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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Government’s inertia on education results in vested interests ruling the roost

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“This Government came to power amidst expectations of significant education reform. Ruairi Quinn challenged vested interests. Half our 3,100 primary schools would be divested from Catholic Church control towards secular multi-denominational patronage …” (more)

[Ivan Yates, Independent, 26 February]

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Bill will enable political ‘cronies’ to spy on universities, claim presidents

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of the seven universities have written to the Government expressing dismay at plans to introduce legislation which they claim will allow Ministers to appoint ‘cronies’ to spy on their operations …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 16 February]

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This honourable compromise offers real chance of progress

Posted in Teaching on February 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Travers deal is a compromise – but can the union leaders sell it to their members? Much depends on what line the executives of the TUI and ASTI take. They really have little option but to put the package to a ballot …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 13 February]

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Clock is ticking down on CAO application boom

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The maths are simple – CAO points will rocket if we don’t provide more college places for the growing number of Leaving Certificate students in our schools …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 30 January]

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Quinn to lecture on euro currency at Trinity College

Posted in Teaching on January 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Former Education Minister Ruairí Quinn is set to take on lecturing duties at Trinity College …” (more)

[Elaine McCahill, Independent, 23 January]

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Former education minister Ruairi Quinn to teach at Trinity

Posted in Teaching on January 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“College is in the process of approving former Labour party leader Ruairi Quinn to teach an elective module as part of two postgraduate courses offered by the School of Business, Trinity News has learned …” (more)

[Andrew O’Donovan, Trinity News, 21 January]

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Taoiseach says teachers’ strike is avoidable, but they don’t agree

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Enda Kenny has said that tomorrow’s teachers strike over Junior Cycle reform is avoidable. The Taoiseach was speaking in the Dáil this afternoon when he said the planned industrial action is ‘avoidable, even today, if the teachers take on board that the Minister has engaged with them and is willing to engage with them’ …” (more)

[, 21 January]

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Make-or-break year for educational reform

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 31st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Four days before the last general election Ruairí Quinn was bounced into signing a pledge not to increase the third-level student contribution. Whatever pressure he was under, as Labour dipped in the polls in February 2011, it will pale into insignificance compared to the fight-for-life his party faces in the next general election …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 31 December]

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Student grants: Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal students most likely to get payments

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 31st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“School leavers in Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal are most likely to get a student grant and those in Meath, Kildare and Dublin least likely, an analysis of third level education funding shows …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 31 December]

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Technological university plans make progress

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Institutes of technology will be able to offer more to students as technological universities under a Bill to come forward in the new year. Michael McKernan examines the plans …” (more)

[eolas magazine, 12 December]

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Teachers will support Junior Cert reform in time – Quinn

Posted in Teaching on December 12th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Former Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has said he fully supports the Government’s decision to press ahead with Junior Cert reform, and that teachers will accept it in time …” (more)

[Caroline Crawford, Independent, 12 December]

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Ruairí Quinn delivers RIA ‘Leaders in Higher Education’ address

Posted in Teaching on December 2nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Last night, December 1st, saw the Royal Irish Academy host their first ‘Leaders in Higher Education’ address, a planned series of lectures to celebrate the contributions made by various figures to higher education in Ireland …” (more)

[Cormac Duffy, University Observer, 2 December]

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Ruairí Quinn: From age 14, many students begin to disengage at school

Posted in Teaching on December 2nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Education in Ireland has many advantages that will help us to recognise and introduce the changes necessary as we approach the third decade of the 21st century. To begin with, we have a culture of learning and a respect for education. Our teachers are well trained and are among the best-paid in Europe …” (more)

[Ruairi Quinn, Irish Times, 2 December]

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Opinion: Third level tuition fees should be reintroduced – here’s why

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 25th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The decline of Irish universities in the latest international league tables is hardly surprising given the decline in funding of third level education over the past six years. Between 2008 and 2014, spending on third level education has fallen by 32% …” (more)

[Sean Byrne,, 25 November]

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Future direction of the teaching profession at stake in Junior Cycle dispute

Posted in Teaching on November 14th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The dispute over reforming the junior cycle is about more than just who gets to mark a few school projects in second and third year. It’s about the future direction of the teaching profession at secondary level. The plan is aimed at changing the age-old practice of ‘teaching to the exam’ and its emphasis on rote learning …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 14 November]

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Fees review was ‘a delaying tactic’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 10th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The latest review to consider student fees — set up by Ruairi Quinn weeks before leaving Government — was a political delaying tactic, the former minister’s top policy adviser confirmed. It was denied in the summer that ex-education minister Mr Quinn’s setting up of an expert group on higher education funding was a way of avoiding unpopular decisions …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 10 November]

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Farm family with €300,000 in the bank still got college aid

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 1st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A farm family with €300,000 in their bank account still managed to get a grant to send their child to college, according to revelations in a new book …” (more)

[John Spain, Independent, 1 November]

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Minister: We’ll have to make tough decision on college funds

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan has said that decisions need to be made about the future funding of higher education in Ireland. But she said she would await the report of an expert group set up by her predecessor Ruairi Quinn, which is due to issue its final findings by the end of 2015 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 September]

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