Northern Ireland leads way on university applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 17th, 2017 by steve

“Northern Ireland has enjoyed the highest application rate to universities across the UK this year, statistics show. Around 48% of youngsters had applied to a university course by the main January 15 deadline, followed by England (37%) and Wales (32%) …” (more)

[Alison Kershaw, Belfast Telegraph, 17 February]

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Four Mega-trends in International Higher Education – Economics

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 17th, 2017 by steve

“If there’s one word everyone can agree upon when talking about international education, it’s ‘expensive’. Moving across borders to go to school isn’t cheap and so it’s no surprise that international education really got big certain after large developing countries (mainly but not exclusively China and India) started getting rich in the early 2000s …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 17 February]

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Third Level Participation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 17th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSeán Crowe (Dublin South West, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the action being taken to support schools in which less than 65% of students continue education to third level, to ensure more of these students can continue to third level …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 February]

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Motivation in Attracting Non-EU Students to Ireland is Often Cynical

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Few things in the Irish higher education system are more transparent than policy makers and senior institution leadership’s commitment to attracting international students. Their justification often touches on increasing diversity and promoting a more international outlook in higher education …” (more)

[Kevin Donoghue, University Times, 15 February]

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Ireland extends post study rules for Indians

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish government has given the permission to double the ‘stay-back option’ for master’s and PhD students from 12 months to 24 months. The government is making it easier for Indian students who have graduated in Ireland to stay-on after they finish studying …” (more)

[Hindustan Times, 14 February]

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Seminar: Peter Cassells, ‘Funding Higher Education: How And Why?’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The ISPA, in association with the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice at UCD, will host this seminar. It will consist of a presentation from Peter Cassells with an opportunity afterwards for questions and discussion. The seminar is free to attend and ISPA membership forms will be available on the night …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 13 February]

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Be Wary of a Funding Model that Sells £4 Billion of Student Loans to Investors

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The UK government has announced it is to begin selling off £4 billion of loans that first become eligible for repayment between 2002 and 2006. This is the first of a four-year programme of loan sales to take place. This should be worrying for a number of reasons …” (more)

[University Times, 12 February]

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You only get what you pay for. Or do you?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 13th, 2017 by steve

“For as long as students have been paying (at least in part and/or in arrears) for their university education, an entire cadre of sector types have been arguing that when students are seen as consumers, bad things happen …” (more)

[Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe, 13 February]

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Student Grant Scheme Payments – Overpayment of Maintenance Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on February 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Charlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if there have been a number of write-offs with regard to recouping paid funds in each of the years since SUSI was formed in relation to discovered overpayment of maintenance grants by SUSI; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 February]

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Four Megatrends in International Higher Education – Demographics

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 10th, 2017 by steve

International“Last week I, noted that one of the big factors in international education was the big increase in enrolments around the world, particularly in developing countries. Part of that big increase had to do with a significant increase in the number of youth around the world who were of ‘normal’ age for higher education – that is, between about 20 and 24. Between 2000 and 2010, that age-cohort grew by almost 20% …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 10 February]

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Inequalities in higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Further to ‘New figures expose class divide in higher education’ (February 7th), if institutes of technology have a higher proportion of their students qualifying for grants, surely this should be celebrated as evidence that the institutes of technology have opened up opportunities to less-favoured regions and social groups. Instead we have the complaint that the universities are relatively elitist …” (more)

[John Sheehan, Irish Times, 8 February]

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That narrative around third level access

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This is news? ‘An Irish Times analysis on the proportion of students on grants across the higher and further education sector last year contains some revealing findings. It shows a striking class divide, with students from better-off families far more likely to occupy places at the country’s top universities …'” (more)

[The Cedar Lounge Revolution, 7 February]

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New figures expose class divide in higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Up to three-quarters of students in some of the State’s colleges are reliant on grant support, according to new figures that highlight the scale of the class divide in Irish higher education. School-leavers from more affluent backgrounds are much more likely to have places in universities offering high-points degrees …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 February]

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Despite ‘free fees’, are universities still bastions of privilege?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“At one point, Dylan McGowan was working five nights a week in a Smyth’s toy store to help make ends meet while in college. Now, as president of the students’ union at Letterkenny Institute of Technology, McGowan sees large numbers of students struggling to overcome financial hurdles on a daily basis …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 February]

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Social divide shows up in grants across higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“For students whose family income falls below a certain limit, the State helps them attend further and higher education through financial supports. But the distribution of these financial supports among institutions is very revealing …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 7 February]

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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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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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CAO applications on course to match last year’s record high

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

Ireland“The number of college applicants this year is on course to match last year’s record high, new figures show. Latest figures show 76,213 applicants had registered with the CAO by Wednesday evening’s deadline …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 February]

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Proposed DIT levy on students could raise €20m

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

Ireland“DIT students will be expected to begin paying an annual student levy by next September according to a recent development plan released by the Institute’s Campus Life department. The Campus Life Development Plan 2016 – 2020 has indicated that the expected levy will be used to fund a proposed student centre which will be constructed in DIT’s Grangegorman campus …” (more)

[Conor Shields, Irish Times, 1 February]

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