the Leaving Certificate ‘rewards surface rather than deep learning’, with ‘Leaving Cert grades having no educational meaning other than their currency on the CAO “stock market”‘ (‘Leaving Cert grades have no meaning beyond CAO’, Opinion & Analysis, February 9th) …” (more)

[Kevin McLoughlin, Irish Times, 12 February]

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Former rugby coach took up coaching position in UCD after admitting sexual assault in 1996, court hears

Posted in Legal issues on February 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A former rugby coach and teacher at a Dublin private school who abused 23 students admitted to one of the allegations in 1996, a court has heard …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 February]

At AHSS Hustings, Tougher Questions Flesh Out Provostial Candidates’ Plans

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Provostial candidates faced a much more direct line of questioning today than they have at any stage in the campaign thus far, as members of the faculty of arts, humanities and social sciences (AHSS) grilled them on issues such as open-access research, infrastructure in the Arts Block and College’s treatment of people with disabilities …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Cormac Watson, University Times, 11 February]

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Student Universal Support Ireland pandemic unemployment payments

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2021 by steve

IrelandBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if pandemic unemployment payments will be assessed as reckonable income for special rates of SUSI grants in 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 February]

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Third Level Education – Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2021 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Laois-Offally, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the implementation of the Cassells report; the number of potential funding options including the deferred payment of student fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 February]

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Research and Science students – On-site Access for Practical Work

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will respond to matters raised in correspondence by a person (details supplied) in relation to research and science students; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 February]

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Technological Universities – Dundalk IT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2021 by steve

IrelandFergus O’Dowd (Louth, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress made to date on Dundalk Institute of Technology becoming a technological university under the Technological Universities Act 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 February]

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