Students Shouldn’t Fear ‘Financial Pressure’, Says Higher Education Minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor has made her most strident comments in the higher education funding debate today. As students prepare to march in their thousands for publicly funded education, she warned them not to fear financial pressure. In a statement today before the March for Education makes it way to Leinster House …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 4 October]

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The Answer to the Higher Education Funding Crisis Is Not to Raise Student Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“When thinking about ways to address the central challenges we face in our system of education, it is important to begin by acknowledging one undeniable fact: our universities have a truly remarkable record of delivering for Irish society. At third level we have moved from a small, exclusive sector – effectively closed to large sections of society – to having one of the world’s highest levels of qualifications …” (more)

[Thomas Byrne, University Times, 3 October]

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Students to hold national demonstration for third-level funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has announced they will hold a national demonstration on October 4th calling on the Government to invest in publicly-funded third-level education. The demonstration, which is expected to draw over 5,000 students from across Ireland, will call on government officials and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills to invest in the publicly-funded third level education model as outlined in the Cassells report published last year …” (more)

[Seán Dunne, Irish Times, 25 September]

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Third Level Fees: Cost

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost in 2018 for abolishing all third level fees, both capitation and tuition, for under graduate and post graduate …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 September]

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Solving the third level education crisis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“We spoke to Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education with special responsibility for Higher Education. Keelin Shanley began by asking her how concerned she is about where all of those students are going to live” (audio).

[RTÉ – News at One, 22 August]

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Rising costs worsening college drop-out rate – students’ unions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Rising back-to-college costs mean a growing number of students are being forced to drop out of third-level education, according to students’ unions. The cost of student fees, accommodation, course books, equipment and transport mean some students will be unable to continue their degrees this September …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 8 August]

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Ulster University: Fees discount for GB students

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

“Ulster University (UU) is to offer discounts on tuition fees to students from England, Scotland and Wales. Students beginning in 2017/18 will be offered a £2,000 discount on fees or a £1,000 discount plus money towards travel and accommodation costs …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 1 August]

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A Year on from Landmark Funding Report, Labour to Call for Rejection of Loan Schemes in Seanad

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Nearly a year to the day after the publication of a landmark report on Irish higher education funding, Labour Party senators will bring a motion to the Seanad tomorrow calling on the government to oppose a loan scheme for third-level students …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 11 July]

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Galway college students call for support to oppose student loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The students’ unions at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and NUI Galway are calling on senators to support a Labour party motion rejecting the implementation of a student loan scheme …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 11 July]

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Calling All Senators: Vote Tomorrow to Reject Loans and Support Free Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Tomorrow, the Seanad will debate a private members’ motion on third-level funding put forward by the Labour Party. Our motion, which I am proud to be proposing along with my colleagues, will call on the government to affirm its commitment to providing equality of access to education …” (more)

[Ivana Bacik, University Times, 11 July]

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Government to leave door open to student loan scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government will leave the door open to the introduction of a student loan scheme on Wednesday when it opposes a motion to abolish student registration fees for third-level education. The Labour Party is due to table a private member’s motion in the Seanad rejecting any move to implement an income-contingent loan scheme and calling for a fully publicly-funded scheme …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 July]

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England has lost its damn mind over tuition fees

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

“Ok, I said I wouldn’t write over the summer unless someone of importance said something titanically stupid. Andrew Adonis, architect of former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair’s education policies crossed that line on Friday with a – yes – titanically stupid column about tuition fees, so here I am …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 10 July]

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Third Level Charges: Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 1st, 2017 by steve

IrelandRuth Coppinger (Dublin West, Solidarity): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will reduce the student contribution charge in third level education; his views on an organisation’s (details supplied) call for the charge to be reduced by a minimum of €250; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 29 June]

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Brexit Issues

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 30th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJan O’Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the possible affect of Brexit on fees and access to higher education for Irish students who attend British universities and colleges; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 June]

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High fees deterring emigrants from sending kids to Irish universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Almost 60% of Irish expat parents in Asia are not interested in sending their children to attend university in Ireland as they do not feel Irish higher education institutions offer value for money, a new survey has shown. Britain and the US are the top destinations of choice …” (more)

[Clifford Coonan, Irish Times, 14 June]

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Brexit could lead to fees hike says Queen’s vice-chancellor

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

Ireland“Students from the Republic are facing potential massive university fee increases after the UK withdraws from the EU. The head of Queen’s University Belfast said EU undergraduates could be charged pricier international tuition fees post-Brexit …” (more)

[Simon Doyle, Irish News, 29 May]

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Students count cost of failed exams as colleges make millions from resit fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Universities are earning millions of euro in exam ‘resit fees’ charged to students who fail to make the grade first time round. As exam season gets under way, new figures reveal third level colleges enjoy a huge annual cash boost from a range of ‘fees’ …” (more)

[Mark O’Regan, Independent, 21 May]

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Third-level education and loans system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – John Thompson (May 16th) proposes a system of financial incentives for students to study third-level courses in areas where there is a skills shortage. Such incentives would encourage students to choose a course based on affordability, instead of their interest in the subject or their aptitude for it …” (more)

[Jonathan Dukes, Irish Times, 17 May]

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Third-level education and loans system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – It always amazes me that when considering third-level fees, no consideration is ever given to the notion of altering fees based on the courses of education studied. We have a huge shortage of qualified applicants for intellectually and financially rewarding careers in information technology (IT), for example, and yet the same fees system is applied to IT courses as to any other area of study …” (more)

[John Thompson, Irish Times, 16 May]

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University heads attack ‘flawed’ student loan paper

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University heads have sent a strongly worded letter to two senior academics attacking as ‘flawed’ a paper they have written setting out a case against a student loan scheme.The letter from the Irish Universities Association (IUA) questions the ‘methodology and approach’ of Dr Charles Larkin, Trinity College Dublin, and Dr Shaen Corbet, Dublin City University …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 May]

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