What’s going on in Trinity?

 

Something weird was pointed out to me over the weekend and I think it’s worth sharing. It has to do with random selection within the CAO system. For some courses where the places available are limited, the universities use a random selection policy whereby not all candidates on a particular points score are admitted to the course of their choice. There are usually valid logistical reasons for adopting this policy – laboratory space limitations or limitations related to the availability of work/training placements, for example. But look at the table below.

University

Number of courses with random selection*

TCD

26

DCU

7

UL

7

UCC

6

UCD

2

NUIG

0

NUIM

0

*courses with interview or portfolio component ignored

Trinity is completely out of kilter with everyone else. Random selection is even used for their History degree! Seems strange but maybe there is a good explanation.

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About Greg Foley

A lecturer in Biotechnology in Dublin City University for more than 25 years. Trained as a Chemical Engineer in UCD (BE and PhD) and Cornell (MS). Does research on analysis and design of membrane filtration systems.
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