Erasmus – Northern Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 19th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if students from universities in Northern Ireland were able to register for Erasmus for the winter semester of the 2021-2022 academic year; if they will be able to register in the summer semester; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 November]

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NI universities can spend EU Erasmus scheme money until 2023

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2021 by steve

“Northern Ireland’s universities, schools and colleges can continue to spend money from the EU Erasmus scheme until 2023. However, they can only continue to use money they have already been awarded rather than make fresh funding bids …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 4 November]

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Brexit and universities – The last pieces of the puzzle

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Research, Teaching on July 17th, 2021 by steve

“Five years since the Brexit referendum and more than six months since the final deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom was agreed, the final pieces are falling into place when it comes to cooperation between universities on both sides of the Channel …” (more)

[Thomas Jorgensen, University World News, 15 July]

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Vaccination Programme – Outgoing Erasmus students

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2021 by steve

IrelandNeale Richmond (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has considered allowing students going on Erasmus in the 2021-2022 academic year to receive their Covid-19 vaccination in advance of their departure; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 July]

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The Turing Scheme: A Brexit-Induced Alternative to Erasmus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 30th, 2021 by steve

“‘There is no threat to the Erasmus scheme’, Boris Johnson told a crowded House of Commons in January 2020. Students across the UK breathed a collective sigh of relief but the sceptics among them warned them not to hold their breath. By the time December rolled around, however, things had taken a turn for the worse as Johnson told the British public that a ‘tough’ decision had been made: Erasmus was off the cards …” (more)

[Naoise D’Arcy, University Times, 29 June]

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Record 7,000 applicants seek to take part in Erasmus programmes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Record numbers of students have applied to take part in the Erasmus+ programme as many seek to broaden their horizons following more than a year of lockdown and remote learning. About 7,000 people have applied for Erasmus+ for the 2021-23 period, up from 5,100 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 June]

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Irish third level sector needs ‘significant funding’ to capitalise on Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Third level institutions will find it difficult to cater to the demand from Erasmus students who are opting to study in Ireland instead of the UK due to Brexit, the Seanad Special Select Committee on the Withdrawal of the UK from the EU has heard …” (more)

[Aine Kenny, Irish Times, 31 May]

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International Student Exchange Will Be ‘More Inclusive’ Than Erasmus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 8th, 2021 by steve

“A new international student exchange scheme will provide more opportunities for US students and be more inclusive than its predecessor, according to the UK’s universities minister. The EU’s long-running Erasmus program gave students the chance to study abroad, as well as running an exchange scheme for staff …” (more)

[Nick Morrison, Forbes, 7 May]

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We shouldn’t take the independence of our universities for granted

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The great Renaissance humanist Erasmus said he longed to be a citizen of the world. I’ve always liked this quote because it sums up so much of the university ideal. Universities have been reaching out into the world for centuries – something that benefits both the institutions themselves and the country as a whole …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Irish Times, 4 May]

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Irish Erasmus students to have hotel quarantine paid for by State

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“About 500 Irish college students studying in EU countries which have been added to the mandatory hotel quarantine list are set to have their accommodation paid for by the State under new plans. The move to add five EU member states – Austria, Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg – to the quarantine list has sparked alarm within higher education due to the costs facing returning Irish students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 April]

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Government should pay for returning Erasmus students’ €1,850 hotel quarantine, MEP says

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

Ireland“The Government should cover the €1,850 cost of mandatory hotel quarantine for Erasmus students returning to Ireland, an MEP has said. Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher commented on the matter following the Government’s decision last night to add several EU countries to the ‘high-risk’ Covid-19 list …” (more)

[Brendan Kelly Palenque, Independent, 10 April]

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Universities search for the new normal after Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 2nd, 2021 by steve

“German and United Kingdom representatives of universities and higher education organisations have discussed the post-Brexit future of UK-German academic relations, including how to plug the glaring gap in the UK’s Turing Scheme, the replacement for participation in the European Union’s mobility and exchange scheme Erasmus+ …” (more)

[Michael Gardner and Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 1 April]

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Erasmus replacement: Welsh students to get new scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 21st, 2021 by steve

“A new international study programme for students at Welsh universities will start next year, ministers have said. It will be developed by Cardiff University in collaboration with education and youth sector partners ahead of its launch in 2022 …” (more)

[BBC News, 21 March]

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Students Must Ask What Universities Would Look Like in a United Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“With recent polls in the North showing near-equal support for reunification and for union with Britain, it is important for those of us studying in the Republic to consider the effects a united Ireland might have on third-level education here …” (more)

[Fionnán Uibh Eochach, University Times, 16 March]

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NI students could be able to avail of Erasmus scheme in September

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2021 by steve

“Third-level students in Northern Ireland have reacted positively to plans to give them access to the Erasmus programme post-Brexit, Ireland’s Further and Higher Education Minister has said. Simon Harris said talks have been under way between higher education institutions (HEIs) on both sides of the border about Northern Ireland students taking part in the EU’s student exchange scheme through Irish colleges and that early indications are that students are interested in taking up the offer …” (more)

[Michelle Devane, Belfast Telegraph, 15 March]

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Britain’s withdrawal from Erasmus+ will hinder its relationship with Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Speculation on whether or not the UK would remain within the EU and EEA’s student mobility programme, Erasmus+, has ensued since the UK voted to leave the European Union in 2016. A last-minute decision resulting in the United Kingdom resolving to stop participation in all aspects of Erasmus+ will have the potential to damage the UK and Ireland’s relations on top of Brexit alone …” (more)

[Laura Galvin, Trinity News, 25 February]

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ERASMUS le linn na paindéime: taithí ar leith nach n-athróinn riamh

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Má tá sé d’ádh ort an deis a bheith agat tabhairt faoi Erasmus an seimeastar, nó an bhliain acadúil seo chugainn is cinnte go mbeidh lóistín ar cheann de na príomhrudaí le socrú agat sula mbuaileann tú bóthar …” (níos mó)

[Caroline Ní Shíochainn, College Tribune, 6 February]

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Erasmus+ Programme

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he is taking to protect the access of Northern Ireland applicants to the Erasmus programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 3 February]

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Dodds to meet Irish education minister over NI students taking part in Erasmus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Economy Minister Diane Dodds is to meet the Republic’s Higher Education Minister to discuss NI students taking part in the Erasmus scheme for European study. UK students can no longer participate in the Erasmus programme, which funds third-level academic study in the EU and other projects …” (more)

[Margaret Canning, Belfast Telegraph, 4 February]

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Erasmus+ Programme: UK Citizens

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 23rd, 2021 by steve

IrelandRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a UK citizen living in Ireland for the past 20 years can still participate in a course in Sweden under the reciprocal agreement between EU countries …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 January]

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