Why Are So Many People Leaving Northern Ireland For University?

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

“Recently, the BBC published an article focusing on how a third of Northern Irish students have started studying in other parts of the UK. Looking at data from another source, but for the same years, (2016-2017) 4% of English students are studying somewhere else in the UK, 6% of Scots, 31% of Welsh and 27% of Northern Irish …” (more)

[Leanne Thorpe, The Gown, 6 March]

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‘Third level institutions in the south should also recognise PE A-Level’ – Ó Donnghaile

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has welcomed official recognition for Physical Education as a leaving cert subject and has reiterated his call that third level institutions in the south also move to recognise PE A-Level as a Central Applications Office (CAO) subject when applying for university places in the South …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 24 February]

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NI university lecturers to strike over pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2018 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) faces 14 days of strike action from many lecturers, starting on 22 February. It is also expected that Queen’s University Belfast will be affected in a similar way. The action by University and College Union (UCU) members is being taken due to a dispute over planned changes to staff pensions …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 6 February]

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Foreign students boost Northern Ireland economy by £170m: report

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

“A study by a leading education think-tank has found that international students provide an annual boost of £170m to Northern Ireland’s economy. The study by the Higher Education Policy Institute examined the intake of international students for the year 2015/16, and found a total of 231,065 enrolled in undergraduate and masters courses across the UK …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 12 January]

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The Holylands: a manifesto for urban renewal

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

“Since my election in 2014, I’ve devoted a fair bit of time and effort to the challenges faced by the Holylands and its community of settled residents. I won’t rehearse the full and inglorious history of how we arrived here but the experiences that residents have endured are just awful …” (more)

[Emmet McDonough-Brown, Slugger O’Toole, 17 November]

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Third Level Admissions Entry Requirements: A-levels

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 25th, 2017 by steve

IrelandNiall Ó Donnghaile (Sinn Fein): I raised this Commencement matter because the issue in question is coming to the fore. Many students, educationalists and teachers in the North are noticing and falling foul of a particular anomaly where there is a difference in the recognition of the A-level grading system by institutions in the South. This has only been exacerbated by Brexit …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 24 October]

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Northern Ireland student loses High Court battle over being denied funding for Dublin degree course

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Northern Ireland student has lost a High Court battle over being denied funding for a degree course in Dublin. Aimee Liggett was seeking to challenge a Department for the Economy decision that law studies she wanted to undertake were not eligible for financial support …” (more)

[Alan Erwin, Belfast Telegraph, 9 October]

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NI teens most likely to go to university

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2017 by steve

“Teenagers in Northern Ireland are the most likely in the UK to go to university, official figures show. The entry rate for 18 year-olds living here was 34.8% this year, according to admissions service Ucas …” (more)

[Alison Kershaw, Belfast Telegraph, 18 September]


Queen’s places in world’s top 250, UU in top 150 young universities

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2017 by steve

“The 2018 annual global ranking list of universities issued by the Times Higher Education (THE) has placed Queen’s University in the world’s top 250. The rankings are considered the authoritative breakdown of where universities place internationally …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 5 September]

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Northern Irish universities beat out UK rivals for employment

Posted in Life on August 25th, 2017 by steve

“Graduates from Northern Ireland’s Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) are more likely to be employed after leaving university than their peers that studied in England, Scotland or Wales, new figures have shown …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 25 August]

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Consent Conversations Must Respond to Students Who Barely Recognise Sexual Assault

Posted in Life on August 21st, 2017 by steve

“A survey on sexual assault was a long time coming in Northern Ireland. With national conversation erupting in the last few years around consent, Queen’s have followed in the footsteps of USI and Trinity respectively, in conducting their own survey to glean insight into the prevalence of sexual assault on campus. The Queen’s survey is unexpectedly pioneering in more ways than one …” (more)

[University Times, 20 August]

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Student satisfaction levels welcome – Archibald

Posted in Teaching on August 11th, 2017 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has welcomed the National Student Survey results for universities in the north, which show high levels of satisfaction of final year students with their degree courses …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 11 August]

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NI students happy with university courses

Posted in Teaching on August 9th, 2017 by steve

“The majority of NI students were satisfied with their degree courses this year, a UK-wide survey suggests. The National Student Survey (NSS) found 85% of final year students at NI universities said they were satisfied with the quality of their course …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 9 August]

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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]


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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