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
Several Year 10 pupils were celebrating success on their first week back to school. The whole year group entered a UK-wide competition in June, with one of the students, Lucy Buick, winning THIRD PRIZE. 30 other pupils were also presented with prizes or certificates of special merit for work of a very high standard.
Dalriada student Gavin Harvey will this week travel to London to receive an award for Biology. Gavin who has just completed his A Levels won the highly prestigious Silver Medal from the British Biology Olympiad. Dalriada are particularly pleased that two students were rewarded with Head Boy Christy Gregg receiving a Bronze Medal. Gavin will receive his Silver Medal on June 30th at the Royal Society in Central London. The Science Department are delighted at the success and recognition of these Biology students and they add to the large number of awards achieved by the Science Department over the years.
The British Biology Olympiad (BBO) is an annual competition for post-16 students which tries to challenge and stimulate gifted students with an interest in Biology to expand and extend their talents. In offering a wider syllabus than A-level, it allows gifted students to demonstrate their knowledge and to be suitably rewarded and publicly recognised by the award of medals, certificates and other prizes.
This is organised by the Society of Biology which is a body that is a single unified voice for biology: advising Government and influencing policy; advancing education and professional development and engaging and encouraging public interest in the life sciences.
On Wednesday 22nd June Year 9 participated in a Forensic Science Workshop. A serious crime had been committed in lab A4. Year 9 were asked to analyse the evidence found at the crime scene to help to identify the culprit. In full CSI mode, using their Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making skills, Year 9 analysed fingerprints, footprints, fibres found at the crime scene. Ink from a note was analysed using paper chromatography and a white residue was identified using flame tests and chemical analysis. The Art Department also assisted with some expert advice on observation and sketching skills as Year 9 took on the role of police sketch artists. The mystery was solved and a good time was had by all!
Dalriada’s Northern Ireland Bar Mock Trial Champions have been invited to compete in the Empire City Invitational, the International Mock Trial event being held in New York on October 21st-23rd 2011. Schools who achieved one of the top three places in each country were invited to submit an application form, along with questionnaires from two students.
We have been notified that our application has been successful, making us the first school from N.I. to ever compete in this world-wide competition. Teams from countries such as Australia, Canada and Korea have been confirmed and 8 reigning American State Champions will also compete.
Dalriada’s Bar Mock Team are absolutely delighted to have been chosen to take part in this international competition. It is a very prestigious event which would allow our pupils to represent their school and Northern Ireland with pride.
Dalriada School has enjoyed participating in the Northern Ireland heats of the competition for several years and as a result have had the great pleasure of watching many pupils develop a real passion for pursuing a career in Law.
The enthusiasm and determination shown by every single member of the team has been outstanding. Their commitment and team work has undoubtedly contributed to ensuring our success.
The team will be working hard over the summer months to prepare for the competition and are keen to maintain the very high standard they have set thus far.
Year 8 enjoyed a visit from Ian Patterson and his feathered friends. Ian introduced us to a barn owl, a long eared owl, a falcon and a kestral. We discovered that birds of prey use their amazing eyesight when hunting and that they kill their prey with their talons. Excellent hearing is also essential to seek out prey. They can hear a mouse’s heart beat from several feet away; they can even hear blood flowing through veins! We watched them feed on delicacies such as chicken’s eyes as they flew from Ian to pupils and teachers. We were intrigued to discover how a kestral can kill a pigeon and slice it up; some pupils were disappointed that this was not part of the demonstration while others were very relieved!
Jordan Moore (10T) was the overall competition winner from a wide range of entries across N.I. His photograph portrayed how God never leaves us, even if we turn our backs on Him.
Hannah Frizzell (10R) won second place in the same competition with an image showing that even through hard times, God is always there for us.
This competition has once again been entered by several pupils in Years 8-10 and the department wishes them every success.
In October the History and Religious Studies departments took 42 students to Rome. This educational visit enabled pupils to gain a fuller understanding of the history of the Early Church and gave them the opportunity to visit many famous attractions.
Over the 6 days in Rome, pupils visited St. Peter’s basilica, the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, the Forum, the Trevi Fountain, St. John Lateran, the Catacombs of San Callisto and the Pantheon. Pupils also enjoyed a day visit to Pompei.
Jenny Williamson gained full marks at AS Level in 2009 and went on to win first place in N.I. at A Level in 2010.
In December she attended the CCEA Celebrating Excellence Award Ceremony in the Island Civic Centre, Lisburn, where her achievement was recognised by the examination board.
In January Jenny was also invited to Queen’s University to accept a prize from the Institute of Theology.
The Religious Studies was delighted to be able to share Jenny’s great success.