Queen’s University charters jet to bring Chinese students direct to Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University has chartered a jumbo jet at a cost of around £600,000 to bring hundreds of students directly from China to Belfast in September, the Irish News can reveal. It comes amid fears that a drastic loss of income from its international student intake would leave a hole in its budget running into millions of pounds …” (more)

[Gary McDonald, Irish News, 8 July]

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Most EU students ‘will not study in UK’ after fees decision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2020 by steve

“United Kingdom universities could suffer a 25% drop in international students as a result of the government decision to end home student status for them in England, according to a new survey …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 1 July]

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Making EU students pay higher fees is a blow for social mobility

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2020 by steve

“On 24 June, universities minister Michelle Donelan announced that, as a consequence of Brexit, EU and EEA students would be classified as overseas students starting from the 2021/22 academic year. They will be charged full tuition (up to £20,000 in some cases), lose access to the tuition fee loan, and no longer be eligible for many needs-based funds …” (more)

[Gábor Csontos, Guardian, 4 July]

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Scholars Asked to Make Room for Non-EU Students in Campus Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Scholars have been told that giving up their campus accommodation next year will instead allow Trinity to rent out the rooms to non-EU students, boosting the College’s finances ‘at a time when international demand is at risk’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 2 July]

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As Autumn Exchanges Remain Cancelled, UCD Prepares for Incoming Internationals

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“International students will be welcomed to University College Dublin (UCD) for the autumn trimester, while all autumn exchange programmes for UCD students remain cancelled. There will also be no charge for incoming international students on-campus for the first 21 days …” (more)

[Brigid Molloy, College Tribune, 30 June]

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International students told to bring sufficient toiletries and clean clothes for 14 day isolation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College has asked overseas students that are required to self-isolate to arrive in September with sufficient ‘personal toiletries and medicines’ for the two week isolation period, as well having ‘sufficient clean clothes’, as they will not be provided with individual laundry services during the isolation period …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 30 June]

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EU students to pay higher fees, same as non-EU students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 27th, 2020 by steve

“The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be charged the same tuition rates as domestic students …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 26 June]

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Universities face huge losses as thousands of international students delay accepting course offers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of international students arrive on Irish shores every September to begin undergraduate and postgraduate studies at colleges and universities across the country …” (more)

[Conor McCrave, TheJournal.ie, 21 June]

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English Language Students in Ireland Still Deep In Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on June 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The English language teaching industry in Ireland is facing an unprecedented catharsis, as a result of the impact of Covid-19. Schools, teachers and students have all been very badly hit. So what does the future hold for the different stakeholders? And can Ireland ever get back to a situation where this driver of multi-culturalism can thrive again? …” (more)

[Shamim Malekmian, Hot Press, 10 June]

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Amid Cashflow Fears, Trinity to Drop Entry Criteria for Non-EU Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity will significantly drop the academic requirements for non-EU students next year in a bid to cushion the financial blow from the coronavirus, accepting some students whose predicted grades equate to just 80% of the CAO points required for their course, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 6 June]

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International enrolment drop to cost universities US$4.5bn

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 31st, 2020 by steve

“United States colleges and universities are bracing for declines in international student enrolments in the coming autumn (fall) semester, a prospect that could lead to a loss of revenues as high as US$4.5 billion and further slow the momentum of overseas recruitment, a pair of reports examining the impact of COVID-19 on US higher education suggest …” (more)

[Mary Beth Marklein, University World News, 30 May]

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Third Level Admissions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 30th, 2020 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the consultation which has taken place to date on the provision of additional spaces at third-level institutions for the coming term; if agreement has been reached that these places will be made available to current leaving certificate students; if additional supports will be provided to third-level institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 May]

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New measures introduced to help English language foreign students in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“English language students who are stuck in Ireland because of Covid-19 will be allowed to remain as long as they re-enrol in an online course of study for the remainder of the academic year. Students who left the State before completion of their studies due to Covid-19 may return and resume their studies, according to new measures introduced by the Department of Justice …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 26 May]

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New measures introduced to help English language foreign students in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“English language students who are stuck in Ireland because of Covid-19 will be allowed to remain as long as they re-enrol in an online course of study for the remainder of the academic year. Students who left the State before completion of their studies due to Covid-19 may return and resume their studies, according to new measures introduced by the Department of Justice …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 26 May]

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UCD rules out fees refund sought by students due to Covid-19 ‘disruption’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has ruled out part refunds on fees following a campaign by students who believe the impact of Covid-19 on their third level experience warrants some redress. Over 1,100 students have signed a petition regarding the ‘disruption’ and are seeking a rebate in the order of 30% …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 25 May]

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International students at UCD seeking compensation over fees paid

Posted in Legal issues on May 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A UCD student from India has begun a petition calling on the college to compensate international students who paid substantial fees to study at UCD only for their year of study to be disrupted by Covid-19 …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 25 May]

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UCD claims operations can weather Covid-19 challenge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 19th, 2020 by steve

“University College Dublin can sustain its operations in the current volatile environment created by the significant uncertainties associated with Covid 19, which has reduced demand from non-EU students. That is according to a note in UCD’s annual accounts where it confirms that the college’s surplus reduced by 44% to €19.46 million in the 12 months to the end of September last …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 19 May]

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First Years Prioritised, No Large Lectures and Campus Rotas

Posted in Teaching on May 18th, 2020 by steve

“The return of all universities in autumn could see no large lectures, ‘blended learning’ between virtual and on-campus, large cutbacks in numbers of on-campus accommodation, and a rota for students on when they can be on campus with first years prioritised, according to Jim Miley, Director General at Irish Universities Association (IUA) …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 17 May]

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New role of alumni in recruiting international students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 17th, 2020 by steve

International“Anyone working in higher education today does not need a weatherman to know that international recruiting and admissions has changed since COVID-19, and in all likelihood will be changed forever. This year almost all international conferences have been cancelled and, depending on the higher education institution, between 85% to 90% of all international travel has also been cancelled …” (more)

[Gretchen Dobson and Marguerite Dennis, University World News, 16 May]

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Irish Colleges to Struggle to ‘Compete’ With Online Teaching, Warns SFI Chair

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Teaching on May 15th, 2020 by steve

“Irish universities will struggle to ‘compete’ in the sphere of online learning when it comes to attracting students over the coming years, a top research official has warned. Peter Clinch, the chairman of Science Foundation Ireland, said the ‘centralised’ approach to IT of Ireland’s universities means it will be difficult for them to implement ‘blended learning’ – a combination of online and in-person learning – in the coming months and years …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 15 May]

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