Due to cuts at the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL), Northern Ireland students who choose to Study in the Irish Republic, will no longer be entitled to have university fees paid on their behalf by DEL. Fees at Irish Republic universities currently stand at €2,250. From next yea,r students planning on enrolling at universities in the Rep. of Ireland will have their grants replaced by a student loan, as is the case in the rest of the UK. For more information visit:- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-18421262
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Queen’s University are offering up to 50 students who enrol in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) subject a £1000 Scholarship in their first year of study. In addition to enrolling in a STEM subject, students must also make Queen’s their firm choice on their UCAS application and attain a minimum of three ‘A’ grades at A-level (or equivalent) to be considered for this scholarship.
Queen’s University is also participating in the Eliahou Dangoor Scholarship Scheme whereby a number of full-time scholarships of £1,000 will be offered to new, first year UK-domiciled students with the highest academic attainment at A-Level (or equivalent). To be eligible for this award students must enter Queen’s in September 2013 to undertake a STEM subject degree programme and be in receipt of a University Institutional Bursary (these are provided for full-time undergraduate students from families with a household income of up to £24,203).
Prospective students can find information on all these scholarships and more on the Undergraduate Scholarships page at www.qub.ac.uk/scholarships
Tuition fees for Northern Ireland students attending universities in Northern Ireland have been frozen. Higher education minister Stephen Farry said fees would rise only in line with inflation and that the budgets of universities would be protected. The decision means fees will remain at around £3,500 per year.
All Scottish universities have set tuition fees for students from other parts of the UK, including Northern Ireland with some charging £36,000 for a four-year degree. Fees will apply 2012-13, although the rates will not become official until the outcome of a Scottish government consultation and new legislation is brought in.
The Scottish government put the estimated average annual fee at £6,841 – slightly higher than the £6,375 previously predicted, but less than the £8,509 average figure for England.
Scottish Education Secretary Mike Russell says he has reluctantly decided to allow universities to charge fees, saying Scotland must maintain its reputation for quality in higher education, rather than becoming seen as a “cheap option” to study.
Edinburgh and St Andrews universities, as well as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland are to charge £9,000 a year, making the cost of a degree as much as £36,000.
Other institutions, such as Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University and Glasgow School of Art, want to charge £9,000-a-year, but will cap fees at £27,000 for four-year courses – essentially giving students one free year.
Some universities will offer some students the option of direct entry to the second year of a course, while there is an ongoing debate over a wider move from four to three-year degrees in Scotland. And a new range of bursaries, available to all students, is to be introduced in 2012.
Use the following link for a full list of what each Scottish University plans to charge in 2012: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-14879607