Expert finds AIT audiology degree to be on a par with international programmes

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s first degree in audiology, offered by Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), is on a par with the standards of similar UK and other international programmes, according to a report …” (more)

[Sorcha Corcoran, Business and Leadership, 17 October]

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Audiology students seek HSE placements as course cleared

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A class of 11 students who went to court last year to be allowed complete a cancelled audiology degree at Athlone Institute of Technology should be able to begin clinical placements with the HSE in January …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 17 October]

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College told to set aside €100k for student services after audiology course cancelled

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 25th, 2014 by steve

“The college that went ahead with a degree in audiology in 2012 without proper funding or approval has been told to set aside €100,000 of its budget for student services …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 25 March]

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Third Level Course Accreditation – Athlone Institute of Technology

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 19th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will take steps and measures to ensure that third level education institutions here are not allowed to commence courses until they receive full and proper accreditation from the relevant bodies, here or elsewhere within the EU; the measures that the Higher Education Authority are taking to ensure cases where programmes are cancelled in the middle of a degree are not cancelled; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 18 September]

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Why AIT’s Audiology Course Needs Accreditation

Posted in Teaching on August 26th, 2013 by steve

“Twenty-one students taking the four-year BSc degree in Audiology at AIT (Athlone Institute of Technology) in Ireland, have won a High Court case to complete three remaining years of the audiology degree course …” (more)

[Irish Deaf Kids, 25 August]

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Deal sees Athlone students resume audiology studies

Posted in Legal issues on August 21st, 2013 by steve

“Twenty-one students at Athlone Institute of Technology, who had been told in July last that their BSc degree programme in audiology had been cancelled, will now be able to complete the course …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 August]

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Audiology students left in ‘academic limbo’ to return to studies

Posted in Legal issues on August 21st, 2013 by steve

“A class of audiology students, who were left in ‘academic limbo’ after their course was axed, will return to their studies next month. A settlement has been reached in the High Court between Athlone IT, the HSE, and the body responsible for funding …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 21 August]

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Students take legal action over closure of audiology course at Athlone IT

Posted in Legal issues on August 21st, 2013 by steve

“The decision to cancel the country’s first undergraduate course in audiology has been described as a ‘fiasco’, the High Court has heard …” (more)

[Aodhan Ó Faolain and Ray Managh, Irish Examiner, 21 August]

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High Court hears Athlone IT was warned not to set up cancelled course

Posted in Legal issues on August 20th, 2013 by steve

“The High Court has heard how Athlone IT was told not to proceed with a new course in audiology that has been scrapped after just one year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 20 August]

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Athlone IT says its ‘hands are tied’ as students go to court

Posted in Legal issues on August 20th, 2013 by steve

“… Two audiology students have taken a legal challenge against the college after they were told it would not be continuing next month. Over half of those studying the degree in audiology at Athlone IT are in the High Court today …” (more)

[Frank Greaney, Newstalk, 20 August]

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Students take legal action after cancellation of course

Posted in Legal issues on August 20th, 2013 by steve

“The High Court is hearing a legal challenge taken by two students from Athlone Institute of Technology over the cancellation of their course …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 20 August]

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Students seek to stop course cancellation

Posted in Legal issues on August 15th, 2013 by steve

“Two third-level students have brought a High Court challenge against the decision to cancel the country’s first undergraduate audiology course …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain and Ray Managh, Independent, 15 August]

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Students take fight for degree course to the High Court

Posted in Legal issues on August 14th, 2013 by steve

“Two second year college students have gone to the High Court to fight the closure of their degree course at the Athlone Institute of Technology …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 14 August]

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Impact of Losing Ireland’s Only Audiology Course

Posted in Governance and administration on August 13th, 2013 by steve

“To start with, what is the impact of Ireland losing its only audiology course? Dropping this 4-year degree course at Athlone Institute of Technology is a serious blow to regional hearing-services, with the accreditation issues cited …” (more)

[Irish Deaf Kids, 13 August]

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Audiology Students Fight Back After Course Cancellation

Posted in Governance and administration on August 13th, 2013 by steve

“A group of Audiology students from Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) have acquired over 1,200 signatures in their petition to hold the Athlone IT, the Higher Education Authority HEA and the Health Service Executive HSE accountable for the cancellation of their course …” (more)

[Leanna Byrne, University Times, 13 August]

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UK audiology body refused to accredit degree last year

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2013 by steve

“The British Academy of Audiology has said it ended its interaction with Athlone Institute of Technology last year on the college’s audiology degree that was ended after a year last week …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 10 August]

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Support the Audiology Students from AIT

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2013 by steve

“Our four-year BSc course in Audiology at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) was cancelled after one year (2012-13) due to accreditation and placement issues. The college has given limited assistance meantime, leaving us out of pocket and in limbo regarding our future options. We ask the named entities to provide financial assistance to the cohort of students who were let down by AIT when their course was dropped …” (more)

[The Petition Site, 8 August]

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Ireland’s Only Audiology Course Being Scrapped

Posted in Governance and administration on August 2nd, 2013 by steve

“… Several questions arise: where will graduate recruits originate from, if the Athlone course closes? With childrens’ (acute) services being delivered by audiological scientists in Ireland, and 3,739 children wearing hearing-aids (preschool to post-primary age; HSE, June 2010) – a services gap exists …” (more)

[Irish Deaf Kids, 2 August]

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Institute was told not to go ahead with degree

Posted in Governance and administration on August 2nd, 2013 by steve

“… The Higher Education Authority (HEA) told AIT on Aug 1, 2012, not to proceed with the BSc in audiology. It said it would not fund the course because it did not accord with national policy on training of audiologists, and the college was told earlier last year …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 2 August]

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‘We’ve wasted over €5,000 and a year of our lives’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 1st, 2013 by steve

“Twenty-one students in the country’s only audiology course have been forced to change courses after Athlone Institute of Technology was forced to cancel the programme because of a lack of accreditation …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 1 August]

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