Archive for 24 June 2009

Student loses court battle over test papers

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 24 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“A medical student has lost his High Court challenge to a refusal by the Freedom of Information Commissioner to release copies of his exam papers which he claimed would show he performed better than his mark. Michael Kruse, a fourth-year UCD student, brought proceedings claiming Information Commissioner Emily O’Reilly had erred in law by refusing to release the papers …” (more)

[Independent, 24 June]

Queen’s University to shed 100 jobs in cost-cutting plan

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 24 June 2009 by Steve

UK“Queen’s University Belfast is to shed over 100 of its academic staff as part of a controversial cost-saving exercise aimed at bringing the college into the table of the top 100 universities in the world. Vice-chancellor Prof Peter Gregson said yesterday that the university’s governing body, its senate, voted in favour of the new plan which will see the loss of 103 posts by Christmas. Fifteen members voted for the proposals, six against and 4 abstained …” (more)

[Gerry Moriarty, Irish Times, 24 June]

‘Dumbing down’ of third-level standards may harm recovery

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 24 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Ireland’s recovery is in jeopardy because of ‘falling standards’ among university science graduates who are central to the Government’s economic strategy, a damning report warns. The grim warning comes as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) prepares to publish its views on the country’s economic prospects and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) predicts rising unemployment in Ireland and elsewhere …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 24 June]

Almost 3,000 medicine applicants receive results of new aptitude tests

Posted in teaching with tags , on 24 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Close to 3,000 students have received the results of the new aptitude test for entry to medicine later this year. Yesterday’s results will be combined with their Leaving Cert CAO points score. The new system comes after criticism that only students with a “perfect” Leaving Cert score (over 570 CAO points) could secure a place in medicine. Under the new regime students with a minimum of 480 points combined these with their score in the Health Professionals Admissions Test (HPAT) …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 23 June]