‘I got maximum points – and I still lost out’: Is it time to ditch the points race for college?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Has the CAO points system run its course? Earlier this month, Simon Harris, the Minister for Further and Higher Education, questioned if the points system is the right way to go, stating that it is ‘not the international norm’ …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 28 September]

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At Online Learning Protest, the Aftershock of Take Back Trinity Lingers

Posted in Teaching on September 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Few current students were in College for Take Back Trinity – the mass protest movement that broke out on campus in 2018, after College tried to introduce €450 supplemental exam fees. Prof Linda Doyle, and the rest of the Trinity administration, however, very much remember it …” (more)

[University Times, 26 September]

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Colleges open up in tandem with walk-in vaccination clinics

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Pop-up Covid-19 vaccination clinics are up and running on college campuses as the academic year gets into full swing. As tuition started yesterday for an estimated 50,000 first years, walk-in clinics started opening to ensure as many students as possible receive the protective jab …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 September]

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In-Person Graduations to be Held in Exam Hall from Late October

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A series of in-person graduation ceremonies are to be held over the coming months, subject to public health guidelines, College has said. The ceremonies will be held in the Exam Hall and will facilitate graduands from the class of 2021 at first, followed by those whose graduations were not marked during the pandemic …” (more)

[Meabh Gallagher, University Times, 27 September]

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The Irish Times view on student accommodation crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Who would be a third-level student right now? Final-year second-level pupils had their lives disrupted by changes to the Leaving Cert exams for two years as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and those who landed college places now have to find an affordable place to live …” (more)

[Irish Times, 27 September]

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Accommodation crisis has a social cost

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, –Carl O’Brien (‘Student accommodation crisis has a social cost’, News, September 25th) starkly illustrates the dire situation faced by third-level students in relation to the current severe shortage in student accommodation …” (more)

[John McHugh, Irish Times, 28 September]

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