Student loan scheme would cost Exchequer €10bn over 12 years, says Trinity economist

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The proposed student loan scheme would cost the Exchequer €10bn over 12 years, an economist claimed. Dr Charles Larkin of Trinity College Dublin said the Irish higher education system is neither small enough nor large enough to make an income contingent loan system work …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 April]

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Post grads now able to apply for student grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Postgraduate students can now apply for a student grant under new changes to the application system. Students can now apply for the scheme which is open for the 2017-2018 academic year. Mature students, who previously dropped out, will now also get a second chance within a five year time frame …” (more)

[Kenneth Fox, Newstalk, 3 April]

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Launch of THEA a Significant Step in Irish Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Technological Higher Education Association, the representative body for the 14 Institutes of Technology in Ireland, was launched formally today by Education Minister Richard Bruton …” (more)

[Merrion Street, 3 April]

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Chair of IT Tralee says nothing to fear from merger with Cork IT

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The new Chairman of the Institute of Technology Tralee says people shouldn’t fear its merger with Cork Institute of Technology. Lionel Alexander, who was appointed Chairman of the Governing Body of ITT last September …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 3 April]

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TCDSU Promises to House On-Campus Students Affected by Luas Disturbance

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has promised to accommodate on-campus students elsewhere who are particularly affected by the ongoing nighttime Luas works outside Trinity, a source of much-complaint from residents …” (more)

[Róisín Power and Dominic McGrath, University Times, 2 April]

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The pace of academic life is not the problem – the lack of autonomy is

Posted in Life on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

“To many disgruntled with the quantification of scholarship, its impossible demands and meaningless metrics, it is the heightened pace of academic life that is the problem. For Alison Edwards, the crux of the problem is actually a lack of autonomy. Is it time for academics to take back control? …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 3 April]

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Huge demand expected for reopened SUSI student grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The SUSI college grant application scheme reopens on Monday, with added demand expected this year due to the availability of maintenance grants for postgraduate students. The grant, worth almost €6,000, will be made available to students in the lowest income category …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 3 April]

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What’s the point of an arts degree?

Posted in Teaching on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – I note with interest a feature in your paper on the utility of the arts degree (Carl O’Brien, ‘What’s the point of an arts degree’, Analysis, March 18th). Once the default choice of many school-leavers, the BA now faces competition and sometimes displacement from BSc, BComm and many competing disciplines …” (more)

[James Lawless, Irish Times, 3 April]

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Mistakenly Stating Annual Income as €355 Reason Behind Trinity’s Rankings Exclusion

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Information revealed under a Freedom of Information request shows that Trinity’s exclusion from the 2016 Times Higher Education rankings came after College recorded its annual income as €355 instead of €355 million. In revised rankings, released the following year, Trinity was retrospectively placed at 101st …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 2 April]

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Universities Must Master Challenge of Uncertainty to Teach Students

Posted in Teaching on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Provost, Patrick Prendergast, this week found himself paying a visit to Dominican College Sion Hill in Blackrock, where he gave an address as just one of the many parents of students at the school. In the course of his explanation of what a university education, and more specifically, a Trinity education, should comprise, Prendergast gave his own take on the ‘must-have skills for today’s graduates’ …” (more)

[University Times, 2 April]

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Deliverology in, out and around the university

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

“Michael Barber’s influence on the Higher Education and Research Bill, and universities more generally, already extends far beyond his new role as Chair of the Office for Students. Targets, metrics, reform, choice, competition, transparency, managerialism. All are contested concepts in higher education, and are frequently the topic of debate …” (more)

[David Morris, Wonkhe, 3 April]

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Should university funding be tied to student performance?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

“Government funding for Australian universities could soon be based more on how students perform – including academic results, whether they complete uni and get a job – and less on the number of students universities manage to enrol …” (more)

[Andrew Harvey, The Conversation, 3 April]

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