Saturday 20 October 2018

Rebecca to get special welcome at UCD

Overjoyed: Rebecca Carter
Overjoyed: Rebecca Carter
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

A special welcome awaits student Rebecca Carter when she arrives in UCD on Monday to start her veterinary degree programme.

The 19-year-old, from Co Wexford, was "overjoyed" yesterday when she received a belated offer of a course place, after successfully appealing one of her results in this year's Leaving Certificate.

The UCD Students' Union has arranged an event at 9am on Monday to greet Ms Carter as she starts life on campus.

Earlier in the week, the High Court directed the State Examinations Commission (SEC) to process her appeal by noon yesterday, and the anticipated successful outcome led to an offer from UCD.

The outcome of Leaving Cert appeals are not released until October 10 this year - but that would have been too late for Ms Carter, because this year UCD introduced a September 30 cut-off for admissions.

In any year, about 5,000 Leaving Cert candidates appeal one or more grades and it generally leads to about 200-300 students receiving a late CAO offer.

With many higher education institutions now starting back in the first week in September, it means that students receiving such offers are up to six weeks behind.

Colleges believes that such a time lag puts the students at a disadvantage and encourage them to defer for a year.

The case has forced a review of the appeals process and the treatment by colleges of successful appeal candidates.

The review will involve the SEC, Department of Education officials and the colleges.

After a special meeting yesterday, the SEC board said it would "contribute positively and constructively to the process of reviewing and assessing how the exam results, the offer of places and the commencement of the third level academic year must interact effectively with each other in the interests of students".

Irish Independent

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