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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Institutes of Technology – Drop Out Rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 3rd, 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, 1 March]

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Irish colleges reject NI A-Level subjects

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

Ireland“The Republic of Ireland’s seven main universities in the will not accept results in four A-Levels taken by students in Northern Ireland this year. The affected subjects are Software Systems Development, Moving Image Arts, Digital Technology and Environmental Technology …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 2 March]

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Brexit Issues

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

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on meetings and discussions he or his officials have had with counterparts in other EU states with regard to the impact of Brexit on third level fees that would be charged to Irish or other EU citizens studying in the UK or Northern Ireland and-or other barriers to access for Irish or EU students to studying in the UK or Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Student Grant Scheme – Postgraduate Students

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

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if consideration will be given to restoring maintenance grants for postgraduate students; the cost for doing so; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Private Colleges

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

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will make a decision on maintenance grants for third level students that attend private colleges …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 February]

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Third Level Participation

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

IrelandNoel Rock (Dublin North West, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department has plans to promote third level education to those attending secondary schools in working class areas; if he will address possible concerns that there are financial barriers to attending third level education for those in working class areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 February]

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UCD and Disabilities

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

Ireland“Ireland is the only country in the European Union that has not ratified the UN Convention for the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). This is in spite of having over ten years in which to do it. If Ireland has not even ratified disability rights, how do we treat Irish students with disabilities? …” (more)

[Eithne Dodd, University Observer, 2 March]

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Why September will be a watershed moment in Irish education

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

Ireland“There are few tasks in our education and skills system more important than sowing the seed, as early as possible, that higher education is the expectation, not the exception. It is the role of Government to enable all the nation’s children to achieve their potential, by providing a universal, standardised, professional and comprehensive guidance counselling service …” (more)

[Betty McLaughlin, Independent, 2 March]

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Are Two-Year University Courses The Way Forward?

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

“If you have read any of my posts before, you may know that I am currently in my third and final year of studying English Language, with the end very much in sight. While University hasn’t been the worst years of my life, I wouldn’t say they have been the best either. It has been a long two-and-a-half years …” (more)

[Katie Grace, Huffington Post, 1 March]

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Free third-level courses to be offered to homemakers

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

Ireland“Free third-level courses are to be offered to homemakers for the first time to combat skills shortage in parts of the economy. Up until now, thousands of free third-level courses have been directed mainly at unemployed people in need of upskilling to allow them to re-enter the labour market …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 February]

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Cost of Online Education May Be Higher Than We Think, Study Suggests

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

“A study of the earnings of nearly every person who took postsecondary courses online between 1999 and 2014 finds little evidence that online education saves students or taxpayers money. While it is often thought that online education saves money …” (more)

[Lindsay McKenzie, Chronicle of Higher Education, 27 February]

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Limerick firms back €600,000 LIT scholarship plan

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

Ireland“More than 50 third level students from schools across Limerick have received scholarships worth a total of €600,000. The Limerick Institute of Technology has linked up with a series of companies including WP Engine based in Patrick Street, Analog Devices in Raheen and the Strand Hotel to fund the scholarships …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 28 February]

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Students applying to study in UK drop 20% since Brexit vote

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of Irish students applying to study in the UK has dropped by about 20% since the Brexit vote last year. Uncertainty surrounding fees is making continental Europe a more attractive proposition than Britain for Irish students looking to study abroad …” (more)

[Aine McMahon and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 February]

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Internationalisation of HE may be accelerating

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

International“Over the past months, since the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States – in particular after the transition – many articles have been published about the negative impact of these two events on the internationalisation of higher education in the United States and the United Kingdom and beyond …” (more)

[Hans de Wit, University World News, 24 February]

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Whose values is internationalisation of HE promoting?

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

International“With xenophobic sentiments reaching a feverish pitch across parts of the globe, some scholars are prescribing a heavy dose of internationalisation as a potential strategy for counteracting the social, political and economic ramifications of recent developments in the United States and parts of Europe …” (more)

[Abu Kamara, University World News, 24 February]

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Third Level Funding – Demographic Growth

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

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount his Department has provided for demographic growth in the higher education sector for the next five years; the amount provided in budget 2017; if the figure provided is taken into account when calculating the fiscal space; the number of staff who have been hired over each of the past five years specifically to address demographic growth in the higher education sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 February]

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Irish teenager whose family emigrated during recession charged ‘outrageous fees’ to study here

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

Ireland“A teenager whose family were forced to leave the county during the recession to find work is now being hit with higher university fees if she wants to study in Ireland …” (more)

[Cathal McMahon, Independent, 23 February]

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Brexit Issues

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

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on meetings he or his officials have had with counterparts in other EU states with regard to the impact of Brexit on third level fees that would be charged to Irish or other EU citizens studying in the UK …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 22 February]

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