Plan for 4,600 extra college places to be discussed by Cabinet on Tuesday

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Extra capacity at third level for students to study medicine, pharmacy and law are among proposals to be brought to Cabinet on Tuesday. The proposal is for just over 4,600 additional college places to be established. Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris is expected to seek Government approval for €24 million to fund the extra places including 440 in health sciences like nursing, pharmacy and medicine and 450 in science subjects. There are to be 120 extra places in education-related courses and 102 in law …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Irish Times, 13 July]

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Extra medicine and pharmacy college places confirmed by department

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Extra places in universities for medicine and pharmacy students will be included in a plan by Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris to create 4,500 extra third-level places. The news comes after it emerged that the points needed for some high-demand courses will rise as students who sat the written Leaving Cert last November take up places now offered to them …” (more)

[Brian Mooney and Cormac McQuinn, Irish Times, 9 July]

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Third Level Costs – Pharmacy Students

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

IrelandMichael Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the issues faced by pharmacy students who will now have enormous tuition fees for the fifth year of their course will be addressed; his views on whether the changes will result in students not pursuing studies in pharmacy in the future for purely financial reasons; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 February]

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USI And UCD SU Come Out In Support Of Healthcare Students

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

Ireland“The Union Students of Ireland have come out in support of Pharmacy Students and upcoming changes to their programs. These changes under the new integrated Pharmacy programme means that students will be required to pay increased fees and participated in greater levels of unpaid placements as a result of a ban in place by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) in paying for student labour …” (more)

[Aaron Bowman, College Tribune, 30 January]

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Pharmacy Regulator Declines to Support Paid Placements, As Students Blast Working Conditions

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

Ireland“The fate of unpaid pharmacy placements remains unclear, after the Pharmacy Society of Ireland (PSI) declined to offer support for paid placements in spite of a march by hundreds of students from all over the country from the Dáil to the offices of the PSI this morning …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 24 January]

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Pharmacy Students to Rally Against Unpaid Placement and Fee Hikes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Pharmacy students from all over the country, backed by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), will rally at the Dáil next week in protest at fee increases and unpaid work placement. The protest, which takes place on January 24th, is being organised by USI in conjunction with the Irish Pharmaceutical Students Association …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 18 January]

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4,000 signatures raised against pharmacy students’ unpaid work placement

Posted in Teaching on December 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dissatisfaction with a new course structure for pharmacy students in Ireland is escalating around the country, with students launching a campaign against unpaid work placements. An online petition formed this weekend has received over 4,000 signatures at the time of publication …” (more)

[Yasmin Mello, Trinity News, 17 December]

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‘We’re unmotivated at placement’ – college to meet regulator over pharmacy students’ mental health fears

Posted in Teaching on December 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Officials at University College Cork are to meet with the pharmacy regulator amid concern about mental health issues and a lack of motivation among young pharmacists coming in to the industry. It comes as part of a remarkable row between the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland and students coming into the industry …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 16 December]

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Pharmacy Students call on College’s Support to Oppose Surprise Fees and Unpaid Placement

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s pharmacy students have called for Provost Patrick Prendergast’s support in lobbying against the double financial blow of increased final-year tuition fees and an unpaid placement in their final year …” (more)

[Brónagh Kennedy, University Times, 1 February]

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HPAT deprives 111 students of places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2012 by steve

“A significant number of students who successfully repeat the HPAT exam exit another third level course such as pharmacy, to study medicine thereby denying other students a place on those courses, the HPAT review will report …” (more)

[June Shannon, Irish Medical Times, 18 September]

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Dispensing with pharmacy students as robots take over

Posted in Teaching on August 17th, 2012 by steve

“It might be one of the most coveted university degrees in Ireland, but students anxiously waiting to see if they will be offered a place on a pharmacy course come Monday might want to think twice about their options …” (more)

[Fiona Reddan, Irish Times, 17 August]

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Legal fees must be slashed, says competition chief

Posted in Governance and administration on June 13th, 2011 by steve

“… Under the EU/IMF bailout, Ireland has given a commitment to remove restrictions to competition in the legal, medical and pharmacy professions by the end of September. Thornhill will recommend that professional representative bodies should not be allowed to control entry to the sector, or dominate the education of people working in it …” (more)

[Lisa Jackson, Sunday Business Post, 12 June]

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Unique study evaluates Irish pharmacy education

Posted in Teaching on February 3rd, 2011 by steve

“A research team from Aston University in Birmingham, UK has completed The Pharmacy Education and Accreditation Reviews Project (PEARS), which reviewed professional pharmacy education as a whole in Ireland. The Project was led by Professor Keith Wilson and Dr Chris Langley, who are based in the School of Life & Health Sciences at Aston …” (more)

[AlphaGalileo, 2 February]

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