Local student body welcomes Dublin’s assurances over fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The National Union of Students Northern Ireland has welcomed proposals by the Irish Government to mitigate potential impacts of Brexit on tuition fees for students studying on a cross-border basis in 2019. Dublin has confirmed it will continue supporting students applying to universities in the United Kingdom, as well as Northern Ireland students wishing to study in the Republic, after Brexit …” (more)

[Cate McCurry, Belfast Telegraph, 12 January]

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Irish students studying in the UK to receive tuition fees support post-Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The government has confirmed it will continue supporting students applying to universities in the United Kingdom as well as Northern Ireland pupils wishing to study here after Brexit. Pupils from Northern Ireland expressed concern over whether they will be treated as non-EU students after the UK leaves the European Union in March, meaning they would have to pay much higher fees …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 11 January]

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Government hopes hard Brexit would not affect fees for cross-Border students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government is hopeful that students will be able to study north and south of the Border without incurring hikes in student fees in the event of a hard Brexit. About 1,200 students from the North attend colleges in the Republic, while more than 2,000 students from the Republic attend colleges in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 January]

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Irish government considers grants for Northern Ireland students after Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish government is considering a grant scheme for Northern Ireland students applying to universities in the Republic, to avoid fee hikes post-Brexit. A-level students in Northern Ireland say they have been left in limbo over whether they will have to pay non-EU student fees after the UK leaves the EU in March, a factor that could heavily determine where they choose to attend university …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 3 January]

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Student ‘frustrated’ over Irish university fees uncertainty

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 2nd, 2019 by steve

“Northern Ireland pupils applying to start university in the Republic of Ireland this year do not know how much they will pay in tuition fees. That is because it is still unclear if they will be treated as non-EU students after Brexit …” (more, video)

[BBC News, 2 January]

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Outcry after student loan overpayments of £8m are extracted from NI graduates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 29th, 2018 by steve

“Graduates here overpaid nearly £8m in student loans in five years. Overpayments have been rising steadily, with thousands of people affected, figures show. A student organisation said it was ‘deeply troubling’ …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 29 December]

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Drop in Republic of Ireland students in Northern Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The number of students from the Republic of Ireland studying in Northern Ireland has fallen by more than a third since 2011. However, there has been a rise in the number of Northern Irish students in the Republic in recent years. The findings are part of a joint government analysis of cross-border student enrolments …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 18 December]

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Trinity likely to be hardest hit by disruption to flow of students after Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The flow of almost 3,400 students across the Border may reduce significantly following Brexit, according to analysis by UK and Irish higher education authorities. In the Republic, Trinity College Dublin would be most vulnerable to a reduction in number on the basis that it is the most popular choice for undergraduates resident in the North …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 December]

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Trinity Still Courting Northern Irish Students, Amid Brexit Uncertainty

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has extended its admissions feasibility study to increase Northern Irish applicants for a fifth year, after the College announced the first fall in applications from the North in four years during the summer. This year marked the first fall in applicants from the North since the study began in 2014 …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 12 November]

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Derry medical school plans shelved due to Stormont impasse

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

“A planned medical school at Ulster University’s campus in Londonderry has been shelved because there are no ministers in Stormont. The first intake of 60 students at the Graduate Entry Medical School at Magee Campus had been scheduled for 2019 – but the future of a medical school any time in the future is now in doubt …” (more)

[Donna Deeney, Belfast Telegraph, 19 October]

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LyIT to get €250,000 funding support

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister Joe McHugh has confirmed that LyIT is to benefit from further Government funding of €250,000 to support its cross-border links. The college is to receive the funding shortly and is in line for continued Government support on cross-border links and transformation to Technological University …” (more)

[Donegal Daily, 12 October]

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Dundalk IT Welcomes Cross-Border Education Alliance With Southern Regional College

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk IT has welcomed Southern Regional College (SRC) as the first Northern Ireland partner to join the North East Further and Higher Education Alliance (NEFHEA). SRC was officially inaugurated to the Alliance today by the Minister for State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD at a meeting in its Newry campus …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 8 October]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor in Newry to welcome the Southern Regional College as a member of the North East Further & Higher Education Alliance (NEFHEA)

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, attended a meeting today (Monday, 8th October 2018) to welcome Southern Regional College, Newry, as the first Northern Ireland partner to join the North East Further and Higher Education Alliance (NEFHEA) …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 8 October]

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Brexit threatens Trinity mission to be university ‘for all Ireland’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Brexit is threatening Trinity College Dublin’s historic mission to be ‘a university for the whole island of Ireland’. Since it opened 426 years ago, Trinity has been proud of bringing different traditions, north and south, together. However, the uncertainty caused by Brexit has already taken a big toll on CAO applications from the North this year, which are down 20% …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 September]

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Only a third of graduates return to NI

Posted in Life on August 31st, 2018 by steve

“Only a third of students from Northern Ireland who graduated in England, Scotland or Wales in 2017 returned home to work. By contrast, almost nine in 10 of those graduating in NI got a job and stayed in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 31 August]

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Brexit fears spur Northerners’ Trinity snub

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 2nd, 2018 by steve

“A sharp fall in applications to Trinity College Dublin from students from the North has been blamed on Brexit. Just 759 CAO applications were made to Trinity from Northern students this year – a hefty drop from last year’s 964. Between 2014 and 2018, application numbers had steadily increased each year to the high of 964 last year, following efforts by Trinity to become a ‘university for the whole island’ …” (more)

[Nick Bramhill, Independent, 1 July]

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Already, Brexit May Have Derailed Trinity’s All-Island Ambitions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 25th, 2018 by steve

“Two years ago, Trinity’s ambition to be a ‘university for the whole island’ had started to falter. Even as applications from Northern Irish students were increasing, the spectre of Brexit loomed large, with the rate of acceptances falling. Today, things have worsened considerably. For the first time in four years, the number of students from Northern Ireland applying to Trinity has fallen dramatically, while the ‘confusion, uncertainty and outright game-changing nature of Brexit’ warned of two years ago has only worsened …” (more)

[University Times, 24 June]

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Trinity Applications From Northern Ireland Fall

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 22nd, 2018 by steve

“The number of Northern Irish students applying to Trinity has fallen for the first time in four years, according to new figures. This year, Trinity has received 759 CAO applications from Northern Irish students, compared to last year’s 964 …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 21 June]

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NI student loan debt hits almost £3.3bn

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 15th, 2018 by steve

“Northern Ireland’s outstanding student debt stands at almost £3.3bn. The total tuition fee and maintenance loan debt has risen 10% since last year when it stood at just under £3bn. Only about one in six people in Northern Ireland have fully repaid their student loans …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 15 June]

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Third Level Fees – Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 10th, 2018 by steve

Kathleen Funchion (Carlow-Kilkenny, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if third level students from Northern Ireland studying here will be exempt from paying non-EU student fees under the common travel area from 2019 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 May]

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