Telling the real story: Sinn Féin launch Student Funding survey

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Rose Conway-Walsh has called on Further and Higher Education to be made accessible and affordable for everyone irrespective of their age, geography or financial circumstances …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 6 August]

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Funchion Calls For Universal Access To Third-Level Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD Kathleen Funchion is calling for third-level education to be made accessible and affordable for everyone, irrespective of age, geography or financial circumstances. Deputy Funchion is asking students in the Carlow/Kilkenny constituency to ‘tell their story’ by filling out Sinn Féin’s survey on the grants system …” (more)

[Suzanne Pender, Carlow Nationalist, 6 August]

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Harris ‘stunned’ by prevalence of sex attacks in colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has said society needs to challenge the perception of what sexual assault is, adding he was ‘stunned’ by the prevalence of attacks among students. Almost three in 10 female students have reported non-consensual penetration by incapacitation, force or threat of force during their time in college, according to a Union of Students Ireland (USI) survey published in June …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, BreakingNews.ie, 27 July]

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University of Limerick President challenges results of sex assaults survey

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The number of sexual assaults on students at the University of Limerick and other third-level institutions are being grossly under-reported, according to a recent survey. Outgoing president of UL, Dr Des Fitzgerald, has said that the Sexual Experiences Survey, carried out by the Union of Students in Galway, ‘in no way reflects the reality or the frequency of sexual assault …'” (more)

[Bernie English, Limerick Post, 21 July]

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USI publishes student priorities for new Government and COVID-19 research report

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has today published two documents outlining the union’s priorities for the new Government and what students need for the new academic year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic …” (more)

[USI, 8 July]

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Disadvantaged students much more likely to have disengaged from school work

Posted in Life on July 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students in disadvantaged secondary schools are three times more likely to have disengaged with their teachers during the lockdown, according to a new study. The survey of more than 700 second level teachers by researchers at Trinity College Dublin, throws new light on the scale of the digital divide across schools since they closed last March …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 July]

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Maynooth University survey shows 62% of students felt ‘optimistic’ a little, or a lot, less often than usual’

Posted in Life, Teaching on June 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The latest results from a survey of Maynooth University students in response to Covid 19 show ‘62% of students indicate that they felt ‘optimistic’ a little, or a lot, less often than usual in the 30 days preceding the survey’ …” (more)

[Leinster Leader, 24 June]

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Three in 10 female students experience non-consensual sex at college

Posted in Legal issues on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Three out of 10 female students experience non-consensual sex during their time at college, as a national survey reveals high levels of sexual violence and harassment in higher education. One in 10 male students, and 28% of non- binary students, also reported experiencing non-consensual penetration, either through force or threat of force or while incapacitated and unable to give consent …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 22 June]

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CAO applicants willing to go to college in autumn, but concern around making friends and online learning – survey

Posted in Life on June 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Almost all CAO applicants in a recent survey said they would take up a college place in autumn, despite the Covid-19 restrictions. However, many have concerns about adapting to an online learning environment and making friends …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 June]

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Just over 50% of teens starting secondary school expect to reach third level – ESRI

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Research on June 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“One in three thirteen-year-olds whose parents expect them to go to college do not think they will make the cut. Just 51% of teens joining secondary school expect to reach third level but 79% of mothers think they will …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 11 June]

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HEA publishes ‘Graduate Outcomes Survey: Class of 2018’ report

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on June 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The HEA today publishes the Graduate Outcomes Survey: Class of 2018 report. Findings show high levels of employment for graduates who were seeking work at the end of 2018 and early 2019 …” (more, download)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 11 June]

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Public sector jobs a draw for working professionals but of less interest to students

Posted in Research on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Professionals are more likely to consider a job in the public sector than students. That is according to new research by e-recruitment platform IrishJobs.ie, in partnership with employer brand specialist Universum …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 22 May]

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One in five students could defer going to university due to Covid-19 – poll

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

“Around one in five prospective students could defer going to university in the autumn if institutions are not ‘operating as usual’ amid the Covid-19 crisis, analysis suggests. An estimated 120,000 students may delay attending British campuses when the academic year begins in September and October, which would lead to a significant loss in tuition fee income for institutions, a report by London Economics for the University and College Union (UCU) warns …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby, Belfast Telegraph, 20 May]

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Minister Launches Timely Report of the Irish National Digital Experience (INDEx) Survey

Posted in Research on May 7th, 2020 by steve

“INDEx Survey Report Published by National Forum Reveals Digital Lives of Both Students and Staff Who Teach in Higher Education. The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, officially unveiled data capturing the first national picture of the digital lives of almost 30,000 students and staff who teach across 32 higher education institutions today …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 7 May]

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Nearly half of international students against doing degrees online amid Covid-19

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 28th, 2020 by steve

“More than two in five prospective international students have no interest in studying their degree online amid Covid-19, a survey suggests. The proportion of students who have changed their plans to study in the UK and deferred their entry by a year rose between February and March, according to findings in a think tank report …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby, Belfast Telegraph, 28 April]

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Survey of Past, Current and Potential Mature Students

Posted in Research on April 24th, 2020 by steve

“Indecon International Consultants have been appointed by the HEA to undertake research on the issues and challenges faced by first-time mature students in higher education, and to make recommendations for how mature students can be supported in the future. As part of this, a learner survey is being carried out so that we can learn more about your experience in accessing Higher Education as a mature student …” (more)

[Mari Tighe, HEA, 23 April]

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Students most worried about families’ health and work uncertainty amid crisis

Posted in Research on April 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The health of family members and employment uncertainty are the biggest worries third-level students in Ireland have amid the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new survey. The online survey was conducted by GradIreland from 25 March to 1 April and 716 university students responded …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 14 April]

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Sharp Drop-Off in Student Satisfaction With Experience of Trinity

Posted in Research on February 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student satisfaction with Trinity has fallen sharply in recent years, a survey has shown, with 37.5% more students than in 2016 admitting they would pick a different college if they were choosing again …” (more)

[Robert Quinn, University Times, 27 February]

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Senior academics have little confidence in management of their own colleges – survey

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Senior academics have little confidence in the governance and management capacity of their own higher education institutions, according to a new survey. It also finds many are sceptical over the Government’s ambition to provide the best education system in Europe over the next decade. The findings are contained in a survey of more than 340 senior staff in higher education institutions and agencies by the polling firm Prospectus …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 November]

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Student mental health is vital but survey doesn’t add up

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland is to be praised for its interest in mental health in the group it represents. I am a psychiatrist providing a service to one of the universities in Ireland. I work closely with the university welfare officers, the general practitioners on campus and the counselling and psychological services. There are several other psychiatrists who provide a similar service to universities in Ireland …” (more)

[Patricia Casey, Independent, 31 August]

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