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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Academics doing ‘life-changing’ research could lose EU funding in no-deal Brexit, universities warn

Posted in Research on March 19th, 2019 by steve

“Academics could lose hundreds of millions of pounds in European Union (EU) research funding if the UK crashes out of the bloc without a deal, Universities UK (UUK) has said. Those who applied for the latest round of grants from the European Research Council (ERC) will find out if they were successful on 8 April …” (more)

[Zamira Rahim, Independent, 19 March]

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Sharp drop in CAO applications from UK amid Brexit uncertainty

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There has been a sharp drop in students from Britain and Northern Ireland applying to study in the Republic amid continuing uncertainty over Brexit. A breakdown of latest Central Applications Office (CAO) figures for 2019 shows applications from Northern Ireland are down by 18% annually while those from Britain are down 13% …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 March]

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Government gives UK students commitment on paying Irish fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government is giving a long-term commitment that, after Brexit, UK students studying in the Republic will continue to be treated as if they were in the EU and will not have to pay higher fees. Until now, the guarantee extended only to students from Northern Ireland and Britain starting a third-level course in the Republic in September 2019, with a promise of review in the context of a wider Brexit agreement …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 March]

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Higher education fees for students from Northern Ireland to be frozen

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students from Northern Ireland and Britain will face the same higher education fees as EU students on an ongoing basis in the event of a hard Brexit. While the Government has previously pledged to freeze fees for UK students starting undergraduate courses in 2019 only, an amendment to the Brexit Omnibus Bill would maintain this system indefinitely …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 March]

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Students are given all-clear for September

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish students who want to study in the UK after Brexit, or UK students who want to attend third-level here, have certainty about continuation of the current fees regime for the duration of their studies if they start this September. Nor will there be any change to student grants, and Irish students in the UK will also be able to access student loans there …” (more)

[Independent, 6 March]

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‘Celtic Connection’ to protect higher education from fallout of Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Research on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new ‘Celtic Connection’ of higher education institutions across Ireland – north and south – and Scotland and Wales is being forged to help protect the sector from the fallout of Brexit. It aims to strengthen links between individual colleges to allow for ease of movement for staff and students and to ensure institutions are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to research funding handouts …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 March]

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Trinity College Dublin Provost wants Brexit measures for students firmed up

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Provost of Trinity College Dublin has said arrangements for Northern Irish students must be ‘copper-fastened’ after Brexit. Dr Patrick Prendergast was in Belfast yesterday to address an audience of Trinity alumni. In January there were concerns a hard Brexit would see fees soar for local students wishing to study in Irish universities …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 1 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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Planning for No Deal on Brexit

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

“As a March 29 date for Britain’s planned exit from the European Union fast approaches, British universities are bracing for potentially dire consequences if the United Kingdom exits without a deal. ‘Crashing out with no deal is the worst possible outcome for our universities’, said Joanna Burton, a senior policy analyst for the Russell Group …” (more)

[Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, 27 February]

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What will Brexit mean for education on the Irish border?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Elaine Keogh reports on what Brexit will mean to students and staff at Dundalk IT …” (audio)

[RTÉ – Morning Ireland, 22 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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What’s the likely impact of Brexit on Higher Education in Northern Ireland?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 21st, 2019 by steve

“When you hear the words Northern Ireland and Brexit, I know you automatically think ‘backstop’, but the focus of media on the backstop issue, whilst completely understandable, has had the unintended consequence of diverting attention away from the other likely implications of Brexit on Northern Ireland that are not directly backstop related. Take, for example, the issue of higher education …” (more)

[Cathy Gormley-Heenan, Irish Politics Forum, 21 February]

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Can universities be masters of their post-Brexit destiny?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2019 by steve

“The post-March 2019 relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union is no clearer and the uncertainty has now affected all sectors of higher education activity. The resources spent by UK organisations strategising for all possible scenarios will have long-term implications, whatever the final outcome, because prioritising resources towards this end comes at the expense of other areas …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman, University World News, 13 February]

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European Court of Justice rules two-tier pay scales for Irish teachers not discriminatory on age grounds

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that two-tier pay scales for teachers in Ireland are not discriminatory on age grounds. The case was taken by the primary teachers’ union, the INTO, on behalf of two members, Tomás Horgan and Claire Keegan, who were employed after January 2011, when lower pay scales were introduced …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 February]

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Hard Brexit could put major pressure on ‘creaking’ third-level sector

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

Ireland“A crash-out Brexit could place significant pressure on the third-level education system as thousands of Irish students might have to study at home rather than in the UK, the Oireachtas education committee has heard. Up to 12,000 students from the Republic study in the UK, while about 2,000 attend third-level institutions in the North …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Minister to be quizzed over impact of no deal on education and skills

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Joe McHugh will discuss the impact of Brexit on his sector at an Oireachtas hearing today. The Education Committee will focus particularly on what would happen in the event of a no-deal scenario when the UK exits the European Union on March 29 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 February]

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Ireland’s pay gap between men and women in R&D highest in Europe

Posted in Research on February 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The pay gap between women and men working in scientific research and development positions in Ireland is the largest in the European Union, with women earning on average 30% less than men, research has found. The European Commission on Monday released She Figures 2018, which presents key indicators on progress made towards gender equality in research and innovation, to mark the 20th anniversary of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 11 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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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his position on the future funding of third level education; if student loans will be ruled out as a means of raising funding for the sector; the details of the recent application to the European Commission to carry out a detailed economic analysis of third level education funding here; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 29 January]

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