Why is it so expensive to become a teacher?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The six-year route to qualifying as a second-level teacher is a long, winding and expensive road. As Ireland reaches full employment with access to quality jobs after a four-year degree programme in many disciplines, the length of teacher training with its associated costs is becoming a disincentive to entering the profession, according to experts …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 5 January]

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Student ‘frustrated’ over Irish university fees uncertainty

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 2nd, 2019 by steve

“Northern Ireland pupils applying to start university in the Republic of Ireland this year do not know how much they will pay in tuition fees. That is because it is still unclear if they will be treated as non-EU students after Brexit …” (more, video)

[BBC News, 2 January]

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How I Spend My Money: A Trinity PhD student on a €6,000 stipend who’s having second thoughts about moving to Ireland

Posted in Life on December 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Occupation: PhD student. Age: 31. Location: Dublin. Salary: €6,000. Monthly pay (net): €500. Monthly expenses: Rent: €700. Household bills: Included in rent. Transport: €24. Phone bill: £10 (so €11.27) …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 30 December]

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Bill to protect rights of college renters as Dáil hears some students sleep in cars

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin has introduced a Bill to protect the rights of students who are renting. The Residential Tenancies (Student Rents, Rights and Protections) Bill 2018 is aimed at giving clarity on licence agreements for student accommodation …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 22 November]

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One in five postgrads consider quitting over financial or personal issues

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on November 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than two in five postgraduate research students have seriously considered dropping out of their degree, mainly because of financial or personal issues, a major national survey reveals. The study of nearly 3,000 masters, PhD, or other students on postgrad research programmes found that more than 61% are fully or partly funded by a scholarship, but the figure drops to 57% if non-Irish students are excluded …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 November]

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‘I can’t look towards a future here unless rent crisis is sorted’

Posted in Life on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“I moved to Ireland from India to study a Masters in UCD because this country had been sold as a land of opportunity and there are many positives here. But the quality of life here isn’t good due to high rent and lack of homes. I spend 30% of my salary on rent …” (more)

[Shashank Kumar, Independent, 11 October]

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Student accommodation rent caps are too little, too late

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In the midst of ludicrously high rent prices and rising homelessness on the streets of Dublin, conjoined with exponential population growth in the city centre, the cries for solutions to the housing crisis in Dublin have reached a fever pitch. For students and citizens alike, the cost of living in Dublin has become untenable and pressure has been placed on the government to react as soon as possible …” (more)

[Eoin O’Donnell, Trinity News, 16 September]

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Students to protest over ‘breaking point’ rent levels

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students will next week protest outside a new student accommodation building in Cork over the housing crisis and its impact on those pursuing third-level education. The joint demonstration by UCC and CIT students’ unions will follow a separate housing protest set to take place in Cork tomorrow …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 14 September]

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‘That’s me sorted for the Listowel Races!’ wrote student showing charity cheque

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“St Vincent de Paul cancels cheque it gave student to secure college place after message posted on Instagram. An ‘act of bravado’ by a college student has seen a cheque he received from St Vincent de Paul to secure his college place being cancelled. The young man had told a specially convened conference of a St Vincent de Paul education committee in Kerry that he would lose his place in college if he did not get emergency funding …” (more)

[Anne Lucey, Irish Times, 10 September]

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Students ‘will be forced to drop out’ as rocketing rents make college unaffordable

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at Maynooth University are coming under pressure to drop out of college or face lengthy daily commutes as rents continue to rocket in the college town. Maynooth University is the smallest university in Ireland and has been known for a community atmosphere by its 12,000 students. However, as the housing crisis takes hold of the college town attitudes have been changing among students …” (more)

[Conor McCrave, Independent, 21 August]

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The Irish Times view on the accommodation crisis: students deserve better than this

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“If students and their parents anticipated that stress levels would fall once CAO points for third-level courses were distributed this week, they may have miscalculated. Many young people are now facing the challenge of finding an affordable place to live during the academic year and, with an anticipated shortfall of 25,000 bed spaces, competition will be intense …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 August]

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No Budget helping hand for students despite rent crisis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There will be no increase to the third-level grant received by students in the Budget despite spiralling rents, the Irish Independent understands. Increasing the Susi grant has not featured in any of the budgetary discussions that have taken place up to now …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 21 August]

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Students’ union slates ‘exorbitant’ rents in affluent Dublin areas

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students’ unions are refusing to advertise some student digs on the basis that that homeowners are charging ‘exorbitant’ rents. UCD students’ union said it has to refuse offers of rooms for rents from householders in some of the most affluent areas of Dublin’s southside …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 August]

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Family spending cut in bid to meet education costs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Half of parents are set to cut spending on family clothing and other goods to cope with the massive expense of getting their children through college. A third of families will also slash what they spend on food and groceries. A majority of families expect to get into debt to cover the cost of third-level education …” (more)

[Charlie Weston, Independent, 20 August]

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Sharp rise in students living at home due to accommodation crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There has been a sharp increase in the number of third-level students living at home as a result of a spike in rental costs, according to a new survey. In addition, a third of all students say they are missing lectures because they need to earn money …” (more)

[Conor Pope and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 August]

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Students expected to pay over €1,000 a month as rents surge

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

Ireland“Students are now being expected to fork out up to €1,107 per month for a single-bed house near their college as rents continue to surge. A breakdown of figures released by Daft.ie shows the huge prices in private rentals facing many third-level students throughout the country …” (more)

[Ian Begley and Paul Melia, Independent, 18 August]

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Leaving Cert system favours wealthier students, study finds

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Leaving Certificate programme places problem solving, critical thinking and creativity secondary to rote learning and recall, a new five-year research study has found. The study indicated that skills such as remembering and understanding were prioritised above evaluation and creativity, which were found to be largely absent from the examination papers in many subjects …” (more)

[Louise Roseingrave, Irish Times, 13 August]

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How to manage €13,000 bill for child’s first year in university

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Parents of the 120,000 students who get their Leaving Cert results this Wednesday are facing a bill of as much as €12,800 to put their child through their first year in college. It currently costs €12,828 a year to put a child through college – if he or she is living away from home and renting in Dublin for nine months, according to the latest cost of student living survey by the Dublin Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Louise McBride, Independent, 12 August]

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Asylum seeker in Waterford seeks €3,000 in public backing for university studies

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A student living in direct provision in Waterford has made an online appeal for money so he can continue his university studies …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 3 August]

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Education is becoming an ‘elitist and unaffordable luxury’ warns Limerick councillor

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“With the cost of a second-level education here now estimated at almost €14,000, the education system is ‘at risk of becoming an elitist and unaffordable luxury’, according to a Limerick City East councillor. The Zurich Life Assurance ‘Cost of Education 2018’ revealed that putting just one child through school can easily run into tens of thousands of euro, with the cost of completing secondary school estimated at €13,858 …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 31 July]