Hard Brexit could put major pressure on ‘creaking’ third-level sector

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A crash-out Brexit could place significant pressure on the third-level education system as thousands of Irish students might have to study at home rather than in the UK, the Oireachtas education committee has heard. Up to 12,000 students from the Republic study in the UK, while about 2,000 attend third-level institutions in the North …” (more)

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

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Minister to be quizzed over impact of no deal on education and skills

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Joe McHugh will discuss the impact of Brexit on his sector at an Oireachtas hearing today. The Education Committee will focus particularly on what would happen in the event of a no-deal scenario when the UK exits the European Union on March 29 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 February]

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Student exchanges in no-deal Brexit threat

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2019 by steve

“Universities are warning that the Erasmus student exchange scheme will have no more funding for UK students in the event of a no-deal Brexit. It would mean that 17,000 UK students would not study abroad as planned next year …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 6 February]

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Erasmus students will be able complete stay in UK in event of no-deal Brexit

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of Irish students who are participating in the Erasmus+ programme in the UK will be able to complete their stay in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to the European Commission …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 January]

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Trinity signs ‘Brexit-proof deal’ to link up with UK university

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin and the University of Birmingham have signed a formal partnership designed to help Brexit-proof the two universities when Britain departs the UK. The nature of the agreement is unusual on these islands, as membership of the EU has provided the infrastructure for the collaboration involved …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 January]

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The Government’s UK Fees Pledge is Less a Solution and More a Deferral

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“By now, there remain precious few areas of Irish life over which Brexit’s spectre doesn’t cast an ominous shadow. The full extent of its implications – demonstrably unclear to the UK’s own politicians – is still a mystery, but what’s certain is that, when it comes to developing contingency plans, the Irish government has a battle on its hands …” (more)

[University Times, 13 January]

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Local student body welcomes Dublin’s assurances over fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The National Union of Students Northern Ireland has welcomed proposals by the Irish Government to mitigate potential impacts of Brexit on tuition fees for students studying on a cross-border basis in 2019. Dublin has confirmed it will continue supporting students applying to universities in the United Kingdom, as well as Northern Ireland students wishing to study in the Republic, after Brexit …” (more)

[Cate McCurry, Belfast Telegraph, 12 January]

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Tuition fees support welcome but further certainty needed – Archibald

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has said the announcement from the Irish government that it will continue support for Irish students to study in the north and Britain, and vice versa until 2019 is reassuring but added that further clarity is needed. The party’s further and higher education spokesperson said: …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 11 January]

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Irish students studying in the UK to receive tuition fees support post-Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The government has confirmed it will continue supporting students applying to universities in the United Kingdom as well as Northern Ireland pupils wishing to study here after Brexit. Pupils from Northern Ireland expressed concern over whether they will be treated as non-EU students after the UK leaves the European Union in March, meaning they would have to pay much higher fees …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 11 January]

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UK universities could go bust in wake of no-deal Brexit, think tank warns

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on January 4th, 2019 by steve

“Universities face the threat of going bust in the wake of a no-deal Brexit, a leading think tank has warned. Vital UK research – including projects that are developing cancer treatments and combatting climate change – could be ‘compromised’ if Britain leaves the EU without a deal, university bosses have said …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby, Independent, 4 January]

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Government hopes hard Brexit would not affect fees for cross-Border students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government is hopeful that students will be able to study north and south of the Border without incurring hikes in student fees in the event of a hard Brexit. About 1,200 students from the North attend colleges in the Republic, while more than 2,000 students from the Republic attend colleges in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 January]

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Irish government considers grants for Northern Ireland students after Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish government is considering a grant scheme for Northern Ireland students applying to universities in the Republic, to avoid fee hikes post-Brexit. A-level students in Northern Ireland say they have been left in limbo over whether they will have to pay non-EU student fees after the UK leaves the EU in March, a factor that could heavily determine where they choose to attend university …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 3 January]

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Student ‘frustrated’ over Irish university fees uncertainty

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 2nd, 2019 by steve

“Northern Ireland pupils applying to start university in the Republic of Ireland this year do not know how much they will pay in tuition fees. That is because it is still unclear if they will be treated as non-EU students after Brexit …” (more, video)

[BBC News, 2 January]

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Future EU-UK research and higher education cooperation at risk: what is at stake?

Posted in Research on December 19th, 2018 by steve

Abstract: The UK higher education sector has entered a period of turbulence, as the consequences of the UK leaving the European Union (EU) hit home. Higher education institutions are bracing themselves for what will no doubt be a period of substantial change, uncertainty and challenge. The complexity of the intricate relationships linking EU member states, as well as the EU institutions and their member states, appears to have been misunderstood and understated in the UK, by both the political class and the general public, at the time of the June 2016 referendum. If information is indeed power, its current unavailability is a concern, given that the UK government’s plans to remain firmly embedded within the European Research Area and the Erasmus+ programme remain non-committal. In what can be described as a game of high politics between the EU and the UK government, the fate of research and higher education collaboration will be sealed by high-level inter-governmental agreements decided behind closed doors.

Ludovic Highman, Future EU-UK research and higher education cooperation at risk: what is at stake?, Tertiary Education and Management. First Online: 18 December 2018.

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Irish university makes first Brexit-inspired academic appointment

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The first in a series of world-class academic appointments aimed at capitalising on Brexit and uncertainty in the US is to be announced on Wednesday. UCC has made a joint appointment with Oxford University of a leading experimental quantum physicist, Prof Séamus Davis …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 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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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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The future of research between Ireland and the UK in a post-Brexit world

Posted in Research on December 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Mags Walsh, Director of the British Council in Ireland, has contributed this piece about the important relationship between the UK and Ireland from a research perspective. The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. They aim to create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries …” (more)

[Irish Research Council, 11 December]

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Brexit, Irish Higher Education and research: challenges and opportunities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“With the uncertainty around Brexit affecting all sectors of the economy, its effect on education in the UK as well as Ireland remains a major unknown. The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has released a report laying out the possible aftermath of Brexit based on currently available information …” (more)

[Shivani Shukla, University Observer, 29 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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