Archive for mature students

Why I decided to fail better

Posted in Life with tags , on 2 November 2010 by Steve

“A decade after leaving college Eoin Cunningham is back at UCD taking an MA. The past 10 years have been a rollercoaster; researching bestselling books one moment, working nights as a cleaner the next. So why has he decided to return to education? And what does he make of the class of 2010? …” (more)

[Irish Times, 2 November]


CAO surge as adults seek place in college

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 25 June 2010 by Steve

“There has been a surge in adults seeking to return to college, with almost one in five applications coming from the over-23s so far this year. A record 14,606 mature applicants have sought places through the CAO out of a total of 77,126 applications to date. The figures are expected to climb a little higher over the next few weeks …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 25 June]

Access for mature students

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 12 February 2010 by Steve

“… When I started this part-time course in September last year, it was on the premise that both the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) and the maintenance grant would be available to me once I started the degree course next September. Indeed it was the availability of these monies that made going back to college financially possible. Halfway through my Access course, last month, it emerged that the Government had made cuts …” (more)

[Naoise McDonagh, Irish Times, 12 February]

Budget changes ‘will hit mature student applications’

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 11 February 2010 by Steve

“The recent rise in mature student applications through the CAO may be a false dawn, according to the National Adult Learning Organisation AONTAS. AONTAS Director Berni Brady said that many adults who applied through the CAO may not be in the position financially to pursue a third level education. Measures introduced in Budget 2010 will take effect from September, and mean that those qualifying for the Back to Education Allowance scheme will no longer be eligible for the student maintenance grant …” (more)

[, 11 February]

Higgins calls for Dáil debate on crisis affecting those returning to education

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 10 February 2010 by Steve

“Deputy Michael D Higgins has accused Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe, and the Department of Education and Science of pulling the rug from under the feet of mature students seeking to begin a third-level education by changing the rules mid-stream …” (more)

[Labour Party, 10 February]

Mature consideration

Posted in teaching with tags , on 25 January 2010 by Steve

“Last autumn it was 35 years since I embarked upon my undergraduate degree at Another Dublin College That Must Not Be Named. I was a law student (hell, maybe I shouldn’t have specified that, either). As it turns out, I studied with some fellow students who scrubbed up pretty well, career wise, and who are now household names …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 25 January]

Mature reflection as older generation considers college

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 19 January 2010 by Steve

“It seems that the economic downturn has led to something of a boom in the demand for third-level places. Already, more than 12,000 mature students have applied to the CAO this year – more than double the number who applied in 2003. Colleges have been noticing some changes, not just in the number of mature applicants, but also in the type of person applying …” (more)

[Grainne Faller, Irish Times, 19 January]