Students need fairer grants system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The priority closing date for 2020 college grant applications is this Thursday (July 9th). The Student Universal Support Ireland service assesses gross family income from all sources in the previous calendar year, 2019, to determine student grant eligibility …” (more)

[Billy Ryle, Irish Times, 7 July]

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Trump has just made it harder to attract academic talent

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2020 by steve

“On 20 June the Trump administration issued a proclamation limiting entry to the United States under H-1B visas and several categories of the J-1 exchange visitor programme. Both are fundamental for the operation of United States colleges and universities …” (more)

[Gerardo Blanco, University World News, 4 July]

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Will UK ditch Erasmus+ student exchange scheme because Brexiteers don’t like that it fosters pro-EU feelings?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2020 by steve

“If Boris Johnson is serious about creating ‘a global, trail-blazing Britain’ post-Brexit, he needs to make his mind up about UK participation in the Erasmus+ scheme. As it stands, the UK Government is perched precariously on the fence over remaining in the EU’s student exchange programme as the transition to Brexit looms …” (more)

[Douglas Chapman, The Scotsman, 3 July]

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Most EU students ‘will not study in UK’ after fees decision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2020 by steve

“United Kingdom universities could suffer a 25% drop in international students as a result of the government decision to end home student status for them in England, according to a new survey …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 1 July]

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Making EU students pay higher fees is a blow for social mobility

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2020 by steve

“On 24 June, universities minister Michelle Donelan announced that, as a consequence of Brexit, EU and EEA students would be classified as overseas students starting from the 2021/22 academic year. They will be charged full tuition (up to £20,000 in some cases), lose access to the tuition fee loan, and no longer be eligible for many needs-based funds …” (more)

[Gábor Csontos, Guardian, 4 July]

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Enrolment and Graduate 5-Year Trends

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“2018/2019 enrolment and class of 2018 graduate data now finalised for all HEIs. The two minute story visualisation below gives a brief introduction to enrolment and graduate trends over the past five years …” (more)

[Victor Pigott, HEA, 3 July]

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Gender bias and calculated grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Prof Pat O’Connor (‘Leaving Cert calculated grades open to danger of gender bias’, Opinion & Analysis, July 1st) states that in the guidelines issued to teachers regarding this process ‘there is no reference to gender bias’. This is not entirely the case …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 3 July]

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Third Level Admissions – Medical Training Places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 3rd, 2020 by steve

IrelandLouise O’Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will work with third-level universities to expand the number of medical training places for students applying through the Central Applications Office system to help increase the number of doctors nationally …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 June]

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Student Grant Scheme – Covid-19

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 3rd, 2020 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if applicants for higher education grants that worked during the Covid-19 emergency will not incur a reduction or cessation of SUSI grant entitlement in view of the fact that they worked as requested during the emergency; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 June]

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No Sign of Fee Reductions for an Upcoming Year of Blended Learning

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Several Irish universities, including University College Dublin (UCD), have ruled out fee reductions for students this Autumn semester despite fundamental changes in how courses will be delivered as a result of COVID-19 disruptions …” (more)

[Rowan Kelleher, College Tribune, 2 July]

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Leaving Cert calculated grades open to danger of gender bias

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education and Skills assumes that teachers will act professionally when estimating the percentage mark that their students might have received in the 2020 Leaving Cert, and in the ranking of their students relative to one another …” (more)

[Pat O’Connor, Irish Times, 1 July]

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A Third-Level Department Represents Big Progress – But Does Not a Funding Model Make

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In July 17th, 2019, in the basement of the Alex Hotel in Dublin city centre, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin promised Ireland’s higher education leaders a new department, just for them. It was easy at the time to be cynical about the pitch: Martin, who wasn’t in government, was speaking at a conference organised by universities, for universities, and addressing a sector starved of both funding and political attention …” (more)

[University Times, 28 June]

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EU students to pay higher fees, same as non-EU students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 27th, 2020 by steve

“The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be charged the same tuition rates as domestic students …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 26 June]

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Spring Exchanges ‘Proceeding As Planned’ For UCD Students – Subject to Review

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) cancelled their outgoing exchanges for the first semester of the 2020/2021 academic year on May 15th due to uncertainty as to when international travel restrictions would be lifted. The university stated that it as a result it would not be feasible for students to adequately plan their exchange activities. UCD Global stated that ‘cancelling the outgoing exchanges was the best option for students in terms of ensuring their health and safety and avoiding disruption to their academic programmes’ …” (more)

[Ahmed Jouda and Aine Burke, College Tribune, 26 June]

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CAO applicants advised to ‘think beyond first-year’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“CAO applicants must think beyond first-year when making their choices, advises Dr Derek O’Byrne, Registrar at WIT. The challenge now for future freshers is to get their CAO order of preference right by 5.15 pm on 1 July 2020, Dr O’Byrne warns …” (more)

[Education Matters, 26 June]

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Leaving Cert students will have to opt-in online next month to receive grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students who wish to receive a calculated grade will be required to ‘opt in’ online next month in advance of results being issued. More than 60,000 students have already registered with a student portal and they will be contacted directly when it is time to indicate if they wish to opt-in to receive their calculated grades. A department spokesman said this is due to take place in July …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 June]

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UCC student rent rises still on the table

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Planned rent increases remain on the cards at University College Cork (UCC), with students continuing to ask the university to consider reversing its stance on the matter. In February, students pitched tents on the UCC quad and vowed to stay put until the university backed down on the planned 3% hike in campus accommodation rates …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 25 June]

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Ireland–UK Fee Agreement to Continue Into 2021/22, Government Confirms

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Existing fee arrangements will be maintained for Irish students enrolling in UK universities in 2021/22, Ireland’s government has confirmed. Due to the Common Travel Area agreement between Ireland and the UK, students starting in 2020/21 had been told existing arrangements would apply to them – meaning UK students in Ireland would continue to pay €3,000, and Irish students would still pay the same fees they did before Brexit …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 25 June]

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Universities: English Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Daniel McCrossan (Social Democratic and Labour Party): Mr McCrossan asked the Minister for the Economy what steps she plans to take in response to the UK Government’s decision to restrict the number of English students able to study at local universities …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly, 23 June]

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IUA / NUI / THEA / TU Dublin Statement: concerning students who have studied Leaving Certificate 2020 subjects outside school and who have not been able to obtain calculated grades in those subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) joins with the National University of Ireland (NUI), the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA), and the Technological University Dublin on an agreed common approach in relation to students who have studied Leaving Certificate 2020 subjects outside school and who have not been able to obtain calculated grades in those subjects …” (more)

[IUA, 25 June]

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