Education Committee continue their examination of the future funding of higher education in Ireland

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

Ireland“At a private session of the Joint Committee on Education and Skills this week, the Committee continued their work on the findings of the Report of the Expert Group on Future Funding for Higher Education. The Committee will put forward their recommendations, by way of report to Government, once detailed deliberations have concluded …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 6 April]

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Institutes of Technology: Drop-out Rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the drop-out rate in third level institute of technology courses; the measures his Department proposes to remedy the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 April]

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Student Grant Scheme – Restoration of Postgraduate Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the restoration of postgraduate grants and their necessity to open up access to postgraduate studies and to ensure that a steady stream of persons achieve a postgraduate qualification for societal good and to ensure attractiveness to foreign investors …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 April]

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Third Level Funding

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

IrelandTommy Broughan (Dublin Bay North, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of his examinations of the Cassells report on the funding of third level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 April]

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Third Level Funding – Student Loan Scheme

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

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has read the USI position paper on the funding of higher education regarding the effects a loan scheme would have on students; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 April]

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Minister for Education carrying out technical evaluation for third level student loans – Pringle

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

Ireland“Responding to Deputy Pringle’s Dáil question the Minister for Education has revealed that he is to go ahead with implementing alternative funding options including employer contributions and is carrying out a ‘technical evaluation’ to consider the potential introduction of a student loan scheme …” (more)

[Thomas Pringle TD, 5 April]

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Higher Education Institutions – Lone Parents

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the lone parents barriers to education report will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 April]

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Here’s a Good Idea (or is it?) – ‘cut college fees for courses linked to skills shortages’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Recently I read an article by Owen Ross in The Irish Times entitled ‘We should cut college fees for courses linked to skills shortages’. Ross, who is is Head of Department of Business and Management at Athlone Institute of Technology, speaks a lot of sense when he writes that there should be financial ‘incentives for school leavers to undertake designated programmes’…” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 4 April]

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Student loan scheme deemed impractical by researchers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The feasibility of a student loan scheme where funds would be repaid by graduates after they reach a certain income level has been dismissed in research commissioned by the State’s institutes of technology. The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education is examining new proposals to fund the higher education system, which is in crisis following years of funding cuts and rising student numbers …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 3 April]

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‘USC-style levy’ to fund third-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Universal Social Charge-style (USC) levy would be a better way to meet the funding needs of higher education than the proposed student loan system, according to new analysis. The loan scheme, suggested in the Cassells Report on future funding for third-level, would not work in Ireland and would cost the Exchequer €10bn over 12 years before it stabilised, said economist Dr Charles Larkin …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 April]

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Student loan scheme would cost Exchequer €10bn over 12 years, says Trinity economist

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

Ireland“The proposed student loan scheme would cost the Exchequer €10bn over 12 years, an economist claimed. Dr Charles Larkin of Trinity College Dublin said the Irish higher education system is neither small enough nor large enough to make an income contingent loan system work …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 April]

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Post grads now able to apply for student grants

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

Ireland“Postgraduate students can now apply for a student grant under new changes to the application system. Students can now apply for the scheme which is open for the 2017-2018 academic year. Mature students, who previously dropped out, will now also get a second chance within a five year time frame …” (more)

[Kenneth Fox, Newstalk, 3 April]

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Huge demand expected for reopened SUSI student grants

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

Ireland“The SUSI college grant application scheme reopens on Monday, with added demand expected this year due to the availability of maintenance grants for postgraduate students. The grant, worth almost €6,000, will be made available to students in the lowest income category …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 3 April]

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Record numbers of foreign students studying English in Ireland

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

Ireland“Record numbers of international students are studying English in Ireland, according to the latest figures.Last year saw an 11% increase in language students, despite recent school closures. A total of 119,000 students learned English in Ireland in 2016, up by 11,871 on the previous year …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 29 March]

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DIT creates new programme ‘Access to Apprenticeships’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A pilot programme in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), supported by JP Morgan and ESB, aims to prepare young people from Dublin’s inner city communities to access apprenticeship positions …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 31 March]

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Brexit is a big opportunity for Irish universities, says education firm

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A global education firm which is setting up in Ireland to recruit international students to Irish universities says Brexit represents a major growth opportunity. Latest figures show the volume of international students applying to UK colleges is falling, while the number of international applicants to Irish universities has jumped by 17% this year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 March]

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University tuition fees in England now the highest in the world, new analysis suggests

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 29th, 2017 by steve

“University tuition fees in England are now the highest in the world, new analysis has found. The average annual cost of £9,188, makes it significantly more than higher education in the US, where the average student pays $9,410 (£7,518) per annum, according to the Student Loan Calculator website …” (more)

[Ben Kentish, Independent, 28 March]

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Does higher education have a retention problem?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 29th, 2017 by steve

“When asking if UK higher education has a ‘retention problem’, the obvious place to start is the known data on lower retention rates for certain groups of students, particularly mature, black and minority ethnic and students from poorer socio-economic backgrounds …” (more)

[Sorana Vieru, Wonkhe, 29 March]

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President Deeks Petitioned Government to Fast-Track 220 International Student Visas Last Summer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Last summer UCD President Andrew Deeks petitioned the government minister for Education Richard Bruton and Justice minster Frances Fitzgerald to fast-track 220 international student visa applications …” (more)

[College Tribune, 28 March]

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We should cut college fees for courses linked to skills shortages

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland can respond to the uncertainty created by the changing international economic environment by pursuing a ‘skills incentivisation strategy’ that develops school leavers into the most highly-skilled graduate workforce on the planet …” (more)

[Owen Ross, Irish Times, 28 March]

 

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