Brexit sees non-EU students apply to Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More college students are choosing Ireland as a study destination because of Brexit. Evidence of the trend can be found at Trinity College Dublin, according to Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast. ‘We have seen some evidence of increased numbers of non-EU students applying to Trinity courses and I think other Irish universities are seeing something of an uplift’, he said …” (more)

[Joyce Fegan and Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 21 July]

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Do we already have comprehensive universities?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

“Today’s HEPI Occasional Paper on ‘The Comprehensive University’ is an important addition to the growing debate around meaningful change within a system that continues to favour the socially privileged and the well tutored …” (more)

[Edward Peck, Wonkhe, 20 July]

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Are school-leavers rejecting science?

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

Ireland“They are according to this article in the Examiner. However, let’s look at the data. The table below gives the number of first preferences for each ‘discipline’ after the February and July deadline. The % change is based on the February …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 19 July]

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Students reject science in final college choices

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Science, engineering, and technology degrees are proving less popular with this year’s college applicants, but law and some health courses are among the most appealing. The data showing the final preferences of just under 71,600 people seeking entry to honours (level 8) degrees reveal that arts and business continue to attract the highest numbers of applications …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 18 July]

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Labour’s Higher Education Failings Make Seanad Motion More Than a Little Infuriating

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There is little point in relitigating one of the most extraordinary U-turns in the history of higher education policy in Ireland: that of then-Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn, who, just weeks after signing a giant pledge on behalf of the Labour Party to freeze the student contribution charge at €1,500, announced that the fee would, after all, have to be increased to €2,000 (and this was just the first in a whole series of increases) …” (more)

[University Times, 16 July]

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‘Education is important. The government should pay us students to go to college’

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

Ireland“I am a student and I feel trapped. I can’t afford to go to college in September because I am jobless. However, because I am a student I cannot get jobseeker’s benefit. It’s a crazy Catch-22 situation that I have found myself in. It is tragic that in 2017 poor people still have barriers put in front of them that prevent them breaking out of the poverty cycle …” (more)

[Declan Lavin, TheJournal.ie, 16 July]

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Ireland’s Universities Could Reap Brexit’s Benefits, if they Seize its Opportunities

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

Ireland“Negotiations on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU started nearly a month ago. Forecasts of the potential impact of Brexit on the Irish economy, the border and the peace process in Northern Ireland send chills down many people’s spines. However, despite its potentially disastrous consequences …” (more)

[Neale Richmond, University Times, 15 July]

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Drop in college grant applications

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

Ireland“Rising employment and income levels have seen grant applications drop, despite funding being available again for postgraduate students this year. At the close of applications this week, the total number of claims for support with fees and living costs was 87,738 which was 0.3%, or 264, less than the same time last year …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 July]

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‘Worrying’ drop of 5% in CAO applications for nursing courses

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

Ireland“There has been a more than 5% drop in school leavers opting for nursing as their first choice of career this year, according to new figures released on Friday by the Central Applications Office. The latest figures show those applying to study nursing are down 325 (-5.47%) to 5,629, while applications for places in other healthcare-related courses where salaries are generally considered to be higher have increased 219 (+9.7%) to 2,464 …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 14 July]

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‘I couldn’t imagine being able to afford loans of €20,000 for my degree’

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

Ireland“The door to the introduction of student fees was left open this week after the government opposed a motion against third level student loans. The Labour motion raised in the Seanad called on the government to affirm its commitment to providing equality of access to education and to reject any move to implement an income contingent loan scheme to fund third level education …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 15 July]

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CAO: College applicants banking on strength of Irish economy

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

Ireland“College applicants this year are expressing more confidence in the strength of the Irish economy and in its potential to provide high-quality employment opportunities. Over 80,000 applicants are seeking a college place, of whom 71,597 have listed at least one level 8 honours degree course and 45,393 a level 7/6 ordinary degree or higher cert programme …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 15 July]

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Students hit out at lack of support for motion to block ‘income-contingent’ student loans

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

Ireland“‘Take your €20,000 debt, your degree, and get out.’ That, according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), is the message being sent to Irish students by the Seanad’s failure today to support a motion calling for the rejection of an income-contingent student loan scheme …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 12 July]

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Students Disappointed As Senators Fail To Reject Student Loans

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today stated concern with the failure of a Labour private members motion in the Seanad on Wednesday 12th July, to reject any move to implement an income-contingent loan scheme but instead to publicly invest in third level education. The amendment from Government instead called that no decision be made until the Joint Committee on Education and Skills had published their recommendations …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 12 July]

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A Year on from Landmark Funding Report, Labour to Call for Rejection of Loan Schemes in Seanad

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

Ireland“Nearly a year to the day after the publication of a landmark report on Irish higher education funding, Labour Party senators will bring a motion to the Seanad tomorrow calling on the government to oppose a loan scheme for third-level students …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 11 July]

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Galway college students call for support to oppose student loans

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

Ireland“The students’ unions at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and NUI Galway are calling on senators to support a Labour party motion rejecting the implementation of a student loan scheme …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 11 July]

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Calling All Senators: Vote Tomorrow to Reject Loans and Support Free Education

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

Ireland“Tomorrow, the Seanad will debate a private members’ motion on third-level funding put forward by the Labour Party. Our motion, which I am proud to be proposing along with my colleagues, will call on the government to affirm its commitment to providing equality of access to education …” (more)

[Ivana Bacik, University Times, 11 July]

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Government to leave door open to student loan scheme

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

Ireland“The Government will leave the door open to the introduction of a student loan scheme on Wednesday when it opposes a motion to abolish student registration fees for third-level education. The Labour Party is due to table a private member’s motion in the Seanad rejecting any move to implement an income-contingent loan scheme and calling for a fully publicly-funded scheme …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 July]

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Education fees and system a barrier for families says Labour Senator

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

Ireland“The Government has been urged to take the idea of student loans off the table. A report published last year found that there was a funding gap of €5.5bn over the next 15 years in third level education. The Cassels report made a number of recommendations including a deferred payment scheme for students …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 11 July]

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England has lost its damn mind over tuition fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 10th, 2017 by steve

“Ok, I said I wouldn’t write over the summer unless someone of importance said something titanically stupid. Andrew Adonis, architect of former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair’s education policies crossed that line on Friday with a – yes – titanically stupid column about tuition fees, so here I am …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 10 July]

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Students Call On Senators To Reject Loans Scheme In Favour Of Public Investment In Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today called on Senators to support a Labour private members motion this Wednesday, rejecting any move to implement an income-contingent loan scheme but instead to publicly invest in third level education …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, Union of Students in Ireland, 10 July]

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