DIT reverses decision on Garda vetting for Access Foundation Programme students

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

Ireland“In response to this week’s controversy over new Garda vetting requirements for DIT’s Access Foundation Programme (AFP), the institute yesterday decided to revoke the new policy. In a statement issued on his behalf by a DIT spokesperson, Head of Admissions Frank Costello has said: ‘there will not now be a requirement for Garda vetting at application stage’ …” (more)

[The Edition, 24 March]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 24th, 2017 by steve

IrelandFiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the similar third level courses (details supplied) in different universities that are not both eligible for SUSI; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 March]

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DIT drops demand for Garda vetting on course

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has abandoned a controversial move to make Garda vetting a condition for adults applying to a ‘second-chance education’ course.The introduction of the requirement provoked criticism from those who said it would act as a deterrent to education …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 March]

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Trinity professor expresses concern over possible fee increases for NI students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Trinity professor has expressed her ‘horror’ that Northern Irish students, following Brexit, may have to pay non-EU fees in order to study at a third level institution in the Republic of Ireland and vice-versa. Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern Irish History, and Chairperson of the Irish Research Council, Jane Ohlmeyer spoke of her concern at an Oireachtas Education Committee meeting on Tuesday …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 24 March]

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DIT vetting procedures amount to discrimination – Byrne

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

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD says he is alarmed by the decision made by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) to require students participating in access programmes to undergo mandatory Garda vetting. Deputy Byrne has called on management at DIT to clarify why they introduced the new procedures …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 23 March]

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Third Level Education: Engineering and Technology

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

IrelandNoel Rock (Dublin North West, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the drop in the number of students applying for third level courses in engineering and technology; her further views on the future impact it will have on the economy; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 March]

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Brexit could lead to increase in CAO points for Irish students

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

Ireland“Brexit could lead to increases in CAO points if thousands of Irish students who study in the UK opt to remain at home, a university president has warned. Dublin City University president Brian MacCraith said up to 12,000 Irish students currently study in universities across the UK …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 March]

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Bonus points lure one-third of pupils to higher maths

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

Ireland“About one in three Leaving Cert students has applied to sit higher-level maths this year, many lured by the prospect of earning 25 CAO bonus points. Interest among sixth years in the ‘honours’ paper is similar to what it was at the same stage in 2016 and 2015, suggesting that uptake is stabilising …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 20 March]

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DIT defends garda vetting for students applying for course entry

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

Ireland“Dublin Institute of Technology has defended a move to make garda vetting a condition for adult students applying for entry to a ‘second chance education’ course …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 March]

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It’s time for the NUI to drop the third language requirement

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

Ireland“A new grading system and new CAO common points scale will be used for the first time in this year’s Leaving Certificate exams. The old ABC-style grades, 14 each at higher and ordinary level, have been abolished in favour of eight H (higher) and eight O (ordinary) grades. The change to the grading system is also bringing change to the CAO points scale …” (more)

[Billy Ryle, Independent, 16 March]

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Ditching a language will restrict college choices

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

Ireland“Choosing subjects for the Leaving Cert can be a difficult task for students and their parents. Concern stems from a need to ensure students do not rule themselves out of college courses they may wish to be considered for in the future …” (more)

[Aoife Walsh, Independent, 16 March]

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Does DIT’s New Policy Amount to Discrimination?

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

Ireland“Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has brought in a new step for mature students and young adults applying to study through its access programme: Garda vetting. It’s a move that puts it at odds with other university access programmes in the city, and one that critics say discriminates against access students, some of whom are from disadvantaged backgrounds …” (more)

[Conal Thomas, Dublin Inquirer, 15 March]

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Snobbery surrounding apprentices

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

Ireland“Sir, – The feature ‘Can parents get over “snobbery” surrounding apprenticeships?’, March 14th, describes a negative view of trades and tradesmen that has inexplicably prevailed in Irish society for several generations, despite the fact that we are essentially a nation of peasants …” (more)

[Sean O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 15 March]

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Third Level Data – Student Demographics

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

IrelandPearse Doherty (Donegal, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount allocated and also needed for demographics, which relates to higher education funding in each of the years 2010 to 2021, in view of the recent Cassells report in which is quantified the provision needed for demographics for higher education as including an average 1.7% increase per year – c 3,000 students (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 March]

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Employers to be asked to pay extra €200m a year to fund higher and further education

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

Ireland“The Government is seeking an extra €200m a year from employers to help fund higher and further education and training. Employers currently pay about €390m a year through a National Training Fund Levy, but the Government wants that to increase by almost 50% by 2020 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 March]
[The consultation paper is here]

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Fast-track degrees ‘would create two-tier academy’ in England

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

“More academics will be pushed into stressful teaching-only contracts if fast-track honours degrees are rolled out across England, it has been warned. While universities have cautiously welcomed plans to allow them to charge up to £14,000 a year for ‘compressed’ two-year degrees, staff and student bodies have now raised concerns about any large-scale shift towards year-round university teaching …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 9 March]

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UCD Students Vote in Favour of Reducing the Current Level of Third-Level Fee

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

Ireland“Students in, University College Dublin (UCD) have voted to mandate their students’ union to campaign for significantly reduced third-level fees, with 62.5% of voting students choosing the option over the two others presented …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 9 March]

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Demand for engineering courses drops despite skills shortage

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of students seeking college places in engineering and technology has fallen this year despite high-profile attempts to tackle a skills crisis facing the sector. Overall, college applicants are being drawn towards third-level courses linked to most areas of the growing economy, with increases in demand for architecture, construction, law and business-related courses …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 March]

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New Travel Ban Still Sows Chaos and Confusion

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 7th, 2017 by steve

“A long-anticipated executive order restricting travelers from a half-dozen predominantly Muslim countries is likely to bring little certainty to American college campuses. The new order, which replaces a measure put on hold by a federal appeals court nearly a month ago, imposes a 90-day ban on issuance of new visas, including student visas, to citizens of six countries …” (more)

[Karin Fischer, Chronicle of Higher Education, 6 March]

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Third Level Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandRuth Coppinger (Dublin West, Anti-Austerity Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will oppose an end to the free fees scheme and abolish the student registration charges in view of the recent figures on the number of students in receipt of grants in third level institutions (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 March]

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