Universities minister announces sale of student loan book

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 6th, 2017 by steve

“The government has begun its controversial sale of the student loan book, which it expects to recoup £12bn in the long run for the exchequer, while reassuring graduates that they will not have to pay more. The universities minister, Jo Johnson, said the move would have ‘no impact’ on student borrowers paying off loans, as terms and conditions would remain the same after the sale was completed …” (more)

[Sally Weale, Guardian, 6 February]

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Government Launches Action Plan for Education 2017

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of Actions to be delivered with a focus on Skills, Technology, Wellbeing and tackling disadvantage. Over 400 actions and sub actions in Plan led by Minister Bruton. The Government today (Monday 6th February) published the Action Plan for Education 2017, led by Minister Richard Bruton, aimed at making Ireland’s education and training system the best in Europe within a decade …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 6 February]

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Extension of ‘stay back option’ for international postgraduate students in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish government has agreed to a policy which now allows international postgraduates to stay in the country for up to two years after finishing their degree. The policy extends the Third Level Graduate Scheme to non-EU/EEA residents who have studied in Ireland to be eligible to legally work for 40 hours per week …” (more)

[Maguire Sedgwick, University Oberver, 6 February]

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Analysing Ireland’s high third level dropout rates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of students studying at Irish third level institutions has risen dramatically in the past 50 years. As can be seen from the graphs next to the article, the number of students enrolled in both universities and in institutes of technology began to rise steadily in the 70s and 80s before going into overdrive after 2005 …” (more)

[Peter O’Donovan, Trinity News, 6 February]

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Trinity College dons ‘incensed’ by provost’s reform plan

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The provost of Ireland’s oldest university has been accused of trying to turn Trinity College Dublin into a ‘second-rate polytechnic’ by introducing full semesterisation. Paddy Prendergast is also under fire over a plan to offer jobs to the spouses of ‘world-class researchers’ in order to attract top-tier talent to the college …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 6 February]

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Cabinet memo warns public sector pay deal has taken all extra funds for existing services

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Cabinet memo drawn up by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe for ministers, seen by the Irish Examiner, confirms warnings from him that the pending public sector pay deal as well as matters already announced have hoovered up any available extra monies …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 5 February]

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Universities failing to support disabled academics

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2017 by steve

“Disabled lecturers and researchers are facing restricted opportunities for promotion in Scottish universities, an academic has warned. Dr Kate Sang, associate professor in management at Heriot-Watt University, in Edinburgh, said current barriers included a culture of long hours unsuitable for some disabled staff …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 6 February]

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