Ministers announce Student Support Scheme for Asylum Seekers to continue for coming year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD together with the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (4 June, 2019) announced a grant support scheme for asylum seekers in third level education will continue for 2019/20. The Pilot Student Support Scheme, which was introduced in 2015, will be open for prospective students who are in the broad international protection system …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 4 June]

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Number of students sitting Leaving Cert surges to highest level in 15 years thanks to Millennium ‘baby boom’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert candidate numbers have surged to their highest level in 15 years, with a hike in ambitious students planning to sit subjects at ‘honours’ level. The baby boom children from the turn of the millennium are now reaching the end of their school years, meaning entries are up 3% …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 June]

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Extending the Admissions Feasibility Study Isn’t Enough – College Must Helm National Change

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In April, when The University Times first revealed that the College was considering scrapping its admissions feasibility study, many students were predictably unhappy. Why, some asked, was Trinity planning to do away with a system that offered a precious alternative to some – if arguably not enough – incoming students? This week, The University Times reported that University Council has decided to extend the scheme by a further two years …” (more)

[University Times, 3 June]

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Review into CIT’s use of offshoot firms finds shortcomings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A review into the use of certain offshoot companies linked to Cork Institute of Technology has found errors in expenses claims and issues with the reporting of potential conflicts of interest. Specialist advisory firm Mazars compiled a report into the relationship between the Cork Institute of Technology and a small number of spin-out companies. Mazars was appointed in March 2018 and a final report has recently been completed …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Irish Times, 4 June]

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The Government Cannot Focus on Quick Victories While the Higher Education Sector Suffers

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“With the number of people taking up apprenticeships having doubled since 2015, the realisation that university degrees are not the be-all and end-all of higher education seems to be sinking in across the country. Since 2017, the government has poured over €20 million into modernising Ireland’s apprenticeship programmes. The latest round of funding, announced this week, will take these programmes to the next level, supporting new curriculums and access to cutting-edge technologies for Ireland’s budding apprentices …” (more)

[University Times, 3 June]

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College Extends Admissions Feasibility Study Until 2021

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“College will extend its admissions feasibility study for another two years, after questions over its future were raised earlier this year. Trinity’s admission’s feasibility study offers places in certain courses based on criteria other than CAO points, including the relative rank of a student in their second-level class …” (more)

[Katy Amos, University Times, 3 June]

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