Ninth Level Ireland

Today I’ve been trying to finish off a couple of things before making a short trip back to Cardiff to sort out of a few personal matters. Next week the new intake of students starts to arrive in Maynooth. Officially Welcome Week begins on 17th September but in the second half of next week there are `Orientation Talks’ aimed at guiding new students through all the options they have in the first year. The flexibility of the degree programmes here really makes these talks essential.

Yesterday I blogged about some of the differences between the Higher Education systems in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Another couple came up today. The first is that `Orientation’ over here is what UK universities usually call `Induction’. One thing is common to both systems, though. When I made my annual `joke’ about `induction’ involving passing the students through a magnetic field in order to establish their potential, it fell just as flat here as it always has done on the UK.

Another difference is that over here we don’t have graduation ceremonies; they are called conferring ceremonies. On University Challenge there is no conferring. Moreover, the ceremonies are not in July (as graduation ceremonies usually are in the UK). In fact there are three sets of ceremonies, in mid-September, late October/November, and March. The first set is next week actually. That means I won’t be able to bore my readership with explanations of the Latin grammatical origins of the words graduand and graduate as I have done in the past.

Finally, I just wanted to mention that there is a site called Ninth Level Ireland which aggregates news items, blogs and other online items about Higher Education in Ireland. That site started reblogging my posts long before I moved to Ireland, actually. I know quite a few Irish academics follow Ninth Level Ireland , and if you’re interested in matters academical then it’s well worth looking at. As you can see, it even uses the same WordPress theme as this blog.

I don’t know whether it is automated (like a `bot’) or whether items are selected by hand, but if it’s the former I suspect this post might well end up the site!

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4 Responses to “Ninth Level Ireland”

  1. Bryn Jones Says:

    The graduation ceremony for my first degree took place in October. That was some event for the University of London in the Albert Hall. I was too busy starting PhD work to go by that time.

    • telescoper Says:

      Interesting. Cardiff used to have ceremonies in Winter as well as Summer, but the Winter ceremonies have now been scrapped.

      • Bryn Jones Says:

        Yes, Cardiff did have a December graduation ceremony (or at least the University of Wales College of Cardiff did I my memory). But that was a quiet affair because it did not have the large numbers of graduands from first degrees, mostly masters and PhDs.

  2. No doubt in time I will be replaced by a bot (as will we all), but for both my blogs the selection of articles is currently by hand.

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