Third Level Fees – Returning Emigrants

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

IrelandBríd Smith (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will review the criteria and number of years residency required for students to access the payment of fees when entering third level courses in view of the fact that many young persons are returning home having been abroad during the recession; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 November]

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Niall Torris: Increase in Postgraduate Fees is ‘Cynical’ and ‘Cowardly’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Graduate Officer Niall Torris has come out strongly against rising postgraduate fees calling it a ‘very cynical move’ by UCD. Speaking to the Tribune Mr Torris said …” (more)

[College Tribune, 2 November]

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HEA Chief Executive Says Colleges Need to Keep Focus on Targeting Disadvantage

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

Ireland“The Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority, Dr Graham Love, has stated that higher education institutions need to continue to be active both in engaging with disadvantaged communities and in attracting students from disadvantaged backgrounds …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, Higher Education Authority, 20 November]

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Surgical training and the RCSI

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

Ireland“Sir, – It is ironic that a debate on the crisis in Irish health care and specifically in paediatric surgery should have taken place in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) (‘Ireland at “cliff edge” over paediatric surgeon shortages’, November 11th) and that the solution, according to an invited English colleague, is to pay surgeons more money to do their job …” (more)

[Damian McCormack, Irish Times, 20 November]

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Third Level Charges

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

IrelandRuth Coppinger (Dublin West, Solidarity): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on Ireland having the second highest third level fees in Europe (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 November]

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University branding needs a radical gear shift

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on November 15th, 2017 by steve

“Earlier this year, I called for the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to police universities’ marketing claims much more aggressively. And now it has …” (more)

[Charles Heyman, Wonkhe, 15 November]

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Health and Inequality: Inequality in Third Level Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The social class divide that has been persistent in the Irish education system has impacted on the abilities of students from the lower socioeconomic groups progressing to third level education. The Irish government has introduced multiple policies that aim to tackle these inequalities …” (more)

[College Tribune, 14 November]

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Students at Trinity threaten strike over postgraduate fee increases

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Postgraduate students at Trinity College Dublin have threatened industrial strike action in response to plans to increase their fees. Trinity is set to raise its postgraduate fees by 5% – several hundred euros for most students – for the 2018/2019 academic year. This follows a 4% increase in 2014 and annual increases of 3% every year since …” (more)

[Jenna Clarke-Molloy, Irish Times, 14 November]

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Students and Staff Unite to Condemn Postgraduate Fee Hike

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Staff and students united this evening to question and condemn Trinity’s decision to increase postgraduate fees by 5%. Tonight’s town hall meeting, organised by the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU), comes after the union agreed to explore strike action in response to the much-criticised decision by Finance Committee to increase fees …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 13 November]

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‘A PhD supervisor found out I was deaf, and cancelled the interview’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 11th, 2017 by steve

“Martin McLean, 38, has two postgraduate degrees – a PGCE awarded by the University of Wales and a master’s in arts policy and management from Birkbeck. He’s an education and training policy adviser at the National Deaf Children’s Society, and has been deaf since birth …” (more)

[Guardian, 10 November]

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Student Grant Scheme Reform

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

IrelandMichael Collins (Cork South West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of restoring SUSI grant rates and thresholds to pre-2011 levels; and the number of estimated additional students that would be eligible under the scheme if grants were restored to these levels …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 November]

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Limerick IT president’s warning on college loan risks

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The president of LIT has warned of the dangers of financing third level education with income-contingent loans (ICLs), describing it as a potential significant barrier to education. Professor Vincent Cunnane made the comments during his speech at Limerick Institute of Technology’s graduation ceremony last Thursday …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 6 November]

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Students lose out as quality of third-level deteriorates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“By any measure the Irish third level sector is in financial crisis and students are being shortchanged. In the near-decade since the recession, Irish universities and institutes of technology have suffered significantly. No Irish university appears in the Times Higher Education top 100, published last month …” (more)

[Tom Felle, Irish Times, 3 November]

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IFUT calls for immediate publication of Oireachtas Report on Third-Level Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for immediate publication of the Oireachtas Committee Report on Third-Level Funding and an end to Government dithering on increased resources, following publication of new EU data which effectively removes hiking student fees as a source of extra income for the sector …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 2 November]

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Elite universities strive for inclusivity – but only up to a point

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

“A growing sense of middle-class grievance in the UK would make a radical redistribution of top university places a very difficult political sell, says Sir Nigel Thrift …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 2 November]

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Irish third-level students pay second-highest fees in Europe

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

Ireland“Third-level students in Ireland pay the second highest fees in Europe, according to a new report by the European Commission. While the UK has the highest fees – equivalent to about €10,000 – it is followed by Ireland with fees of €3,000. A crucial difference, however, is that more than 40 per cent of students in Ireland do not have to pay fees as they are entitled to means-tested grants …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 November]

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The Strange Death of Student Loans

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

Ireland“Something is afoot in higher education. A few years ago, in the Rose Garden of 10 Downing St, soon-to-be Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg made supporting income-contingent loan schemes the price of power …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 1 November]

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Students Who Drop Out of College May Find It Costly to Walk Away

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

Ireland“Students who find that their college course doesn’t suit them may discover it’s costly to drop out – depending on which college they’re attending. Most colleges offer a full refund up until 31 October, says Oisin Hassan, vice president for academic affairs at the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) …” (more)

[Laoise Neylon, Dublin Inquirer, 1 November]

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Homemakers sign up for free third-level courses

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

Ireland“Hundreds of homemakers have signed up for free higher education courses as part of an initiative aimed at filling skills shortages. The Springboard+ scheme provides access to courses at certificate, degree and masters level in areas such as advanced manufacturing, business and entrepreneurship and ICT …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 October]

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Trinity’s Fee Hike Confirms Our Fears: Postgraduates are Cash Cows

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

Ireland“It is one of the great truisms of the modern academic world that neoliberalism, that creeping, ubiquitous ideology-that-is-non-ideological, has transformed higher education into a business and students into its customers. In the case of Trinity’s postgraduate community, this is no longer true …” (more)

[Ralph Moore, University Times, 31 October]

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