Irish universities provide free ‘greet and transfer’ service for arriving international students

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

Ireland“Irish higher education institutions (HEIs) are providing a free ‘greet and transfer’ service at Dublin airport for international students arriving for the upcoming semester. Announced by the Irish Universities Association (IUA), the service began at Dublin airport on August 1 and is provided by Club Travel, a travel management company contracted by the HEIs …” (more)

[Sarah Emerson, Trinity News, 11 August]

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College Rejects Fellows’ Request to Change Term Start Dates

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

Ireland“Trinity has rejected a proposal put forward by the Fellows which would have seen all students return to College on September 27th, rather than having a separate start date for first years as planned …” (more)

[Emma Taggart, University Times, 10 August]

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Half of all A-levels entries in North awarded top A* or A grade

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

“Half of all A-level entries in Northern Ireland this year were awarded the top A or A* grade. Students in the North received the results of A level, AS level and BTec exams on Tuesday after exams were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic for a second year in a row …” (more)

[Freya McClements, Irish Times, 10 August]

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Vaccination not mandatory for college campus access from September

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

Ireland“Third-level colleges will not require students and staff to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to access their campuses when they reopen in September. However, they will need to show proof of vaccination in order to access indoor college canteens or bars, in line with wider public health rules …” (more)

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

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Gardaí warn students of accommodation fraud ahead of new academic year

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday, An Garda Síochana (AGS) issued an official statement warning students of accommodation fraud ahead of the new academic year. 503 cases of rental scams occurred between 1 February 2019 and 31 May 2021, which amounted to over €900,000 stolen in this period …” (more)

[Bella Salerno, Trinity News, 10 August]

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Q&A: Will record A-level give UK students the edge in CAO points race?

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

IrelandA-level results are out in the UK. How did students fare this year? A-level results in the UK soared this year with record numbers achieving top grades. The proportion awarded at least an A grade (80% or more) increased from 39% to 45%. In Northern Ireland, almost 51% of entries were awarded top grades …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 August]

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