A Call for Pan-Irish Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Greater cross-border collaboration on higher education will be fundamental to ‘peace and prosperity’ in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, academics say. A taskforce set up by a pan-Irish learned society, the Royal Irish Academy, calls on the Irish government and the Northern Ireland executive to use closer ties on research and education as a way of overcoming historic political and regional challenges, as well as the problems caused by Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Anna McKie, Inside Higher Ed, 24 November]

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Israel and Horizon Europe

Posted in Research on November 24th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the recently concluded agreement to include Israel in Horizon Europe until 2027; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 November]

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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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European universities warn of risks as UK remains outside EU science

Posted in Research on November 7th, 2021 by steve

“Lobby groups for over 1,000 universities have urged the European Commission to finalize the UK’s association to the EU’s research and innovation program, as Britain remains frozen out over Brexit disputes …” (more)

[Cristina Gallardo, Politico, 4 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 Hits UK Universities as EU Students Look Elsewhere

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 28th, 2021 by steve

“UK universities are reaping a reverse ‘Brexit dividend’ with a sharp drop in the number of applications from EU students. The news leaves higher education in the U.K. bracing itself for a financial hit from the loss of international students, on top of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[Nick Morrison, Forbes, 27 October]

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Will the EU’s COVID recovery plan help the HE sector?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2021 by steve

“How big a deal is NextGenerationEU – the European Union’s COVID economic recovery plan – for universities? It depends mostly on where the university operates. Most national recovery and resilience plans have been submitted and endorsed by the EU’s institutions, though the scale and contents of these roadmaps differ greatly …” (more)

[Enora Bennetot Pruvot, University World News, 23 October]

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British scientists being ‘frozen out’ of EU research due to NI row, claims MP

Posted in Research on October 25th, 2021 by steve

“UK scientists are being ‘frozen out’ of the £80bn EU research programme Horizon Europe because of the ongoing dispute over the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol, a House of Lords committee has claimed …” (more)

[Lisa O’Carroll, Guardian, 24 October]

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Horizon Funding and Gender Equality Plans

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Higher education institutions applying for Horizon Funding will be required to have Gender Equality Plans in place for proposals with deadlines in 2022 onwards. All organisations applying for Horizon Europe funding must submit a self-declaration at the proposal stage, through a specific questionnaire confirming they have a Gender Equality Plan (GEP) in place …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 14 October]

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Horizon Europe – Northern Ireland

Posted in Research on October 14th, 2021 by steve

IrelandNeale Richmond (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps being taken to ensure that Northern Ireland is involved in the Horizon Europe research programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 13 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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Universities see EU students halve post-Brexit as non-EU numbers rise

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 10th, 2021 by steve

“Universities have seen the number of European Union students halve and a rise in non-EU learners since Brexit, a vice chancellor has said. David Richardson said the University of East Anglia’s EU student numbers had dropped by 50% in 2021, which was the picture ‘across the sector nationally’ …” (more)

[Simon Dedman and Nic Rigby, BBC News, 9 October]

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56% plunge in EU students accepted at British universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 24th, 2021 by steve

“University chiefs were prepared for the worst when applications from European Union students to study on undergraduate courses in the United Kingdom fell by 43% by the time of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) deadline of 30 June …” (more)

[Nic Mitchell, University World News, 19 August]

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Karran, Beiter and Mallinson, ‘Academic freedom in contemporary Britain: A cause for concern?’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 21st, 2021 by steve

Abstract: Using comparable legal information, and empirical data from over 2000 members of the UK’s University and College Union and 2000 staff in universities of the European states, gathered by means of similar surveys, this paper is a comparative assessment of the de jure protection for, and the de facto levels of, academic freedom enjoyed by academic staff in the UK, when compared to their EU counterparts. The paper examines the legal and constitutional protection for academic freedom and the current levels of, and changes to, the two substantive elements (freedom to teach and freedom to research) and three supportive components (autonomy, governance and tenure) of academic freedom. The study reveals that UK academic staff believe that there is a low level of protection for academic freedom and that it has declined, both in general, and with respect to the two substantive elements and three supportive components of academic freedom. Similar trends are evident in the EU states, but statistical tests reveal that for every measure utilised, the decline in academic freedom is significantly greater in the UK than in the EU states.

Terence Karran, Klaus D Beiter and Lucy Mallinson, Academic freedom in contemporary Britain: A cause for concern?’, Higher Education Quarterly, https://doi.org/10.1111/hequ.12346. First published: 20 July 2021.

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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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Report on European Commission’s Findings on Cassells Expected in Autumn

Posted in Governance and administration on July 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said that he expects to publish a report on the European Commission’s analysis on the Cassells report this autumn. The report, which sets out three options for the future funding of Ireland’s higher education sector, was sent to the European Commission in January 2019, when the government applied for economic advice on the report …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 13 July]

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Ireland punches above its weight for innovation and third-level education

Posted in Research on June 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is punching far above its weight when it comes to innovation and third-level education, outperforming the EU average, according to the European Commission’s latest findings. Innovation is broadly defined as developing new methods, ideas, and products to advance civilisation. Examples include researching and developing products all the way to market in fields such as medical devices, an industry in which Ireland has become a global player …” (more)

[Pádraig Hoare, Irish Examiner, 22 June]

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European Commission drops plan to ban UK from science projects

Posted in Research on June 8th, 2021 by steve

“The European Commission has dropped plans for a blanket ban on UK involvement in EU research on space projects and supercomputers after a backlash from member states and leading scientists. Thierry Breton, the former French finance minister who is now the EU internal market commissioner, had claimed the EU needed to keep control of intellectual property and that the UK’s involvement was an unacceptable security risk …” (more)

[Daniel Boffey, Guardian, 7 June]

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Students call for end to highest fees in EU

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

Ireland“NUI Galway Students’ Union has joined students across the country in calling for an end to the extortionate €3,000 Student Contribution Fee. The fee means students in the Republic of Ireland pay the highest undergraduate fees in the European Union …” (more)

[Michael Malone, Galway Daily, 3 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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