HEA welcomes publication of Progress Review of the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The HEA welcomes the publication of the Progress Review of the National Access Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education. The Review highlights the important achievements made since the launch of the plan in 2015. These include increases in participation rates across a number of the target groups, with particularly high increases for students with disabilities and among socio-economically disadvantaged groups …” (more)

[HEA, 21 December]

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Drop in first-time mature students at third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The proportion of older students starting third-level courses has fallen instead of increasing in the past three years. The statistic on college access for ‘first-time’ mature students is contained in a Higher Education Authority (HEA) review on progress with targets to widen participation. It also shows only tiny increases in numbers of Travellers progressing to third level …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 21 December]

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Drop in Republic of Ireland students in Northern Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The number of students from the Republic of Ireland studying in Northern Ireland has fallen by more than a third since 2011. However, there has been a rise in the number of Northern Irish students in the Republic in recent years. The findings are part of a joint government analysis of cross-border student enrolments …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 18 December]

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Revised timeline for college offers still not approved by CAO

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges have not yet agreed a shortened timeline for offering places to Leaving Certificate students, seven weeks after it was hastily announced by two Government ministers. Education Minister Joe McHugh and Higher Education Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor said on November 1 that the State Examinations Commission (SEC) would get exam results out a day earlier than usual next August …” (more)

[Niall Murray, BreakingNews.ie, 18 December]

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British Universities Accept More Students With Low Grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 14th, 2018 by steve

“The proportion of British students being accepted to university courses with lower school-leaving grades is at one of its highest rates ever, according to a report from the country’s admissions body. Data released by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) show that 84% of applicants who achieved grades equivalent to CCC at A level, or lower, gained a higher education place this year, up five percentage points since 2013 …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Inside Higher Ed, 14 December]

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Trinity likely to be hardest hit by disruption to flow of students after Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The flow of almost 3,400 students across the Border may reduce significantly following Brexit, according to analysis by UK and Irish higher education authorities. In the Republic, Trinity College Dublin would be most vulnerable to a reduction in number on the basis that it is the most popular choice for undergraduates resident in the North …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 December]

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USI protests absence of Gaeltacht Grants at Third Level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“On Thursday, 13th December the Union of Students in Ireland amongst their member organisations and Conradh na Gaeilge will protest the absence of any Gaeltacht Grants at Third Level for student teachers. Students will meet outside Leinster House at 1pm …” (more)

[USI, 11 December]

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‘With colleges at saturation point, apprenticeships are attractive again’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“With almost 47,000 CAO acceptances this year, most of them from the Leaving Cert class of 2018, school-leaver college entry rates are pretty much at saturation level. Many of those who did not go straight to higher education started on a post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) course and will use that as a stepping stone …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 December]

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Feeder schools and education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I think we should congratulate our Department of Education – otherwise known as the permanent government – and the many ministers for education who have worked hard over the decades to achieve a college progression rate of 100% for students from those challenging postcodes of Dublin 2, 4 and 6. What a result …” (more)

[Sheila Maher, Irish Times, 5 December]

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Irish Times view on the latest feeder school tables: making progress, must do better

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The latest feeder school tables, charting progression from second to third-level colleges, underline the educational challenges faced by both society and Government. At a societal level the aspiration of families to support their children in securing appropriate post second level education has never been higher, as demonstrated by the fact that close to 70% of school leavers now access third level through the CAO …” (more)

[Irish Times, 4 November]

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The 50 non-private schools that send 100% of pupils to third-level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The huge surge in college progression rates nationally has seen many schools in different parts of the country achieve 100% progression rates. Feeder Schools: Click here for the full breakdown of where Leaving Cert pupils have gone to college over the past 10 years …” (more)

[Independent, 4 December]

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Class gap exposed in third-level progression figures

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Click here to download the full 2018 Feeder School tables. Students from the most affluent parts of Dublin are up to 14 times more likely to progress to university than their counterparts from some schools in the city’s most disadvantaged areas, the annual Irish Times ‘Feeder Schools’ supplement shows …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Peter McGuire and Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 4 November]

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She was homeless at 12. In college at 20

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

Ireland“Five people describe the obstacles they have overcome to make it to third-level. When Emma Lockwood was growing up in Dublin’s north inner city, she could see two versions of her future mapped out in front of her: have a baby or do a Fás course …” (more)

[Jennifer O’Connell, Irish Times, 1 December]

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Academic calibre of trainee teachers dips, report finds

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The academic calibre of trainee teachers has dipped at a time of controversy over two-tier pay rates and falling numbers of applications to the profession, according to an unpublished report. A review of teacher education reforms commissioned by the Higher Education Authority notes that primary teaching applicants were drawn from the top 12.5% of Leaving Cert students in 2011 …” (more)

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

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France’s New International Education Strategy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 23rd, 2018 by steve

“On Monday, Campus France (which is roughly equivalent to Canada’s CBIE, if CBIE were an arms-length government agency) published its new Stratégie d’attractivité pour les étudiants internationaux. It’s an intriguing document for a couple of reasons so I thought I would talk a bit about it today …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 23 November]

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Underfunding in higher education leaves Ireland unequipped to deal with Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Many Irish commentators have stated that some Irish businesses and institutions will benefit from Brexit, in the form of multinationals relocating here. The Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom have long historical ties in nearly every regard, whether they be social, political or economic …” (more)

[Gavin Tracey, University Observer, 21 November]

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French universities to offer more courses in English to attract foreign students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 20th, 2018 by steve

“France wants to boost the number of foreign students at its universities by more than half over the next decade and will offer more courses taught in English to attract them. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, announcing the plan on Monday, said increasing the number of foreigners studying in the country would help build French influence overseas …” (more)

[CNA, 20 November]

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One in five postgrads consider quitting over financial or personal issues

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on November 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than two in five postgraduate research students have seriously considered dropping out of their degree, mainly because of financial or personal issues, a major national survey reveals. The study of nearly 3,000 masters, PhD, or other students on postgrad research programmes found that more than 61% are fully or partly funded by a scholarship, but the figure drops to 57% if non-Irish students are excluded …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 November]

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Making college a rite of passage for everyone

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Among the findings of the latest ‘Growing up in Ireland’ study, published last week, is the continuing rise in the number of mothers who expect their child to go to college. In Ireland, mothers, in particular, have a tradition of high educational aspirations for their sons and daughters, but it is worth noting that it now stands at 82% of mothers of nine-year-olds foreseeing the child obtaining a degree or higher qualification …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 November]

Take Back Trinity Helped ‘Transform College Life’, Says Provost

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

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has praised the impact of this year’s Take Back Trinity protests, which he said helped ‘transform college life’. Prendergast made the comments in his annual review, published this evening, and said students ‘successfully protested against a supplemental exam fee in the ‘Take Back Trinity’ campaign …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 14 November]

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