Number of students in higher education rises 17.5% in six years

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The number of students enrolled in higher level education has increased by almost 17.5% over the past six years, according to new data released by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The number of students enrolled in third-level institutions rose from 209,000 in 2014 to 245,000 in 2020 …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 11 October]

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UCC unveils Rainbow Walkway to mark ‘national coming out’ day

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Irish university which established the first LGBT+ staff and student groups in the 1980s has unveiled a rainbow path on campus to celebrate diversity and inclusivity …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 11 October]

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Dublin council chief criticised over ‘snide’ comments to students

Posted in Life on October 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The chief executive of Dublin City Council has been criticised for ‘snide and dismissive’ comments to a students’ union that raised concerns over the use of purpose built student accommodation by tourists. In a tweet on Monday, the president of the University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) Ruairí Power posted a short excerpt from a letter signed by Owen Keegan addressing the issue …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 11 October]

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The Return of Erasmus in the US and J1s as Biden is Set to Lift Travel Ban

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“On the 20th of September, the Biden administration announced they would be lifting the travel ban instated at the outset of the pandemic. For over 18 months, 33 countries including the members of the European Union, India, Iran and China amongst others have faced a blanket travel ban from the US …” (more)

[Rory Fleming, College Tribune, 10 October]

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Higher Education – Key Facts and Figures 2020/2021

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Teaching on October 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The number of enrolments in higher education has increased by almost 17.5% over the past six years and new data released today by the Higher Education Authority reveals that more and more students are now achieving first class honours than before …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 11 October]

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Returning to campus across Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on October 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“As Ireland has begun to open up again, with restrictions being cautiously lowered, universities have begun to solidify their approach to the semester, heading into a new academic year with an overall trend of much more in-person learning and on-campus activities …” (more)

[Julia Bochenek, Trinity News, 11 October]

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Student grants to increase for the first time in more than a decade

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The first increase in student grants in more than a decade will be announced in tomorrow’s Budget. Agreement has been reached on raising grant levels as well as changing the eligibility criteria to allow more students to fall within qualifying income thresholds …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 October]

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New fund of more than €17m for struggling third-level students

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“More than €17 million is being provided to help third-level students in financial difficulty, in recognition of the ‘incredibly difficult’ year and a half many have endured, and continue to face with spiralling accommodation and utility costs …” (more)

[Kitty Holland, Irish Times, 11 October]

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Queen’s University students get fines of more than £50,000 for breaking Covid rules

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University fined students more than £50,000 for breaching Covid-19 rules off-campus during the last year. Following media reports of widespread Covid breaches in the Holylands area in September 2020 …” (more)

[Thomas Copeland, Belfast Telegraph, 10 October]

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The National Development Plan Still Leaves Third-Level Lacking

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Criticism of the government’s National Development Plan, launched this week, has been widespread. Observers argue that the plan overpromises and will inevitably underdeliver. Its commitments are vague and its timelines are non-existent in some cases. Higher education is no exception to these observations …” (more)

[University Times, 10 October]

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