Is Trinity Failing to Bridge the Gap Between the Arts and the Sciences?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In August, The University Times reported that in 2015, Trinity’s engineering, maths and science courses saw significant rises both in the number of applications and the points required, with Engineering with Management seeing a rise of 45 points to 505, while MSISS rising 40 points to 555 …” (more)

[John Bethell, University Times, 8 January]

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Unthinkable: Should college places be awarded by lottery?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Using a lottery is preferable to distributing goods based on ‘bad reasons’, argues political scientist Peter Stone. Making decisions by lottery is often seen as an affront to justice. Witness, for example, the furore over the Camogie Association’s plan to settle a match by a coin toss over the summer …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 29 September]


Reformed college entry system ‘must be monitored’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Parents will be watching the rollout of a reformed college entry system very closely to ensure the desired effects of easing the long-running points race are achieved, education leaders have been told …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 4 September]

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Graduate entry may be the best medicine for doctors

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Those who get dream course with high CAO points fare no better than ‘second-chance’ entrants assessments than high points CAO applicants …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 August]

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Should unis use contextual data when considering student applications?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 21st, 2014 by steve

UK“Could noting an applicant’s social background help institutions find unfulfilled potential, or is positive discrimination an insult to working class high-achievers? Four academics debate …” (more)

[Patrick Fullick and others, Guardian Professional, 21 October]

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Have traditional student recruitment campaigns lost their bite?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 10th, 2014 by steve

“Universities are finding more creative ways to recruit students – through social media and digital campaigns, a survey finds …” (more)

[Claire Shaw, Guardian Professional, 10 March]

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Admission to postgraduate course – vexatious litigation – restraining order

Posted in Legal issues on February 5th, 2013 by steve

“… Vast amounts of court time here in Ireland and in Luxembourg have been expended. Immense costs on the part of the defendants have been incurred. As stated in the above judgment, all this effort and time is in respect of what boils down in the end to a case of hurt feelings. It seems to me at this stage that the plaintiff has become obsessed with this futile process. In truth, he is probably the first victim of it. The enormity of the preparation he has put into each and every one of the applications made reveals a kind of sisyphean syndrome in which he is forever doomed to press this futile case onward …” (more)

[Hedigan J, Kelly v. University College Dublin [2013] IEHC 23]

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Getting to the points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 21st, 2012 by steve

“This post is coming to you from Ireland, where I am currently on a short break. As Irish readers of this blog will know, one of the hottest news stories here right now is the impact on university admissions of the recent decision by Irish universities to award bonus points …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 21 August]

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Understanding ‘merit’ in university admissions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 7th, 2012 by steve

“During my ten years as President of Dublin City University, one of the myths with a particular grip on Irish public discourse that I tried to demolish was the idea that universities had always admitted students to their courses purely on ‘merit’ …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 6 August]

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Learning boom as numbers rise 17%

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 29th, 2012 by steve

“Ireland’s colleges have been feeling the impact of a ‘student boom’ – with a 17% rise in the number of people returning to education. The effects of the downturn were starkly depicted in the number of men signing up to become full-time students …” (more)

[Louise Hogan, Independent, 29 June]


Admissions and Points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 15th, 2012 by steve

“It is interesting to see the Universities, or rather the Presidents, getting a bit of a bollicking from the Minister for not coming up with suggestions for making changes to the points system. They walked themselves into this, really, as the problems with the Second Level system are immense and probably beyond their expertise …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 15 June]

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Quinn and the colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2012 by steve

“The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, has a very welcome penchant for straight talking – as the heads of the seven universities discovered at a meeting in the Department of Education earlier this week …” (more)

[Irish Times, 14 June]

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Minister Ruairi Quinn criticises universities delay in proposing reforms

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 13th, 2012 by steve

“The Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn has strongly criticised university leaders for failing to come up with reforms suggested by a 2011 report that aimed to ease pressure on students applying for third-level places …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 13 June]

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Some awkward exam questions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 6th, 2012 by steve

“This morning, the State exams begin for over 110,000 Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate students. It’s a stressful time for students and for their parents. Both exams have their critics but the Leaving Cert, in particular, remains a high-stakes exam because of its role as the main gateway to higher education …” (more)

[Irish Times, 6 June]

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Human error blamed for exam blunder

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 22nd, 2012 by steve

“Human error caused an exam results mix-up that has reduced to a shambles the application process for mature students to nursing. After days of confusion and distress, some applicants want to re-sit the aptitude test that determines entry to the college nursing programmes …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 May]

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Alternative to points system proposed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 18th, 2012 by steve

“New gateways to college and alternatives to the current CAO points system need to be explored fully, the Provost of TCD Dr Patrick Prendergast has said. Addressing a major conference on undergraduate admissions he said his major complaint about the points system was that it remained the only gateway to college …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 18 May]

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It’s time to escape from a narrow college admissions system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 15th, 2012 by steve

“In twenty-two days’ time almost 59,000 Irish students will sit down to begin one of the most stressful examinations of their lives. The real stress, however, comes not so much with the Leaving Certificate examination, as with the points race that accompanies it …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Irish Times, 15 May]

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LIT first choice for 1,300 students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 20th, 2011 by steve

“More than 1,300 students have listed the Limerick Institute of Technology as their first preference for third level education. New figures from the Central Applications Office place the Limerick Institute of Technology as the fourth most popular college in the country for level eight programmes …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 20 March]

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Fee-paying schools top for university progression rates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 12th, 2011 by steve

“Six of the top 10 schools in the country, as judged by university progression rates, are fee-paying, while the other four are Irish-speaking …” (more)

[Evelyn Ring, Irish Examiner, 12 March]


University admissions: time to re-think the criteria

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 7th, 2011 by steve

“This is going to sound very grand, but over the past few years I have been trying to persuade the education sector and politicians of two things: the socially undesirable and financially unsustainable nature of ‘free’ higher education that is not adequately funded; and the damage being inflicted on Ireland by the Leaving Certificate examination …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, February]

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