Archive for 21 August 2010

First-round CAO points worked out by college officials

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 21 August 2010 by Steve

“Admission officers in third-level colleges yesterday completed the task of working out the first round of CAO points for the coming academic year …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 21 August]

The TUI and to not introducing fees [sic]

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 21 August 2010 by Steve

“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) issued a press release this week welcoming the statement by the Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister), Mary Coughlan TD, in which she re-affirmed the government’s decision not to reintroduce higher education tuition fees this side of the next general election …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 21 August]

‘Students should not worry about points spike’

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 21 August 2010 by Steve

“Students should not be fearful of a significant rise in points for most college courses when offers are made by the Central Applications Office (CAO) on Monday, according to the head of the country’s guidance counsellors …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 21 August]

Making the grade in the Leaving Cert

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 21 August 2010 by Steve

“Madam, – Once again, girls outperform boys in the Leaving Cert points race, thus giving them first choice of the most desired places in our third-level institutions. Despite this educational disadvantage, men continue, in general, to outperform women, in later life, in business and the professions …” (more)

[Peter Molloy, Irish Times, 21 August]

Mathematics not adding up

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 21 August 2010 by Steve

“On Wednesday of this week the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan TD, issued a statement congratulating students on the Leaving Certificate results. In this statement she also used the opportunity to address the issue of bonus points for Higher Level Mathematics …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 21 August]

Bonus points for maths

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 21 August 2010 by Steve

“Madam, – If the demand for college places always exceeds supply, then it does not take a mathematician to work out what is likely to happen to points for all college course places if points granted for Leaving Cert maths are increased …” (more)

[Joe Deegan, Irish Times, 21 August]

Few spare university places as demand far outstrips supply

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 21 August 2010 by Steve

“Northern Ireland’s students are facing an unprecedented battle for university places. Despite record A-level results yesterday competition is fierce and there are already clear signs that fewer places are available than last year …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 20 August]

£1m bonus for bosses at college accused of £36m financial scandal

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 21 August 2010 by Steve

“Senior staff at a university involved in a £36m financial scandal last year have been given performance-related pay bonuses worth a total of £1m. The payments by London Metropolitan University come as it attempts to pay back £36m to the Government for overclaiming for the number of students on roll …” (more)

[Richard Garner, Independent, 21 August]

TUI calls on political parties to commit to free education

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 21 August 2010 by Steve

“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has welcomed the Tánaiste’s confirmation that third level fees will be not introduced for the lifetime of the current government. The union, which represents teachers and lecturers in second level, further and higher education, is now calling on all parties to not introducing fees …” (more)

[HT: Ferdinand von Prondzynski]
[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 19 August]