Over 4,000 Irish students catch the travel bug

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

Ireland“The number of students studying or doing traineeships abroad is increasing as a growing number of undergraduates see the value of foreign experience. Figures from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) show that the number of students participating in the EU’s Erasmus+ programme has doubled over the past decade …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 15 January]

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UK ‘committed’ to maintaining Erasmus+ exchange scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 9th, 2020 by steve

“The government has said it is committed to maintaining the UK’s membership of the Erasmus+ programme, which funds opportunities for young people to train and study across Europe, despite shooting down an attempt to make its membership a priority in EU withdrawal negotiations …” (more)

[Richard Adams, Guardian, 9 January]

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UK MPs vote down pledge to seek Erasmus participation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 9th, 2020 by steve

“British MPs yesterday voted against making securing full ongoing participation in the EU’s Erasmus+ educational and work placement exchange programmes a negotiating objective in the next phase of Brexit talks. The vote has been met with anger and disappointment from pro-EU commentators and social media groups – however it does not mean participation has been completely ruled out …” (more)

[Oliver Rowland, The Connexion, 9 January]

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For a ‘Global University’, Trinity Flounders on Erasmus

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

Ireland“Trinity is a global university, we’ve been told countless times over the past few years, and goes to great lengths to cultivate its own image on the international stage. On Twitter, Provost Patrick Prendergast posts photos of himself every month or two, shaking hands with some official in a far-flung university in Asia or Europe …” (more)

[University Times, 1 December]

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‘Erasmus na Gaeilge’ to bring 175 students to Gaeltacht areas

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

Ireland“A scheme similar to the European Erasmus programme will facilitate up to 175 students who wish to spend a semester studying in the Gaeltacht. Third level students will be offered the opportunity to spend three months in Gaeltacht areas under the new language immersion scheme announced this morning by the Department of the Gaeltacht …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 13 May]

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Brexit: Guy Verhofstadt says EU ‘will never accept’ Theresa May’s plan to hike tuition fees for European students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 29th, 2019 by steve

“The European Union ‘will never accept’ a move by Theresa May to raise tuition fees for EU students after Brexit, the European Parliament’s Brexit chief has said. Guy Verhofstadt said he would write to the prime minister following reports that EU students would be charged full international fees, instead of benefiting from the same rates as UK students as now …” (more)

[Jon Stone, Independent, 29 April]

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ERASMUS Programme

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

IrelandCatherine Martin (Dublin Rathdown, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to ensure that Irish students domiciled in Northern Ireland will have access to Erasmus programmes here and elsewhere after 2021; if Irish students can study in the UK after 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 March]

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Erasmus scheme in chaos as UK students left in limbo

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 19th, 2019 by steve

“For Alice Watkins, a Manchester University student, a year in Paris, then Madrid, as part of her degree was a dream. Now, with the turmoil of Brexit, she is preparing to arrive in France this summer with nowhere to live and no idea whether the money will still be there to support her …” (more)

[Anna Fazackerley, Guardian, 19 March]

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‘No Erasmus please, we’re British’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2019 by steve

“As the ongoing Brexit fiasco systematically trashes Britain’s international reputation, the consequences for the UK University sector are becoming increasingly obvious. In particular, the realization that Britain now defines itself exclusively by its xenophobia has led to a decision by Spain to remove the UK from the list of potential destinations …” (more)

[In the Dark, 28 February]

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No deal Brexit hits Erasmus student exchanges

Posted in Life on February 22nd, 2019 by steve

“The Erasmus exchange programme changed my life. If you’re not familiar with it, it allows university students to swap a year at their home institution to study abroad in the EU. Exchange students pay only the fees they would normally pay at their home university, and receive a grant to help with costs …” (more)

[Naomi O Leary, Slugger O’Toole, 21 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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ERASMUS Programme – Training in Weapon Systems

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2018 by steve

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the EU Erasmus+ education and training programme is now being used for training in complex weapon systems and ballistics (details supplied); and if he will request the Higher Education Authority and all higher education institutes here to withdraw from all activities relating to this programme in view of the fact that Ireland is a neutral state …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 November]

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Worry grows among Trinity students abroad as Erasmus grants remain unpaid

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A multitude of Trinity students studying abroad on the Erasmus exchange programme are yet to receive the first instalment of their Erasmus grant, sparking confusion and concern about finances. Affected students include many of those on exchanges in Scotland, Denmark, France, and Spain, and other Erasmus host countries …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 7 November]

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Erasmus diaries: The difference between Irish and German universities

Posted in Life, Teaching on October 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“With the mid–term essays coming up, college life is actually getting serious now, and so does today’s column. I bet you feel the same. Today I want to talk to you about the difference between Irish and German universities (or specifically my university of Bonn) …” (more)

[Anne Rieger, SIN, 26 October]

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New Erasmus Proposal: ETUC and ETUCE call for a more inclusive programme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 12th, 2018 by steve

“On 30 May 2018, the European Commission published its proposal for establishing “Erasmus” 2021-2027: the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. This new proposal will be the successor of the present Erasmus+ Programme 2014-2020, focusing on all education sectors. …” (more)

[ETUCE, 12 October]

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Guidance: Erasmus+ in the UK if there’s no Brexit deal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 24th, 2018 by steve

“A scenario in which the UK leaves the EU without agreement (a ‘no deal’ scenario) remains unlikely given the mutual interests of the UK and the EU in securing a negotiated outcome. Negotiations are progressing well and both we and the EU continue to work hard to seek a positive deal. However, it’s our duty as a responsible government to prepare for all eventualities …” (more)

[UK Department for Education, 23 August]

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Why accommodation is a key barrier to studying abroad

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2018 by steve

“The benefits of study abroad have long been known – the positive impact is so widely accepted that the European Union is currently working towards the ambitious target of having 20% of all students enjoy a mobility experience. We are still far from that figure, but luckier students find themselves propelled out into the world during the course of their studies. Generally, they return more independent, self-reliant, adaptable, culturally aware, multilingual and so much more …” (more)

[Rosie Birchard, University World News, 11 May]

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Erasmus scheme expansion to benefit thousands of Irish students

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

Ireland“Last week Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said one of his biggest regrets was never taking the opportunity to study abroad during his college years. While he says he had the option of going on Erasmus to ‘Berlin, Madrid or Barcelona’, he let the chanceslip by …” (more)

[Arlene Harris, Irish Times, 11 February]

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Ireland must invest in higher education to benefit from Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Brexit fatigue has set in. While we are delighted that a ‘hard Brexit’ looks likely to be avoided and that the common travel area is to be preserved, we have little sense of what a ‘soft Brexit’ might mean for research and education. Will, for example, the UK disengage from EU research funding or from the Erasmus+ mobility programme? What might this mean for Ireland? …” (more)

[Jane Ohlmeyer, Irish Times, 24 January]

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