Leaving Cert students unlikely to progress to third-level courses before November

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 17th, 2020 by steve

“Leaving Cert students who progress to third-level education are likely to begin their courses as late as November this year, according to education sources. The decision to postpone the Leaving Cert until late July or early August means students’ results and college offers will be pushed out much later than usual. Several third-level institutions say they are planning to admit first-year students in either late October or November under best-case scenarios …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 April]

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Leaving Cert and drop-out rates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Dr Mark Ryan (Letters, April 8th) criticises Prof Áine Hyland for her suggestion that the Leaving Cert should continue to be the basis for entry to third level. Dr Ryan suggests that the high drop- out rate in first year indicates that using Leaving Cert results must be flawed. It is widely accepted that this is not so …” (more)

[John Mc Avoy, Irish Times, 13 April]

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Getting on with the Leaving Cert

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 8th, 2020 by steve

“Sir, – While I have no doubt that Dr Áine Hyland is a fine and decent person and a respected educationalist, I have to take issue with her recent statements in the media that the Leaving CertIficate 2020 must go on as it is best selector for third-level entry …” (more)

[Mark Ryan, Irish Times, 8 April]

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Teachers say junior-cycle science curriculum being ‘dumbed down’

Posted in Teaching on June 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Science teachers say a new science curriculum for pupils completing the junior cycle amounts to a ‘dumbing down’ of the subject. The finding is contained in a report by the Irish Science Teachers’ Association based on a survey of more than 700 teachers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 June]

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HEA welcomes the publication of ‘The Structure of Teacher Education in Ireland: Review of Progress in Implementing Reform’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority today publishes The Structure of Teacher Education in Ireland: Review of Progress in Implementing Reform. The Review was conducted by Professor Pasi Sahlberg, Professor of Education Policy at the Gonski Institute for Education at the University of New South Wales, Australia, and advised by Professor Áine Hyland, Emeritus Professor of Education at University College Cork …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 22 May]

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How little education issues have changed in Ireland in 40 years

Posted in Life on October 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“I first met John Horgan in the late 1960s, when he was a religion and education correspondent for The Irish Times. It was a time of foment and change in both areas, and his refreshingly forthright reporting contributed to a palpable sense of excitement and anticipation …” (more)

[Aine Hyland, Irish Times, 10 October]

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What a remarkable admission about Trinity admissions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In the Irish Independent of August 17, Prof Patrick Geoghegan of Trinity College is quoted as saying: ‘In Trinity, we are excited about getting in students who came first in the class, or in the top percentile of their schools, whether that score is 360 or 460 or 560’. What an admission …” (more)

[John McAvoy, Independent, 27 August]

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TCD’s alternative entry scheme

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

Ireland“Sir, – John McAvoy, former general manager of the CAO, in his comments on TCD’s alternative entry assessment criteria (‘Students are guinea pigs in Trinity’s experiment’, Education Opinion, October 14th), raises the key issue of the authenticity of the authorship of the essay which is a significant element of the proposed entry assessment procedure …” (more)

[Michael O’Dwyer, Irish Times, 21 October]

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New Leaving Cert science courses may not ‘set the bar high enough’, report warns

Posted in Teaching on April 14th, 2014 by steve

“A planned new syllabus for Leaving Cert science subjects is in danger of creating lower standards by focusing on ‘learning outcomes’ rather than traditional building blocks of knowledge, a leading researcher has warned. Prof Áine Hyland, emeritus professor of education at University College Cork, has criticised the planned reforms …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 14 April]

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Increase in common entry degrees among reform ideas

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 24th, 2014 by steve

“Three areas of reform were identified for closer examination by the Irish Universities Association in a report 18 months ago on overhauling college entry systems. Among them was the idea of more common-entry degrees, as universities acknowledged that this could help reduce pressure and allow students more time to think about areas in which they would like to specialise …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 24 February]

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Reforming third-level entry process to change way we view Leaving Cert

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 10th, 2013 by steve

“Students, parents and teachers will have been interested to note the recent publication of a report, ‘Supporting a Better Transition from Second-Level to Higher Education: Key Directions and Next Steps’ …” (more)

[Independent, 10 April]

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Is it time to scrap the points system once and for all?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 17th, 2013 by steve

“College lecturers, students, teachers and parents all complain about the Leaving Cert points race. But, until now, successive ministers and colleges have resisted the temptation to break it apart and try something new …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 16 January]

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CAO expert to examine points alternative trial

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 15th, 2013 by steve

“A CAO expert has welcomed efforts by Trinity College to explore an alternative to the points system for college entry, but has reservations about whether there is a better way …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 January]

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Teachers’ concern over maths bonus points

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

“Teachers have added their voice to concerns about the impact of bonus college entry points for higher level maths students as third-level applicants wait for offers on Monday. College admission officers are finalising offers to thousands of applicants over the weekend …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 18 August]

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Aine Hyland, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: 21st Century Challenges

Posted in Teaching on March 22nd, 2012 by steve

“Aine Hyland, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: 21st Century Challenges. 8 March 2012, North Wing Council Room, University College Cork.” (video)

[Vimeo, 22 March]


Text of Hyland report now available

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2011 by steve

Entry to Higher Education in Ireland in the 21st Century, Discussion Paper for the NCCA / HEA Seminar to be held on 21st Sep 2011. Prepared by Áine Hyland, Emeritus Professor of Education, University College Cork, and Chairperson of the Commission on the Points System 1999 …” (pdf)

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Third-level heads asked to put forward proposals on reform

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 5th, 2011 by steve

“The Department of Education is seeking proposals on reform of the CAO system from the seven university presidents and the heads of the institutes of technology. In a related development, former University College Cork academic Prof Áine Hyland is to prepare a report on admission procedures to college and the transition from second to third level …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 5 May]

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