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‘Students from disadvantaged areas must be catered for in university’ – Hazzard

Posted in Fees and access on September 23rd, 2012 by steve

“Sinn Fein MLA Chris Hazzard has welcomed the news that extra effort is to be made to attract students from disadvantaged backgrounds into higher education through the access to success strategy recently released by the Minister For Employment and Learning, Stephen Farry …” (more)

[Paul Malone, Newry Times, 23 September]

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Minister in assurance to university

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

“A Stormont minister has said he will look sympathetically on a university facing a possible financial penalty for exceeding student numbers after an email glitch saw hundreds of course offers sent in error …” (more)

[Independent, 19 August]

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Republic student fees deal outlined

Posted in Fees and access on June 13th, 2012 by steve

“New students from Northern Ireland are to be charged fees for studying in the Republic and will have to take out a loan, employment and learning minister Stephen Farry said …” (more)

[Independent, 13 June]

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Maximum Student Numbers Policy

Posted in Fees and access on May 17th, 2012 by steve

Alban Maginness (Social Democratic and Labour Party) asked the Minister for Employment and Learning to outline the timescale for the commencement and completion of the review of the maximum student numbers policy …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly Debates, 15 May]

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Have it our way, NI tells its sector

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2012 by steve

“Northern Ireland’s education minister has defended his ‘hands-on’ relationship with the region’s two universities after setting them a detailed list of targets for improvement, including altering course provision to meet the economy’s needs …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 3 May]

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Student call on work placements

Posted in Life on April 24th, 2012 by steve

“Plans to increase work placements for students must lead to real jobs and not cheap labour, their representatives have said. Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry launched a higher education strategy aimed at boosting teaching and learning, but also to help meet the needs of industry …” (more)

[Herald, 24 April]

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Row over college merger ‘support’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2012 by steve

“The education and learning minister has been accused of misleading MLAs over the proposed merger of Stranmillis college with Queen’s University …” (more)

[BBC News, 5 January]

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700 extra student places for Northern Ireland

Posted in Fees and access on December 7th, 2011 by steve

“An extra 700 undergraduate places will be made available in Northern Ireland by 2015, Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry has announced …” (more)

[BBC News, 7 December]

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Executive could face legal challenge over fees from GB students

Posted in Fees and access, Legal issues on September 13th, 2011 by steve

“The Executive could face legal challenges from students in England, Scotland and Wales who will be charged up to £9,000 to study at Northern Ireland’s universities, it has been warned …” (more)

[Lindsay Fergus, Belfast Telegraph, 13 September]

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Overseas student fees hike proposed

Posted in Fees and access on September 12th, 2011 by steve

“Students from the rest of the UK wishing to study in Northern Ireland could face fees of up to £9,000 a year, the Stormont Assembly has been told. The decision to increase charges for prospective admissions from England, Scotland and Wales comes after the region’s power-sharing executive decided not to substantially increase rates for local students …” (more)

[Independent, 12 September]

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Farry to give details on how he will fund tuition fees freeze

Posted in Fees and access on September 12th, 2011 by steve

“The employment and learning minister is due to give the assembly more details on how he will pay for the freeze in university tuition fees later. Dr Stephen Farry announced last week that fees for students in NI will remain at about £3,500 a year …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 September]

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Freeze on tuition fees will hit job services: warning

Posted in Fees and access on September 10th, 2011 by steve

“The £20m hit to the Department of Employment and Learning’s budget following the decision to freeze university tuition fees will have major repercussions on services it provides, the head of its scrutineer committee has warned …” (more)

[Lindsay Fergus, Belfast Telegraph, 10 September]

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Tuition fees: Executive hailed for ‘doing right thing for Northern Ireland’

Posted in Fees and access on September 9th, 2011 by steve

“Northern Ireland’s two universities have welcomed the announcement that tuition fees are to be frozen so they remain among the lowest in the UK …” (more)

[Anne Madden, Belfast Telegraph, 9 September]

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Tuition fees in Northern Ireland frozen

Posted in Fees and access on September 9th, 2011 by steve

“Student fee rates in Northern Ireland are to remain largely unchanged, the Stormont Executive has decided. Ministers agreed to retain the cap below £3,500 a year despite pressure to follow moves in Great Britain to significantly increase costs of attending university …” (more)

[Irish Times, 9 September]

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Northern Ireland university tuition fees frozen

Posted in Fees and access on September 8th, 2011 by steve

“Tuition fees for Northern Ireland students attending universities here are to be frozen. Higher education minister Stephen Farry said fees would rise only in line with inflation and that the budgets of universities would be protected …” (more)

[BBC News, 8 September]

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Minister ‘dragging his heels over tuition fee charges’

Posted in Fees and access on August 25th, 2011 by steve

“Northern Ireland remains the only region of the UK yet to make a decision on the level of tuition fees for 2012. Both the Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry and the Stormont Executive have been widely criticised …” (more)

[Lindsay Fergus, Belfast Telegraph, 25 August]

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An open letter to Stephen Farry

Posted in Fees and access on July 18th, 2011 by steve

“… So finally your chance came.  You worked towards this for years.  You became a councillor at 22, a doctor in international relations at 29, MLA and Mayor (double-jobbing, naughty naughty) at 26 and then your chance to shine arrived.  You became Minister for Employment and Learning.  You had been giving your opinion on university funding for such a long time.  You had the expertise.  You were going to do this right …” (more)

[Ben Finch, The Gown, 16 July]

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Tuition fees won’t rise above inflation: ministers

Posted in Fees and access on July 15th, 2011 by steve

“Students and their parents have been given the Stormont re-assurance they have been seeking – there will be no increase in tuition fees above inflation.The confirmation came yesterday from First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness as they prepared for another meeting with Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry …” (more)

[Noel McAdam, Belfast Telegraph, 15 July]

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Students in £1.5bn mountain of debt as Stormont delay fees decision

Posted in Fees and access on July 9th, 2011 by steve

“Students from Northern Ireland falling farther and farther into debt, while MLAs are still struggling to come up with a plan on tuition fees for 2012 …” (more)

[Ben Finch, The Gown, 9 July]

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Farry says student fees decision needed this month

Posted in Fees and access on July 8th, 2011 by steve

“The employment and learning minister has said he hopes the executive can resolve the issue of university tuition fees by the end of this month …” (more)

[BBC News, 7 July]

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