Colleges in chaos as exam results delayed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students, parents, and colleges have been left scrambling as the fallout from the decision to delay publishing this year’s Leaving Certificate results added to the chaos and confusion engulfing the education sector …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 18 July]

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Some third-level colleges to delay entry for first years by a further week

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Some third-level colleges are delaying the entry of first years by a further week after confirmation that Leaving Cert results and CAO offers won’t now be released until September …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 July]

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The Irish Times view on the Leaving Cert: Yet another delay. Discuss.

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Even in normal times the Leaving Cert is a stressful time for tens of thousands of candidates. For this year’s students, the challenge is greater. They have had to deal with anxiety over school closures, changes to assessment plans and a dramatic government U-turn on holding exams ‘by hook or by crook’ …” (more)

[Irish Times, 17 July]

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Minister seeks to reassure Leaving Cert students over results delay

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Norma Foley has sought to reassure students that delaying the Leaving Certificate results by three weeks will not have a negative impact on them …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 July]

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First year entry delayed; Freshers’ Week to run alongside lectures for returning students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Entry for incoming first years to Trinity has been pushed to October 5 following the postponement of of Leaving Certificate results to three weeks later than the traditional timeline. New first year students are to start lectures on October 5, with Freshers’ Week beginning on September 28. Teaching for current students is to begin on September 28 in line with existing plans …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 17 July]

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Universities say Leaving Cert results delay means first years will start college later

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Universities have expressed ‘surprise and disappointment’ over delays in issuing Leaving Cert results which will force them to admit students to courses later than expected. They say plans to bring first years on campus for induction and orientation in advance of the return of main body of students may now be cancelled …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 17 July]

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Messy, disappointing, confusing: Leaving Cert students react to delay of exam results

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education’s decision to delay Leaving Cert results until several weeks later than normal, on September 7th, took students by surprise. The Irish Times spoke to some of the more than 60,000 Leaving Cert student affected by the news …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 17 July]

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Universities ‘actively revising’ plans for first-years due to Leaving Cert results delay

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

Ireland“The majority of universities are now ‘actively revising’ plans for receiving first-year students this year due to the confirmation that the Leaving Cert results will not be issued until September. It also may not be possible for first-year students to attend induction and orientation ahead of the return of the main body of students due to this delay …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 17 July]

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Maynooth and Limerick universities sticking with re-opening plans despite three-week delay for CAO offers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University (MU) and the University of Limerick (UL) are sticking with their re-opening plans despite the three-week delay in the release of the Leaving Cert results and CAO offers …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 July]

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Students frustrated by exclusion from discussions for Leaving Cert results date, union says

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU) has expressed disappointment that they were not included in discussions around the date for the release of the Leaving Cert results before it was announced …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 July]

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Leaving Cert have been ‘pushed from pillar to post’ by Government

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Certificate students have been ‘pushed from pillar to post’, the Union of the Students of Ireland (USI) has said. Lorna Fitzpatrick, president of the USI, said the decision to delay the release of results until September, is ‘disappointing’ …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 17 July]

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Up to third-level institutions to defer opening dates for first years, minister says

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

Ireland“Minister for Education Norma Foley has said that it was up to third-level institutions to decide if they should defer commencement dates to facilitate first-year students seeking accommodation …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Irish Examiner, 17 July]

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Grant fears as Leaving Cert grades and college now delayed

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

Ireland“There are fears of a knock-on effect for student grants as the Leaving Cert results and CAO offers have been delayed until September. The Department of Education last night confirmed calculated grades for 60,000 students will not now be issued until September 7, three weeks later than usual …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Aoife Walsh, Independent, 17 July]

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Leaving Cert students and colleges express anger at delay in issuing results

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students and third-level colleges have expressed anger and frustration over delays to issuing this year’s Leaving Cert results. More than 60,000 Leaving Cert students will this year receive their grades several weeks later than normal on September 7th, the Department of Education has said …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 16 July]

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Grades delay adds to stress on Leaving Cert students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Leaving Certificate is tough enough at the best of times but this year it’s been a nightmare for 60,000 young people. The examination wasn’t held during the summer despite assurances from the then Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that it would go ahead ‘by hook or by crook’ …” (more)

[Independent, 17 July]

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Minister Foley announces next steps for this year’s Leaving Certificate students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The re-opening of the Calculated Grades Student Portal for Leaving Certificate students to opt to receive Calculated Grades on Monday, 20 July 2020 at 12 o’clock; Leaving Certificate students to receive Calculated Grade results on 7 September; First round CAO offers to be issued on 11 September; Results will be available in time for Round 1 offers from CAO and UCAS for colleges and universities in Ireland and UK …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 16 July]

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Leaving Cert results and college offers to be delayed until September

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The release of the Leaving Cert results and CAO offers will not happen until early September – and further delay entry to college for first years. The two key events in the annual school-leavers’ calendar look set to run at least three weeks later than usual because of havoc wrought by Covid-19 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 16 July]

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Harris wants students to think beyond CAO points and degrees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Simon Harris wants to take the focus off CAO points and university degrees as the main goal of school-leavers. The Further and Higher Education Minister wants as much discussion about apprenticeships and other forms of learning and training as paths to good careers and fulfilling lives …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 July]

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Schools concerned over issuing of Leaving Cert grades to students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has said it will consult with education partners as to how to communicate the results of calculated Leaving Certificate grades to students next month. No date for the publication of results has been announced as yet, but schools are expressing concern this year about following the traditional practice of schools distributing grades directly to students …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 15 July]

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Trinity gets ‘Normal People bounce’ with record application numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin appears to have benefitted from a ‘Normal People bounce’ after it recorded its highest number of college applicants this year. Students have made more than 40,000 applications to study courses at Trinity through the Central Applications Office (CAO) system, an 11% increase on last year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 July]

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