‘Not the way to go’ – Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill rules out hike in tuition fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 20th, 2020 by steve

“Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill has said raising tuition fees in Northern Ireland is ‘not the way to go’ to plug any shortfall in funding from the UK Government. Her comments come just days after First Minister Arlene Foster stated there will have to be a ‘positive debate’ on the issue. Currently, students pay up to £4,275 a year to study in Northern Ireland, compared to up to £9,250 in England …” (more)

[Andrew Madden, Belfast Telegraph, 19 January]

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For Universities, Brexit’s Risks Aren’t Just Concerning – They May be Irreversible

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Last week, the government reassured Irish students travelling to study in Northern Ireland and the UK – and those coming in the opposite direction – that existing fee arrangements would be maintained for another year. In January of last year, 364 days ago and three weeks before the February CAO deadline, students starting in September 2019 got the same assurance …” (more)

[University Times, 12 January]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor provide assurance to students and their families for studies in the UK

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today announced that current fee regimes and grant supports are being maintained for Irish students going to higher education institutions in the UK from September 2020. The Ministers also confirmed the current system will apply for students from Britain and Northern Ireland who are applying to attend colleges in Ireland …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 10 January]

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University strike: Queen’s and Ulster University staff walk out over pay

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2019 by steve

“Many lecturers and support staff at Queen’s University (QUB) and Ulster University (UU) are beginning eight days of strike action on Monday. The action by University and College Union (UCU) members is due to disputes over pay and pensions. The strike is expected to continue up to and including Wednesday, 4 December …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 25 November]

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USI vote to support bilingual signage on campuses in Northern Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2019 by steve

“The National Council of the Union of Students Ireland (USI) have voted to support bilingual signage for Colleges in Northern Ireland, among several other motions discussed at a meeting held in Trinity. The union’s National Council have also taken the decision to support free period products and and voted to establish a partnership between the USI and a Crisis Text Line, as well as authorising the union to begin work on gathering data on students’ sexual experiences …” (more)

[Jessica Hobbs Pifer, Trinity News, 16 November]

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University applications from Northern Ireland fall

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

“There has been a slight fall in the number of 18 year olds in Northern Ireland applying to go to university. That is according to figures just published by the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Almost half (46.9%) of all 18 year olds in Northern Ireland applied to UCAS by 30 June 2019, a fall of 0.7% from 2018 …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News NI, 12 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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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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