NI students to get £500 Covid-19 payment

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

“Almost 40,000 students at university or in full time education in Northern Ireland will receive a one off £500 payment to mitigate against the disruption caused by Covid-19. The scheme will cost £22 million and students have been told they can expect payment before the end of March …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 4 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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NI student medics will not receive £2,000 Covid-19 recognition bonus being given to other health service trainees

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

“Student doctors who put their lives on the line during the Covid pandemic are not getting a £2,000 bonus being given to other health service trainees. Last week, Health Minister Robin Swann announced that nurses in Northern Ireland are to receive a £500 ‘special recognition’ payment for their work during the pandemic, while some student nurses will get £2,000 …” (more)

[Lisa Smyth, Belfast Telegraph, 4 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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NI universities urged to follow GB and protect student grades

Posted in Teaching on January 13th, 2021 by steve

“Northern Ireland’s two main universities have been urged to follow the lead of their counterparts in Great Britain and introduce a ‘no detriment’ policy to protect student grades against the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson said he has written to both academic institutions, asking them to follow the policy …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 13 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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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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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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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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Third Level Fees – Northern Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if universities are in a position to assure students applying from Northern Ireland that under no circumstance will they be charged international fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 15 December]

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Brexit Issues – NI students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 14th, 2020 by steve

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the arrangements that have been made to ensure that students from Northern Ireland will continue to be treated as previously in Irish universities post Brexit as far as fees and so on are concerned; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 November]

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Cancelling NI exams in 2021 ‘cannot be ruled out’

Posted in Teaching on November 10th, 2020 by steve

“A union representing many school leaders has said cancelling exams in 2021 ‘cannot be ruled out’. The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) said it was ‘ever more likely’ that exams would not fully take place next year …” (more)

[BBC News, 10 November]

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Almost £4m for extra university places in NI

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

“Almost £4 million is being provided to create extra university places following the cancellation of A-levels in Northern Ireland. This includes medical, nursing and midwifery courses, Finance Minister Conor Murphy said …” (more)

[Michael McHugh, Belfast Telegraph, 11 September]

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Magee won’t expand unless number of uni students in NI is increased, says SDLP’s Rory Farrell

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

“Earlier this year, Colr Farrell tabled a motion calling on the Economy Minister to ‘make the necessary adjustments to the Maximum Student Numbers for exclusive use in Derry to allow planned expansion to become a reality’ …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 1 September]

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‘I urge Ulster University to allocate an additional MaSN to the Magee campus’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2020 by steve

“The oversubscription to Ulster University and Queen’s due to this week’s A-Level u-turn could be eased by raising the Maximum Student Number (MaSN) cap and allocating more places to Magee …” (more)

[Kevin Mullan, Derry Journal, 21 August]

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Calls for cap on places at QUB and Ulster University to be removed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 19th, 2020 by steve

“The Stormont Economy Minister is facing calls to remove the cap on the number of students which Northern Ireland’s universities can accept. Trade union NIC ICTU has urged Diane Dodds to make the move after Education Minister Peter Weir reversed the decision which saw thousands of A-level grades reduced from teacher estimates …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 19 August]

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NI grades u-turn could cause problem for universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 18th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University in Belfast has said it may have to offer courses to up to 1,000 extra students whose A-level grades will improve after changes to the way results are calculated. The Stormont Executive contributes around £4,000 to the annual fee for each local undergraduate in Northern Ireland, so an additional £4m would be required to cover the cost of those extra places …” (more)

[Vincent Kearney, RTÉ News, 18 August]

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A-levels: Queen’s University seeks ‘urgent clarity’ over U-turn

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast is seeking ‘clarity as a matter of urgency’ after changes to A-level grades. The university warned it may need between 500 to 1,000 extra places to admit all affected students, at a cost of about £4,000 per student. Ulster University said it still had places available …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 18 August]

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Students plan protest over Northern Ireland A-Level exams debacle

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 16th, 2020 by steve

“Students are planning a protest at Stormont this week with the Northern Ireland Assembly set to be recalled over the A-level results fiasco. DUP Education Minister Peter Weir has come under increasing pressure as anger grows about almost 11,000 grades being slashed by a computer algorithm after exams were cancelled due to Covid-19 …” (more)

[Peter Moor, Belfast Telegraph, 16 August]

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