Leaving Cert 2022 – who is for and who is against sitting the traditional exams this year?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 11th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Over the past two years, amendments have been made to the Leaving Certificate due to the disruption the Covid-19 pandemic has caused. In 2020, the exams were completely cancelled and students received accredited grades …” (more)

[Ciara O’Loughlin, Independent, 11 January]

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Why don’t third-level colleges postpone the second semester until February?

Posted in Teaching on January 11th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Like many third-level colleges in Ireland, WIT is set to resume face-to-face teaching next week. Thus the college will begin the second semester of the academic year at a time when the Covid infection rate is running at over 20,000 a day, surely close to peak Omicron …” (more)

[Antimatter, 11 January]

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Hybrid exam system creates inequalities – NUI Galway Registrar

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“The Deputy President and Registrar of NUI Galway has said he would be in favour of students sitting traditional Leaving Certificate exams this year. Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh said he understood the pressures that Leaving Cert students are under and sympathises with them, but said he believes the hybrid system creates inequalities …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 11 January]

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Harris and Ruane Must Work With Colleges to Address the Root Causes of NDAs

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 11th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities got an embarrassing slap on the wrist this week when Higher Education Minister Simon Harris disputed their claims that they have never used non-disclosure agreements in cases of bullying or harassment. Harris pointed to statistics compiled by Trinity Senator Lynn Ruane which indicated that 30% of complainants in such incidents had to sign NDAs …” (more)

[University Times, 9 January]

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University hospitals

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Conor Mooney (Letters, January 7th) might be interested to know that 14 of the 40 acute hospitals listed by the HSE contain ‘university’ in their name …” (more)

[Laura Egar, Irish Times, 11 January]

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LyIT Students to get Continuous Assessment and ‘Pod’ Exams

Posted in Teaching on January 11th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“The Letterkenny Institute of Technology has reached an agreement with the college’s student union after a stand-off over exams. The college had deferred all in-person exams due to begin last week, but students were left with serious concerns when it emerged that management had no plans to move exams online …” (more)

[Donegal Daily, 10 January]

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What will CAO points requirements look like in 2022?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 11th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Last year saw a significant increase in application numbers to the CAO, as almost 85,000 people sought a place in an undergraduate course in one of Ireland’s 40-plus third-level institutions. Half of the more than 5,000 additional applicants arose from the demographic increase in numbers of students in our second-level schools, a trend which will continue for a number of years to come …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 11 January]

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