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Nearly a quarter of Britain’s masters students are Chinese

Posted in Fees and access 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 and access, 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 and access 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 and access 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 and access 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 and access 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 and access 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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Postgraduate studies ‘only for the rich’

Posted in Fees and access on June 5th, 2013 by steve

“Studying for a qualification beyond a degree is now out of reach of most people, says the report by the CentreForum think-tank, and raises concerns about the current funding system for those who want to continue their education …” (more)

[Alison Kershaw, Independent, 4 June]

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‘You won’t get anywhere without a post-grad’

Posted in Fees and access on May 7th, 2013 by steve

“A year to the day after doing his Leaving Cert at St Macartan’s College in Monaghan, Peadar O Lamhna found himself hiking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain …” (more)

[Nicola Anderson, Independent, 7 May]

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Postgraduate diversity ‘not good enough’, figures show

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

“Fewer than ten graduates each from Black Caribbean and Bangladeshi minority groups make the transition to a research degree each academic year, a study has found …” (more)

[Elizabeth Gibney, Times Higher Education, 27 April]

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Postgraduate funding is an inequitable mess and we urgently need to fix it

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

“Any undergraduate student scanning the various university website pages listing postgraduate courses or giving advice on further study will probably notice one consistent statement running through each, namely that it is ‘hard’, ‘challenging’ or ‘difficult’ to finance a Masters or PhD …” (more)

[William Lord, New Statesman, 30 March]

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£30m plan for hundreds more postgraduate places

Posted in Fees and access on March 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Hundreds of extra postgraduate places are to be created at Scottish universities under a £30 million (US$45 million) scheme …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, University World News, 2 March]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Postgraduate Students

Posted in Fees and access on February 21st, 2013 by steve

Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he intends to review the decision that no maintenance grant is paid to new postgraduate students …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 20 February]

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‘My Adviser Stole My Research’

Posted in Research on November 14th, 2012 by steve

“Much of the conversation about plagiarism in academe focuses on professors who steal from their scholarly equals. But growing pressures to publish, particularly in the sciences, can also increase the temptation for professors to defraud their graduate students, some scholars say …” (more)

[Stacey Patton, Chronicle of Higher Education, 11 November]

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Postgraduate Maintenance Grant

Posted in Fees and access on July 21st, 2012 by steve

Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide figures for the total number of students who qualified for a postgraduate maintenance grant in each year for the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 19 July]

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Postgraduate Study

Posted in Fees and access on July 21st, 2012 by steve

Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide figures for the total number of students who studied at postgraduate level in each year for the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 19 July]

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More home students need to take up postgraduate studies

Posted in Fees and access on June 19th, 2012 by steve

“We need to address the decline in home students pursuing postgraduate study before it affects international student admissions …” (more)

[Kim Catcheside, Guardian Professional, 19 June]

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Maintenance Grants – Lone Parents

Posted in Fees and access on June 7th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Joanna Tuffy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the entitlement to higher education grants, including postgraduate study, available to persons in receipt of the lone parents allowance; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 6 June]

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