EU Verdict on Cassells Report Not Expected Until 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s third-level institutes will have to wait until April 2020 to hear the verdict of EU analysis on the Cassells report, Minister for Education Joe McHugh has said. The report, which sets out three options for the future funding of Ireland’s higher education sector, has been with the European Commission since January 2019, when the government applied for economic advice on the report …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 14 July]

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Northern Ireland students and EU fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 6th, 2019 by steve

IrelandGerry Adams (Louth, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if students domiciled in Northern Ireland who wish to enter third-level education in institutions here in September 2020 and in the years following will be considered non-EU students; if they will be required to pay the non-EU rate of student fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 July]

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Minister welcomes Ireland’s success in selection for the European University initiative

Posted in Governance and administration on June 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin successful in the first round of European University funding. The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor today welcomed the announcement of the first round of successful applicants in the European University initiative …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 26 June]

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Universities and world rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I read the report by Carl O’Brien on the 2020 QS World University Rankings with interest. I note particularly that institutes of technology are performing very well (‘Irish universities stay outside top 100 in world rankings’, News, June 19th) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 20 June]

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No tuition fee rise for EU students starting university in NI

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 8th, 2019 by steve

“European Union (EU) students starting university in Northern Ireland in 2020 will pay the same tuition fees as local students. The Department for the Economy (DE) confirmed they will be guaranteed ‘home fee’ during their courses. It follows similar announcements in England and Scotland …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News NI, 8 June]

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IFUT now represents Irish postdoctoral researchers on Eurodoc

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

Ireland“Eurodoc is the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers ( It is an international federation of 29 national organisations of PhD candidates, and more generally of early career researchers from 28 countries of the European Union and the Council of Europe …” (more)

[IFUT, 31 May]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor launches a European Charter to promote gender equality in the university sector

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD Minister of State for Higher Education today (15th May 2019) formally launched a Charter to promote gender equality in the University sector. SAGE – Systemic Action for Gender Equality – is an EU-Horizon 2020 funded project designed to seek stronger action on gender equality in higher education and research …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 15 May]

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Brexit: Theresa May says students ‘priced out’ of EU universities are better off in UK

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 1st, 2019 by steve

“Students ‘priced out’ of EU universities by higher fees after Brexit should stay in Britain and enjoy higher-quality courses, Theresa May says. The prime minister dismissed a protest that only rich children will be able to afford to study abroad in future by insisting no EU country could match the standards on offer at home …” (more)

[Rob Merrick, Independent, 1 May]

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Work-Life Balance

Posted in Legal issues, Life on May 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new EU Work-Life Balance Directive has recently been agreed. The ultimate aim of this Directive is to improve gender equality by easing access to work-life balance arrangements for parents and carers and to boost the participation of men in family-related leaves of absence or flexible working arrangements …” (more)

[IFUT, 30 April]

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Archibald concerned at reported British government plans to increase EU student fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has expressed deep concern at reports that the British Government intends to remove home status fees for EU students to study in Britain from 2021. The party’s further and higher education spokesperson said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 30 April]

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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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EU students could face higher fees to study in UK from 2020

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 28th, 2019 by steve

“Charging EU citizens full international student fees to study in England risks ‘pulling up the drawbridge’ after Brexit, higher education leaders and opposition parties have warned, calling on the government to clarify its policy …” (more)

[Richard Adams, Guardian, 28 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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Brexit: Queen’s University staff paid early due to uncertainty

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2019 by steve

“Staff at Queen’s University in Belfast are to be paid their salaries three days early this month due to ‘ongoing uncertainty relating to Brexit’. QUB staff are usually paid on the final working day of every month. However, because of fears about the potential impact of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, this month’s payment date was brought forward to Wednesday, 27 March …” (more)

[Laura McDaid, BBC News, 24 March]

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Ireland will have highest university fees in Europe post-Brexit, according to student union

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“At €3,000 Ireland will have the highest university fees in the EU after Brexit. That is according to the Union of Students in Ireland ahead of a protest today at Dublin’s Trinity College. Third level students and staff will call on the government to respond to the growing crisis in higher education funding …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 21 March]

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Fee Certainty Is Not Enough to Quell the Northern Ireland CAO Tumble

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It was perhaps unclear, on June 23rd, 2016, just how destabilising Britain’s Brexit vote would be to the European economy as a whole. Ireland, as the UK’s nearest neighbour and one of its closest trading partners, is particularly exposed to these destabilising forces. It quickly became clear that myriad sectors of the Irish economy would come under significant strain, especially in the event of a no-deal Brexit …” (more)

[Matthew Murphy, University Times, 20 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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Academics doing ‘life-changing’ research could lose EU funding in no-deal Brexit, universities warn

Posted in Research on March 19th, 2019 by steve

“Academics could lose hundreds of millions of pounds in European Union (EU) research funding if the UK crashes out of the bloc without a deal, Universities UK (UUK) has said. Those who applied for the latest round of grants from the European Research Council (ERC) will find out if they were successful on 8 April …” (more)

[Zamira Rahim, Independent, 19 March]

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Sharp drop in CAO applications from UK amid Brexit uncertainty

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There has been a sharp drop in students from Britain and Northern Ireland applying to study in the Republic amid continuing uncertainty over Brexit. A breakdown of latest Central Applications Office (CAO) figures for 2019 shows applications from Northern Ireland are down by 18% annually while those from Britain are down 13% …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 March]

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Government gives UK students commitment on paying Irish fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government is giving a long-term commitment that, after Brexit, UK students studying in the Republic will continue to be treated as if they were in the EU and will not have to pay higher fees. Until now, the guarantee extended only to students from Northern Ireland and Britain starting a third-level course in the Republic in September 2019, with a promise of review in the context of a wider Brexit agreement …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 March]

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