Monthly Archives: August 2016

Are universities inflating points?

The basic argument is this: (i) universities cynically restrict their intake to courses, (ii) the CAO is a supply and demand system, (iii) points go up, (iv) prestige of institution is enhanced. But it’s wrong. To prove this, I examined … Continue reading

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More myths about the CAO and the Leaving Cert

Myth 1 School-leavers are attracted to high point courses because of the prestige factor Why this is a myth (I think!) My experience of talking to pupils at careers fairs over the years is that the opposite is the case. … Continue reading

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Myths about the CAO system

It is desperately frustrating to hear, year after year, the same nonsense being spoken about the Leaving Cert and the CAO system. So let’s try to expose (yet again!) some of the myths. Myth 1 By offering courses with a … Continue reading

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STEM and the gender imbalance

Hardly a week goes by without there being an article in the newspapers on the need to encourage more women into STEM disciplines. The arguments seem to be threefold. Firstly, there are serious skills shortages in certain STEM disciplines, notably … Continue reading

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