NI students to get £500 Covid-19 payment

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 5th, 2021 by steve

“Almost 40,000 students at university or in full time education in Northern Ireland will receive a one off £500 payment to mitigate against the disruption caused by Covid-19. The scheme will cost £22 million and students have been told they can expect payment before the end of March …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 4 February]

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Calls for cap on places at QUB and Ulster University to be removed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 19th, 2020 by steve

“The Stormont Economy Minister is facing calls to remove the cap on the number of students which Northern Ireland’s universities can accept. Trade union NIC ICTU has urged Diane Dodds to make the move after Education Minister Peter Weir reversed the decision which saw thousands of A-level grades reduced from teacher estimates …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 19 August]

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NI grades u-turn could cause problem for universities

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

“Queen’s University in Belfast has said it may have to offer courses to up to 1,000 extra students whose A-level grades will improve after changes to the way results are calculated. The Stormont Executive contributes around £4,000 to the annual fee for each local undergraduate in Northern Ireland, so an additional £4m would be required to cover the cost of those extra places …” (more)

[Vincent Kearney, RTÉ News, 18 August]

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QUB in call for clarity over placements after A-level grades U-turn

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

“Queen’s University has asked how extra student places will be funded if substantial numbers are given improved A-level grades after a major U-turn by Education Minister Peter Weir. In a statement, the university stressed that it had ‘genuine capacity restrictions’ in terms of teaching space, staff and accommodation in light of Covid-19. It called for ‘clarity as a matter of urgency’ from Stormont …” (more)

[Suzanne Breen, Belfast Telegraph, 17 August]

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Students plan protest over Northern Ireland A-Level exams debacle

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

“Students are planning a protest at Stormont this week with the Northern Ireland Assembly set to be recalled over the A-level results fiasco. DUP Education Minister Peter Weir has come under increasing pressure as anger grows about almost 11,000 grades being slashed by a computer algorithm after exams were cancelled due to Covid-19 …” (more)

[Peter Moor, Belfast Telegraph, 16 August]

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North’s education minister resists calls to scrap A-Level grades

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

“Solely using teacher estimates to allocate A-level grades in Northern Ireland would lack any level of credibility, the North’s education minister has insisted. Giving evidence to his Stormont scrutiny committee, Peter Weir resisted calls to scrap the results allocated to pupils using a standardisation calculation model and replace them with the grades predicted by their teachers …” (more)

[Irish Times, 14 August]

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Education Minister Peter Weir in eye of the storm over A-level results grading ‘farce’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 14th, 2020 by steve

“Education Minister Peter Weir is facing calls to scrap this year’s controversial A-level results – or reconsider his position – following a backlash from principals and pupils …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 13 August]

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Predicting exam grades for Northern Ireland students is like playing God, says teacher

Posted in Teaching on April 20th, 2020 by steve

“Teachers have said being asked to predict their students’ grades is ‘fundamentally unfair’. Two local teachers were among those expressing concern after Stormont Education Minister Peter Weir announced that Covid-19 restrictions mean GCSE, AS and A-level tests will be replaced by a ‘calculated grade’ that takes into account homework and mock exams …” (more)

[Jessica Black and Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 20 April]

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