Brexit can give Irish colleges a boost says MEP Sean Kelly

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish colleges can get an unexpected boost this year, thanks to Brexit. Ireland South MEP Sean Kelly says over 100,000 EU students came to Britain last year to study under the Erasmus programme …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 18 January]

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Erasmus+ Programme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 16th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide information and clarity regarding the prospects of third-level students of studying abroad in the 2021-2022 academic year given the current Covid-19 pandemic; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 January]

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Erasmus uptake significantly lower than typical semester

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The number of Trinity students choosing to study abroad this year has taken a significant hit amid concerns over Covid-19. Only 159 students are travelling abroad on an Erasmus exchange this semester, which is a major drop compared to the usual uptake of the programme. Similarly, only 45 students are on an international non-EU exchange this term …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 12 January]

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Why has the UK ditched participation in Erasmus+?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2021 by steve

“The loss of UK access to the Erasmus+ programme post-Brexit has inspired widespread sadness and anger in the UK. The reactions have run the gamut of ‘Erasmus changed my life’ to ‘it will blow a hole in the UK economy’, ‘many employers deeply value the kind of international experience the Erasmus scheme helps foster’ and regret for losing out on the chance of ‘ensuring that we are viewed as an open, tolerant and welcoming country to the rest of the world’ …” (more)

[Anne Corbett, University World News, 1 January]

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Funding NI Erasmus students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The proposal to spend €2.1 million of tax money to fund Northern Irish students on the Erasmus scheme is unacceptable. The idea that our Government could contemplate funding students in the UK …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 31 December]

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Ireland looks to EU: Ireland should engage more with Erasmus programme as funding increases – says Cork MEP

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ireland historically had low take up of programme – says Cork based MEP Deirdre Clune, but budget available for Erasmus expected to double over the coming years, so now is the time to ramp up numbers …” (more)

[Elaine Murphy,, 30 December]

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Queen’s and Ulster University can join new UK scheme and Erasmus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 29th, 2020 by steve

“The two local universities are considering taking advantage of a new UK student foreign exchange programme while also being able to avail of the EU’s Erasmus scheme. The UK’s withdrawal from Erasmus has been described as a huge blow by the other devolved nations, which will no longer be able to participate …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 29 December]

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Erasmus withdrawal described as ‘huge blow’ by Scottish Government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 28th, 2020 by steve

“The decision for the UK to withdraw from the Erasmus student exchange programme has been described as ‘a huge blow’ by the Scottish Government’s Universities Minister. Richard Lochhead lamented the decision to leave the scheme as part of the UK leaving the European Union …” (more)

[Douglas Barrie, Belfast Telegraph, 28 December]

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Erasmus Minus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 27th, 2020 by steve

“The news that the UK is to leave the Erasmus+ scheme for student exchanges shouldn’t have come as a surprise. After all, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson explicitly promised in the House of Commons that it wouldn’t happen and what he says is virtually guaranteed to be the opposite of the truth …” (more)

[In the Dark, 27 December]

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Govt to fund Erasmus+ scheme for Northern Ireland students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third level students from Northern Ireland colleges will continue to be able to study in Europe under the Erasmus+ scheme after the UK leaves the EU because the Irish Government will fund them. The estimated cost will be around €2.1m per year …” (more)

[Vincent Kearney, RTÉ News, 26 December]

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Erasmus exchanges another senseless casualty of Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Its loss would have little material effect on the lives of most British citizens and the talks on its future were understandably overshadowed by the larger stand-off over the long-term trading relationship between the European Union and the UK. Yet there was something profoundly sad about the news, announced last week and barely noted in parts of the British media, that the UK was unlikely to remain in the Erasmus study abroad scheme …” (more)

[Ruadhán Mac Cormaic, Irish Times, 26 December]

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Replacement for Erasmus scheme to begin next September, ministers pledge, but with less funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 26th, 2020 by steve

“A replacement for the Erasmus study exchange scheme will begin next September, the government says, amid an outcry over the ‘short-sighted and mean-spirited’ decision to pull out of it. The Brexit deal will end UK participation in the much-praised programme – despite Boris Johnson vowing, in the Commons, that his plans posed ‘no threat’ to it …” (more)

[Rob Merrick, Independent, 26 December]

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Brexit: Students in NI can continue in Erasmus scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 24th, 2020 by steve

“Students at NI universities can continue to participate in the Erasmus scheme under an arrangement with the Irish government. Erasmus is an EU programme that helps students study in other countries. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the UK will not continue to participate in it and will be replacing it with a new scheme …” (more)

[John Campbell, BBC News NI, 24 December]

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Erasmus study abroad programme to be replaced with worldwide ‘Turing scheme’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 24th, 2020 by steve

“The Erasmus student exchange programme will be replaced in the UK by a worldwide scheme named after code breaker Alan Turing, the Prime Minister has said. Speaking after the announcement of a trade deal between the UK and the European Union, Boris Johnson said the UK had made a ‘tough decision’ to pull out of the programme for financial reasons …” (more)

[Jess Glass, Belfast Telegraph, 24 December]

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Brexit deal: UK ‘decided not to stay in Erasmus exchange programme’, EU says

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 24th, 2020 by steve

“British students will no longer be able to participate in the Erasmus exchange programme under the Brexit deal agreed by Boris Johnson. Speaking at a press conference after the deal was agreed, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said: ‘The British government decided not to participate in the Erasmus exchange programme’. At the press conference on the new deal, Boris Johnson ‘it was a tough decision’ to leave the scheme …” (more)

[Jon Stone and Bethany Dawson, Independent, 24 December]

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Losing Erasmus would have a devastating effect on social mobility

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 17th, 2020 by steve

“With less than two weeks left of the Brexit transition period, one of the key issues still on the negotiating table is the UK’s future in the EU’s Erasmus+ study abroad scheme. The Independent reported this week that, with talks going ‘nowhere’ and Michel Barnier’s insistence on an all or nothing approach, the UK is set to forfeit access to the scheme altogether …” (more)

[Sofia Lewis, Independent, 17 December]

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Fears over effects of no-deal Brexit on student exchanges and research funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Research on December 12th, 2020 by steve

“University staff and students remain ‘in the dark’ about whether they will be able to access vital research funding and take part in exchange opportunities when Britain leaves the EU. Higher education leaders are calling on the Government to prioritise full participation in the Erasmus+ exchange scheme and the Horizon Europe research funding programme as a no-deal Brexit looms …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby, Belfast Telegraph, 12 December]

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Funding pledge for UK substitute to Erasmus+ welcomed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 5th, 2020 by steve

“The commitment to pay for a British outward mobility scheme if the United Kingdom finds itself outside the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme at the start of 2021 was included in the UK government’s spending review 2020 policy paper published by Her Majesty’s Treasury on 25 November …” (more)

[Nic Mitchell, University World News, 3 December]

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Erasmus must only happen next semester with increased student supports

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Since its inception, the Erasmus programme has been hailed by students and academic institutions across Europe as being a rite of passage. One of the programme’s centrepieces is its support network between students and the institutions involved, be it through the flagship Erasmus grant, networking events for overseas students or language learning opportunities directly from the programme itself …” (more)

[Adam Balchin, Trinity News, 28 November]

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Self isolation in DCU: A strange beginning to an Erasmus year

Posted in Life on October 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Outgoing Erasmus students from DCU are unable to travel abroad this year due to the ever changing coronavirus pandemic. However, around 200 incoming international students arrived in Dublin to begin their fourteen-day quarantine …” (more)

[Róisín Cullen, The College View, 14 October]

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