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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Congratulations from Education Minister Peter Weir as A-level students top result tables

Posted in Teaching on August 19th, 2016 by steve

UK“Jubilant Northern Ireland students have outperformed their counterparts in England and Wales in the A-level results …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 19 August]

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Student fees could rocket to over £6,000 in Northern Ireland if government funding not provided, warns Queen’s

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 26th, 2016 by steve

UK“Student fees in Northern Ireland could rocket past the £6,000 a year mark if the government fails to stump up the cash needed, it has been reported …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 26 July]

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Student fees: Universities could charge £6,300 a year, Queen’s says

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 26th, 2016 by steve

UK“Student tuition fees in Northern Ireland could rise to £6,300 a year, Queen’s University in Belfast has said. It said students should pay between £5,200 and £6,300 depending on the level of government funding available. Students currently pay £3,925 to study at Northern Ireland universities …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 26 July]

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Students at NI universities owe £2.7bn

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 7th, 2016 by steve

UK“Students who have studied at Northern Ireland’s universities owe £2.7bn in tuition fee and maintenance loan debt. The 2015/16 total, calculated by the Student Loans Company (SLC), shows an 11% rise from the 2014/15 figure of £2.5bn …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 7 July]

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Irish students in UK unlikely to face hikes in fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of Irish students who are currently studying in Britain and Northern Ireland are unlikely to face an immediate increase in fees as result of last week’s Brexit vote. Until now, Irish students in Britain and Northern Ireland, as well as British and Northern Irish students in the Republic, have been able to study in both jurisdictions under EU rules …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 28 June]

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Irish students in UK could face hike in fees after Brexit vote

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“There are fears that thousands of Irish students who study in the UK and Northern Ireland could face costly non-EU fees as result of the Brexit vote. Up until now, Irish students in Britain and Northern Ireland, as well as British and Northern Irish students in the Republic, have been able to study in both jurisdictions under EU rules …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 June]

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Trinity’s Northern Irish Students on Brexit: ‘I can safely say I don’t know what the future holds’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Today’s stunning Brexit decision leaves Northern Ireland not only in the same uncertain state as the rest of the UK, but with added speculation about everything from an enforced border to a referendum on Irish reunification …” (more)

[University Times, 24 June]

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A Brexit Would Scupper Trinity’s ‘Whole Island of Ireland’ Goals

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Three years ago, Provost Patrick Prendergast said that he wanted Trinity to become ‘a university for the whole island of Ireland’. Since then, concrete steps have been taken in Trinity to achieve this goal, with two groundbreaking projects – the 2013 Northern Irish Engagement Programme and the 2014 A-Level Admissions Feasibility Study …” (more)

[University Times, 19 June]

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How far should universities rank in Government’s pecking order?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2016 by steve

UK“The new Stormont Executive is being urged to splash the cash on our universities. The head of Queen’s University has warned of a brain drain in Northern Ireland unless there is more investment in higher education …” (more, audio)

[The Nolan Show, BBC NI, 31 May]

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Third Level Admissions Entry Requirements: NI Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 19th, 2016 by steve

IrelandCatherine Martin (Dublin Rathdown, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he is aware of the concerns that grade comparisons may be working at a disadvantage to Northern Ireland students and if he will resolve this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 May]

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Belfast: Planners give go-ahead for student housing schemes

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2016 by steve

UK“Planners have recommended that another two student housing schemes in Belfast should be given the go-ahead. They are a 317-unit development in the Athletic Stores building on Queen Street and an 11-storey, 380-unit development on Little Patrick Street …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 May]

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Scholarships in doubt after funding withdrawals

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The future of the prestigious George Mitchell scholarships, which allows top US students to study in Ireland for a year, is under threat due to the withdrawal of funding by Irish and American governments, businesses, and philanthropists …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 9 May]

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With Ambitious Goals to Attract Northern Irish Students, Trinity Reaches Across the Border

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Northern Irish students currently make up around three per cent of students in Trinity. In a press release two years ago, Provost Patrick Prendergast stated that he wanted Trinity to become ‘a university for the whole island of Ireland’ and to continually increase the number of Northern Irish students coming to the College …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 29 March]

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