University tuition fees in England now the highest in the world, new analysis suggests

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

“University tuition fees in England are now the highest in the world, new analysis has found. The average annual cost of £9,188, makes it significantly more than higher education in the US, where the average student pays $9,410 (£7,518) per annum, according to the Student Loan Calculator website …” (more)

[Ben Kentish, Independent, 28 March]

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We should cut college fees for courses linked to skills shortages

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland can respond to the uncertainty created by the changing international economic environment by pursuing a ‘skills incentivisation strategy’ that develops school leavers into the most highly-skilled graduate workforce on the planet …” (more)

[Owen Ross, Irish Times, 28 March]

 

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UCD Students Vote in Favour of Reducing the Current Level of Third-Level Fee

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students in, University College Dublin (UCD) have voted to mandate their students’ union to campaign for significantly reduced third-level fees, with 62.5% of voting students choosing the option over the two others presented …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 9 March]

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Third Level Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandRuth Coppinger (Dublin West, Anti-Austerity Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will oppose an end to the free fees scheme and abolish the student registration charges in view of the recent figures on the number of students in receipt of grants in third level institutions (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 March]

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Brexit Issues

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on meetings and discussions he or his officials have had with counterparts in other EU states with regard to the impact of Brexit on third level fees that would be charged to Irish or other EU citizens studying in the UK or Northern Ireland and-or other barriers to access for Irish or EU students to studying in the UK or Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Irish teenager whose family emigrated during recession charged ‘outrageous fees’ to study here

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A teenager whose family were forced to leave the county during the recession to find work is now being hit with higher university fees if she wants to study in Ireland …” (more)

[Cathal McMahon, Independent, 23 February]

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Third Level Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 22nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandBilly Lawless (Independent): … In 1995 the then Government decided to abolish undergraduate fees for Irish and other EU students. The scheme was generally referred to as the free fees initiative. Fees were cut by 50% in 1995 and eliminated thereafter. In announcing the introduction of free fees in Ireland on 9 February 1995 the then Minister, Niamh Bhreathnach, expressed to Dáil Éireann the universality dimension to what was a radical change in third level education in the State …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 21 February]

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Trinity College found in breach of advertising guidelines over online course listing on website

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on February 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin’s Trinity College has been found to be in breach of advertising guidelines over a course listing on its own website. Details on the Trinity College Website for a Masters in Cognitive Psychotherapy provided details of the fees for Years one and two of the course …” (more)

[Brian O’Reilly, Independent, 21 February]

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Pharmacy Students call on College’s Support to Oppose Surprise Fees and Unpaid Placement

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

Ireland“Trinity’s pharmacy students have called for Provost Patrick Prendergast’s support in lobbying against the double financial blow of increased final-year tuition fees and an unpaid placement in their final year …” (more)

[Brónagh Kennedy, University Times, 1 February]

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NUI Galway welcomes confirmation that Northern Irish Students will continue to Qualify for the Free Fees Initiative

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway today welcomed confirmation from the Department of Education and Skills that eligible students from the UK who enrol for eligible courses for the 2017/18 academic year will be able to avail of the Department’s Free Fee Schemes as in previous years …” (more)

[NUI Galway, 27 January]

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‘Other options’ on high college fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The chairwoman of the Oireachtas committee which will make the crucial recommendation on whether students will be expected to pay back higher college fees insists that other options will also be considered …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 December]

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Sharing creative multimedia education resources

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Although I don’t expect to see student loans as an essential part of the third level system in Ireland before I retire from it in 1105 days, I fully anticipate co-signing a loan to help my under-10s attend the higher education institution of their choice …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 5 December]

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Third Level Fees – Northern Irish and British students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 1st, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding Northern Irish and British students enrolling in universities here; and if, post-Brexit, their current EU rate fee arrangements would apply …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 29 November]

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Loan scheme ‘must not deter students from an education’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Increases in third-level fees, linked to a student loan scheme, should be regulated and remain affordable, according Peter Cassells, who wrote the expert group report on future funding of higher education …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 November]

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Enda Kenny is a ‘tough nut to crack’, says student in UL

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“‘He’s a tough nut to crack, that Enda Kenny fella.’ Killarney engineering graduate, Donal Foley gave this frank assessment after a face-to-face with the Taoiseach on third-level funding, when Mr Kenny visited the University of Limerick yesterday …” (more)

[Jimmy Woulfe, Irish Examiner, 22 November]

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Student protest greets Enda Kenny visit to University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“One hundred students protested against annual third level fees as An Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrived via garda escort at University of Limerick. Students representing a number of campus societies, including youth wing political parties, grouped together, chanting and raising their placards, while eagerly awaiting An Taoiseach’s arrival …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 21 November]

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Universities and institutes split on student fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Universities and institutes of technology are divided on the thorny issue of student fees. University presidents have backed a study now, pay later, student loan scheme, with fees rising to €4,000-€5,000 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 November]

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University presidents back introduction of student loan scheme to boost funding for higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A split emerged today between universities and institutes of technology on the thorny issue of student fees. University presidents have backed a study now – pay later, income contingent loan scheme for all students, with annual fees rising to €4,000-€5,000 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 November]

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Why I Took the Decision to Make Third-Level Education Free

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In 1993, when many of you were not even born, or were only toddlers attending play school, a newly elected government committed itself to opening the gates to universities. I was well into my five-year term as Minister for Education when a report commissioned on third-level fees from Dr Donal de Buitleir landed on my desk …” (more)

[Niamh Bhreathnach, University Times, 2 November]

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Budget 2017: Richard Bruton hints at higher third-level fees for students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Richard Bruton has given the first strong signals of intentions to seek higher third-level student fees as he announced increased government spending and plans to secure more from employers …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 12 October]

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