Erasmus Students Offered Reflective Essay In Place Of Lost Credits Abroad

Posted in Teaching on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“In the unprecedented times of Covid-19, UCD has been putting measures in place to allow students to continue their learning. Students who are currently studying abroad have been particularly affected and in recent days university staff have put in place alternative arrangements for students unable to complete their full credits in their host university …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 6 April]

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Trinity casts doubt over whether Erasmus programmes will go ahead

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 4th, 2020 by steve

“Trinity’s TSM (Two Subject Moderatorship) office appeared to cast doubt over the possibility of foreign exchange programmes going ahead next year due to the coronavirus pandemic in an email circulated to all TSM Erasmus and Non-EU Exchange candidates in their Senior Fresh year …” (more)

[Madalyn Williams, Trinity News, 3 April]

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Trinity Students on Exchange Not Asked to Return ‘At This Time’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students who are away on Erasmus or study abroad programmes are not required ‘at this time’ to cut short their exchange and return home, despite the rapid spread of the coronavirus around the world. Last week, The University Times reported that Trinity had been in contact with all students currently on Erasmus exchange in Italy – where the rapid spread of the coronavirus has forced a near-lockdown of the northern part of the country – but was not requiring them to return home …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 9 March]

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Quitting EU Erasmus scheme would ‘blow a hole’ in UK economy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 8th, 2020 by steve

“Quitting the EU’s Erasmus student exchange programme would ‘blow a hole’ in the UK’s economy, taking away income of £243m a year and depriving 17,000 British young people of valuable work experience, according to a group of education and business leaders …” (more)

[Richard Adams, Guardian, 8 March]

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Coronavirus: NUI Galway Erasmus students told to come home

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has warned its Erasmus students studying in Italy to immediately return to Ireland, amid fears of the rapid spread of Coronavirus in the country. One student, who has just returned from the University of Genoa, spoke of the sense of panic felt among Irish students in the affected region …” (more)

[Paddy Henry, Connacht Tribune, 6 March]

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Students must be protected against Brexit – Archibald

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald, has called for the rights of students and young people to be protected in the aftermath of Brexit. The party’s Economy spokesperson said: …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 4 March]

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Universities put Irish students in Italy on high alert as number of coronavirus cases there rockets

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Irish students studying on Erasmus programmes in Italy have been put on alert by universities as the coronavirus continues to spread across Europe. Italy’s Civil Defence reported a surge in the number of confirmed cases of the virus, first reported in the northern parts of the country, but which has spread to southern parts in recent days …” (more)

[Conor McCrave,, 25 February]

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Trinity to advocate for UK to remain in Erasmus programme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has announced a commitment to advocating for the United Kingdom’s continued membership in the Erasmus+ programme. In a email sent to all staff and students, Julia Carmichael, Trinity’s Chief Risk Officer (CRO) wrote that ‘we at Trinity will be at pains to show over the coming months that it is in the interests of the UK to continue the academic relationship it has with EU countries, particularly Ireland’ …” (more)

[Madalyn Williams, Trinity News, 21 February]

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IUA join 36 EU and UK higher education and research organisations in joint-declaration of cooperation post-Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Research on February 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) has joined 36 other higher education and research organisations from across the European Union and the United Kingdom in a joint declaration of cooperation on research and student exchange. All 37 pan-European organisations have signed the statement calling on governments across Europe for their continued commitment to the Erasmus+ and Horizon Europe programmes …” (more)

[IUA, 3 February]

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Universities call to keep European research links

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2020 by steve

“University leaders in the UK and Europe have signed a joint statement calling for UK universities to remain part of European research schemes after Brexit. As the UK leaves the European Union, 36 higher education groups have called for a ‘swift agreement’ to allow UK universities to rejoin EU research networks and Erasmus student exchanges …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 31 January]

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Will British universities end up as Johnson’s bargaining chips?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 31st, 2020 by steve

“With the legal formalities for Britain’s exit from the EU now complete, the university world of the UK and the EU is looking to Phase 2. After three and a half years of regret and frustration, they have a plan in hand. However, this could well be derailed, since at the same time the Johnson Government will be negotiating the future trading relationship with the EU, where the outcome is unpredictable, write Anne Corbett and Claire Gordon …” (more)

[LSE Brexit Blog, 31 January]

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Over 4,000 Irish students catch the travel bug

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The number of students studying or doing traineeships abroad is increasing as a growing number of undergraduates see the value of foreign experience. Figures from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) show that the number of students participating in the EU’s Erasmus+ programme has doubled over the past decade …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 15 January]

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UK ‘committed’ to maintaining Erasmus+ exchange scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 9th, 2020 by steve

“The government has said it is committed to maintaining the UK’s membership of the Erasmus+ programme, which funds opportunities for young people to train and study across Europe, despite shooting down an attempt to make its membership a priority in EU withdrawal negotiations …” (more)

[Richard Adams, Guardian, 9 January]

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UK MPs vote down pledge to seek Erasmus participation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 9th, 2020 by steve

“British MPs yesterday voted against making securing full ongoing participation in the EU’s Erasmus+ educational and work placement exchange programmes a negotiating objective in the next phase of Brexit talks. The vote has been met with anger and disappointment from pro-EU commentators and social media groups – however it does not mean participation has been completely ruled out …” (more)

[Oliver Rowland, The Connexion, 9 January]

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For a ‘Global University’, Trinity Flounders on Erasmus

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

Ireland“Trinity is a global university, we’ve been told countless times over the past few years, and goes to great lengths to cultivate its own image on the international stage. On Twitter, Provost Patrick Prendergast posts photos of himself every month or two, shaking hands with some official in a far-flung university in Asia or Europe …” (more)

[University Times, 1 December]

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‘Erasmus na Gaeilge’ to bring 175 students to Gaeltacht areas

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A scheme similar to the European Erasmus programme will facilitate up to 175 students who wish to spend a semester studying in the Gaeltacht. Third level students will be offered the opportunity to spend three months in Gaeltacht areas under the new language immersion scheme announced this morning by the Department of the Gaeltacht …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 13 May]

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Brexit: Guy Verhofstadt says EU ‘will never accept’ Theresa May’s plan to hike tuition fees for European students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 29th, 2019 by steve

“The European Union ‘will never accept’ a move by Theresa May to raise tuition fees for EU students after Brexit, the European Parliament’s Brexit chief has said. Guy Verhofstadt said he would write to the prime minister following reports that EU students would be charged full international fees, instead of benefiting from the same rates as UK students as now …” (more)

[Jon Stone, Independent, 29 April]

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ERASMUS Programme

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2019 by steve

IrelandCatherine Martin (Dublin Rathdown, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to ensure that Irish students domiciled in Northern Ireland will have access to Erasmus programmes here and elsewhere after 2021; if Irish students can study in the UK after 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 March]

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Erasmus scheme in chaos as UK students left in limbo

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 19th, 2019 by steve

“For Alice Watkins, a Manchester University student, a year in Paris, then Madrid, as part of her degree was a dream. Now, with the turmoil of Brexit, she is preparing to arrive in France this summer with nowhere to live and no idea whether the money will still be there to support her …” (more)

[Anna Fazackerley, Guardian, 19 March]

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‘No Erasmus please, we’re British’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2019 by steve

“As the ongoing Brexit fiasco systematically trashes Britain’s international reputation, the consequences for the UK University sector are becoming increasingly obvious. In particular, the realization that Britain now defines itself exclusively by its xenophobia has led to a decision by Spain to remove the UK from the list of potential destinations …” (more)

[In the Dark, 28 February]

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