Half of Leaving Cert students received first preference college place

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Half of Leaving Certificate students in 2021 received their first preference college place while a further 20% got their second choice. The research from iReach found 42% of students attained over 500 points in this year’s Leaving Cert when students for the first time had the choice of whether they wished to sit written exams for receive calculated grades from their teachers …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 27 September]

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Higher Education Department deletes tweet quoting US president’s advice

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Higher Education has come under fire for a tweet that quoted a former US president’s advice on the benefits of education. On Monday, the department tweeted a quote attributed to US president Theodore Roosevelt: ‘A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car, but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, Independent, 27 September]

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An Analysis of Graduate Earnings across Higher Education Institutions

Posted in Research on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“What graduates earn when they enter the workforce is not just influenced by where or what they study or their sector of employment – but also by their Leaving Certificate points and type of second level school they attended, new research has shown …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 27 September]

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Taoiseach Under Fire Over Student Accommodation Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Taoiseach has promised to keep a ‘close eye’ on universities and colleges to ensure they ‘do not charge exorbitant rent’ after being challenged on the topic in the Dáil. The crisis in the student rental market was brought up in the first leader’s questions following the return of the Dáil after its summer recess …” (more)

[Conor Paterson, College Tribune, 27 September]

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Penny Dinners: Cork college students quitting studies due to hunger

Posted in Life on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“College students have been turning to a Cork soup kitchen as a last resort before quitting their studies due to extreme hunger. Caitríona Twomey from Cork Penny Dinners on Little Hanover Street said that they have always welcomed university students. However, this new college term has seen growing numbers as a result of serious financial hardship among young people …” (more)

[EchoLive, 27 September]

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University runs a 200km-roundtrip for students who can’t find a place to stay

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“One of the country’s top universities has had to organise a more than 200km round-trip commuter bus due to the student accommodation crisis. Maynooth University said it has on-campus accommodation for 1,170 students, but this is ‘heavily oversubscribed’ and fully booked …” (more)

[Luke Byrne, Independent, 27 September]

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College Needs to Do More For Isolated Students Who Feel Shortchanged

Posted in Teaching on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It’s been a bad week for Trinity’s public image: a student protest demanding more face-to-face teaching was picked up by several national media outlets, and Trinity students’ plight is, embarrassingly, becoming a mainstream news story …” (more)

[University Times, 26 September]

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Class gap among graduates from different higher education institutions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The proportion of students who attended private or disadvantaged schools varies significantly across individual higher education institutions, new figures show. Overall, a similar proportion of graduates nationally previously attended a disadvantaged or Deis (10%) or fee-paying school (11%), according to research by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) which has tracked college graduates …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 September]

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Appreciation: Lawrence John Crane

Posted in Life on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Lawrence John Crane, who died in March 2021, aged 89, was one of the leading applied mathematicians of his day in Ireland. His lifelong enthusiasm for the subject was appreciated by his students and colleagues in Trinity College, where he lectured for over 40 years …” (more)

[Irish Times, 27 September]

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Back to the First Year

Posted in Teaching on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It’s a rainy Sunday evening and I’ve spent most of the day sorting out material for my first year module on Mechanics and Special Relativity. I’m looking forward to teaching a full class again. I like a big room and I particular like Physics Hall. The first lecture will be very introductory …” (more)

[In the Dark, 26 September]

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New study reveals which college graduates earn most in the workplace

Posted in Research on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin students have the highest average earnings within a few years of graduation, followed by Dublin City University and University College Dublin, according to a study by the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 September]

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