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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Induction & 7 Weeks

Posted in Teaching on September 9th, 2010 by steve

“Things change and evolve. That’s all we can be sure of in this life. As an undergraduate in UL in the later stages of the last century, I remember that all was trimestered. There was orientation week, then 10 weeks of classes followed by exams, then another 10 weeks of classes followed by exams, then a final 10 weeks of classes followed by exams …” (more)

[Pennybridged’s Weblog…, 9 September]

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One book clubs together the ‘two cultures’

Posted in Teaching on June 12th, 2009 by steve

Scotland“They have taken place in pubs, living rooms and church halls, but now book groups are moving into a Scottish university’s halls of residence. Every new student enrolling at the University of St Andrews this autumn will be sent a novel during the summer and will be encouraged to discuss it with other freshers when they arrive on campus in September. The university is distributing Mohsin Hamid’s novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist, a Man Booker-shortlisted work, to all 1,500 new undergraduates in an initiative to give students a common discussion topic and to focus their energies on broad intellectual debate rather than narrow academic study …” (more)

[Hannah Fearn, Times Higher Education, 11 June]


‘At my university “marriage” is just part of taking care of students’

Posted in Life on June 11th, 2009 by steve

UK“Officially, ‘college marriage’ is just another part of my university’s pastoral system. Every fresher is assigned one or more ‘siblings’ and two ‘parents’ from the year above – one studying arts and one studying science. Your parents greet you when you arrive on your first day. They’re the ones who show you how to use the library, and how to avoid locking yourself out of your room wearing only a towel. I’m not sure if it’s an official part of university procedure, but it’s such an institution it might as well be …” (more)

[David Scripps, Independent, 11 June]