Brexit prompts tumble in number of Irish students going to UK

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A few short years ago, thousands of Irish school-leavers were applying for UK-based courses. These numbers have tumbled in more recent times. Higher college fees, the removal of NHS funding of nursing and paramedical, and uncertainty over Brexit have contributed to a big drop in applications to UK universities from Irish students …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 15 January]

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Beneath Pledges of Post-Brexit Unity, Worries of Disorder for Third-Level

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There has been much made of Ireland’s decision to ardently align itself with the grouping known as the EU27 – the EU27 being every member state that has not voted to leave the EU – instead of the UK. And there are two trains of thought as to why it has done so: one is that we’re fixated on looking like compliant EU citizens. The other is that it’s actually in our own long-term interest to do so …” (more)

[University Times, 14 January]

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The Irish role in establishing the Erasmus programme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The European Union’s Erasmus+ programme has been in the headlines a lot of late. One of the main reasons was the significant milestone of a 30th birthday celebration …” (more)

[Cathal de Paor, RTÉ, 8 January]

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Ludovic Highman, ‘The European Union’s Modernisation Agenda for Higher Education and the Case of Ireland’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The book sets out to offer a national perspective on the complex changes occurring in European higher education systems. The Lisbon European Council (2000) set an ambitious target for the Union to become ‘the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world’ with important ramifications for higher education systems and institutions, because of the key role they play in driving innovation and producing knowledge. How this objective at the European Union (EU) level has been understood and implemented at Member State level will be the focus of this book …” (more)

Ludovic Highman, The European Union’s Modernisation Agenda for Higher Education and the Case of Ireland, 274pp, Peter Lang, 20 December 2017, ISBN-10: 2807606148.

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UK universities plan German links to weather Brexit storm

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2018 by steve

“The UK’s research-intensive universities are hurrying to create partnerships with German institutions to continue to benefit from continental funding after Brexit. The University of Oxford has said that a new alliance with four Berlin universities could help its academics to win joint grants from British and German funders, while another Russell Group university expects to announce a similar partnership soon …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 4 January]

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UK-led research with EU funding drops sharply after Brexit vote

Posted in Research on December 21st, 2017 by steve

“The UK suffered a sharp drop in the value of European Union research and innovation projects that it started coordinating in the year after the Brexit referendum, suggesting that uncertainty caused by the vote has severely damaged Britain’s academic leadership in Europe. It led €916 million (£805 million) worth of Horizon 2020 projects that started in 2017, a fall of close to half a billion euros compared with 2016, according to a Times Higher Education analysis of EU data …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 21 December]

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Failed exam candidate gets right to written paper in ECJ ruling

Posted in Legal issues on December 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that a written exam paper amounts to personal data and can be accessed by its author. The judgment is the culmination of a legal process lasting more than eight years in which an accountancy student sought a copy of his exam script after failing the test on a number of occasions. In 2009, Peter Nowak, a student with Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), asked to view his exam scripts with a view to challenging the result …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 20 December]

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Let’s say Auf Wiedersehen to England’s embarrassing tuition fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 19th, 2017 by steve

“As pay scandals continue to embarrass British higher education, with university chiefs receiving eye-watering salaries and golden handshakes, it’s time to ask: why can’t we be more like Germany? A scandal erupted there a few years ago when the vice-chancellor of Cologne University increased his salary from €78,876 (£69,403) a year in 2006 to €133,781 in 2012 …” (more)

[Danny Dorling and Ben Hennig, Guardian, 19 December]

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Gulf in funding between European university sectors ‘is widening’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“The European university funding divide is getting wider, with many countries in Southern, Central and Eastern Europe failing to repair cuts to public spending made since the financial crisis despite an economic recovery, and so falling further behind better-funded systems in the north …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 12 December]

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Brexit: UK in Erasmus student scheme until at least 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“The UK will continue to take part in the Erasmus student exchange programme until at least the end of 2020, the prime minister has said. Theresa May praised Erasmus+ and confirmed the UK would still be involved after Brexit in March 2019 …” (more)

[BBC News, 14 December]

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University public funding recovery is ‘slow and fragile’ says EUA

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2017 by steve

“A European University Association analysis of public funding has revealed that many countries in Europe have failed to repair cuts made to higher education since the financial crisis, despite experiencing economic recovery. Spain, Italy and Ireland were among those with lower levels of direct public funding in 2016 than in 2008 …” (more)

[Kerrie Kennedy, The PIE News, 14 December]

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Will the UK get a Brexit deal on research? That’s the €160bn question

Posted in Research on December 5th, 2017 by steve

“The government isn’t committing to a Brexit deal for universities, but we need a new partnership in science and innovation between the EU and the UK – and we need it urgently. The stakes are high: the continued ability of British universities to produce high quality research, and of the UK to retain its status as a leading knowledge economy, depend upon it …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman, Guardian, 5 December]

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Europeans want more vocational (not higher) education …

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

“Defying received wisdom, most Europeans would prefer an expansion of technical and vocational education and training (TVET, VET or just vocational), rather than further expansion of higher education …” (more)

[Julian Garritzmann, Wonkhe, 28 November]

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Varadkar wants Irish college to be part of ‘European university’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar wants an Irish third-level institution to become part of a new network of European universities being planned by French president Emmanuel Macron. Mr Macron has proposed that Europe should have at least 20 ‘European universities’ which would allow students to move between different institutions and take classes in at least two different languages …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Patrick Smyth, Irish Times, 19 November]

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ETUCE releases Brexit statement

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2017 by steve

“ETUCE has now published a statement on Brexit negotiations following its adoption by the ETUCE Committee. The statement focuses on the potential effects of Brexit upon education and the teaching profession …” (more)

[ETUCE, 16 November]

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Brexit: The academic subjects most threatened by Britain leaving the EU revealed

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2017 by steve

“British universities are at risk of ‘collapse’ after Brexit as the future of tens of thousands of foreign academics is called into doubt, according to a new report. Changes to immigration rules will make it increasingly difficult for universities to hire and retain top academic talent …” (more)

[Josh Gabbatiss, Independent, 14 November]

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Irish third-level students pay second-highest fees in Europe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Third-level students in Ireland pay the second highest fees in Europe, according to a new report by the European Commission. While the UK has the highest fees – equivalent to about €10,000 – it is followed by Ireland with fees of €3,000. A crucial difference, however, is that more than 40 per cent of students in Ireland do not have to pay fees as they are entitled to means-tested grants …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 November]

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Creating a new relationship in research, science and innovation with the EU

Posted in Research on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

“Dr Vassiliki Papatsiba from the University of Sheffield and Dr Ludovic Highman from the UCL Institute of Education highlight the urgent need for a new partnership in research, science and innovation with the EU if the UK is to retain its status as a leading knowledge economy. The briefing outlines why clarity on the future of the UK’s research relationship with the EU is so necessary …” (more)

[Centre for Global Higher Education, 1 November]

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Improve Links Between Business and Higher Education, Says New International Report

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new international report into entrepreneurship education in Ireland has called on colleges and the government to continue supporting startups – and asked universities to be ‘innovative’ themselves as they look to engage with businesses across the world …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 23 October]

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Student Leaders Unite to Condemn Brexit ‘Chaos’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Student leaders from Ireland, the UK and Northern Ireland all today jointly condemned the detrimental impact on higher education of the uncertainty around the UK’s exit from the EU. In a joint statement at a student summit in London today …” (more)

[Matthew Murphy, University Times, 20 October]

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