Colleges are fuelling the points race, warns university president

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges have not done enough to take the heat out of the CAO points race, according to a university president. Professor Philip Nolan says school-leavers still face too confusing a choice of CAO courses, despite a pledge to simplify the process …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 August]

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Fewer courses a boon for Maynooth

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University claims that having fewer entry courses for Leaving Certificate students is the reason for its increase in popularity this year. A limited number of courses, rather than very specialised degrees at third-level, was proposed by experts in 2011 to ease the intensive ‘points-race’ for school-leavers, which has a major influence on teaching at second-level …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 August]

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Colleges criticised for using small-intake courses to drive up CAO points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Many colleges are still manipulating the CAO system by offering courses with very few student places in order to drive up the points requirements for them, a university president has warned. Colleges have been criticised in the past for creating these high-points courses in the belief they add to the prestige of the institutions …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 August]

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Higher education sector under pressure as never before

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“When Philip Nolan combed through the latest college application figures for Maynooth university on Wednesday morning, he felt conflicted. The university had just recorded its highest-ever level of demand. But there was also the looming dilemma of how to cope with ever-increasing student numbers … ” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 March]

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Everyone wants to go to college – but who will pay?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A leaked report this week called for a student loan scheme to solve the chronic underfunding of universities. Would it stop standards dropping or prove unworkable …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 20 December]

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Minister Bruton Opens New €20 million Eolas Building at Maynooth University

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD today opened the new €20.6 million Eolas building at Maynooth University. The state-of-the art facility will serve as a ‘research powerhouse’ that will drive innovative teaching methods, foster collaboration with industry and deepen a culture of ‘spin-out’ companies, according to Maynooth University President, Professor Philip Nolan …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 6 October]

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Nine Irish colleges in world’s top 5%

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The latest university league tables show mixed results for Irish third-level colleges but the country still has nine in the top 5% in the world. Trinity College Dublin remains Ireland’s top-ranked institution in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, slipping form 138th to 160th place …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 1 October]

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CAO points changes aim to reduce pressure on students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A new Central Applications Office (CAO) points scale for students entering third-level education aimed at taking some of the pressure off the Leaving Cert year has been published …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 3 September]

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Manipulating the points for access to third level is not in the best interests of Irish education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“At a time when third-level institutions are experiencing a shortage in funding, the practice of limiting intake of students for particular courses to keep qualifying points high is both socially unacceptable and financially wasteful …” (more)

[Irish Times, 18 August]

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CAO Points and Generic Entry

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ok, a one off … probably. Over the last four or five years we have heard many interested parties encourage school-leavers to study STEM subjects. Not surprisingly, the entry points for STEM courses have risen steadily. Unsurprisingly, the points for Arts and Humanities subjects have dropped …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 17 August]

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Time to end the ‘Rotten Game’ – we need more college places to meet the demand

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“It’s more of everything this year – more students taking the Leaving, more getting better grades, more applying for college, more being offered places and more points needed for more courses …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 17 August]

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Small-intake courses drive up CAO points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Engineering and business studies, two areas closely aligned to the economic recovery, were the big movers in this year’s CAO offers. Points were also up in science and technology, with a few notable exceptions, while those for arts and humanities slipped a little …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 17 August]

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Colleges accused of manipulating admissions system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A leading academic has said colleges have been manipulating the admissions system to maintain their number of high-points courses. President of Maynooth University Professor Philip Nolan said colleges are limiting the number of students being admitted to these high-points courses to keep the points requirements high …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 16 August]

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Education – broad or deep?

Posted in Teaching on June 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Karlin Lillington’s recent column (‘Graduates must bridge divide between arts and science’, Business Opinion, June 4th) is just the latest in a growing list of articles extolling the value of broad-based, multidisciplinary undergraduate education …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 6 June]

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‘Higher-level exam should not carry fear of failure tag’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Certificate students need to be encouraged to try higher-level papers without running the risk of being ‘labelled with the awful moralising tag of failure’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 May]

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The fallacy of broad course choices at third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A few years ago the then Minister, Ruari Quinn, got it into his head that there were too many programmes within the CAO system. The basic idea was that institutions were deliberately manipulating the supply-and-demand nature of the system to create seemingly high prestige courses …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 12 March]

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Maynooth University to halve number of college entry routes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University plans to halve the number of entry routes it lists on the CAO by September 2016 in a bid to give school-leavers more flexibility in their study options. The university says it will also become the first college in Ireland to offer a joint arts and science degree as part of a major revamping of its undergraduate curriculum …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 5 March]

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Maynooth set to offer students a unique arts/science degree

Posted in Teaching on March 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A radical overhaul of teaching and learning at one of the country’s universities will allow students to combine arts and science subjects in the same degree …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 March]

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Critics of quality of Irish graduates ‘wrong’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The growth of inward jobs investment in Ireland is evidence that critics of the quality of Irish graduates are wrong, says the president of Maynooth University. He will today launch a reformed curriculum aimed at producing graduates with an appreciation of many study disciplines for a changing economy and society …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 5 March]

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Maynooth University gets EIB backing for €153m campus expansion

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has announced a €153m investment to develop academic, research and residence facilities as part of its campus master plan. The investment is being backed by new support from the European Investment Bank (EIB), which will provide €76m for the scheme, alongside financing from university resources …” (more)

[Grainne Rothery, Business and Leadership, 17 February]

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