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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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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