‘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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Proximity to college raises chances of disadvantaged going

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students in relatively disadvantaged areas of the capital are more likely to go on to third-level if they live close to a college, new figures suggest. A breakdown of student grant data shows higher participation rates in the Blanchardstown and Tallaght areas, which have institutes of technology …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 April]

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How Far Ahead the Trinity Access Programme Is, and How Far We Need to Go

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“On Wednesday, a constituent college of Oxford announced that it is to try to replicate the Trinity Access Programme (TAP) by launching a pilot access scheme that offers a ‘foundation year’ to students from under-represented backgrounds …” (more)

[University Times, 24 April]

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Oxford models TCD’s access programme to recruit disadvantaged students

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

Ireland“An Oxford University college is piloting a scheme to recruit students from disadvantaged backgrounds based on an access programmed developed by Trinity College Dublin …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 April]

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Access programmes and universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Prof Matthew A Harmey is of course right that financial considerations are a major issue for young people from families with limited means who wish to access third-level education (April 18th). Whether it is the major factor is open to debate …” (more)

[Brian Fleming, Irish Times, 20 April]

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Oxford Seeks to Replicate Trinity Access Programme with New Scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Lady Margaret Hall, a constituent college of the University of Oxford, is to launch a pilot access scheme offering a ‘foundation year’ to students from under-represented backgrounds in a new programme modelled on the Trinity Access Programme (TAP) …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 20 April]

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Access programmes and universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As one who organised and ran a university access course for over 12 years, I believe that the greatest problem for students who suffer disadvantage in education is finance …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 18 April]

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