Archive for admissions

LIT first choice for 1,300 students

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 20 March 2011 by Steve

“More than 1,300 students have listed the Limerick Institute of Technology as their first preference for third level education. New figures from the Central Applications Office place the Limerick Institute of Technology as the fourth most popular college in the country for level eight programmes …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 20 March]


Fee-paying schools top for university progression rates

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 12 March 2011 by Steve

“Six of the top 10 schools in the country, as judged by university progression rates, are fee-paying, while the other four are Irish-speaking …” (more)

[Evelyn Ring, Irish Examiner, 12 March]

University admissions: time to re-think the criteria

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 7 February 2011 by Steve

“This is going to sound very grand, but over the past few years I have been trying to persuade the education sector and politicians of two things: the socially undesirable and financially unsustainable nature of ‘free’ higher education that is not adequately funded; and the damage being inflicted on Ireland by the Leaving Certificate examination …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, February]

New Partners in the Plagiarism-Detection Business

Posted in Life with tags , , on 27 January 2011 by Steve

“… On Wednesday, Hobsons, a marketing and technology company that serves colleges, and iParadigms, which provides plagiarism-detection services such as, announced a new partnership that will allow colleges to bring ‘automated content authentication’ into the admissions process. Translation: The partnership will merge Hobsons’ popular online application system, ApplyYourself, with an iParadigms service called Turnitin for Admissions …” (more)

[Eric Hoover, Chronicle of Higher Education, 26 January]

Recruitment conundrum as A-level tariff threatens ‘academic autonomy’

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

“The imposition of a minimum entry standard for university would put the government in control of what is traditionally a key area of academic judgement and allow it to restrict student places, vice-chancellors warned this week …” (more)

[Rebecca Attwood, Times Higher Education, 21 October]

The great college squeeze

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

“This summer saw 77,500 applicants try to squeeze into 48,500 available college places across Ireland. This recordbreaking race, run by 2010’s freshers, and by those who weren’t so lucky, was one marked by uncomfortable omens – this latest increase in applicants despite looming cutbacks being only one example …” (more)

[Trinity News, 21 September]

Numbers, numbers

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 12 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Today the Higher Education Authority (HEA) announced the number of students in Irish universities and colleges. We had already known that the figures would show a significant increase over last year, and we now see that over the past two years student numbers have grown by some 14 per cent. This comes against the backdrop of significant cuts in state funding for higher education …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 12 November]