Minister Harris welcomes publication of the Review of the Irish Higher Education System

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on September 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris today (Friday) welcomed the publication of the Higher Education Research Group’s review of the Irish higher education research system. The Review examined a number of strategic themes to help drive the future performance of higher education research activity in Ireland …” (more)

[MerrionStreet.ie, 3 September]

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Simon Harris: It’s time to end the Leaving Cert points race in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Today is such an exciting and important day for 61,000 students across the country receiving their Leaving Cert results. There will be many people excited and happy with their results, but there will, of course, be disappointment for some too. I want to assure you the points you have received today do not define you or in any way represent all of your capabilities and potential …” (more)

[Simon Harris, TheJournal.ie, 3 September]

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Evidence of Leaving Cert grade inflation across the board

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“In any ordinary year, Leaving Cert grades stay roughly the same, with the bell curve ensuring no significant deviation. Last year, with the Leaving Cert cancelled and teachers estimating their students’ marks, everyone anticipated that the number of top grades would rise – and it did …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 3 September]

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Record Leaving Cert grades to tighten race for college places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Another record set of Leaving Cert grades will drive up points for college entry when CAO offers are made next week. More than 61,000 Leaving Cert candidates are today receiving results that show an average 2.6% grade inflation on last year …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 September]

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UCC bystander intervention programme to be rolled out across campuses

Posted in Teaching on September 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A programme developed at University College Cork (UCC) which teaches students how to intervene if they witness sexual harassment is being rolled out to third-level institutions nationwide today …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 3 September]

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Is the concept of exit velocity for final-year students fact or fiction?

Posted in Teaching on September 3rd, 2021 by steve

“Does exit velocity actually exist? Or is it merely a convenient fiction, which should not be used to determine algorithms? The Universities UK/Guild HE Understanding Degree Algorithms (2017) report showed us that of 100 responding institutions, 87 used exit velocity in their algorithm for calculating degree classification …” (more)

[Katie Akerman, Wonkhe, 3 September]

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Late Payment Date Will See SUSI Recipients Struggle to Make Ends Meet

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students in receipt of the SUSI grant have said they will struggle financially due to the late payment of the first instalment on October 8th. The date of the first instalment, SUSI said, is due to later registration dates in colleges as a result of the late issuing of CAO offers …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 2 September]

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The AAS goes for Gold

Posted in Research on September 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday there was a big announcement from the American Astronomical Society (AAS), namely that all its journals will switch to Open Access from 1st January 2022. This transition will affect the Astronomical Journal (AJ), the Astrophysical Journal (ApJ), Astrophysical Journal Letters (ApJL), and the Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series (ApJS). Previously authors were able to opt for Open Access but from next year it will apply to all papers …” (more)

[In the Dark, 2 September]

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GMIT plans phased return to campus from Sep 20

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“GMIT has published its plan for reopening the campus this academic year, with in-person activities returning on a phased basis from September 20. This is when the first students will be returning to GMIT, those who are continuing their courses, followed by incoming 1st year students on Monday, September 27 …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 2 September]

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Tenders invited for 3G rugby and soccer pitch at Mayo GMIT campus site

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Mayo TD Alan Dillon has confirmed that the proposed development of a new 3G synthetic grass pitch, floodlight system and fencing at the GMIT Mayo Campus in Castlebar has moved to tender stated. He welcomed the positive news and said it will be of enormous benefit to the third level facility and surrounding clubs …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 2 September]

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‘Parents get kitchen table back’ as college campuses reopen

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher and Further Education has said he is excited about the reopening of college campuses. Simon Harris said: ‘Students who’ve been doing college at the kitchen table will now be going back to college …'” (more)

[RTÉ News, 2 September]

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