Students left without college offers due to errors or omissions in their CAO applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Significant numbers of Leaving Cert students have not received any college offers after failing to spot ‘urgent’ emails from the CAO alerting them to errors or omissions in their applications. In many cases, the affected students secured the points required for their first-choice courses but lost out because their exam numbers were not recorded on the CAO system …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 September]

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Grade Inflation: The Scandal Nobody Is Calling A Scandal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“… The reason for this inflation is obvious: The department of education, fearful that it would be blamed by some parents if their children did not do well in the context of a year of school closures, instructed that those marking the examinations should take the lockdown and the impact of school closures into account. Formally and informally, up and down the examinations process, political pressure was exerted to make sure that people’s ‘hard work’ was recognised and rewarded. The result is record high marks. But of course, record high marks have disastrous consequences …” (more)

[John McGuirk, Gript, 9 September]

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Student behaviour has caused Limerick landlords ‘to exit rental market’

Posted in Life on September 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A Limerick property letting agent has suggested the anti-social behaviour of some students has resulted in many landlords either selling up, or renting to professionals instead. This week, the Limerick Leader has highlighted a surge in demand for student accommodation units, with suggestions demand has spiked 30% since 2016, while the supply of property has fallen …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 9 September]

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Queen’s offers students £1,500 not to take up university accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2021 by steve

“Students at Queen’s University (QUB) are being offered a £1,500 deal not to take up rooms in university accommodation. The university said due to ‘unprecedented’ demand accommodation in its halls was oversubscribed …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 9 September]

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Female graduates expect to earn less than men

Posted in Research on September 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Women graduates expect to be paid up to 14% less than men, despite new legislation that promises to address the gender pay gap. A survey of more than 10,000 third-level students reveals the low expectations of graduates in several disciplines …” (more)

[Independent, 9 September]

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Grade inflation set to end for next year’s Leaving Cert, says Foley

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert grades look set to return to more normal levels in next year’s exams, down from record highs of the past two years. Minister for Education Norma Foley said on Wednesday that a return to more traditional assessments next year, without school-estimated grades, is likely to see a return to more normal patterns of achievement …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 September]

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Board Review Deliberately Vague on Student Numbers, Says Provost

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The final report from Trinity’s Board Review Working Group was deliberately vague on the question of students on Board, Provost Linda Doyle has said …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 8 September]

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Simon Harris backs overhaul of Leaving Cert and college admissions system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“There ‘must be a better way’ to decide on third-level admissions than the Leaving Cert, the Minister for Further Education has said. Speaking in Dublin on Wednesday, Simon Harris said he is not sure the current exam and points race is ‘the right way to go’, referring to the fact that a number of students who achieved maximum marks in the Leaving Cert could still miss out on their preferred course due to their being more students applying than places available …” (more)

[Paul Hosford, Irish Examiner, 8 September]

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€25.67m in Transformation Funding for Technological Universities announced

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority has today (8 September 2021) announced funding of €25.67m to higher education institutions to support them in their progression towards Technological University status and in post-establishment development …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 8 September]

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