Students’ Union Heads Call for Protests on Higher Education Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of all third-level students’ unions as well as the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have come together to call for protests to demand increased funding for colleges in Ireland in an open letter …” (more)

[Ross Malervy, University Times, 11 March]

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Student loans no way to fund education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – We are representatives of the students across Ireland – students keen to gain skills and qualifications and play our part in building Ireland’s future. The proposal of any kind of student loan scheme in Ireland is wholly unacceptable and is widely understood as an inequitable way to fund education, as well as having been consistently shown to be a failure when implemented in the UK and Australia and contributing to significant deficits in the public purse …” (more)

[Síona Cahill and 27 others, Irish Times, 11 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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Third Level Costs – Pharmacy Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 6th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMichael Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the issues faced by pharmacy students who will now have enormous tuition fees for the fifth year of their course will be addressed; his views on whether the changes will result in students not pursuing studies in pharmacy in the future for purely financial reasons; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 February]

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The university fees conversation

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

Ireland“Many students will be familiar with the process of applying for a grant from Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). It is a long process which demands attention and various details of the student and their families finances. Many students find it a confusing process. Although, not just for students it seems …” (more)

[Taidgh Beahan, The College View, 6 February]

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Why is it so expensive to become a teacher?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The six-year route to qualifying as a second-level teacher is a long, winding and expensive road. As Ireland reaches full employment with access to quality jobs after a four-year degree programme in many disciplines, the length of teacher training with its associated costs is becoming a disincentive to entering the profession, according to experts …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 5 January]

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USI And UCD SU Come Out In Support Of Healthcare Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union Students of Ireland have come out in support of Pharmacy Students and upcoming changes to their programs. These changes under the new integrated Pharmacy programme means that students will be required to pay increased fees and participated in greater levels of unpaid placements as a result of a ban in place by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) in paying for student labour …” (more)

[Aaron Bowman, College Tribune, 30 January]

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The SUSI Fee Debacle is Proof Academic Registry Has an Issue With Core Functions

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

Ireland“Academic Registry, according to its website, ‘is responsible for services that support the complete student lifecycle of Trinity College Dublin – from application to graduation’. As such, it is the College unit in charge of things like registration, exams and fees …” (more)

[University Times, 21 January]

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Pharmacy Students to Rally Against Unpaid Placement and Fee Hikes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Pharmacy students from all over the country, backed by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), will rally at the Dáil next week in protest at fee increases and unpaid work placement. The protest, which takes place on January 24th, is being organised by USI in conjunction with the Irish Pharmaceutical Students Association …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 18 January]

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Trinity Student Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Jack Power, Irish Times reporter, discusses the news that Trinity College Dublin is hoping to recover €1.7m after 509 students were undercharged registration fees over the past three years” (podcast).

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 17 January]

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Trinity undercharged students €1.7m in fees due to error

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An administrative oversight led to Trinity College Dublin undercharging students €1.7 million in university fees, which the college is now looking to recover. In total 509 students were undercharged registration fees over the past three years, with some students and recent graduates now owing the university as much as €9,000 …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 16 January]

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Students and Graduates left with Fee Debt after SUSI Mix-Up

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Some Trinity students and graduates are faced with paying outstanding fees from previous years, due to administrative confusion over the SUSI grant. Over the past three years, students whose grants fell short of what they expected were never charged for the remainder of their fees …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 15 January]

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Government hopes hard Brexit would not affect fees for cross-Border students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government is hopeful that students will be able to study north and south of the Border without incurring hikes in student fees in the event of a hard Brexit. About 1,200 students from the North attend colleges in the Republic, while more than 2,000 students from the Republic attend colleges in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 January]

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Irish government considers grants for Northern Ireland students after Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish government is considering a grant scheme for Northern Ireland students applying to universities in the Republic, to avoid fee hikes post-Brexit. A-level students in Northern Ireland say they have been left in limbo over whether they will have to pay non-EU student fees after the UK leaves the EU in March, a factor that could heavily determine where they choose to attend university …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 3 January]

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Student ‘frustrated’ over Irish university fees uncertainty

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 2nd, 2019 by steve

“Northern Ireland pupils applying to start university in the Republic of Ireland this year do not know how much they will pay in tuition fees. That is because it is still unclear if they will be treated as non-EU students after Brexit …” (more, video)

[BBC News, 2 January]

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Third Level Access

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“John Walshe, Columnist with The Irish Independent, Katriona O’Sullivan, Lecturer with the Turn to Teaching Project in Maynooth University, Shauna Dunlop, Director of Apprenticeship and Work Based Learning SOLAS and Anne Looney, Executive Dean in DCU Institute of Education, discuss the social divide among students going on to third level education …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 5 November]

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Third Level Fees – Cost of Abolition

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 8th, 2018 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated first and full year cost of abolishing third-level fees …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 November]

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University Tuition Fees Could Be Slashed To £6,500

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 4th, 2018 by steve

“University tuition costs could be cut to £6,500 under proposals from a commission established by Theresa May to devise plans for reforms to higher education. The Treasury would have to pay £3 billion a year to implement this move …” (more)

[Nadine White, Huffpost, 3 November]

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