Brexit: German universities among those poised to benefit if researchers and funding shift

Posted in Research on February 23rd, 2018 by steve

“The UK is currently the second-largest recipient of competitive research funding from the EU: 6% of students and 17% of staff in UK universities are from other EU countries. Nearly half of academic papers produced by the UK are written in collaboration with at least one international partner – and among the top 20 countries UK academics cooperate the most with, 13 are in the EU …” (more)

[IOE London Blog, 23 February]

Tags: , , ,

Brexit ready: how the education sector is preparing already

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Brexit presents challenges across every area of the country and public policy sector. The education system is no different, with enor mous changes coming down the track as a result of the British departure from the EU. The Action Plan for Education 2018 says Brexit also presents opportunities for Ireland to diversify its offerings in a changed international market …” (more)

[Independent, 14 February]

Tags: , ,

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]

Tags: , ,

Students to learn more foreign languages under post-Brexit plan

Posted in Teaching on February 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More students will be encouraged to learn foreign languages and study abroad under a plan to build closer links with Europe following Brexit. The Government’s action plan for education acknowledges that Ireland needs to prepare for a changed dynamic in the EU following the UK’s departure and the rising importance of non-English speaking countries globally …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 February]

Tags: , , ,

Number of EU students applying to UK universities surges despite Brexit fears

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 5th, 2018 by steve

“More EU students have applied to study at UK universities this year despite industry-wide fears that the Brexit vote would make it less appealing, new Ucas figures show. The number of EU and international students applying for university places in the UK has increased to more than 100,000 for the first time – a rise of nearly 8% on last year, data reveals …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby, Independent, 6 February]

Tags: , ,

EU refuses to help claim back unpaid student debt

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 5th, 2018 by steve

“The Danish parliament is considering challenging a ruling of the European Court of Justice which states that students that work in Denmark should be eligible to receive Danish student funding. The EU has refused to help the Danish government claim back the unpaid student loans of other EU member states’ citizens …” (more)

[Ekatherina Gillen. University Observer, 4 February]

Tags: , ,

Scotland confirms free tuition for EU students in 2019-20

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 2nd, 2018 by steve

“The Scottish government has extended its pledge of free university tuition for European Union students to the cohort arriving in 2019-20, covering the period immediately after the UK’s exit from the bloc. The move, announced on 1 February, increases the pressure on the UK government to extend the offer of student loan funding to EU students enrolling in English higher education institutions in 2019-20 …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 1 February]

Tags: , , ,

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]

Tags: , , ,

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]

Tags: , ,

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]

Tags: ,

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]

Tags: , ,

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.

Tags: ,

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]

Tags: , , ,

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]

Tags: , , ,

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]

Tags: , ,

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]

Tags: , , , , ,

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]

Tags: , , ,

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]

Tags: , , ,

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]

Tags: , , ,

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]

Tags: , , , ,