Northern Ireland student loses High Court battle over being denied funding for Dublin degree course

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Northern Ireland student has lost a High Court battle over being denied funding for a degree course in Dublin. Aimee Liggett was seeking to challenge a Department for the Economy decision that law studies she wanted to undertake were not eligible for financial support …” (more)

[Alan Erwin, Belfast Telegraph, 9 October]

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Students Waiting Up To 6 Weeks For Third-Level Counselling Services

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“‘Budget 2018 should focus on improving mental health supports, and not on tax cuts’, says USI. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is calling on the Government to invest in third-level mental health counselling services by ring-fencing €3m per annum to tackle future mental health crisis on campus …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, Union of Students in Ireland, 9 October]

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Holyland ‘written off’ by Belfast council, claims Green MLA Bailey

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2017 by steve

“Belfast City Council has ‘written off’ the Holyland area, a Green MLA has claimed. Clare Bailey a representative for the area said a Freedom of Information request she had made revealed there had only been seven fines issued since January in the area. Last month residents told the Belfast Telegraph they felt ‘under siege’ during Freshers’ Week. They described mayhem, partying and drunkenness …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 9 October]

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Students with mentors in poorer areas more likely to plan to go to college – study

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Secondary students in poorer areas of Dublin are three times more likely to plan to go to college after being assigned a mentor, according to a new research project. A report by Trinity College Dublin has assessed the impact of an outreach programme for 1,100 students attending 11 schools in the Dublin area over a three-year period …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 9 October]

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Ulster University ‘no plans’ to strip Myanmar leader of degree despite refugee crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2017 by steve

“Ulster University has said it has no plans to strip the de facto Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi of a 2009 honorary degree, despite weeks of international condemnation on her handling of the Rohingya crisis. Last week it was reported that Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar were still flooding towards the border with Bangladesh, despite government assurances it was preventing the mass exodus …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 9 October]

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Sunday Times rankings 2017

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2017 by steve

IrelandRankings are compiled on the basis of Leaving Cert points, Research income, Graduate Employment, Proportion of 1sts/2.1s, Student-Staff ratio, Progression and Services spending. Brackets indicate the 2016 ranking.

  1. Trinity (1)
  2. University College Cork (2)
  3. University College Dublin (3)
  4. NUI Galway (5)
  5. Limerick (6)
  6. Dublin City University (4)
  7. Dublin IT (7)
  8. Athlone IT (10)
  9. Maynooth (8)
  10. Cork IT (9)
  11. Dundalk IT (13)
  12. Waterford IT (11)
  13. IT Tralee (14)
  14. IT Sligo (12)
  15. Galway-Mayo IT (16)
  16. Letterkenny IT (17)
  17. Limerick IT (15)
  18. IT Carlow (20)
  19. IT Tallaght (19)
  20. IADT (18)
  21. IT Blanchardstown (21)
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Employers to get say on courses in exchange for rise in payroll levy

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Businesses are set to be given a greater say in shaping the type of higher education and training courses to be delivered over the coming years in exchange for increases to a payroll levy likely to be announced in this week’s budget. The Government has been examining a proposal to raise up to €200 million through increases to a national training fund levy …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 October]

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The deep roots of University reputation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2017 by steve

“April is the cruellest month, wrote TS Eliot. If you are a university vice chancellor you might think that July and August are worse; it was a miserable summer for higher education reputations, as universities found themselves rounded upon by press and politicians for a litany of sins, including eye-watering VC pay, grade inflation and a ‘usurious’ interest rate on student loans …” (more)

[Ben Verinder and Sue Wolstenholme, Wonkhe, 9 October]