Leaving Cert mock exams not allowed for accredited grades process, schools told

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Schools will be told they cannot not use the results of mock exams as a basis for estimating marks for Leaving Cert students under the accredited grades process. The ‘mocks’ are a familiar part of the run-up to the June exams and most schools hold them, usually the January and February of sixth year …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 February]

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A Witch Hunt In French Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2021 by steve

“At a time when French universities are struggling to deal with the epidemic, when students’ poverty should be a prime concern for the authorities, the French Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Frédérique Vidal, announced on a TV channel that she intends to set up an inquiry into ‘islamo-leftism’ and postcolonialism in French universities …” (more)

[Thomas Perroud, Verfassungsblog, 24 February]

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Queen’s University fails to address issues relating to Chinese flights

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2021 by steve

“Internal Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) documentation highlights senior university officials expressing concern at the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on international student recruitment. This documentation, seen by The Detail, also shows how the university values just eight international students as having an economic impact equivalent to £1 million …” (more)

[Rory Winters, The Detail, 24 February]

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More Professors Ditch Print

Posted in Teaching on February 24th, 2021 by steve

“For the first year on record, more faculty members used learning management systems than print course materials when teaching classes, according a new report released Tuesday from the National Association of College Stores. The 2020 Faculty Watch report is based on a survey of 968 faculty members from 17 two- and four-year, public and private institutions in the United States and Canada …” (more)

[Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed, 24 February]

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Harris Leads Consultation on Higher Education Authority Legislation Reform

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Simon Harris has launched a stakeholder consultation on the reform of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) legislation. A report on this reform has also been published by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science …” (more)

[Rosie Kuntz, College Tribune, 23 February]

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Three new technological universities may be established by next year

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The number of technological universities may grow from two to five by this time next year, according to Government Ministers. A technological university for the Midlands and the Mid-West, based on the merger of Athlone Institute of Technology and Limerick Institute of Technology, is likely to be established in September of this year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 February]

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Do We Know Where We’re Going To?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It’s a line from a song in the film ‘Mahogany’ sung by Diana Ross. It goes, ‘Do you know where you’re going to? Do you like the things that life is showing you?’ It’s an appropriate ask for the TUSE process. Can anyone give a sensible rationale for where we’re going or why? Is the rush to get the word university over the door in any form supposed to make us all step into line regardless of the outcome? …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 23 February]

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Holyland St Patrick’s Day fears after ‘terrible’ night of parties

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2021 by steve

“Fears are growing that St Patrick’s Day celebrations will rage through Belfast’s student area after ‘alarming’ reports of multiple house parties on Monday night. Residents in the Holyland area said young people have been gathering ‘from far and wide’ for drunken festivities, and blatantly disregarding current lockdown restrictions …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 23 February]

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Planning permission withdrawn for Trinity’s 358 new beds

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday, An Bord Pleanála consented to the overturning of planning permission previously given to College for the expansion of Trinity Hall (Halls). The accommodation complex had received the green light by An Bord Pleanála in August for the addition of 358 student beds into the complex, which has been overturned following an appeals case …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 23 February]

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