EC gives details of €100 billion research proposal

Posted in Research on June 9th, 2018 by steve

“The European Commission has announced the details of its €100 billion (US$118 billion) proposal for the next long-term budget for its research and innovation programme for 2021-27, which it calls the ‘most ambitious research and innovation programme ever’. Horizon Europe, as the new programme is known, ‘will build on the achievements and success of the previous research and innovation programme (Horizon 2020) and keep the European Union at the forefront of global research and innovation’, the commission declared on Thursday …'” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 8 June]

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‘Moonshot’ science trumps basic research in EU budget proposals

Posted in Research on June 8th, 2018 by steve

“Curiosity-driven science has lost out to huge ‘moonshot’ research projects in plans for the next European Union research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe. University representatives were left disappointed by a smaller than expected proposed budget increase for the European Research Council, arguably the continent’s most prestigious funder of basic research …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 7 June]

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What will Brexit mean for Irish students?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 5th, 2018 by steve

“Big intractable political and economic issues continue to dominate Brexit negotiations. Almost everything else is relegated to a ‘it will be all right on the night’ approach backed by vague assurances from the UK government and dismissive ‘we’ll see’ responses from Europe …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 5 June]

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The UK’s participation in Horizon Europe: caught in a game of high politics?

Posted in Research on June 4th, 2018 by steve

“On 6 March 2018 the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) released its proposed vision for the EU’s Ninth Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2021-2027). Recently christened Horizon Europe, this is the world’s largest and most competitive research funding programme, established at a time of growing uncertainty as to whether the UK wants, can afford, or will be allowed to fully participate …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman, Centre for Global Higher Education]

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Call for Ireland to maintain strong research links with UK after Brexit

Posted in Research on May 31st, 2018 by steve

“The Government’s Brexit Strategy should seek to preserve the closest possible research links between Ireland and the UK, according to the president of the Royal Irish Academy, Prof Peter Kennedy. The strength of the current relationship was reflected in the scale of research collaborations currently undertaken jointly by the neighbouring countries, he said at a ceremony in Dublin to admit new RIA members …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 29 May]

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Drop in students choosing Derry campus due to Brexit uncertainty

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

“There has been a drop off in students selecting the Derry campus of Ulster University as their first preference for third-level studies, and a decline in job applications for posts there since the Brexit vote. Magee – as the university’s Derry campus is known – is Ireland’s only Border university …” (more)

[Freya McClements, Irish Times, 14 May]

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Why accommodation is a key barrier to studying abroad

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2018 by steve

“The benefits of study abroad have long been known – the positive impact is so widely accepted that the European Union is currently working towards the ambitious target of having 20% of all students enjoy a mobility experience. We are still far from that figure, but luckier students find themselves propelled out into the world during the course of their studies. Generally, they return more independent, self-reliant, adaptable, culturally aware, multilingual and so much more …” (more)

[Rosie Birchard, University World News, 11 May]

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Forum hears of need to bolster post-Brexit UK-Ireland research

Posted in Research on May 12th, 2018 by steve

“Establishing a major research fund jointly supported by the UK and Ireland and a new North-South research centre have been proposed to strengthen collaboration between the two countries post-Brexit. The proposals, which will be submitted to the Irish and UK governments in coming days, were outlined at a British-Irish Chamber of Commerce conference in London on developing higher education and research partnerships …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 11 May]

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Irish students in UK ‘will escape higher fees’ in wake of Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish students in the UK won’t have to pay higher ‘international’ fees and will still be able to access student loans after Brexit. British government minister Sam Gyimah told a high-level conference in London he is committed to maintaining rights of Irish students to access higher and further education on equal terms with UK nationals …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 May]

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More third level spending needed to attract top academics

Posted in Governance and administration on May 11th, 2018 by steve

“Academics in the UK are showing an interest in moving to Ireland because of Brexit, but there is an urgent need to substantially increase investment in Irish third level education, Oxford University vice-chancellor Prof Louise Richardson has said …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 10 May]

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Brexit is an opportunity for higher education in Ireland, says expert

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 10th, 2018 by steve

“Brexit is an opportunity for Ireland to become a world-leading research centre – but the Government must step up its investment in higher education if the country is to grasp the chance. That is the view of international business figure Niall FitzGerald, the former CEO and chair of the consumer goods giant Unilever, now chair of the UCD Smurfit School …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 May]

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Third Level Fees – Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 10th, 2018 by steve

Kathleen Funchion (Carlow-Kilkenny, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if third level students from Northern Ireland studying here will be exempt from paying non-EU student fees under the common travel area from 2019 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 May]

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‘Overqualified’ Irish workers beat EU’s third-level study targets

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2018 by steve

“Ireland has already significantly exceeded an EU target for 40% of people between the ages of 30-34 to be educated to degree level. One of Europe 2020 strategy’s targets is that at least 40% of 30-34-year-olds in the bloc should have completed tertiary education by 2020. Last year more than half of Irish 30- to 34-year-olds were found to have completed third-level education …” (more)

[Ellie Donnelly, Independent, 1 May]

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University staff demographics: the fabric of UK universities at risk from Brexit

Posted in Governance and administration on April 20th, 2018 by steve

“Dr Ludovic Highman outlines the potential impact of Brexit on academics at UK universities and shows that UK universities are highly dependent on EU academic staff. In the briefing, Dr Highman highlights the proportion and distribution of EU academics in UK universities. He points out that many non-UK EU academics are employed in fields where the domestic pool of candidates is insufficient …” (more)

[Centre for Global Higher Education, 20 April]

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Eurostat leaves vast third-level borrowings off State balance sheet

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 16th, 2018 by steve

“The European Union’s statistics agency has confirmed that hundreds of millions of euro in borrowings by Irish universities should remain off the Government’s balance sheet. The decision by Eurostat is a major relief for universities and policymakers who feared the opposite decision would jeopardise expansion plans to cope with rising student numbers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 April]

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Redefining a Post-Brexit EU-UK Partnership in Research and Higher Education

Posted in Research on April 11th, 2018 by steve

“The complexity of the intricate relationships linking European Union (EU) member states as well as the EU institutions and their member states appears to have been misunderstood in the United Kingdom (UK) at the time of the June 2016 referendum …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman, College of Europe Policy Brief, April]

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EU students at UK universities: patterns and trends

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

“Dr Ludovic Highman outlines the potential impact of Brexit on the UK’s international student body. In the briefing, he shows that the distribution of EU students in the UK is likely to become more uneven, with English universities outside large cities experiencing the biggest drop in EU student numbers …” (more)

[Centre for Global Higher Education, April]

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College proposes replacing EU student places with non-EU places to increase revenue

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Chief Financial Officer Ian Matthews has proposed the replacement of EU student places with non-EU places as part a range of income raising initiatives. Other proposals include placing a capital levy on EU undergraduate students subject to government approval, and the sale of a College building …” (more)

[Ciaran Sunderland and Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 21 March]

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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]

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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]

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