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New Uni places not all Derry bound

Posted in Fees and access on November 14th, 2012 by steve

“Derry’s University of Ulster campus at Magee will not get all 500 extra STEM subject places, SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey has said …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 14 November]

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Hundreds of new student places to be allocated to Magee

Posted in Fees and access on November 12th, 2012 by steve

“The Magee Campus of the University of Ulster is in line to get hundreds of extra student places. The Minister for Employment and Learning, Stephen Farry, said the greater share of the extra places allocated to the University of Ulster will go to the Derry campus …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 November]

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Students to lobby for ‘fairer deal’

Posted in Fees and access on October 25th, 2012 by steve

“Students campaigning against ‘savage cuts’ to their financial support are to hold a day of action in Northern Ireland next month, it has been revealed. They will lobby Stormont assembly members on November 21 to protect the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA), the National Union of Students said …” (more)

[Herald, 25 October]

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Welcome for Support for All Ireland University Motion

Posted in Fees and access on October 24th, 2012 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff has welcomed the support for the motion calling on the Minister of Employment and Learning Stephen Farry to remove the barriers facing students from the North applying to universities in the South …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 24 October]

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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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