Feeder schools list reveals scale of social inequality as pupils from fee-paying schools dominate high-points courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The annual list of feeder schools shows the number of students who are progressing to higher education from individual secondary schools. As a measure of academic performance, it is a blunt instrument …” (more)

[Irish Times, 7 December]

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New figures point to culture of ‘have’ and ‘have not’ in third-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Should the day arrive when attendance at third-level is not quite so easily predicted based on which school a student went to, it may be easier to say with confidence that all children are educated equally in Ireland …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 6 December]


Call for papers: inequalities of access to higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 27th, 2015 by steve

France“Sciences Po – LIEPP is organising a conference themed Inequalities of access to higher education: the role of policies, institutions and markets. The conference takes place in Paris, October 8-9, 2015. The conference language is English …” (more)

[Hedda, 27 July]

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Time to challenge the ‘myth of austerity’ – IFUT President, Rose Malone

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“IFUT sees the funding of the universities as a fundamental issue of social justice and educational equity, Rose Malone stated in her Presidential Address to the Conference of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), in Dublin …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 9 May]

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Decision to scrap inequality module must be reversed

Posted in Teaching on June 15th, 2014 by steve

“The decision of the Department of Political Science to completely drop a Senior Sophister module on inequality tells us a lot about a number of trends in higher education …” (more)

[Trinity News, 14 June]

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Tuition Fees and Inequality

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 26th, 2014 by steve

Canada“Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: it’s unfair that some people graduate with debt, and others don’t. The ones that do tend to have started off poorer to begin with. And so instead of being a means of social mobility, tuition ends up being a means of perpetuating it …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 26 May]

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Private school scholarship schemes only point up the crushing inequality in education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 22nd, 2014 by steve

“As a retired principal of a second-level DEIS (Delivering Equality In Schools) school serving a designated disadvantaged area, I watch with interest the regular debates about private versus public education …” (more)

[Irish Times, 22 April]

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Third level fees will be a barrier

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 10th, 2009 by steve

“The Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe has said third level fees will create equal opportunities for everyone. He is not due to publish a report on the issue until April, yet he seems to already know the answers. As a Leaving Certificate student I fail to see how third level fees will create equal opportunities. Many of my friends will find fees a barrier to the pursuit of their education. Already in Portlaoise, in a county with no third level institution, only 17.5pc of the population have a third level qualification, compared to the national average of 26pc …” (more)

[Bryan Holland, Independent, 10 February]

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