Archive for 17 August 2010

USI Welcomes Education Minister’s College Fees Announcement

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 17 August 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan, that third level tuition fees will not be reintroduced. However, USI is concerned that attempts may be made by the Government to introduce third level fees through the back door, in the guise of increased registration fees …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 17 August]

OK, another ‘no-fees’ statement

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 17 August 2010 by Steve

“A few months ago the government, having (courtesy of the Green Party) committed itself to a position of not having third level tuition fees during the lifetime of the present coalition, passed the whole thing on to Colin Hunt’s strategic review group. The latter was then expected to report in March, but didn’t do so …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 17 August]

Yet another annual debate on future of maths is only guaranteed Leaving Cert result

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 17 August 2010 by Steve

“One guaranteed result of the 2010 Leaving Cert will be the resumption of the now annual debate on the future of maths and the need for the introduction of bonus points for higher level maths at Leaving Cert. This is usually a very one-sided debate with expert groups …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 17 August]

‘No third-level fees’ in Budget

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 17 August 2010 by Steve

“There will be no reintroduction of third-level tuition fees in the Budget, Tánaiste and Minister for Education Mary Coughlan has confirmed. Ms Coughlan was speaking at an event in Dublin today …” (more)

[Irish Times, 17 August]
[discussion thread on politics.ie]

USI Asks Higher Level Institutes to Investigate Increasing College Places

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 17 August 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has asked Higher Level institutes to consider making more college places available for the increasing number of students entering third level education …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 17 August]

EC has ‘failed science and failed itself’

Posted in research with tags , , on 17 August 2010 by Steve

“The recent decision by the European Commission to give EU member states the ability to ban GM crops on a state-by-state and crop-by-crop basis means that the EC has failed science and failed itself …” (more)

[Eoin Lettice, Communicate Science, 17 August]

Points race stifles learning and innovation – employers

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 17 August 2010 by Steve

“Employers last night backed calls for an end to the Leaving Certificate points system for entry to third level. It comes after new research shows that the points race is fostering a culture of cramming for the exam, while driving up stress levels to the point of sleeplessness among sixth-year students …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 August]

Fresh scrutiny of science and maths performance expected

Posted in teaching with tags , on 17 August 2010 by Steve

“A renewed focus on student performance in maths and science is expected when the Leaving Cert results are published tomorrow …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 17 August]

Liberating secondary education

Posted in teaching with tags , on 17 August 2010 by Steve

“The nature of Irish secondary education is determined by two things: the Leaving Certificate syllabus, and CAO points (the score calculated from Leaving Certificate results that determines higher education entry). In the overall scheme of things, very little else matters …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 17 August]

English professor ‘thrown out of Starbucks after objecting to corporate language’

Posted in Life with tags , on 17 August 2010 by Steve

“An English professor claims she was thrown out of Starbucks after refusing to use the chain’s corporate language, in a dispute that will strike a chord with anyone who has balked at ordering a ‘grande’ or ‘venti’ coffee …” (more)

[Matthew Moore, Daily Telegraph, 17 August]

Blanch IT offers free tech courses to 128 job seekers

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 17 August 2010 by Steve

“The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) is offering 128 free places on four of its technology-based courses starting in September for people currently unemployed under the Labour Market Activation Initiative …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 17 August]

Caped crusaders protest over lack of opportunities

Posted in Life with tags , on 17 August 2010 by Steve

“Students staged a noisy protest yesterday outside the Cork office of the Enterprise Minister to highlight the lack of jobs for new graduates. Recent figures from the Central Statistics Office show almost 92,000 people under the age of 25 are unemployed …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Independent, 17 August]

More students using credit unions to cover costs

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 17 August 2010 by Steve

“Hard-pressed students and their families are turning to credit unions in increasing numbers for student loans. Credit unions around the country report a jump in loan requests this year due to the general economic downturn …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 17 August]

Carol is bright, ambitious and leaving the country

Posted in Life with tags , on 17 August 2010 by Steve

“At times deeply touching, at times infuriating, a debate about young people having to emigrate in search of work – which is still going on in the letters-to-the-editor page of the Irish Independent – has revealed extremely divided opinions about the recession and how people might deal with its effects …” (more)

[Independent, 17 August]

Free college places on offer in drive to help out jobless

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 17 August 2010 by Steve

“The newly unemployed are struggling to sell themselves in today’s cut-throat jobs market and have to change tack to land one of those elusive jobs, experts have warned. A week-long Career Boot Camp kicked off at the National College of Ireland (NCI), which is offering 400 free college places to the those who cannot get work …” (more)

[Breda Heffernan, Independent, 17 August]

University crackdown on A-level resits

Posted in Governance and administration on 17 August 2010 by Steve

“Leading universities are introducing rules to regulate A-level resits as record numbers of teenagers rejected from degree courses prepare to take exams again …” (more)

[Graeme Paton and Larisa Brown, Daily Telegraph, 16 August]

A Framework for Teaching with Twitter

Posted in teaching with tags on 17 August 2010 by Steve

“Faculty are increasingly experimenting with social media, and it’s exciting to find more and more courses incorporating Twitter …” (more)

[Mark Sample, Chronicle of Higher Education, 16 August]

The new A-level results will prove that Britain is pulling itself apart

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 17 August 2010 by Steve

“Education is like the Cold War. If, for example, schools succeed in promoting more disadvantaged children, then the sharp-elbowed middle classes, to which the Prime Minister is happy to belong, ratchet up their armoury of private tutors in order to secure the best university places …” (more)

[Mary Riddell, Daily Telegraph, 16 August]