NUIG Access Centre introduces 150 new undergraduate places

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

Ireland“The National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) Access Centre has introduced 170 new full-time places for undergraduate students entering from Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), Further Education and Training (FET), and Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) routes …” (more)

[Aoife Ní Chadhain, Trinity News, 18 January]

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Narrowing participation: calculating the likely impact of two-year degrees isn’t simple maths

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

“Can university degrees be accelerated? This is the question a recent government consultation seeks to answer. Steven Jones writes that, mathematically, three years of learning could indeed be compressed into two. But he explains why the option would be viewed very differently across social classes, and why it is not a good idea …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 20 December]

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CIT President: It’s time for a Northside campus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The President of CIT has said that the time is right to re-open discussions about a northside third level campus. Dr Barry O’Connor, the interim President of CIT, made the comment after census results revealed a shocking divide in the numbers accessing third level education in the city …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Evening Echo, 25 November]

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Homemakers sign up for free third-level courses

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

Ireland“Hundreds of homemakers have signed up for free higher education courses as part of an initiative aimed at filling skills shortages. The Springboard+ scheme provides access to courses at certificate, degree and masters level in areas such as advanced manufacturing, business and entrepreneurship and ICT …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 October]

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Ministers announce €16.5m to increase Third Level Access

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, and the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today (Wednesday 23rd August) announced €16.5m for new initiatives to widen access to higher education over the next three years, with a strong focus on helping lone parents to access higher level education …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 23 August]

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Third level Access Schemes: What’s the Story?

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

Ireland“In 1984 I took up a position as principal of a newly opened second-level school in a severely disadvantaged area. Unemployment among parents was in excess of 60%. A survey carried out two years previously found that nobody living in the catchment area had a third level qualification. So, as the school approached full cycle in 1989, the question of third level access became a priority issue …” (more)

[Brian Fleming, Education Matters, 26 July]

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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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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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Student loan scheme would ‘not hinder access’ to college among poorer students

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

Ireland“A student loan scheme linked to graduates’ income would not hinder access to higher education by poorer students, an Oireachtas committee has heard. The possibility of such a loan scheme is being examined by the Oireachtas committee on education as part of a series of hearings over the future funding of higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 May]

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Class divide in Irish Education

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

Ireland“In December 2016, the ongoing debate around a class divide in Irish education was illuminated by the emergence of new information. Through the analysis of figures published by the State Examinations Commission and several universities, Trinity News calculated that an Irish student is more than four times more likely to attend Trinity if they have attended one of Ireland’s 51 private schools …” (more)

[Jane Purdom, Trinity News, 12 April]

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The articulation challenge

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

“The aim of widening access to higher education has been a public policy priority in a number of countries for some time. The intention is to ensure that a university degree is not seen as a privilege to be claimed primarily by the wealthy, but as an entitlement based on intellectual attainment and ability …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 27 March]

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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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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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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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Third Level Participation

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

IrelandSeán Crowe (Dublin South West, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the action being taken to support schools in which less than 65% of students continue education to third level, to ensure more of these students can continue to third level …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 February]

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Inequalities in higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Further to ‘New figures expose class divide in higher education’ (February 7th), if institutes of technology have a higher proportion of their students qualifying for grants, surely this should be celebrated as evidence that the institutes of technology have opened up opportunities to less-favoured regions and social groups. Instead we have the complaint that the universities are relatively elitist …” (more)

[John Sheehan, Irish Times, 8 February]

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Government ‘must do more’ to improve higher education access

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

Ireland“More than two-thirds of people believe the Government should do more to assist people seeking access to higher education, according to a new survey. The report, by Careers Unlimited, asked 1,500 people about their attitudes and experiences of pursuing courses in higher education …” (more)

[Sean Duffy, Independent, 31 January]

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Institutes of Technology: Promoting Access and Protecting Third-Level Education

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

Ireland“As the question surrounding the future of higher education is debated in the national media, the difficulties faced by institutes of technology can often be forgotten. Higher education and the purpose it fulfils changes depending on who you ask …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 11 January]

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Increase in disadvantaged students at third level despite funding cut, says HEA

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“According to a report from the Higher Education Authority (HEA), there has been an increase in the percentage of students from underprivileged backgrounds and those with disabilities attending third level institutions despite a cut in funding since 2008. The HEA has been ‘acutely concerned’ about the negative impacts of this cut in funding and has carried out a number of reports to evaluate different aspects of higher education …” (more)

[Aleksandra Kosjakova, Trinity News, 20 December]

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Action Plan on Education lacks ambition – Byrne

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“‘The three year education strategy released today by Minister Bruton lacks the determination, resources and leadership that is required to achieve its goals’, said Fianna Fáil’s Education Spokesperson, Thomas Byrne TD …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 15 September]

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