Student Grant Scheme Administration

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandWillie Penrose (Longford-Westmeath, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will review the cuts to the student grant implemented in 2011 and 2012 and restore the distance of adjacent rate to 24 kilometres from the current distance of 45 kilometres; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 June]

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DIT president ordered to show report on lost €700,000

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The governing body of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has ordered its president to provide an unpublished report which is highly critical of senior managers for serious failures in financial governance to the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC). The move comes as senior officials from DIT and other third-level colleges appear before the committee Thursday to face allegations that they misled TDs over the way they run their financial affairs …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 June]

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Some gains in education but dangers loom

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s higher education system could enjoy a positive spin-off from Brexit, although it also presents huge dangers. On the plus side, Ireland may become a magnet for talented academics and researchers – and the research funding they bring – as well as international students, who want to work or study in what will then be one of just two English speaking countries in the EU (the other being Malta) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 June]

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Free textbooks for first-year university students could help improve retention rates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 20th, 2017 by steve

“Despite 20 years of focus on improving university retention rates, we are still losing one in five of our first-year students. And the release of a new report by TEQSA again reminds us of the challenges of retention. The report highlights that, on average, universities have a 20% attrition rate. This builds on an article by The Australian earlier this year which showed that one in three university students failed to complete the course they began within six years of enrolling …” (more)

[James Arvanitakis, The Conversation, 19 June]

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Scholarships to be given to people in Direct Provision as UL becomes a University of Sanctuary

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has been designated as a ‘University of Sanctuary’ in recognition of its initiatives welcoming asylum seekers and refugees into its university community. The university is awarding 17 academic scholarships to people aged 22 who live in Direct Provision …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 19 June]

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Wary of Loans, but not Progressive Enough for State Funded, Varadkar Might Leave Education in Limbo

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“First came the hope, then the headaches. Even the weathered trade unionists and opposition politicians allowed themselves some optimism this week when Leo Varadkar announced the creation of a new ministerial position with responsibility for higher education. The ensuing furore over the creation of a new super junior ministry, however, has suggested some of this optimism might be misplaced …” (more)

[University Times, 18 June]

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Trinity Access Programme encourages people to go on to university

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

Ireland“Among 38 graduates from the Trinity Access Programme (TAP) in Dublin on Friday was a Burmese refugee and an inner-city grandmother. TAP encourages people, particularly those under-represented in higher education, to go on to university …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 17 June]

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High fees deterring emigrants from sending kids to Irish universities

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

Ireland“Almost 60% of Irish expat parents in Asia are not interested in sending their children to attend university in Ireland as they do not feel Irish higher education institutions offer value for money, a new survey has shown. Britain and the US are the top destinations of choice …” (more)

[Clifford Coonan, Irish Times, 14 June]

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Universities and Students are Facing a Perfect Storm of the Government’s Making

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It was not just candour, when the President of University College Dublin (UCD), Andrew Deeks, suggested the college might have to place a cap on Irish student places. Instead, it was the latest move in the long drawn-out game our universities are being forced to play with the Irish government – a government who seem unaware they are involved in any sort of gamble with our futures …” (more)

[University Times, 11 June]

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College fees should not rise – they should go

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Good evening, It’s an honour to be here at Tom Johnson for my second time as Labour leader. And I’m particularly pleased that we’re gathering here in Cork …” (more)

[Brendan Howlin, Labour Party, 10 June]

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Your toddler’s college bills could cost you €70,000 in 15 years’ time – best start saving now

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

Ireland“Looming college bills will be very much on the minds of the parents of students starting their Leaving Cert this Wednesday. Yet parents of young children should also be preparing for these mammoth bills – it could cost almost €70,000 to put your toddler though college by the time they reach college-going age …” (more)

[Louise McBride, Independent, 4 June]

UCD warns it may cut number of places available to Irish students

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

Ireland“University College Dublin has warned it may have to reduce the number of places available for Irish students if it does not get more funds. There is no threat to the intake for this year, but UCD president Professor Andrew Deeks has sent a clear signal that patience is running thin on the issue of sorting out the financing of higher education …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 June]

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Shake-up of grading system aims to take pressure off students

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

Ireland“The State exams enter a new era today with a shake-up in the grading system for Leaving Cert candidates and a shorter, new-style written English paper in the Junior Cert. The new Leaving Cert grading scheme replaces the traditional ABC system as part of wider efforts to take unnecessary heat out of the CAO points race …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 June]

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The leaving cert is absurb and unfair but we are obsessed with it

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

Ireland“The Leaving Cert starts today and the ensuing media circus that goes with it is in full swing. But why are we still putting faith in this absurd, unfair test? Is the leaving cert and points system the best selection mechanism for higher education? …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 7 June]

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Leaving Cert: Record number taking higher-level subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of Leaving Cert students taking on higher-level subjects has climbed to a record high as pupils try to make the most from changes to the CAO points system. Reforms aimed at easing some of the exam pressure mean that any student who fails an exam with an E grade at higher level will secure CAO points for the first time …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 June]

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Education must be accessible to all – Archibald

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin Further and Higher Education spokesperson Caoimhe Archibald has said widening participation and access for all, is an important factor in supporting economic growth by developing a more skilled workforce …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 2 June]

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Tánaiste Fitzgerald and Minister Bruton Outline revised Graduate Programme aimed at non-EEA students studying in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms Frances Fitzgerald TD, and the Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton TD, have today (Thursday) announced changes to the Third Level Graduate Programme, a key action under the International Education Strategy …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 1 June]

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Prendergast Pledges to ‘Surmount’ Challenges Posed by Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has stated the College’s plans to ‘surmount’ the multitude of challenges posed by the UK’s exit from the EU and affirmed its hope that higher, non-EU fees would not be introduced for British and Northern Irish students …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 30 May]

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Brexit could lead to fees hike says Queen’s vice-chancellor

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students from the Republic are facing potential massive university fee increases after the UK withdraws from the EU. The head of Queen’s University Belfast said EU undergraduates could be charged pricier international tuition fees post-Brexit …” (more)

[Simon Doyle, Irish News, 29 May]

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Intake of international students threatened by lack of accommodation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has warned that Ireland’s focus on attracting increasing numbers of foreign students is threatened by the lack of suitable accommodation. Dr Graham Love, CEO of the HEA, said that there was a shortage of accommodation in Dublin and most other large urban areas …” (more)

[Fionnuala Jones, NewsTalk, 29 May]

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