Will UK ditch Erasmus+ student exchange scheme because Brexiteers don’t like that it fosters pro-EU feelings?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2020 by steve

“If Boris Johnson is serious about creating ‘a global, trail-blazing Britain’ post-Brexit, he needs to make his mind up about UK participation in the Erasmus+ scheme. As it stands, the UK Government is perched precariously on the fence over remaining in the EU’s student exchange programme as the transition to Brexit looms …” (more)

[Douglas Chapman, The Scotsman, 3 July]

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Spring Exchanges ‘Proceeding As Planned’ For UCD Students – Subject to Review

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) cancelled their outgoing exchanges for the first semester of the 2020/2021 academic year on May 15th due to uncertainty as to when international travel restrictions would be lifted. The university stated that it as a result it would not be feasible for students to adequately plan their exchange activities. UCD Global stated that ‘cancelling the outgoing exchanges was the best option for students in terms of ensuring their health and safety and avoiding disruption to their academic programmes’ …” (more)

[Ahmed Jouda and Aine Burke, College Tribune, 26 June]

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Erasmus, interrupted

Posted in Life on June 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In what would turn out to be one of my last classes at the University of Zaragoza (Unizar), a student raised her hand and asked if our assessed presentations would continue if the university had to close. The class laughed while the professor joked; we were all sure that it wouldn’t happen and so we turned our attention back to Postcolonial thought …” (more)

[Caoimhe Sweeney, Trinity News, 19 June]

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Erasmus+ Programme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 19th, 2020 by steve

IrelandPaul Murphy (Dublin South West, RISE): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will request and urge UCD to revoke the cancellation of all outgoing Erasmus arrangements for 2020 in circumstances in which the receiving institutions are willing to accept students from Ireland and in view of UCD preparing to accept international students onto campus-based courses from September 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 June]

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As Decision-Day Looms, Erasmus Students Soul-Search: Stay, Or Go?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“With its decision not to cancel Erasmus exchanges for the first semester next year, Trinity has marked itself out as an outlier among Irish universities. Several other colleges have suspended outbound exchanges at least partially for the coming academic year, meaning the decision was taken out of students’ hands …” (more)

[Rachel O’Leary and Ella Connolly, University Times, 17 June]

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Trinity Will Deal With Non-EU Exchanges on a Case-by-Case Basis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity will not make a blanket decision on the cancellation of Study Abroad programmes, instead dealing with exchanges on a case-by-case basis. Last month, Trinity opted not to cancel Erasmus exchanges for the first semester of the upcoming academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 16 June]

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Trinity Expresses Regret Over ‘Difficult Choice’ for Students Mulling Erasmus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has expressed regret over the ‘difficult choice’ students will have to make in the coming weeks when it comes to their Erasmus exchanges, after it left up to them the decision on whether to travel abroad for their studies in September …” (more)

[Jordan Nann, University Times, 10 June]

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Colleges Should Have Made Unified Decision on Erasmus, Says USI

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has criticised universities and colleges for not showing ‘alignment’ in their decisions to cancel or go ahead with exchanges abroad in light of the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 5 June]

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Trinity College Dublin to resume with as much face-to-face teaching as possible

Posted in Teaching on June 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has announced that the university will return in September with students receiving a combination of online lecture and face-to-face seminars. New students will begin a week early with an orientation week on September 21st, while the teaching term for all students will begin on September 28th …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 June]

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Erasmus Gamble Marks Trinity as an Outlier. Time Will Tell If It’s Right

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“For many, Trinity’s decision last Friday on Erasmus – long-awaited by a cohort of students desperate for clarity – will likely have come as a surprise. By allowing students, ‘where possible’, the option to travel abroad for the first semester of next year, Trinity became Ireland’s first – and possibly only – university to leave up to its students the call on whether to travel …” (more)

[University Times, 2 June]

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Trinity’s Erasmus Decision Spawns as Many Questions as it Answers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“When it comes to making critical College-wide decisions, Trinity rarely follows the crowd. Today’s decision on its Erasmus exchange programme has proven that. While long-awaited, the result of the decision to be made had seemed almost predictable in the days leading up to release of today’s email, from Juliette Hussey, the vice-president for Global Relations …” (more)

[Faye Curran, University Times, 29 May]

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Erasmus Exchange for Trinity Students to Go Ahead for First Semester

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has opted not to cancel Erasmus exchanges for the first semester of the upcoming academic year, and will make a decision in September about the viability of exchanges in the second semester …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Cormac Watson, University Times, 29 May]

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UCC Suspends Study Abroad Scheme for First Semester Next Year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has become the latest university to partially suspend its international study abroad programmes, informing students that the programme will not run in the first semester of next year …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 29 May]

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I’m Due for Erasmus Next Year – I Need Trinity to Tell Me if It’s Happening

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In the midst of a global pandemic, travelling abroad seems so far removed from reality that it’s almost fantasy. The thoughts of a warm rush of air as you take your first step onto the Mediterranean tarmacadam of the runway brings a tear to the eye …” (more)

[Faye Curran, University Times, 25 May]

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Three Colleges Have Made Decisions on Erasmus. Why is Trinity so Quiet?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 18th, 2020 by steve

“By now, three of Ireland’s universities have announced at least the partial suspension of their Erasmus and Study Abroad programmes. Trinity, at the time of writing, is not among them – and students are struggling in the information vacuum …” (more)

[University Times, 17 May]

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UCD Suspends Erasmus and Study Abroad for Autumn Trimester

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 15th, 2020 by steve

“University College Dublin (UCD) has suspended all outbound Erasmus and non-EU college exchanges for the upcoming autumn trimester due to the coronavirus pandemic. The college is now the second Irish university to suspend international exchanges for its students …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 15 May]

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Uncertainty for Trinity Students Over Erasmus and Study Abroad Next Year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 12th, 2020 by steve

“Uncertainty surrounds the fate of next year’s Erasmus programme for Trinity students, with no decisions as yet from the College amid travel and distancing fears as a result of the coronavirus …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 12 May]

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University students face delays starting new academic year

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Tens of thousands of university students are set to start the new academic year later than normal this year with most lectures continuing to take place online due to the Covid-19 threat. Many colleges are also considering suspending Erasmus programmes due to travel restrictions, which typically see thousands of students study abroad at other higher education institutions in the European Union …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 April]

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UCD Erasmus Students May Have Autumn Programmes Cancelled

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 15th, 2020 by steve

“As a result of the pandemic stemmed from the novel coronavirus, UCD Global is pending its decision to allow students to participate in any exchange or Erasmus programme offered by the university. Students will be noticed by Friday 8th May with updates regarding the possibility of taking part in ‘inbound and outbound mobility programmes in the Autumn Trimester 2020/21’ as communicated by Douglas Proctor, Director of UCD Global …” (more)

[Alessia Mennitto, College Tribune, 15 April]

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‘It doesn’t seem fair’: Some Irish Erasmus students still have to pay rent abroad despite not living there

Posted in Life on April 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Irish students who had been studying abroad as part of the EU’s Erasmus programme are still paying rent on their accommodation abroad. The Erasmus programme is a hugely popular higher education exchange that allows students to study their subject in universities abroad for a semester or an academic year …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 12 April]

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