Belfast student housing scheme bought by new developer

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2017 by steve

“A planned student housing scheme in Belfast has been sold to a new developer. The site at Little Patrick Street received planning permission in October 2016, following an application by UniCiti LLP …” (more)

[John Campbell, BBC News, 17 July]

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Revealed: 47% of higher education students are Catholics and 30% Protestants

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2017 by steve

“New figures released by the Department of the Economy have shown that there are around one-third more Catholic students than Protestant students in Northern Ireland’s higher education institutions …” (more)

[Michael Sheils McNamee, Belfast Telegraph, 28 June]

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Third Level Fees: Students from Northern Ireland

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

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if students from Northern Ireland wishing to enter colleges here in 2017 will be treated as EU students for fee purposes; if this status will remain for the duration of their course; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 June]

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Prendergast Pledges to ‘Surmount’ Challenges Posed by Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has stated the College’s plans to ‘surmount’ the multitude of challenges posed by the UK’s exit from the EU and affirmed its hope that higher, non-EU fees would not be introduced for British and Northern Irish students …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 30 May]

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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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Irish universities U-turn on previously rejected A-levels

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Republic of Ireland’s universities will accept results of four Northern Irish A-level subjects they had previously rejected. The change will come into effect for students starting in September 2018.The subjects are Software Systems Development, Moving Image Arts, Digital Technology and Environmental Technology …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 26 May]

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All-Ireland Work Visa for Graduates is Needed to Cope with Brexit, says Ulster University Head

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Vice-Chancellor of Ulster University, Paddy Nixon, has called for the introduction of an all-Ireland work visa for students after they graduate, adding to calls for Irish and UK governments to address the challenges facing universities post-Brexit …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 19 May]

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Students facing major fees hike in Republic over UK quitting EU

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

Ireland“Students from Northern Ireland who attend universities in the Republic may face fees of tens of thousands of euro following Brexit. There is currently a capped charge of €3,000 (£2,500) at Irish universities for EU students. However, when Northern Ireland leaves the EU along with the rest of the UK …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 4 May]

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Irish university post-Brexit fees questioned

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Northern Irish students should not have to pay more to attend universities in the Republic after Brexit, an Irish opposition politician has argued. There should be a guarantee that students from NI will not have to pay non-EU fees when the UK leaves the EU, said Fianna Fáil’s Thomas Byrne …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 3 May]

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Universities to Lobby Against International Fees for Northern Irish Students Post-Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The leaders of Irish universities will be lobbying to ensure that Northern Irish students are not subjected to higher, international-level fees, as negotiations begin over the UK’s exit from the EU …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 11 April]

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Trinity professor expresses concern over possible fee increases for NI students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Trinity professor has expressed her ‘horror’ that Northern Irish students, following Brexit, may have to pay non-EU fees in order to study at a third level institution in the Republic of Ireland and vice-versa. Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern Irish History, and Chairperson of the Irish Research Council, Jane Ohlmeyer spoke of her concern at an Oireachtas Education Committee meeting on Tuesday …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 24 March]

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Irish colleges reject NI A-Level subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Republic of Ireland’s seven main universities in the will not accept results in four A-Levels taken by students in Northern Ireland this year. The affected subjects are Software Systems Development, Moving Image Arts, Digital Technology and Environmental Technology …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 2 March]

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Brexit Issues

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on meetings and discussions he or his officials have had with counterparts in other EU states with regard to the impact of Brexit on third level fees that would be charged to Irish or other EU citizens studying in the UK or Northern Ireland and-or other barriers to access for Irish or EU students to studying in the UK or Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Northern Ireland leads way on university applications

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

“Northern Ireland has enjoyed the highest application rate to universities across the UK this year, statistics show. Around 48% of youngsters had applied to a university course by the main January 15 deadline, followed by England (37%) and Wales (32%) …” (more)

[Alison Kershaw, Belfast Telegraph, 17 February]

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Science Foundation Ireland – North-South Collaboration

Posted in Research on February 17th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of SFI awards that have been made to HEIs for collaborations between the North and South under the CSET, SRC, PICA and PIYRA programmes; the details of the awards for the years 2015 and 2016 showing which HEIs and research teams benefitted from these awards, in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 February]

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NUI Galway welcomes confirmation that Northern Irish Students will continue to Qualify for the Free Fees Initiative

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway today welcomed confirmation from the Department of Education and Skills that eligible students from the UK who enrol for eligible courses for the 2017/18 academic year will be able to avail of the Department’s Free Fee Schemes as in previous years …” (more)

[NUI Galway, 27 January]

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Third Level Fees – Northern Irish and British students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 1st, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding Northern Irish and British students enrolling in universities here; and if, post-Brexit, their current EU rate fee arrangements would apply …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 29 November]

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Northern Ireland has a chronic shortage of students, whilst Belfast has too many and the west of the province has too few. The solution is obvious.

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2016 by steve

UK“September marked the annual return of students to their term-time accommodation. And within two days residents of the Holylands had lodged over 150 complaints of anti-social behaviour with Belfast City Council. That university neighbourhood’s term-time population comprises over 90% of students/young people, amounting to an estimated 7,000 in just one square kilometre …” (more)

[Slugger O’Toole, 13 October]

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Medical School: North-west

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2016 by steve

UKMark Durkan asked the Minister for the Economy whether he has had any discussions, either with his colleague the Health Minister or the university, about the establishment of a medical school in the north-west …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly, 11 October]

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After Years of Cuts, Debate on Higher Education Funding Begins in Northern Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2016 by steve

UK“Northern Irish higher education has had a lot to celebrate in the last decade. The two main universities in the country are moving consistently up world rankings. Queen’s University Belfast, since 2006, has been a member of the prestigious Russell Group of UK universities, and the two institutions are quickly developing a reputation for world-class research …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 23 August]

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