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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Trinity College launch initiative targeting NI students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 28th, 2018 by steve

“Trinity College in Dublin (TCD) has launched an initiative to try to attract more students from Northern Ireland. Only 136 students from Northern Ireland began full-time undergraduate study in the Republic of Ireland in 2016/17. In the same year, there were only 568 full-time Northern Irish students enrolled in universities in Ireland …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 27 April]

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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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