Hard Brexit – The risk to postgraduate research

Posted in Research on September 1st, 2018 by steve

“… We offer a more fine-grained analysis, focusing on one dimension of higher education and research with many ramifications, that is, the role of non-UK postgraduate research students in UK research. These students substantially enhance UK research capacity and teaching excellence and UK higher education institutions are highly dependent on them …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman and Simon Marginson, University World News, 31 August]

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Preserving the DNA of UK universities: the key role of non-UK postgraduate research students

Posted in Governance and administration on July 18th, 2018 by steve

“We cannot understand the risks posed by Brexit to the UK higher education (HE) system simply by taking a bird’s eye view of the system at the macro-level, treating the ‘university’ as a one and indivisible unit and the ‘student’ as a one-size-fits-all category. This misses the diversity of higher education institutions (HEIs), the multitude of disciplines they harbour that cater for all dimensions of human activity and the different types of students they enrol …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman and Simon Marginson, CGHE, 17 July]

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Postgraduate students likely to experience stress and depression, according to GSU survey

Posted in Life on June 1st, 2018 by steve

“The average PhD student experiences severe stress, moderate anxiety and mild levels of depression, according to the results of a Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) postgraduate mental health survey. The survey was presented by GSU Vice-President Madhav Bhargav at a meeting of the Student Life Committee this week …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 31 May]

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College Warns of €2.6m Income Loss if Postgraduate Fees Frozen

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

Ireland“Frozen fees for current postgraduate and non-EU students would wipe €2.6 million from College’s projected earnings, Trinity’s Chief Financial Officer Ian Mathews has warned. Documents, circulated ahead of a high-stakes meeting of the College Board tomorrow and seen by The University Times, reveal Trinity’s concerns about the financial impact of fee certainty …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 28 March]

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Postgraduate Services Need Improvement, Says USI Conference

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) held its inaugural postgraduate conference yesterday, focusing on solving current issues plaguing students who decide to undertake a master’s degree or PhD …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 23 February]

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Financial difficulties of students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The findings of the latest Eurostudent survey (News, January 22nd) indicate that over a third of college students in Ireland are experiencing severe financial difficulties. This is the highest percentage of all the European states …” (more)

[Edel Foley, Irish Times, 27 January]

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Our Hands Are Tied, Trinity’s Financial Officer Tells Postgraduate Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Postgraduate students were given a glimpse behind the curtain this afternoon, as three of Trinity’s senior officers tried to persuade them that fee increases were part of the hard reality of College’s financial situation …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 23 January]

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Students should support the GSU strike

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) is planning a strike to protest an increase in fees by 5% for postgraduates this coming year. For most of you, that means that you’ll be able to miss a tutorial without the usual sense of guilt. But the GSU hasn’t just jumped out onto the stage and decided that this should be the action; this decision came about after some lengthy debate …” (more)

[Xander Cosgrave, Trinity News, 13 December]

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Niall Torris: Increase in Postgraduate Fees is ‘Cynical’ and ‘Cowardly’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Graduate Officer Niall Torris has come out strongly against rising postgraduate fees calling it a ‘very cynical move’ by UCD. Speaking to the Tribune Mr Torris said …” (more)

[College Tribune, 2 November]

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Students at Trinity threaten strike over postgraduate fee increases

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Postgraduate students at Trinity College Dublin have threatened industrial strike action in response to plans to increase their fees. Trinity is set to raise its postgraduate fees by 5% – several hundred euros for most students – for the 2018/2019 academic year. This follows a 4% increase in 2014 and annual increases of 3% every year since …” (more)

[Jenna Clarke-Molloy, Irish Times, 14 November]

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Students and Staff Unite to Condemn Postgraduate Fee Hike

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Staff and students united this evening to question and condemn Trinity’s decision to increase postgraduate fees by 5%. Tonight’s town hall meeting, organised by the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU), comes after the union agreed to explore strike action in response to the much-criticised decision by Finance Committee to increase fees …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 13 November]

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Trinity’s Fee Hike Confirms Our Fears: Postgraduates are Cash Cows

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It is one of the great truisms of the modern academic world that neoliberalism, that creeping, ubiquitous ideology-that-is-non-ideological, has transformed higher education into a business and students into its customers. In the case of Trinity’s postgraduate community, this is no longer true …” (more)

[Ralph Moore, University Times, 31 October]

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Backlash from Board Members Over Postgraduate Fee Hike

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Several College Board members have spoken out strongly against Trinity’s decision to increase postgraduate fees by 5%. The move has triggered anger from students and serious reservations from senior staff about the impact of such an increase. Speaking to The University Times, several members of the College Board …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 31 October]

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How Can College Justify Springing Fee Increases on Postgraduates?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“When postgraduate students came into Trinity in 2014, they probably thought they were getting a good deal. Undertaking these courses in this world-class university was much cheaper than doing so in internationally equivalent institutions. Since then, the fees for all postgraduate courses – both for EU and non-EU students – have gone up by three or four per cent each year …” (more)

[University Times, 29 October]

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College approves 5% increase in fees for postgraduates and non-EU undergraduate students

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

Ireland“College has approved a 5% increase in fees for postgraduates and non-EU undergraduate students. The College’s Finance Committee decided on the increase at a meeting on September 22 …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 24 October]

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Drop in college grant applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Rising employment and income levels have seen grant applications drop, despite funding being available again for postgraduate students this year. At the close of applications this week, the total number of claims for support with fees and living costs was 87,738 which was 0.3%, or 264, less than the same time last year …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 July]

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Student Grant Scheme – Restoration of Postgraduate Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): 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 written answers, 5 April]

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Post grads now able to apply for student grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Postgraduate students can now apply for a student grant under new changes to the application system. Students can now apply for the scheme which is open for the 2017-2018 academic year. Mature students, who previously dropped out, will now also get a second chance within a five year time frame …” (more)

[Kenneth Fox, Newstalk, 3 April]

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Student Grant Scheme – Postgraduate Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if consideration will be given to restoring maintenance grants for postgraduate students; the cost for doing so; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Ireland extends post study rules for Indians

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish government has given the permission to double the ‘stay-back option’ for master’s and PhD students from 12 months to 24 months. The government is making it easier for Indian students who have graduated in Ireland to stay-on after they finish studying …” (more)

[Hindustan Times, 14 February]

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