Archive for 23 August 2010

Science points up but we still haven’t got the point!

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 23 August 2010 by Steve

“The headline development in this year’s CAO points seems to be the large rise in points for science-based courses at Irish third-level institutions …” (more)

[Eoin Lettice, Communicate Science, 23 August]

CAO to investigate cause of website crash

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 23 August 2010 by Steve

“An investigation is to be carried out into why the website of the Central Applications Office crashed earlier today …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 23 August]

A points race and a boat to England – it’s back to the ’80s

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 23 August 2010 by Steve

“At the weekend, a promotional email from Stena Line dropped in my inbox – and brought me right back to the 1980s, a feeling which only grew when I read the CAO statistics this morning. The email was offering cheap sailings for students taking the boat to go to college in the UK. The points announced this morning show why more and more Irish students will be choosing that option …” (more)

[Herald, 23 August]

CAO cyber attack particularly malicious

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 23 August 2010 by Steve

“Today’s cyber attack on the CAO’s website is particularly malicious incident, apparently designed to throw the system into chaos …” (more)

[Ruairi Quinn TD, Labour Party, 23 August]

CAO website restored

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 23 August 2010 by Steve

“The website of the Central Applications Office is now active again. It had previously crashed following a ‘malicious attack from an unknown source’. It comes as thousands of students across the country await college offers, the first round of which are being released today …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 23 August]

CAO Round One Offers

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 23 August 2010 by Steve

“The Central Applications Office (CAO) website is feeling the effects of a denial-of-service attack but Gav Reilly has scraped relevant CAO data that will help ease the distress. Over on the CAO website a polite notice advises, ‘Due to maintenance work, the CAO web site is currently unavailable. We apologise for the inconvenience’. I wonder how many years will tick by before the CAO asks capable institutions to mirror their major database on peak days like today …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 23 August]

CAO.ie crash blamed on ‘malicious attack’

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 23 August 2010 by Steve

“As school leavers tried to access the CAO.ie website this morning many found that the website was inaccessible, with errors messages including ‘connection to the server reset’ and a maintenance notice: ‘Due to maintenance work, the CAO website is currently unavailable. We apologise for the inconvenience’ …” (more)

[Marie Boran, Silicon Republic, 23 August]

Student myopia and the Points Race for university in Ireland

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 23 August 2010 by Steve

“An article in today’s Irish Times brings the news that the ‘points race’ for university entrance is back. Of course it never actually went away since there is significant excess demand in general, the number of applicants being about twice the number of places …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economic Blog, 23 August]

BoSI’s Irish exit spells the end for student village

Posted in Life with tags on 23 August 2010 by Steve

“A large student accommodation complex in Limerick has collapsed into receivership, following a move by its main lender. Bank of Scotland (Ireland) (BoSI), the British lender that last week announced it was quitting the Irish market, has installed a receiver over Groody Student Village in an effort to recover between €10 million and €15 million that it had advanced to the project …” (more)

[Ian Kehoe, Sunday Business Post, 22 August]

Greens set to consider graduate tax

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 23 August 2010 by Steve

“A graduate tax will be one of the measures on education funding considered by the Green Party at a seminar in the coming months amid increasing pressure to fund colleges and reintroduce fees …” (more)

[Discussion thread at politics.ie]
[Juno McEnroe, Irish Examiner, 23 August]

CAO website offline ‘due to maintenance work’ on day of CAO Offers

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 23 August 2010 by Steve

“Anyone trying to find out the CAO points this morning online might be rather surprised to find that the CAO website is offline …” (more)

[Politics.ie, 23 August]

Points for science courses rise dramatically

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 23 August 2010 by Steve

“With a rise in points for 700 college course in third level institutes throughout the country there is, in particular, a noticeable rise in the number of points required for science courses …” (more)

[Marie Boran, Silicon Republic, 23 August]

77,500 apply for third-level courses

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 23 August 2010 by Steve

“The points requirements for entry to many third-level courses have increased this year as a result of increased competition for places. The first round of offers for places from the Central Applications Office are available online …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 23 August]

Shanghai Jiao Tong 2010 World League Table: Field Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 23 August 2010 by Steve

“Following the publication of its World League Table, the ARWU Field rankings have been released. These complement the overall rankings and highlight relative standings in five broad discipline areas …” (more)

[Registrarism, 23 August]

Educational reform is required urgently

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 23 August 2010 by Steve

“… Surely the Minister for Education and her colleagues can decide on these matters – that is what running the country is all about. But no, it appears not. Some universities may not be happy, we are told, and those which are will only cooperate on the basis that all the others row in. What a farce. These universities are largely funded by the public purse. If the government wants to change policy, then it has a lever to do it with – the money it pays to the colleges …” (more)

[Sunday Business Post, 23 August]

State control damaging health of universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 23 August 2010 by Steve

“As Britain and America come to grips with the possibility of a double-dip recession, Ireland continues to squander resources and suffer from the same hubris that brought our economy to its knees. We speak of laying the foundations for a truly smart economy, but unfortunately pay homage to a Government ideology unlikely to produce this …” (more)

[Brian Lucey and Charles Larkin, Irish Times, 23 August]

Educational anguish

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 23 August 2010 by Steve

“Nobody could suggest that the Irish are not interested in education. I know of no country in which the annual final school examination results get as much coverage and as much in-depth analysis as is the case here. The quality of our schools, our higher education institutions and our students is the subject of public and private discussion in Ireland to a far greater extent than anywhere else …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 22 August]

Points soar for 700 college courses

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 23 August 2010 by Steve

“Record numbers of applicants have pushed up the entry points for the majority of college courses this year. Points have risen for a massive 700 courses, while remaining the same or dropping for the other 560 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and John Walshe, Independent, 23 August]

College points system – Consider the alternatives

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 23 August 2010 by Steve

“Record Leaving Certificate grades this year should be warmly welcomed. An unprecedented proportion of over 30% of the students received more than 400 out of a possible 600 points this year. Thus, the points required for a place in most of the degree courses at the country’s third-level institutions has been driven up …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 23 August]

‘Points race’ back as CAO offers show rise in entry standards

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 23 August 2010 by Steve

“The first round of Central Applications Office (CAO) offers published this morning marks a return to a 1980s-style ‘points race’ as record numbers of students seek a college place …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 23 August]