Leaving Cert points for some high-demand courses set to rise this year

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

Ireland“The points needed in this year’s Leaving Certificate for some high-demand third-level courses, such as medicine and pharmacy, are set to rise, it has emerged. Seven-hundred 2020 Leaving Cert students, who sat written exams last November, were awarded places on Wednesday in higher-points courses than they were awarded by the Central Applications Office (CAO) last year …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 7 July]

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Access to Graduate Medicine is Grossly Unfair. Let’s Change That

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

Ireland“Let’s play a game: a modified version of snakes and ladders. Most turns involve drawing a ‘chance card’. There are two players. Player One starts at one side of the board, at ‘Prosperous City’, and Player Two starts at the other side of the board at ‘Hardship-ville’. The aim of the game is to get far enough along the board to be offered a place to study Graduate Entry Medicine at your university of choice …” (more)

[Yasmine Tadjine, University Times, 7 July]

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IUA Submission on HEA Act Reform to the Oireachtas Education Committee 06.07.21

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The IUA welcomes the publication by the Minister for Further, Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science of the ‘General Scheme of the Higher Education Authority Bill 2021’ (the ‘Scheme’). The legislation governing the sector is now half a century old and requires updating to provide for the significant changes since then and to provide a legislative base that will enable the sector to grow and develop in the years ahead …” (more)

[IUA, 7 July]

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Vaccination Programme – Outgoing Erasmus students

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

IrelandNeale Richmond (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has considered allowing students going on Erasmus in the 2021-2022 academic year to receive their Covid-19 vaccination in advance of their departure; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 July]

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