Trinity Report Finds Employment Level for Postgraduates Below National Average

Posted in Life on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Postgraduates of the class of 2015 fell below the national employment average by six percentage points, a new Trinity report on graduate employment has revealed, although 74% of postgraduates reported being employed nine months after graduating …” (more)

[Ivan Rakhmanin, University Times, 13 August]

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Irish medicine and the House of Saud

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The activities of Irish postgraduate training bodies in countries with poor human rights records, notably Saudi Arabia, are prompting questions within the medical profession …” (more)

[Catherine Reilly, Medical Independent, 8 December]

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32% of Postgraduate Students Self-Funded, According to College Survey

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s first annual survey of postgraduate students has revealed that 32% of postgraduates are self-funded. The report noted funding for research students to be one of the key areas that needs attention …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 23 September]

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Three agencies refused to put up this billboard advertisement for Griffith College Dublin

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In an attempt to attract postgraduate students to their courses, Griffith College designed this advertisement in conjunction with the design agency Atomic, intended to be printed and mounted on a giant billboard …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 10 September]

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Do you really need a degree to enroll on a postgraduate course?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“One of the (many) non-teaching duties I have to do is to review applications for courses – it is as a Course Director that I have to do this, not as a Lecturer. I am Course Director for an NFQ level 8 Higher Diploma. There are set criteria for applicants, this is regarded as a postgraduate course – so it is relatively easy for applicants with a degree to be accepted. But what about those without a degree? …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 31 August]

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Postgraduate SUSI applicant? Let’s hope you were never hardworking or homeless

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Finally, the moment has arrived. It’s spelled out on a screen, and all of a sudden my face is wet with hot tears. ‘Congratulations’. I’ve been accepted into my dream master’s …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 26 February]

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Postgraduate studies, a higher calling?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2014 by steve

“One of the curiosities of my university education was that I completed my first postgraduate degree before I completed any undergraduate one. If I were to write about that in any detail, it would be too mind-numbingly boring …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 14 April]

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After the bust: the postgraduate opportunity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 11th, 2014 by steve

“Good rates of employment, a boom in computer science: after weathering the storm of recession, the postgraduate sector is getting back to normal …” (more)

[Grainne Faller, Irish Times, 11 March]

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Going digital: a lightbulb moment for arts graduates

Posted in Teaching on March 11th, 2014 by steve

“A rudimentary search for postgraduate courses with ‘digital’ in the title now throws up dozens of options across the university and Institutes of Technology sectors, many of which have only been established within the past couple of years …” (more)

[Louise Holden, Irish Times, 11 March]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Postgraduate Degrees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 7th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills since the abolition of maintenance grants for postgraduate students, the provisions that are being made for students from lower socio-economic groups to help them with the financial means to complete their studies …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 4 February]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Masters level programmes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 30th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Derek Nolan asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to reintroduce third level grants for Masters level programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 29 January]

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College to Increase Postgraduate Fees for EU students: The fees will rise by 3% across the board

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 29th, 2014 by steve

“The college has defended the increase on the basis of comparisons with other universities and the fact that this is the first time these fees have been increased in four years, although Trinity does review fees on an annual basis …” (more)

[Catherine O’Callaghan, University Times, 29 January]

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SUSI may ‘seek to recover’ 65 postgraduate grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on January 19th, 2014 by steve

“Dozens of postgraduate students have received SUSI grants in error, and the organisation has said they could ‘seek to recover’ the funds …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 19 January]

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I give in – there’s no reason for a postgraduate to stay in Ireland

Posted in Teaching on October 22nd, 2013 by steve

“I’m a 24-year-old university graduate with a postgraduate qualification. I’ve been out of work for more than a year, which includes six months on a JobBridge scheme. I’d love to stay in Ireland with my family and friends. But it’s time to go …” (more)

[Irish Times, 22 October]

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Postgraduate Course Fees – Increases

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 19th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the fact that Universities and Institutes of Technology are increasing their fees for postgraduate courses each year in view of the fact that the average postgraduate course now costs between €5,000 and €14,000; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 18 September]

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Third Level Participation – Postgraduate Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 19th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on whether the lack of grant support for living costs for postgraduate students prevents some persons from undertaking postgraduate studies; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 18 September]

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The postgraduate funding problem and three possible solutions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 4th, 2013 by steve

“Existing routes into postgrad study need refreshing if we’re to sustain our world-class academic workforce …” (more)

[Bob Burgess, Guardian Professional, 4 July]

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Postgraduate studies will be ‘domain of the wealthy’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 25th, 2013 by steve

“Postgraduate studies risk becoming the preserve of the wealthy after a major slump in the number of students opting for the courses. Latest figures, obtained through a Parliamentary question, show an 8.5% drop in take up of the courses between 2010/11 and 2011/12 …” (more)

[Richard Garner, Independent, 25 February]

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Postgraduate access row

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 15th, 2013 by steve

“The number of Scots studying postgraduate courses has fallen sparking fears for the future of the economy. New figures show the total number of Scottish postgraduate students studying north of the Border declined by nearly 2% in 2011/12 from 9570 to 9395 …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 15 February]

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Postgraduate education: time for a rethink

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 9th, 2013 by steve

“It’s that time of year again when hopeful applicants are being interviewed for postgraduate places in the UK. The bar is set ever higher: gone are the days when a good first degree would guarantee you an interview …” (more)

[BishopBlog, 9 February]

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