Irish student wins support in legal battle over exam script

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

Ireland“Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) is facing another possible defeat at Europe’s highest court in an eight-year legal marathon over an exam script. In a referral from the Supreme Court, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg has been told by its Advocate General that Ireland’s DPC was wrong to say an accountancy trainee had no right to access the script of a failed exam …” (more)

[Derek Scally, Irish Times, 20 July]

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What do universities need to prevent a Brexodus?

Posted in Governance and administration on July 18th, 2017 by steve

“EU nationals form a huge part of the teaching, research and student communities at British universities. In the Russell Group alone there are 25,000 EU staff and over 60,000 EU students. These EU nationals are making valuable contributions to our campuses and are investing in the UK; we value them highly and want them to stay, but they need solid guarantees about their future …” (more)

[Hollie Chandler, Wonkhe, 18 July]

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First UK-EU branch campus post-Brexit under consideration

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2017 by steve

“Collaboration between King’s College London and a leading German university is set to result in the establishment of the first offshore campus of a UK higher education institution to be set up on the Continent in the wake of the country’s vote to leave the European Union …” (more)

[Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education, 6 July]

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High Level Group says EU must double research budget

Posted in Research on July 5th, 2017 by steve

“A group of experts selected by the European Commission to recommend what changes to make to the current European Union research programme Horizon 2020 when it ends in three years’ time, has called for a doubling of the budget and for it to pay more attention to the gap between science and innovation …” (more)

[Jan Myklebust and Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 5 July]

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Brexit Issues

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 30th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJan O’Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the possible affect of Brexit on fees and access to higher education for Irish students who attend British universities and colleges; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 June]

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Don’t let Europe’s open-science dream drift

Posted in Research on June 21st, 2017 by steve

“The European Commission has its critics, but no one can doubt it has ambitious plans. For example, by the year 2020, the commission says, all European researchers will be able to log in to an enormous virtual repository that will eventually provide access to the collective data from all publicly funded research …” (more)

[Nature, 20 June]

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Edinburgh University loses 96 EU staff in past year, study finds

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2017 by steve

“Edinburgh University ranks third in the UK for loss of European Union (EU) staff in the past year, a study has found …” (more)

[Herald Scotland, 5 June]

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Brussels drive to ‘punish’ UK could end membership of EU research

Posted in Research on June 6th, 2017 by steve

“UK universities’ chances of staying in European Union research programmes will come down to whether senior figures in Brussels seek to ‘punish’ Britain in the Brexit negotiations, according to a German MEP …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 5 June]

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Fear of Brexit brain drain as EU nationals leave British universities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2017 by steve

“More than 1,300 academics from the European Union have left British universities in the past year, prompting concerns of a Brexit brain drain. There has been a 30% rise in departures of EU staff in just two years, according to data released by dozens of universities under the Freedom of Information Act …” (more)

[Michael Savage, Guardian, 3 June]

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Prendergast Pledges to ‘Surmount’ Challenges Posed by Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has stated the College’s plans to ‘surmount’ the multitude of challenges posed by the UK’s exit from the EU and affirmed its hope that higher, non-EU fees would not be introduced for British and Northern Irish students …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 30 May]

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Brexit could lead to fees hike says Queen’s vice-chancellor

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students from the Republic are facing potential massive university fee increases after the UK withdraws from the EU. The head of Queen’s University Belfast said EU undergraduates could be charged pricier international tuition fees post-Brexit …” (more)

[Simon Doyle, Irish News, 29 May]

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Research and Development Funding

Posted in Research on May 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the latest findings by the EU’s research and innovation observatory (details supplied) which indicates that research and development funding here is largely focused on multinationals rather than SMEs and that research and development here is below that of average spends by firms in other EU nations; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 May]

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Students facing major fees hike in Republic over UK quitting EU

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students from Northern Ireland who attend universities in the Republic may face fees of tens of thousands of euro following Brexit. There is currently a capped charge of €3,000 (£2,500) at Irish universities for EU students. However, when Northern Ireland leaves the EU along with the rest of the UK …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 4 May]

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Irish university post-Brexit fees questioned

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Northern Irish students should not have to pay more to attend universities in the Republic after Brexit, an Irish opposition politician has argued. There should be a guarantee that students from NI will not have to pay non-EU fees when the UK leaves the EU, said Fianna Fáil’s Thomas Byrne …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 3 May]

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Brexit university ‘brain drain’ warning

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2017 by steve

“University staff from EU countries should be guaranteed a right to stay and work in the UK after Brexit to avoid a ‘damaging brain drain’, says a report from MPs. The education select committee wants urgent steps taken to end uncertainty over the future status of EU academics …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 25 April]

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Brexit is ‘Game on’ and Irish Higher Education Needs to Prepare for the Challenge Ahead

Posted in Governance and administration on April 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As far as Brexit is concerned it is now ‘game on’. For those who hoped for reprieve from an agonising decision by the UK electorate, that hope is fast receding. There were many such in Ireland. And we have heard much, and will hear more, about the implications for us as the UK exits the EU. It is largely a malign scenario, with lurking dangers to the peace process and our economy high on the ‘fear-o-meter’ …” (more)

[Tom Boland, University Times, 1 April]

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Brexit is a big opportunity for Irish universities, says education firm

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A global education firm which is setting up in Ireland to recruit international students to Irish universities says Brexit represents a major growth opportunity. Latest figures show the volume of international students applying to UK colleges is falling, while the number of international applicants to Irish universities has jumped by 17% this year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 March]

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Trinity professor expresses concern over possible fee increases for NI students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Trinity professor has expressed her ‘horror’ that Northern Irish students, following Brexit, may have to pay non-EU fees in order to study at a third level institution in the Republic of Ireland and vice-versa. Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern Irish History, and Chairperson of the Irish Research Council, Jane Ohlmeyer spoke of her concern at an Oireachtas Education Committee meeting on Tuesday …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 24 March]

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Implications of Brexit for the Irish Educational System: Discussion

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2017 by steve

IrelandFiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): Everybody is in situ. This part of the meeting involves a discussion on the possible impact of Brexit on the Irish educational system. We will have the opportunity to listen to the views of stakeholders in this very important area. I took the opportunity over the weekend to look at statistics regarding Irish students abroad. In 2016, 12,000 Irish students studied in the UK while 2,000 studied in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills, 21 March]

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UK universities’ confusion on Brexit ‘toxic’, says Germany’s U15

Posted in Research on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

“UK higher education institutions have failed to set out a clear strategy for staying in the European Union’s research framework, and this uncertainty is proving ‘toxic’ for new joint projects, the chair of an association of the biggest research universities in Germany has warned …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 23 March]

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