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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Provost Patrick Prendergast said that applications to Trinity had decreased a further 20%, after last year’s drop

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

Ireland“Applications to Trinity from Northern Ireland have dropped by around 20% this year as a result of uncertainty surrounding Brexit, according to Provost Patrick Prendergast. This drop is on top of a 20% decrease in applications from Northern Irish students last year …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 30 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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Quarter of students suffer unwanted sexual advances in Northern Ireland

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

“More than a quarter of students at universities or colleges in Northern Ireland have experienced unwanted sexual behaviour, a survey has revealed. Over 2,200 students took part in the survey on consent and unwanted sexual behaviour, conducted by the National Union of Students-Union of Students in Ireland (NUS-USI) …” (more)

[Gillian Halliday, Belfast Telegraph, 28 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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DkIT Symposium Highlights Opportunities For Greater Cross-Border Collaboration In Higher Education

Posted in Research on March 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) organised a symposium aimed at opening dialogue on how Institutes of Further and Higher Education can work together to develop a blueprint for successful cross-border collaboration in the North Leinster South Ulster region. The ‘DkIT Symposium: A Changing Cross Border Landscape for Further and Higher Education’ brought together more than 80 policy-makers, academics and industry representatives from North and South to discuss challenges and opportunities surrounding BREXIT and the implications it may have on Further and Higher Education network in the region …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 11 May]

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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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‘Celtic Connection’ to protect higher education from fallout of Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Research on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new ‘Celtic Connection’ of higher education institutions across Ireland – north and south – and Scotland and Wales is being forged to help protect the sector from the fallout of Brexit. It aims to strengthen links between individual colleges to allow for ease of movement for staff and students and to ensure institutions are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to research funding handouts …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 March]

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Trinity College Dublin Provost wants Brexit measures for students firmed up

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

Ireland“The Provost of Trinity College Dublin has said arrangements for Northern Irish students must be ‘copper-fastened’ after Brexit. Dr Patrick Prendergast was in Belfast yesterday to address an audience of Trinity alumni. In January there were concerns a hard Brexit would see fees soar for local students wishing to study in Irish universities …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 1 March]

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What’s the likely impact of Brexit on Higher Education in Northern Ireland?

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

“When you hear the words Northern Ireland and Brexit, I know you automatically think ‘backstop’, but the focus of media on the backstop issue, whilst completely understandable, has had the unintended consequence of diverting attention away from the other likely implications of Brexit on Northern Ireland that are not directly backstop related. Take, for example, the issue of higher education …” (more)

[Cathy Gormley-Heenan, Irish Politics Forum, 21 February]

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Brain drain in Northern Ireland much worse than in the Republic

Posted in Research on February 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Emigration has played a huge role in moulding the Republic, affecting all aspects of society and the economy. For most of the last century, as many bright and innovative young people left, its impact was generally unfavourable. In recent decades, however, the pattern has been rather different. While many still go, most of them come back, often enriched by their experience abroad …” (more)

[John FitzGerald, Irish Times, 15 February]

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Drop in Northern Ireland students applying for university places

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

“The number of Northern Ireland students applying to university has fallen – but remains higher than other UK regions, new figures show. Just under half of 18 year olds (46.8%) have applied to start a full-time undergraduate course in September 2019 – down 0.7% …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Irish Examiner, 7 February]


Universities in N Ireland lowest for unconditional offers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 31st, 2019 by steve

“Northern Irish universities made only 10 unconditional offers to prospective undergraduates in 2018. That is far lower than most universities in England or Wales. An unconditional offer guarantees a pupil a university place regardless of their A-Level results …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 31 January]

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Local student body welcomes Dublin’s assurances over fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The National Union of Students Northern Ireland has welcomed proposals by the Irish Government to mitigate potential impacts of Brexit on tuition fees for students studying on a cross-border basis in 2019. Dublin has confirmed it will continue supporting students applying to universities in the United Kingdom, as well as Northern Ireland students wishing to study in the Republic, after Brexit …” (more)

[Cate McCurry, Belfast Telegraph, 12 January]

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Irish students studying in the UK to receive tuition fees support post-Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The government has confirmed it will continue supporting students applying to universities in the United Kingdom as well as Northern Ireland pupils wishing to study here after Brexit. Pupils from Northern Ireland expressed concern over whether they will be treated as non-EU students after the UK leaves the European Union in March, meaning they would have to pay much higher fees …” (more)

[, 11 January]

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Government hopes hard Brexit would not affect fees for cross-Border students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government is hopeful that students will be able to study north and south of the Border without incurring hikes in student fees in the event of a hard Brexit. About 1,200 students from the North attend colleges in the Republic, while more than 2,000 students from the Republic attend colleges in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 January]

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Irish government considers grants for Northern Ireland students after Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish government is considering a grant scheme for Northern Ireland students applying to universities in the Republic, to avoid fee hikes post-Brexit. A-level students in Northern Ireland say they have been left in limbo over whether they will have to pay non-EU student fees after the UK leaves the EU in March, a factor that could heavily determine where they choose to attend university …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 3 January]

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Student ‘frustrated’ over Irish university fees uncertainty

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

“Northern Ireland pupils applying to start university in the Republic of Ireland this year do not know how much they will pay in tuition fees. That is because it is still unclear if they will be treated as non-EU students after Brexit …” (more, video)

[BBC News, 2 January]

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Outcry after student loan overpayments of £8m are extracted from NI graduates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 29th, 2018 by steve

“Graduates here overpaid nearly £8m in student loans in five years. Overpayments have been rising steadily, with thousands of people affected, figures show. A student organisation said it was ‘deeply troubling’ …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 29 December]

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Drop in Republic of Ireland students in Northern Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The number of students from the Republic of Ireland studying in Northern Ireland has fallen by more than a third since 2011. However, there has been a rise in the number of Northern Irish students in the Republic in recent years. The findings are part of a joint government analysis of cross-border student enrolments …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 18 December]

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