Government model to grant STEM courses more funding

This framework is the first major review of funding allocation in higher education in over a decade.

Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton and Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor released both the review for the Allocation Model for Funding Higher Education Institutions and the Higher Education System Performance Framework for 2018-2020 yesterday, January 16.


€16.5m to be allocated to widen access to higher education

Approximately 2,000 students will directly benefit from the funding, which targets those from disadvantaged backgrounds

 The government has announced plans to allocate €16.5m in funding for new initiatives to help increase access to third level education for those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Approximately 2,000 students will directly benefit from the funding. The groups it aims to


38 Trinity Access Programme students graduate today

Following their graduation, all 38 students will be able to start degree courses across either the sciences, social science or the arts this September


The graduation ceremony of 38 students who studied in the Trinity Access Programme (TAP) Foundation Course for Higher Education for 2016/17 took place in Trinity today.

The graduates had been studying in either the sciences, social science or the arts


Department of Education to draft stricter legislation against paid-for essays

Declaration rules in higher education institutions currently do not cover essay mills as it is difficult to detect outsourced material

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said he plans to introduce legislation for prosecuting “essay mill” companies. These online companies offer to write essays for students for a fee.

Declaration rules in higher education institutions currently do not cover essay …


Minister for Education announces new employer investment mechanism for higher education

The Exchequer-Employer Investment Mechanism will operate from 2018 onwards

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, have announced the launch of a new consultation process on a proposed Exchequer-Employer Investment Mechanism, which will operate from 2018 onwards.

Speaking in


HEAD TO HEAD: Student Loans

Rory O’Sullivan and Elisabeth O’Higgins go head to head on the introduction of student loans


For Student Loans ~ Rory O’Sullivan

“It’s popular in certain circles to say otherwise, but free university fees in a country like Ireland would be a terrible idea, just as they have been in Scotland.”

There is a hole in …

New plan for higher education funding will be implemented by end of 2017

TCDSU President set up lobby group to create further opposition to Cassells Report and student loan recommendations


According to the government’s ‘Action Plan for Education’, higher education funding will be decided upon and implemented by late 2017.

There are plans to replace the SUSI grant system and create a new financial ‘structure’ for primary, secondary and third-level


Trinity among most efficient Irish colleges, finds new study of Irish third level education

Related findings include benefits of gender diversity and short-term effects of funding cuts


   A new report into the efficiency of Irish universities and Institutes of Technology has shown Trinity to be “at or near the frontier in all areas”, according to an academic involved in the study.

   Professor Brian Lucey said that Trinity


USI joins forces with the Teachers’ Union of Ireland to launch campaign to support free access to public higher education

The ‘I Value Higher Education’ campaign asks students to sign a petition and raise the issue of higher education with candidates canvassing for the upcoming general election


The Union of Students in Ireland (USI), alongside the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI), has launched its ‘I Value Education’ campaign to promote free access to higher education in Ireland.

The campaign is part of USI’s larger #‎EducationIs coalition against …