Student Grant Scheme Expenditure

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to increase student funding over the next four years to at least the average rate of other high income western European EU countries; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 September]

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Higher Education Institutions: Research Infrastructure

Posted in Research on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has requested an analysis of the status of research infrastructure within higher education institutes, HEIs; his plans for reviewing and funding strategic development plans in the HEIs; if he has carried out an analysis of the impact on HEIs of the potential withdrawal of UK HEIs from EU funding programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 20 September]

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Academics ‘could have to pay to quote’ under EU committee’s plan

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

“European science organisations have raised the alarm over a European Union committee’s proposal that could force academics to pay or seek permission when quoting from colleagues’ work. The warning is a sign that researchers are getting caught up in the copyright battles ongoing between the European Union and US tech giants such as Google …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 21 September]

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Higher education underfunding ‘must be tackled to reap benefits of Brexit’

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

Ireland“The higher education system will lose out on opportunities presented by Brexit unless underfunding is tackled, a new report warns. Ireland will be the only English-speaking country in the EU after Brexit, apart from tiny Malta, putting it in a unique position to attract students and researchers, who might otherwise study or work in the UK …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 September]

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University rankings

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

Ireland“Sir, – I read with great interest the views of John Kelly, professor emeritus, about the attention given to university rankings (September 7th). He is of course completely right. Many international rankings of universities focus so heavily on the institutions’ research output that they fail to capture the many other, equally important dimensions of their work …” (more)

[Gerry Kiely, Irish Times, 15 Sepember]

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Close research links with EU ‘negotiable’ post-Brexit

Posted in Research on September 6th, 2017 by steve

“The government is prepared to negotiate continued membership of the European Union’s research funding bodies after exiting the EU, the BBC understands. A range of options for scientific collaboration will be set out in a government paper on Wednesday …” (more)

[Pallab Ghosh, BBC News, 6 September]

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Impact of Brexit Is Already Resonating Across UK Universities

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

“Lydia Bruna, a young filmmaker from Germany, was considering doing her master’s degree at the prestigious National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, just west of the British capital. Not only does the school have an international reputation, a British master’s would help her career in the United Kingdom – the European hub for filmmaking. But a note on the fee page of the school’s website changed her plans …” (more)

[Christopher Schuetze, US News, 28 August]

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Rethink of EU research membership rules may offer UK ‘solution’

Posted in Research on August 16th, 2017 by steve

“The redrawing of the criteria for associate membership of the European Commission’s next research framework programme could offer the UK a ‘solution’ for accessing continental grants and collaborations post-Brexit, a sector leader has said …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 16 August]

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Post-Brexit free movement for students ‘risks class conflict’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2017 by steve

“The UK and European Union may look to preserve free movement specifically for students after Brexit, but such a deal could ‘exacerbate existing class conflicts’ given inequalities in access to higher education, according to a researcher …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 14 August]

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Which subjects at UK universities rely most on EU academics?

Posted in Research on August 14th, 2017 by steve

“Universities in the UK have stepped up their lobbying of the government over Brexit as crucial negotiations take place about the future status of European Union citizens working in the country …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, 14 August]

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Brexit linked to sharp rise in EU students’ CAO applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There has been a sharp increase in the number of European Union students applying for third-level courses through the CAO system, which experts say is linked to uncertainty over Brexit. The numbers come as tens of thousands of students prepare to receive their Leaving Cert results on Wednesday …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 August]

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UK universities need urgent Brexit ‘clarity’ from ministers

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2017 by steve

“UK universities could lose talented EU staff unless they receive ‘greater clarity’ from the government on the post-Brexit rights of EU nationals, according to the Russell Group. The group of top research universities says Brexit is causing EU staff ‘uncertainty and anxiety’ and making the recruitment of others harder …” (more)

[BBC News, 3 August]

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Ulster University: Fees discount for GB students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 1st, 2017 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) is to offer discounts on tuition fees to students from England, Scotland and Wales. Students beginning in 2017/18 will be offered a £2,000 discount on fees or a £1,000 discount plus money towards travel and accommodation costs …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 1 August]

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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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