€13k for PhD Stipends Is Simply Not Good Enough

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week, professors and PhD students alike expressed outrage at the Ussher PhD positions being offered by College for next year. The positions – which require a first-class degree, a personal statement, a research proposal and two references – provide a stipend of just €13,000 with tuition paid for only three out of the four years of the programme …” (more)

[University Times, 30 May]

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Professors and Postgrads Angered by €13k-a-year Ussher PhD Positions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Professors and PhD students have expressed their displeasure with Ussher PhD positions offered for next year, arguing that the conditions attached – a €13,000 stipend with tuition paid for three out of four years – narrow the pool of potential candidates …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 24 May]

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Ulster University funds boost for students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 7th, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University has announced 40 new Belfast Community Scholarships, removing the financial barriers that prevent many students from accessing higher education. Supported by Ulster Garden Villages Limited and Lead Corporate Partners SHS Group and Aflac Northern Ireland over the next five years, just over 100 students from Belfast will benefit from funding …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 7 May]

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A Career for EU: Minister Byrne launches Ireland’s new EU careers strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on May 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“On Thursday 6 May, Minister of State for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne TD launches ‘A Career for EU’, Ireland’s Strategy to increase Irish representation in the European Union’s Institutions and Agencies. The new strategy aims to significantly increase the numbers of Irish officials in both permanent and temporary positions within the EU Institutions, to increase the number of Irish people applying for jobs in the EU institutions, while improving awareness of EU careers in Ireland across all sectors …” (more)

[MerrionStreet.ie, 6 May]

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UCC scholarship to recognise role of Choctaw Nation in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A university scholarship in recognition of the solidarity shown by the Choctaw Nation towards the people of Ireland during the Great Famine has been extended for three years. A scholarship programme for members of the Choctaw community at University College Cork (UCC) has been extended following its pilot phase …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 15 March]

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Schols Quota Debacle: The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“‘Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better’. So wrote Samuel Beckett in his novella Worstward Ho. Yet should a present-day Beckett, elected a Scholar of Modern Languages in 1926, seek to apply his quote to Schols, he might be tempted to adapt his words: ‘Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Go home’ …” (more)

[Ryan Alberto Ó Giobúin, University Times, 25 January]

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Council Members Slam Provost Over Refusal to Hold Vote on Schols Quota

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Members of University Council have slammed the Provost’s decision to refuse to hold a vote on a contentious Schols quota system at yesterday’s Council meeting. The quota system – which limits the number of Scholars elected this year to 60 – was approved by Council yesterday …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 21 January]

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Visitors Uphold Controversial Schols Quota System

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Visitors have upheld a contentious proposal to limit the number of Scholars elected this year, amid fears of a spike in the number of students winning the scholarship. In their ruling – seen by The University Times – the Visitors determined that it was up to College Board members to decide on the quota system …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 19 January]

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College Proposes Schols ‘Quota’ System Over Fears of Grade Inflation

Posted in Teaching on October 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is considering choosing this year’s new Scholars based on a quota system – in which each faculty is allocated a certain number of scholarships – rather than the current system in which any student who receives a previously set overall grade in the exams will get a scholarship …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 28 October]

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Choctaw chief welcomes awarding of UCC scholarship

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A chief of the Choctaw Nation has welcomed University College Cork’s commitment to fostering Irish-Choctaw relations by awarding a second scholarship to a student from the Native American tribe in recognition of the historic links between the two peoples …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 20 July]

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NUI Galway announces new scholarships for immigrant groups and Travellers

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

Ireland“NUI Galway has announced an expansion in scholarships for vulnerable immigrant groups and Travellers …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 20 June]

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DCU announces multiple new scholarships for asylum seekers and refugees

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

Ireland“Dublin City University has announced 15 additional scholarships for refugees, bringing the total number to 30 for the 2020 academic year. The announcement, which comes days before World Refugee Day, will allow more Irish-based refugees’ and asylum seekers to access higher education …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally, TheJournal.ie, 18 June]

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No €6,750-a-year JP McManus scholarships for calculated grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Valuable college scholarships, sponsored by billionaire JP McManus, will not be awarded on the basis of calculated grades, in a major blow to students from disadvantaged backgrounds …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 May]

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Predicted grades may leave Leaving Cert students set for US scholarships ‘nervous’, says consultant

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students who are set to study in American universities on scholarships may be ‘nervous’ over predicted grades, says a sports consultant. Mark Finnegan, founder of All Sports Recruitment, says there are many positives for predicted grades for students looking to study stateside …” (more)

[Emma Costello, Extra.ie, 25 May]

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DCU Launches New Scholarships for Asylum Seekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has announced 20 new scholarships for asylum seekers, including five offering fee waivers for on-campus undergraduate degrees. A tweet from DCU yesterday said the new scholarships, which will offer 15 online courses to refugees and asylum seekers and 5 fee waivers …” (more)

[Andy Keenan, University Times, 21 June]

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Mitchell scholarship body claims ‘misleading’, says Rhodes

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

Ireland“The head of the Rhodes scholarship programme has dismissed as ‘misleading’ claims by the US-Ireland Alliance that a majority of students choose its scholarship instead. The Mitchell scholarship, which is managed by Trina Vargo, the head of the US-Ireland Alliance, was established almost 20 years ago and named after Senator George Mitchell …” (more)

[Suzanne Lynch, Irish Times, 3 June]

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Third level grant in honour of Irish Nobel prize winner

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has established a third level scholarship to honour Irish scientist and nobel prize winner Professor William C Campbell. Professor Campbell was awarded the Nobel prize in Medicine in 2015 for his development of a cure for River Blindness, which is a disease found in Africa, South America and Yemen …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 20 May]

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International Students Made Up 10% of Scholars This Year

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Some 10% of the students who were awarded Foundation Scholarships this year were international students, down from the 16% who received the honour in 2017, The University Times has learned. The figure was obtained in a freedom of information request by The University Times. In 2017/18, around 16% of students are non-EU students …” (more)

[Ciaran Molloy, University Times, 11 December]

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Trinity Sport Accidentally Leaks Personal Information of 168 Sports Scholar Applicants

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity Sport accidentally leaked personal information and statements of 168 applicants for the College’s sports scholarships, in an email sent out to this year’s sports scholars. In the email, which was obtained by The University Times, students were asked to fill in a form attached to accept their scholarship …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 2 November]

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UL to offer scholarships worth €1.8 million to refugees and asylum seekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 20th, 2018 by steve

“The University of Limerick has announced that it will offer 15 new undergraduate scholarships to refugees and asylum seekers starting in September. This is in addition to 15 one-year mature student access certificate scholarships, which were first introduced last year for people living in Direct Provision …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 20 June]

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