Archive for points

The End of Rationing

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 9 February 2011 by Steve

“Over on University Diary, Ferdinand Von Prondzynski calls for a reassessment of the systems for University admissions in Ireland, the dreaded Points System. It’s a worthy call, and reform of the Points system was a curious omission of the recent Strategic Review of Irish Higher Education …” (more)

[Robert Cosgrave, Tertiary21, 9 February]


NUI Maynooth supports bonus points for maths

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 4 October 2010 by Steve

“NUI Maynooth is the latest university to back bonus points for higher level maths in the Leaving Cert exam. The move means five of the State’s seven universities back the initiative. Like UCD, NUI Maynooth will introduce the plan in 2012 for a trial period of four years …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 4 October]

Points increase at Galway colleges

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 25 August 2010 by Steve

“Points for many courses in Galway’s two third level colleges rose this year due to increased demand, with one NUIG course showing the largest fluctuation nationwide. The points requirements for the Engineering Innovation – Electrical at NUI Galway rose by 200 to 560, as students tried to give themselves the edge on a tough jobs market …” (more)

[Marie Madden, Galway Independent, 25 August]

Making the point

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 24 August 2010 by Steve

“Many things about Ireland bemuse visitors to our shores. Two of the most difficult to explain are our electoral system and the programme by which third level places are allocated. I’ll leave the former to other election anoraks for the time being, but the latter is much in the news this week, so I’ll try to give a simple account of how it works …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta. 24 August]

Chasing university places

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 24 August 2010 by Steve

“As I have argued before, it now looks increasingly inevitable that the trend of recent years of an annual increases in the number of university places will come to an end. As public funding is cut, and crucially, as more and more teaching posts are taken out of the system, it is becoming impossible for universities to contemplate further increases in the student intake …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 24 August]

Points race neither useful nor fair, says outspoken academic

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 24 August 2010 by Steve

“A former university president has hit out at the points system saying it is neither ‘fair nor functionally useful’. Outspoken ex-DCU president Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski also claimed the Leaving Certificate and its curriculum had been distorted by the perceived demands of the points system …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 24 August]

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]