How might Covid-19 affect students’ third-level choices?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The arrival of Covid-19 on Irish shores triggered a sea-change in how education was delivered here but over one year on, we asked how it has impacted student choices as they look to decide what courses to apply for through the CAO …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 11 May]

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Record 84,000 apply for college places in coming academic year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A record 84,000 students have applied for college places in the coming academic year, according to well-placed sources, placing further pressure on the third-level entry system. Last February the Central Applications Office (CAO) received a record 79,000 applications for college places, a 9% increase on 2020 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 May]

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Will CAO points rise even higher this year?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 4th, 2021 by steve

IrelandI’m told there are record numbers of CAO applicants this year. What effect is this likely to have on CAO points requirements for third-level courses in 2021? The success or otherwise of applicants in securing a place in college in one of their top choices is determined by a number of factors such as the grades achieved by this year’s students, the number of places on individual courses and the demand for these places …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 4 May]

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Accredited grades to be generated for all Leaving Cert students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Accredited grades will be generated for all of this year’s Leaving Certificate students, even in subjects where they have not opted to receive them. The move is part of contingency planning to prepare for possible disruption to the June exams due to Covid outbreaks or other factors …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 1 May]

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Children of doctors disproportionately fill places in university medicine courses

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The strong grip that doctors’ families hold over places in medical schools is highlighted in a new analysis today. It shows how children of doctors disproportionately fill the limited number of places in university medicine courses. Among first-year students with one parent a doctor, 20% chose medicine and, where both parents are doctors, it rises to 33% …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 19 April]

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Parents lobbying teachers could cost pupils their results in Leaving Cert

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on April 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert pupils will not get their results if parents or others lobby teachers in the hope of influencing the marks they award for the accredited-grades process. Canvassing will be officially prohibited under proposed legislation Education Minister Norma Foley is bringing before Cabinet tomorrow for approval …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 19 April]

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Some teachers feel pressure from schools, parents to inflate Leaving Cert grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on April 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Some teachers felt pressure from their schools and parents to inflate students Leaving Cert marks during last year’s calculated grades process, according to a new study. The findings are contained in a preliminary survey of more than 700 secondary teachers who were involved in last year’s calculated grades process, which required teachers to assess their own pupils for State certification for the first time …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 April]

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Third level and dropping out

Posted in Life on March 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Statistics this year show that just over half of students completed their courses in computer science and engineering (Carl O’Brien, ‘Is our obsession with degrees failing students?’, Analysis, Education, March 29th). Reasons for dropping out from college include financial, health, family or changing course. Away from the firm structure of secondary education, new independent learning can become problematic for some students at third level …” (more)

[Kevin McLoughlin, Irish Times, 31 March]

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Third Level Education – Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 27th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if funding is available for students wishing to continue to third-level education abroad in September 2021 given the likely rise in CAO points requirements for domestic courses; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 March]

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Third Level Admissions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 27th, 2021 by steve

IrelandGerald Nash (Louth, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the approximately 20,000 college applicants who applied for courses in 2021 on the basis of leaving certificate results achieved in previous years and who consequently may have been disadvantaged with respect to CAO points required for entry to their given courses due to disproportionate grade inflation relative to other years; if he is making provisions for those students who may have been denied a placement under such circumstances; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 March]

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Harris asks officials for plans to build more college-owned accommodation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Simon Harris plans on ‘overhauling’ the CAO, looking at alternatives to the Leaving Cert in future years and wants to build more ‘college-owned’ student accommodation. This morning, the Minister for Further and Higher Education appeared on youth radio station SPIN1038, speaking about his plans for the future of higher education in Ireland …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 20 March]

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80pc of Leaving Cert students signed up for accredited grades or to sit exams with 24 hours to go

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Four in five Leaving Cert candidates have registered to receive accredited grades and/or sit the June exams, with 24 hours left to the deadline. All students entered for Leaving Cert 2021 have been asked register on the Candidate Self Service Portal (CSSP) on gov.ie/LeavingCertificate before 6pm on Tuesday March 16 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 March]

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Will grade inflation affect my hopes of securing a course in the UK or Ireland?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 16th, 2021 by steve

IrelandWe live in Donegal and my daughter has applied for college places through Ucas and the CAO. Given recent changes in the UK and Ireland regarding how students will receive their grades in 2021, will this affect entry requirements? Firstly, let’s be clear on how students will be assessed and graded in both jurisdictions …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 16 March]

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Minister loses appeals over home-schooled Leaving Cert students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on March 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education has lost her appeals over findings two home-schooled students were unfairly and unlawfully excluded from the Leaving Certificate calculated grades process. In a 127-page judgment on Tuesday, the three judge Court of Appeal (COA), comprising Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly, Ms Justice Mary Faherty and Ms Justice Una Ní Raifeartaigh dismissed the appeals concerning High Court findings in separate cases by the two students …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 9 March]

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Leaving Cert: Grade inflation needs to be addressed as a priority

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Fighting Covid-19 has forced many previously unthinkable changes to life as we knew it. In doing so, it has done one significant service by exposing some of the vulnerabilities and inadequacies of the Leaving Certificate. It is an exam that provokes an annual media frenzy around grades and entry to third level, almost as if there is no other purpose to the exercise …” (more)

[Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Irish Times, 9 March]

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Covid effect: CAO points race pressure as college demand surges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Huge increases in demand across a range of study areas will drive up CAO points for many college courses. A ‘Covid effect’ is visible in the massive interest in medicine and other health sciences at the heart of the battle against the coronavirus …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 March]

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CAO applications rise by 6,203 on last year, to 79,176

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Science and environmental studies continue to draw increasing interest from prospective third-level students, according to the latest round of Central Applications Office (CAO) data. First-preference applications for environment courses rose by 70% in 2021. Although there were a relatively small number of candidates, it was the largest percentage rise among CAO subjects …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 9 March]

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Revamp of CAO system published

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The way in which students apply for third-level education is to be overhauled to include a connected system for a wider range of further education options and apprenticeships. The new process has been announced as part of the publication of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science’s three-year plan …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 8 March]

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More people opting for business degrees as their first choice

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“On average, one in every six applicants to the CAO seeking a college place in a level 8 higher degree lists a business degree programme as their first choice, second only in popularity to arts. There is even greater demand at ordinary degree and higher cert levels, where the numbers seeking a business qualification rises to one in three applicants …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 9 March]

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Brexit fuels surge in overseas demand for college places here as points to rise

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Brexit has fuelled the huge leap in demand for college places this year, and is likely to contribute to driving up the points for some courses. Almost half the extra 6,268 CAO applications are from students living outside the Republic …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 March]

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