Archive for 19 August 2010

UCC and NUIG reject bonus points maths plan

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 19 August 2010 by Steve

“Education Minister Mary Coughlan’s plan to introduce bonus points for higher level maths in 2012 were rejected by two major universities. University College Cork (UCC) and National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) went against the scheme …” (more)

[Laura O’Brien, Silicon Republic, 19 August]

Universities’ funding ‘not sustainable’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 August 2010 by Steve

“Colleges could refuse to accept new students unless third-level fees are reintroduced, a leading academic warned today. Outgoing president of Dublin City University Ferdinand von Prondzynski has said there may be ramifications for students if fees are not reintroduced …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 19 August]
[discussion thread on politics.ie]

‘Shanghai Ranking’ 2010: overview of methodology; Irish universities’ scores

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 August 2010 by Steve

“Due to the high volume of traffic following the release of the 2010 list, the website of the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2010 (Shanghai Ranking) is difficult to access at times …” (more)

[Trinity’s Open Access News, 19 August]

Northern Ireland tops A-level results

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 19 August 2010 by Steve

“One in 10 Northern Ireland students achieved the top grade at A-level today. Northern Ireland children outperformed counterparts in England and Wales, with girls doing slightly better than boys. But the high proportion of students passing dipped by a fraction …” (more)

[Irish Times, 19 August]

Tech industry ‘troubled’ by fall in maths and science grades

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 19 August 2010 by Steve

“One of Ireland’s most successful digital media firms Havok has said it is troubled by the declining participation as well as drop in students attaining A and B grades in maths and science subjects in this year’s Leaving Cert and has called for reform …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 19 August]

Hunting for solutions

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 August 2010 by Steve

“Today’s Irish Times contains a report by Sean Flynn, Education Editor, on the anticipated recommendations of the strategic review group led by Dr Colin Hunt …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 19 August]

Trinity College Dublin and an unusual British Army plaque

Posted in Life with tags , on 19 August 2010 by Steve

“Hidden at the wall by Nassau Street by the (sometimes open) gate to the street above, is this excellent plaque. Another gem few Dubs, including Trinity students, seem aware of. Of course Trinity College Dublin played a central role in the suppression of the rebellion of 1916 …” (more)

[Come here to me!, 19 August]

College revolt over bonus points plan

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 19 August 2010 by Steve

“Two universities have rejected Education Minister Mary Coughlan’s attempt to introduce bonus points for higher maths students, the Irish Independent has learned …” (more)

[John Walshe and Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 19 August]

Report calls for student loan scheme and return of college fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 19 August 2010 by Steve

“A new student loan scheme should be introduced ‘urgently’ to address the financial crisis facing higher education, according to a Government-commissioned report on the future of third-level education … Other key recommendations in the Hunt report include: that 14 institutes of technology could be redesignated as technology universities …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 19 August]

Bonus points for higher level maths hoped for by 2012

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 19 August 2010 by Steve

“Students sitting higher level Leaving Certificate maths may be able to benefit from bonus points towards their third-level course within two years, Minister for Education Mary Coughlan said yesterday …” (more)

[Steven Carroll, Irish Times, 19 August]

Students face further hike in registration fee for college

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 19 August 2010 by Steve

“Students face the prospect of another hike in college registration fees. Tanaiste and Education Minister Mary Coughlan yesterday ruled out a return of third-level fees as 58,000 students received their Leaving Certificate results …” (more)

[Aine Kerr and John Walshe, Independent, 19 August]

Entering the university rankings season

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 19 August 2010 by Steve

“The time of year for university league tables has now begun, and first out of the gate are the Shanghai Jiao Tong university rankings. They can be consulted here, but be warned that traffic seems to be very heavy and their server doesn’t respond well to the pressure; most of the time over the past day or two access has been impossible …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 19 August]

Selling Short

Posted in teaching with tags on 19 August 2010 by Steve

“… I don’t think, however, that I would say or imply to a class or student, even after the fact, that I was just one step ahead of them in terms of the subject material. Although that’s how my colleague felt at times, that perception ignores the fact that he had a lot of expertise in related fields, and this broad knowledge allowed him to learn what he needed in order to teach the class well …” (more)

[FemaleScienceProfessor, 19 August]

Leaving Certificate – Vital to ensure strong talent pool

Posted in teaching with tags , on 19 August 2010 by Steve

“In the global economy it is important that outside concerns about the Leaving Certificate results in this country should be addressed. Joanne Richardson, chief executive of the American Chamber of Commerce, warned that American business people are concerned about the continuing decline in the performance of Irish pupils in the area of mathematics …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 19 August]

Bonus points for and against

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 19 August 2010 by Steve

“For: Given the central importance of mathematics to the smart economy agenda, a national effort needs to be made to incentivise the take-up of higher-level maths …” (more)

[Independent, 19 August]

Taking a leaf out of Texas book for university entry

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 19 August 2010 by Steve

“Despite access programmes introduced by some third-level institutions, in Ireland the key factor excluding potential students is social class …” (more)

[Ross Higgins, Irish Times, 19 August]

Students will reap benefits of 30% drop in rents

Posted in Life with tags on 19 August 2010 by Steve

“This year’s crop of college-bound students will have the benefit of one of the cheapest rental markets in recent history, a new survey reveals …” (more)

[Allison Bray, Independent, 19 August]

Coughlan refuses to rule out fees hike

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 19 August 2010 by Steve

“Education Minister Mary Coughlan has refused to rule out a hike in college registration fees. Speaking in Dublin after meeting pupils who had collected their Leaving Certificate results, Ms Coughlan indicated that colleges were struggling in the tough economic times …” (more)

[Juno McEnroe and Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 August]

Making the grade in the Leaving Cert

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 19 August 2010 by Steve

“Madam, – If results go up, it’s a dumbed down exam. If they go down, it’s a threat to our high-tech industry. Is there any way the Leaving Cert results can come out that doesn’t result in a bad news story? …” (more)

[Michael Keary, Irish Times, 19 August]

West Belfast set for enterprise institute

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 19 August 2010 by Steve

“A new £15m (€18m) enterprise campus dedicated to promoting ’employability, entrepreneurship and enterprise’ across Northern Ireland is to be developed in west Belfast …” (more)

[Francess McDonnell, Irish Times, 19 August]