Student loan scheme ‘would spur an increase in emigration’ to avoid debts

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students have warned a proposed loan scheme for college and university courses would spark a new emigration brain drain. The ‘study now pay later’ idea could see graduates pay back about €150 a month until they turn 33 in what researchers have claimed is the cheapest way to fund a major expansion of third level education …” (more)

[Independent, 2 May]

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SFI to invest €72m in four new research centres

Posted in Research on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Professor Mark Ferguson says the country needs to invest in areas of real potential to ensure future economic competitiveness. Eight new world class multimillion euro research centres have received approval in principle from Science Foundation Ireland. However, only four will be able to proceed straight away as there is no funding available for the others …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 2 May]

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How I teach: making a pact with the devil

Posted in Teaching on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Here’s how I’d like to teach engineering to college students – it’s the way I was taught: 1. Give lectures in which I chart a course through the subject, explaining key ideas, deriving key equations, and using worked examples to enhance understanding and model the problem-solving process …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 2 May]

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Proposed loan scheme to fund third level education is a ‘return to full fees via back door’, according to Solidarity TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and certain politicians find themselves at odds with the Government’s proposed new loan scheme for third level education, saying that such plans are tantamount to a ‘return to full fees through the back door,’ and that the move would cause a ‘brain drain’ …” (more)

[Fernando Sanchez, TheLiberal.ie, 2 May]

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Students warn proposed loan scheme will start new ‘brain drain’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has rejected claims student loans are an effective way to fund Irish third level education. A technical group is preparing to brief the Oireachtas on how a loan scheme would work in Ireland. But student leaders say such a scheme would be expensive to set up …” (more)

[Jack Quann, Newstalk, 2 May]

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CIT university status call

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students at CIT are being disadvantaged by not having university status attached to their degrees, the outgoing President of the Institute has warned. Dr Brendan Murphy is set to retire in August after 13 years at the helm of CIT and said his graduates would continued to be disadvantaged unless a controversial merger with Tralee IT goes ahead to create a Munster Technological University …” (more)

[Rob McNamara, Evening Echo, 1 May]

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The end of Academia.edu: how business takes over, again

Posted in Research on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

International“Academia.edu used to be a refreshing and very useful platform for academics and students all over the world. That has ended with academia.edu introducing the ‘paid search’. When Academia.edu was launched, it was a welcome change in the academic publishing world …” (more)

[Ico Maly, diggit magazine, 26 April]

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Number of UK students applying to study in Ireland plummets

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of UK students applying to study in Ireland through the CAO has dropped by 10% since the Brexit vote. Documents from the Department of Education outline a ‘noticeable drop’ in applications to Irish colleges from English, Welsh and Scottish students for September 2017. Similarly, Irish students applying to the UK UCAS system has dropped by 18% on 2016 figures …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 2 May]

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The antidote to university league tables?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

“Last December, HEPI published a report ‘International university rankings: For good or ill?’ by its former Director Bahram Bekhradnia. Suffice to say, he didn’t plump for good. To sum up his criticisms, and more particularly to add some of my own, rankings narrowly assess the wrong criteria for quality …” (more)

[Johnny Rich, Wonkhe, 2 May]

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Graduates could pay €160 a month until aged 33 under loan plan

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A typical college graduate could expect to pay a monthly fee of €150-€160 until they reach 33 years of age if a ‘study now, pay later’ loan scheme is introduced, new research indicates. The findings are contained in a new study of how an income-contingent loan system would operate here, and are due to be presented to an Oireachtas committee on Tuesday …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 May]

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What NUI Galway are trying to do at the High Court

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This short video explains what NUI Galway are trying to do in the High Court on May 4th and why we need to demonstrate to expose their hypocrisy. If you want to join us you can come on our bus from Galway …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 1 May]

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€100,000 pensions raid on public servants

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Public servants will take a huge hit from widescale reform of their pensions, calculations show. Changing the way pensions are calculated could see even modestly paid public servants losing up to €100,000 over the course of their retirement …” (more)

[Charlie Weston, Independent, 2 May]

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