Hundreds of Chinese students to graduate through Maynooth University venture

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has announced a partnership with a major Chinese university which will see 1,200 Chinese science and engineering students graduate with its qualifications over the coming years. The alliance, designed to grow Maynooth’s number of postgraduate students by 60% over the next five years, will see it establish a joint international college of engineering with Fuzhou University in Fujian province …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 October]

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At Higher Education Town Hall, Students at Cross Purposes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) this evening appealed to students for their views on the future of the campaign for higher education funding, with divisions emerging between those calling for a single-issue education campaign and those arguing for a wider social movement encompassing housing …” (more)

[Aisling Marren and Ciannait Khan, University Times, 16 October]

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€1.1 million spent on international student recruitment by College

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College spent over €1.1m on recruitment of non-EU undergraduate and postgraduate students during the 2017/18 financial year, starting October 1 2017 to July 31 of this year. The figures were obtained after a request under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 15 October]

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New Minister for Education must make fees funding decision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has said that the new Minister for Education, Joe McHugh, needs to rule out student loan schemes. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘The Government has been sitting on the report carried out by Peter Cassells into the future of higher education funding for months now. Three options were laid on the table, one of which is publicly funded higher education. The onus is on Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor to get the ball rolling on this extremely important issue …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 15 October]

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New Erasmus Proposal: ETUC and ETUCE call for a more inclusive programme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 12th, 2018 by steve

“On 30 May 2018, the European Commission published its proposal for establishing “Erasmus” 2021-2027: the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. This new proposal will be the successor of the present Erasmus+ Programme 2014-2020, focusing on all education sectors. …” (more)

[ETUCE, 12 October]

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349 get college places after grade changes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College places have been offered today to 349 students who received an upgrade of one or more Leaving Certificate results this week. It is unclear how many of them will be able to start those courses as many colleges will instead ask them to defer their studies until next year as programmes have already been running for up to six weeks …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 12 October]

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USI defends budget response following De Rís criticism

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has denied allegations that its recent housing campaign has pushed its stance against fees to the sidelines, and that it had a weak response to Budget 2019. In an email to Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union President Shane De Rís and other SU sabbatical officers from USI affiliated unions, USI President Síona Cahill outlined that …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 11 October]

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Leaving Cert students get surprise upgrades over decision to allow different exam answer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Several hundred CAO applicants can expect a late college offer as a result of Leaving Cert re-checks. The State Examinations Commission (SEC) process led to upgrades in 1,453 papers and many students will receive a new offer or their first offer …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 October]

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Late offers come after 1,453 exam upgrades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Several hundred CAO applicants can expect a late college offer as a result of Leaving Cert re-checks. The State Examinations Commission (SEC) process led to upgrades in 1,453 papers and many students will receive a new offer or their first offer …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 October]

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CAO applicants to UCD who get late offer after Leaving Certificate appeals released tomorrow will get their place this year – but only if space is available

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“CAO applicants to University College Dublin (UCD) who get a late offer after the results of Leaving Certificate appeals are released tomorrow will get their place this year – but only if space is available. UCD’s Academic Council Executive Committee has agreed to extend the September 30 offers deadline introduced this year, in order to offer places to upgraded students if there is spare capacity on the course in question …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 October]

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97% Increase in Trinity Students Studying Outside Europe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The number of Trinity students taking part in exchange programmes outside Europe has increased by 97% in the last five years, The University Times has learned. In an email statement to The University Times, the College’s Vice-President for Global Relations Prof Juliette Hussey said …” (more)

[Emma-Louise Nolan, University Times, 8 October]

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UCD to admit many more upgraded students this year on ‘exceptional’ basis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Many more Leaving Cert students who secure upgrades to their exams will be accepted onto degree courses in UCD this year on an ‘exceptional’ basis following the Rebecca Carter ruling. It is estimated up to 60 students will secure upgrades in their appeals this week which would make them eligible for courses at UCD …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 October]

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Exams body said student’s appeal case ‘self-serving’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The case brought by Leaving Cert student Rebecca Carter was described as ‘self-serving’ by the State Examinations Commission as it fought her bid to secure a college place. New details have emerged of the lengths the State went to in an effort to stop Ms Carter winning her High Court case …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 4 October]

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Case in which Leaving Cert marks wrongly totted up ‘cannot be repeated’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A High Court judge has said situations such as that experienced by students like Rebecca Carter, whose Leaving Cert exam points were wrongly totted up, ‘cannot be repeated’. Mr Justice Richard Humphreys said the current system where Leaving Cert exams are reviewed by the State Examination Commission (SEC) is ‘highly unfair’ to Leaving Cert students …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 3 October]

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International students and the GNIB

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2018 by steve

“Sir, – The thousands of international research students at UCD share the frustration of scheduling an appointment with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). The only option is to go through the online system, entering name, purpose for stay (study), nationality, and passport number …” (more)

[Carl Bindenagel, Irish Times, 2 October]

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University of Limerick welcomes almost 3,000 international students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 2nd, 2018 by steve

“The University of Limerick will welcome almost 3,000 international students to campus this year, as part of a programme the university estimates is worth more than €21 million to the region …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 1 October]

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For International Students, the Recent Re-Entry Visa Reform Is an Unnecessary Stress

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The recent change to Ireland’s re-entry visa process, namely the discontinuation of the online appointment system, unnecessarily re-complicates a system that until now, was moving in the right direction. It reflects a fundamental misjudgement on the part of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS), and could have a knock-on effect for Ireland’s recruitment capabilities …” (more)

[Jake Gilchrist, University Times, 1 October]

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Rebecca Carter welcomed to cheers on first day as UCD vet student

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Wexford student Rebecca Carter admitted feeling extra nervous about her first day studying veterinary medicine at UCD on Monday morning given the large media coverage of her case …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 1 October]

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The Irish Times view on The Leaving Cert: How to fix it

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The High Court judgment in the Rebecca Carter case has brought into sharp relief a number of fundamental flaws in how we now administer the Leaving Cert. The exam itself is still, after 92 years, a fair system in which each student can anonymously demonstrate their ability in their chosen subjects …” (more)

[Irish Times, 29 September]

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Rebecca to get special welcome at UCD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A special welcome awaits student Rebecca Carter when she arrives in UCD on Monday to start her veterinary degree programme. The 19-year-old, from Co Wexford, was ‘overjoyed’ yesterday when she received a belated offer of a course place, after successfully appealing one of her results in this year’s Leaving Certificate …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 September]

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