A learning society?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Since about the late 1980s, one of the key assumptions of all higher education planning has been that university education would not in future be mainly focused on the learner progression of school leavers but would be available to people at various stages of their lives and for different reasons. The concept of ‘lifelong learning’ was born, and it informed a good bit of education policy over the ensuing decades …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 5 February]

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Colleges ‘must be more age conscious’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Colleges are heading down the path to extinction unless they become more age conscious, one of the world’s leading experts on older people claims. Higher education has yet to focus on this change — including the huge increase in potential students in their 50s and beyond …” (more)

[Sarah Slater, Irish Examiner, 11 August]

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In defence of the annoying mature age student

Posted in Teaching on November 2nd, 2015 by steve

UK“You might think they’re a pain, but the mature-age students I prepare for university are thrilled to receive the intellectual nourishment they thought was reserved for others …” (more)

[Stephen Owen, Guardian, 2 November]

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USI dismisses mature student exclusion video

Posted in Governance and administration on January 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A video released on an Irish student-focused website today entitled ‘Don’t you just hate Mature Students …’ has been dismissed by the Union of Students in Ireland as an attack on diversity …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 8 January]

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Colleges may face funding cuts over access targets

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 20th, 2014 by steve

“Third-level colleges could have funding cut if they do not meet new targets to improve access for disadvantaged, disabled and mature students. Despite progress in the last five years, many Higher Education Authority targets for participation by under-represented groups have not been met …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 August]

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CAO to offer thousands of college places to mature, deferred applicants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Tomorrow morning, the Central Applications Office CAO will offer close to 9,000 degree course programmes to over 7,300 applicants, who are seeking to secure third level course places in the coming academic year …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 3 July]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Postgraduate Maintenance Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 17th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason no postgraduate maintenance grant is available to students undertaking a master’s degree; his views on the difficulties this poses to those who become unemployed and wish to undertake a third level course up to masters level to reskill and improve their employment prospects; the other support available from his Department for such mature students; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 15 May]

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Scarce third-level resources

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 19th, 2013 by steve

“… Should we now question the very significant third-level resources expended on mature students, who to a large degree luxuriate on courses of a dubious value, notwithstanding being interesting, even informative …” (more)

[D O’Shea, Irish Examiner, 19 October]

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One in seven students now over 23

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 26th, 2013 by steve

“The current economic climate and the rapid increase in unemployment have resulted in a greater demand for education. That is according to Dr Denis Staunton, the assistant director in the Centre for Adult Education and director of access in University College Cork …” (more)

[Cork News, 26 July]

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Mature and young university students learn from each other

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 27th, 2012 by steve

“All innovation is characterised by many false starts, but occasionally an event feels like the real deal, a sure sense of a phase-shift in our world. This was the case this month when I found myself sharing the speakers’ platform with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the launch of an international initiative on Age-Friendly Universities led by Dublin City University …” (more)

[Des O’Neill, Irish Times, 27 November]

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Fight for Third Level Places is Heating Up

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 25th, 2012 by steve

“It seems that there will be another race for college places again this September as more mature students than ever are competing for third level places. Figures published by the CAO recently indicate there is a higher number applying this year …” (more)

[Studenty_Galway, 25 February]

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Demand for college places up as more mature students join race

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 2nd, 2012 by steve

“Demand for a place in college next September is up on last year. Figures from the CAO, the centralised agency for college entry, show that there were 71,612 applications by yesterday’s closing date …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 February]

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NUI Galway announces scholarship scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 16th, 2012 by steve

“NUI Galway has announced details of a new scholarship scheme for mature students. 30 new scholarships will be awarded, consisting of €2,000 per student for every year of their study …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 16 January]

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Juggling college and the kids

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 10th, 2012 by steve

“There aren’t enough hours in the day for parents who pursue the mature student life, writes Sheila Wayman. With the CAO deadline looming on February 1st …” (more)

[Irish Times, 10 January]

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Mature Students Now Comprise 15% of First Time Entrants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 20th, 2011 by steve

“A new report by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) shows that the proportion of those going to college for the first time aged 23 or over has risen to 15% and the Authority predicts that figure to continue to grow steadily in coming years …” (more)

[Dundalk Institute of Technology, 20 December]

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Mission diversity – the case of mature students in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 14th, 2011 by steve

“A key policy objective of many higher education systems is to have a diverse set of higher education institutions whose missions are distinctive and different but which combined result in a coherence that enables the system as a whole to meet all potential requirements …” (more)

[Richard Thorn, BlueBrick.ie, 12 December]

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Higher Education Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 13th, 2011 by steve

Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to review the mature student grant system for higher education; the meetings he has had with representative groups or agencies regarding such a review; if so, the results of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 11 October]

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Higher Education Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 16th, 2011 by steve

Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to introduce any measures to alleviate the financial pressures on mature students who will suffer the combined effect of the removal of the non-adjacent grant and the extension of the non-adjacent area; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 14 September]

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Record rise in number of mature students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 4th, 2011 by steve

“The number of mature students going to college reached 111,000 last year – or almost 5% of the entire adult population – as people opted out of the dole queue and back into education …” (more)

[Independent, 4 August]

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Challenges for third-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 3rd, 2011 by steve

“Madam, – Speculation about the reintroduction of third-level fees distracts from debate on the immediate challenges in the third-level sector in the context of the current downturn. The Minister for Education rightfully points out the increasing demand for third-level places, and the changing profile of those who apply …” (more)

[Berni Brady, Irish Times, 3 June]

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