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,, 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,, 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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‘Sanctuary’ UCC to give refugees full scholarships

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has received ‘University of Sanctuary’ status and will provide seven asylum seekers and refugees with full scholarships from next September. Places of Sanctuary Ireland, a network of groups across the country that aims to raise awareness of asylum issues and aid refugees’ integration into Irish society by way of cultural engagement, has awarded UCC with the ‘University of Sanctuary’ status, along with Dublin City University and the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 19 January]

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Scholarships to be given to people in Direct Provision as UL becomes a University of Sanctuary

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has been designated as a ‘University of Sanctuary’ in recognition of its initiatives welcoming asylum seekers and refugees into its university community. The university is awarding 17 academic scholarships to people aged 22 who live in Direct Provision …” (more)

[, 19 June]

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JP McManus spends €32m on college scholarships for low income students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Limerick billionaire JP McManus is to spend €32 million on third-level scholarships for more than 1,000 students from less well-off backgrounds over the next decade. He is due to make the announcement on Friday at an event with Minister for Education Richard Bruton in Adare, Co Limerick …” (more)

[Brian Mooney and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 May]

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Limerick firms back €600,000 LIT scholarship plan

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than 50 third level students from schools across Limerick have received scholarships worth a total of €600,000. The Limerick Institute of Technology has linked up with a series of companies including WP Engine based in Patrick Street, Analog Devices in Raheen and the Strand Hotel to fund the scholarships …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 28 February]

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With NUIG Taking Strides Forward, Trinity’s Relative Inaction on Refugee Admission is Highlighted

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The announcement of a new scholarship programme in NUI Galway (NUIG) this week highlights the noticeable lack of action taken by Trinity when it comes to the inclusion of asylum seekers and refugees …” (more)

[University Times, 26 June]

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Scholarships in doubt after funding withdrawals

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The future of the prestigious George Mitchell scholarships, which allows top US students to study in Ireland for a year, is under threat due to the withdrawal of funding by Irish and American governments, businesses, and philanthropists …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 9 May]

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Minister for Education and Skills announces more than 500 scholarships for American students looking to study in Higher Education Institutions in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Jan O’Sullivan TD, Minister of Education and Skills, is delighted to announce enhanced levels of supports from Irish higher education institutions (HEIs) to support the US Government’s plans to double the number of American students studying abroad over the next five years …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 29 May]

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Minister O’Sullivan concludes education and trade mission to Brazil

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan has today concluded a six day trade and education mission to the Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, São Paulo and Campinas. During this mission, the Brazilian government confirmed that it has awarded scholarships to 1,077 students to study in Ireland this year under the Science Without Borders programme …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 March]

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