Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Postgraduate Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 5th, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the restoration of postgraduate grants and their necessity to open up access to postgraduate studies and to ensure that a steady stream of persons achieve a postgraduate qualification for societal good and to ensure attractiveness to foreign investors …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 4 October]

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Third Level Fees – Postgraduate Courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 1st, 2016 by steve

IrelandRuth Coppinger (Dublin West, Anti-Austerity Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost to the State of abolishing fees for postgraduate courses …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 September]

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Discussions Over Grants Provide an Opportunity to Bring Postgraduate Issues Back Into the Mainstream

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The lack of maintenance grants is not the only issue faced by postgraduate students, who are too often seen as peripheral figures in debates dominated by undergraduate concerns …” (more)

[University Times, 14 August]

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With Student Numbers Falling, Fianna Fáil Joins Unions Calling for Reintroduction of Postgraduate Grants

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

Ireland“With the numbers of postgraduate students falling in Ireland, Fianna Fail have echoed the long-held concerns of student groups, calling on the government to reverse the ‘appallingly regressive’ removal of postgraduate maintenance grants by the previous Fine Gael-Labour coalition in 2012 …” (more)

[Philip McGuinness, University Times, 9 August]

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USI backs calls for reintroduction of postgraduate grants

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has called for Ireland’s political parties to band together in order to honour pledges made in their General Election manifestos to reinstate grants for postgraduate students …” (more)

[Aaron Gallagher, The College View, 9 August]

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Restoring postgraduate grants ‘absolutely essential’ says FF

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil says the reintroduction of grants for thousands of postgraduate students is ‘absolutely essential’. Restoring the grants, axed during a round of austerity-era cost-cutting, is estimated to cost about €50 million …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 August]

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Trinity Senators Say College’s EU Postgrad Status Rules are Unfair

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

Ireland“All three Trinity senators have expressed disapproval of a Trinity-specific policy which denies EU status to European citizens applying for postgraduate studies if they have lived outside the European Union for more than two of the five years prior to application …” (more)

[Emer Gerrard, University Times, 7 April]

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Mary Hanafin urges State bring back post-graduate grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 1st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Former Fianna Fáil minister Mary Hanafin called on Government to re-instate post-graduate students’ maintenance grants as she was conferred with an MA in American Studies from UCD’s Clinton Institute this afternoon …” (more)

[Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 1 December]

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Why Ireland’s postgrad funding squeeze has forced me to become an academic exile

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 24th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“As a young humanities scholar at the beginning of my PhD, my experience with the Irish postgraduate research funding system has left me disillusioned. So much so that I have joined the list of emigrants from Irish academia …” (more)

[Niall Flynn, The Conversation, 24 October]

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The TA Concept – A PhD Student’s perspective

Posted in Teaching on September 8th, 2014 by steve

“Greg’s recent blog proposed using postgraduates to help relieve some of the workload of teaching first years. As a postgraduate, I am compelled to object to this, but outlining some of the likely objections is probably better than just saying ‘no’ repeatedly on twitter …” (more)

[Tríona O’Connell, educationandstuff, 8 September]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Postgraduate Maintenance Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 17th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason no postgraduate maintenance grant is available to students undertaking a master’s degree; his views on the difficulties this poses to those who become unemployed and wish to undertake a third level course up to masters level to reskill and improve their employment prospects; the other support available from his Department for such mature students; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 15 May]

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Nearly a quarter of Britain’s masters students are Chinese

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 4th, 2014 by steve

“British university masters programs are increasingly dominated by students from China, who now make up 23% of the total enrollment …” (more)

[Shane O’Mara’s Blog, 4 April]

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Face of research changing as lines become blurred

Posted in Research on March 11th, 2014 by steve

“Research remains at the heart of the discussion surrounding the future of third and fourth level …” (more)

[Grainne Faller, Irish Times, 11 March]

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Graduates vie to stay at the top of their game

Posted in Teaching on February 10th, 2014 by steve

“Growing numbers of college graduates may be going abroad to work but those intent on staying home to improve their qualifications are cautiously optimistic about the future …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 10 February]

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SUSI set up special unit to urgently reassess 65 students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on January 25th, 2014 by steve

“SUSI has assigned a dedicated unit to handle postgraduate students who must have their grant applications reassessed or else face the possibility of the authority ‘recovering’ the funds …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 25 January]

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Postgraduate courses face ‘perfect storm’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 25th, 2014 by steve

“Taught postgraduate courses are facing a ‘perfect storm’ caused by drops in student numbers and a fall in institution income …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 25 January]

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Post-grad grants cost €14.5 million in 2012/13

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 30th, 2013 by steve

“Over 3,800 students received grants to undertake postgraduate education in the last school year, receiving some €14.5 million between them …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 30 October]

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Postgraduate Loan Scheme Implementation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 3rd, 2013 by steve

Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to introduce a postgraduate loan scheme; if he intends to include private sector sponsorship as part of this plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 1 October]

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Is There Enough Postgraduate Funding Available to Students in the UK?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 27th, 2013 by steve

“Postgraduate funding has been an important issue in the UK for a long time now. The high costs of a postgraduate education, combined with limited amounts of public funding and increasing costs of undergraduate tuition fees could lead to a bottleneck …” (more)

[Adam Grunwerg, Huffington Post, 27 August]

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Postgraduate Loan Scheme Implementation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 3rd, 2013 by steve

Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if there have been any discussions with banks to provide reduced-interest loans to help students with the funding of postgraduate courses, as is the current practice in certain financial institutions in the UK; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 2 July]

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