Irish universities U-turn on previously rejected A-levels

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Republic of Ireland’s universities will accept results of four Northern Irish A-level subjects they had previously rejected. The change will come into effect for students starting in September 2018.The subjects are Software Systems Development, Moving Image Arts, Digital Technology and Environmental Technology …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 26 May]

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Ministers Bruton and Halligan launch 6,471 free higher education places under Springboard+

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, together with the Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, John Halligan TD, launched over 6,400 new free education places under springboard+ 2017.The courses are targeted at jobseekers and those in employment or self-employment who wish to upskill, reskill or cross skill in the Biopharma/Med Tech and ICT sectors …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 25 May]

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Student Data: Overall Non-Progression Rates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 25th, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the overall non-progression rates at each higher education institute for each of the years 2007 to 2016 and to date in 2017 by institute, in both student numbers and percentage terms, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 May]

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Recent Research on Income-Contingent Student Loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The topic has been back in the news again in recent weeks because of the dissemination of a paper by Shaen Corbet and Charles Larkin, which claims to show that an ICL could not work in Ireland …” (more)

[Aedín Doris, Darragh Flannery and Kevin Denny, The Irish Economy, 24 May]

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TCD entry requirements

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

Ireland“Sir, – John McAvoy (May 18th) takes issue with a pilot admissions programme that looks at alternative entry requirements for just 25 students every year. This programme requires a personal statement from students but it is wrong to suggest that this is the only requirement …” (more)

[Gillian Martin, Irish Times, 23 May]

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‘DCU had to be a university that could take in young people from the local areas’

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

Ireland“During the 1980s, university was a pathway open to the elite, upper-middle class and those academically fortunate to win a scholarship. Free fees were still a few years away and programmes for young people traditionally locked out of third-level education were non-existent …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 21 May]

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Students count cost of failed exams as colleges make millions from resit fees

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

Ireland“Universities are earning millions of euro in exam ‘resit fees’ charged to students who fail to make the grade first time round. As exam season gets under way, new figures reveal third level colleges enjoy a huge annual cash boost from a range of ‘fees’ …” (more)

[Mark O’Regan, Independent, 21 May]

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Essays and TCD entrance requirements

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

Ireland“Sir, – The Minister for Education speaks of the need to legislate to stamp out cheating by the use of ‘essay mills’ that sell essays on demand (‘Bruton outlines bill to tackle cheating in education system’, May 15th). Trinity College Dublin does not share the Minister’s concern. Trinity admit students to study law, of all things, on the basis of an essay whose author is unknown …” (more)

[John McAvoy, Irish Times, 18 May]

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Third-level education and loans system

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

Ireland“Sir, – John Thompson (May 16th) proposes a system of financial incentives for students to study third-level courses in areas where there is a skills shortage. Such incentives would encourage students to choose a course based on affordability, instead of their interest in the subject or their aptitude for it …” (more)

[Jonathan Dukes, Irish Times, 17 May]

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Third-level education and loans system

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

Ireland“Sir, – It always amazes me that when considering third-level fees, no consideration is ever given to the notion of altering fees based on the courses of education studied. We have a huge shortage of qualified applicants for intellectually and financially rewarding careers in information technology (IT), for example, and yet the same fees system is applied to IT courses as to any other area of study …” (more)

[John Thompson, Irish Times, 16 May]

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GMIT

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

Ireland“Management at GMIT has insisted it has no plans to downgrade or close its facility in Castlebar, following suggestions that it’s being run down and could become unviable. John Cooke has been at the GMIT in Castlebar speaking to students, we also spoke to President of the GMIT Dr Fergal Barry.” (audio)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 15 May]

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Free Education, Considering its Supporters, Doesn’t Deserve Politicians’ Scepticism

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

Ireland“How much does it take for an idea to enter the mainstream? It’s a question many supporters of free education must frequently ask themselves. Consider this for a second: the heads of every institute of technology in the country support free education, economists have suggested that a loan scheme wouldn’t be financially feasible and the leader of one of the largest parties in the UK wants to introduce free education if his party wins the election …” (more)

[University Times, 14 May]

High standards at DIT

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

Ireland“Sir, – I refer to a letter from Tony Murray (May 10th), addressed from the Dublin Institute of Technology. Mr Murray refers to third-level students as ‘disinterested, unsuited or perhaps not mature enough for third-level education’. I presume he meant to say uninterested, given that disinterested means objective, with no selfish ulterior motive …” (more)

[Malachy O’Higgins, Irish Times, 15 May]

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Third-level education and loans system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – Under the proposed income-contingent student loan scheme, graduates would take on a debt roughly equal to the size of a 10% deposit on the national average price of a house in Ireland …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 13 May]

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Third Level Funding: Improving Access

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 12th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the value of additional funding received by universities or other third level institutions for the purposes of improving access, including premium level of funding for target students; the institutions in receipt of such funding; the amount received by each institution over the past five years and to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 May]

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Higher Education Courses Provision: Numbers taking PhDs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 12th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department or a body under its aegis has figures on numbers undertaking PhDs in each year since 2009, including PhD entry rates compared to completion rates in HEIs here; and if he will provide same …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 May]

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Higher education is too important to saddle third-level students with debt

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

Ireland“Recent political events in the UK, US and France call attention to the risks of the neglect of higher education. In the case of the Brexit vote, for instance, the higher the level of education, the higher the EU support with university graduates. In fact, only three of the 35 areas where more than half of residents had a degree voted to leave the EU …” (more)

[Tom Collins, Irish Times, 10 May]

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Why I Can’t Support a Student Loan Scheme

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

Ireland“As a member of the Oireachtas Education Committee and Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Education and Skills, I have been closely monitoring the development of the debate in relation to income-contingent loans. At the outset, I must state that my own ideological viewpoint and that of my party, is that education is a fundamental right …” (more)

[Carol Nolan, University Times, 9 May]

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Debt, income and student loans

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

Ireland“Sir, – If, as Kevin J Denny writes (May 8th), our degrees are worth an extra €320,000 in terms of lifetime earnings, this should be great news for those who do not have degrees …” (more)

[Paul O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 May]

Debt, income and student loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – The letter (May 5th) by student union leaders, and others, objecting to an income-contingent loan system for higher education, misses many important facts. The prospect of paying tuition costs of €16,000 or €20,000 for a degree may indeed seem high. However, the student would pay nothing up-front …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 8 May]

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