New Minister for Education must make fees funding decision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has said that the new Minister for Education, Joe McHugh, needs to rule out student loan schemes. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘The Government has been sitting on the report carried out by Peter Cassells into the future of higher education funding for months now. Three options were laid on the table, one of which is publicly funded higher education. The onus is on Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor to get the ball rolling on this extremely important issue …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 15 October]

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New scheme to allow former students from outside Europe to stay in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“People from outside Europe who previously came to Ireland to study may be able to stay here under a new scheme. The Justice Minister has announced details of a new programme which is open to non-EEA nationals who studied here between 2005 and 2010 …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 15 October]

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Has the Education Plan passed the test?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“‘To provide the best education system in Europe.’ This is the ambition of the Department of Education’s Statement of Strategy and Action Plan 2016–2019. The seventy page report published in September 2016 by the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton lays out thirteen key objectives of the department, and how they propose to achieve them …” (more)

[Doireann De Courcy MacDonnell, University Observer, 15 October]

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USI welcome the announcement today that Deputy Joe McHugh will be taking over the position of Minister for Education and Skills

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“We would like to wish Minister Richard Bruton well in his new role. The third level education funding crisis will be the real test for any new Minister in the Department of Education and Skills, and we look forward to working collaboratively and proactively with Deputy McHugh. Minister McHugh’s appointment comes in the aftermath of Budget 2019 …” (more)

[USI, 15 October]

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Staff in institutes of technology begin industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Library, clerical and administrative staff at institutes of technology across the Republic have commenced industrial action. The the trade union Fórsa said the move formed part of a campaign aimed at securing a comprehensive job evaluation exercise. Such an initiative could lead to staff receiving higher pay …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 15 October]

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Colleges in ‘crisis’ seeking public’s help on funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The seven universities are taking their campaign for increased funding beyond Leinster House by seeking public support for a petition to back increased funding for higher education. In a significant departure from traditional lobbying in the higher education sector, a €250,000-plus budget is being invested by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) in a multi-media campaign to promote awareness of the issues facing them …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 October]

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€100m Investment a Vote of Confidence and a Sign of Straight Priorities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday morning, on what should have been a serene and uneventful news day for Trinity students the College announced a major funding injection from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for several of its long-term building projects. If Trinity manages to see all of its grandiose plans to the end, the campus will have entirely transformed by 2030 …” (more)

[University Times, 15 October]

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Universities send out an SOS to public for funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s seven universities are turning to the public to put pressure on politicians to provide more State funding. The Irish Universities Association (IUA) has launched a campaign warning of the risk of a ‘serious drop in quality or a shortfall in places for students in the future’ if the funding crisis was not tackled urgently …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 October]

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Part-time Irish MBA programme scores highly worldwide

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The part-time executive MBA course at UCD Smurfit School in Dublin has been ranked at 68th best such programme in the world, up six places on last year. This is according to the 2018 Financial Times top 100 global executive MBA rankings, which analyses programmes based on several criteria, including career progress, quality of faculty, research and diversity …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 14 October]

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Trinity College Dublin secures €100m 30-year loan from European Investment Bank

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has secured a long-term loan of €100 million from the European Investment Bank to fund four development projects on its campus. These include the soon-to-be-built €60 million E3 Institute, which brings together the subjects of engineering, energy and environment under one roof. The other projects include refurbishment of the arts block, an expansion of the school of law and new student accommodation at Trinity Hall in Dartry, Dublin 6 …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 14 October]

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Trinity College secures €100m loan from world’s largest internationally owned public bank

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has received the backing of a €100 million loan over a period of 30 years from the world’s largest internationally owned public bank. The loan, from the European Investment Bank, will contribute to four major developments at the university including the expansion of the school of law, the refurbishment of the arts block, a new student accommodation hall and an engineering and technologies initiative …” (more)

[Amy Molloy, Independent, 14 October]

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Second-level teachers to vote on two-tier pay proposal

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) is to ballot its members on new Government pay proposals without a recommendation. The union’s president Breda Lynch said while new Government moves to end the controversial two-tier pay system representedMartin Wall some progress, it did not ‘achieve equal pay for equal work’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 13 October]

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ASTI to discuss Govt proposals on pay for new entrants

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“One of the country’s main teachers unions is meeting in Dublin today to consider new Government proposals aimed at addressing the dispute over two-tier salaries in the public service …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 13 October]

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In Cabinet Reshuffle, Joe McHugh Appointed Minister for Education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Joe McHugh has been appointed Minister for Education and Skills, replacing Richard Bruton, as part of a series of ministerial changes made in the wake of the resignation of Denis Naughten. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today announced that Bruton would replace Naughten …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 13 October]

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Turning the blue county green in UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In a year where climate change has reared its ugly head, Eva O’Hara investigates whether UCD is leading by example in creating a greener campus here on our patch of the world …” (more)

[Eva O Hara, University Observer, 13 October]

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Staff at IT Tralee, who are members of the Fórsa trade union, will begin industrial action on Monday

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Staff at IT Tralee, who are members of the Fórsa trade union, will begin industrial action on Monday. The trade union will commence action in institutes of technology across the country with the aim of securing a comprehensive job evaluation …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 12 October]

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PAC Chairman calls on the WIT President to ‘man up’ and put his comments in writing

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has called on the President of WIT to ‘man up’ and put his comments in writing. It’s after Professor Willie Donnelly appeared on WLR News calling on Deputy David Cullinane to stop attacking the institute. He hit out at what he called ‘constant attacks’ by the Sinn Fein TD at the committee …” (more)

[Liz Reddy, WLR FM, 12 October]

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Institutes of Technology staff to commence industrial action next week

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A ballot for industrial action in July returned a vote of 85% of members backing industrial action, with the aim of securing a comprehensive job evaluation exercise. Fórsa has served notice to individual Institutes of Technology that, from next Monday (15th October) members will not engage in any form of communication including making and taking phone calls, video conferencing, or responding to or forwarding emails …” (more)

[Fórsa, 11 October]

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HEA Invests €800,000 in Four Institutes of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor announced €0.8 million funding for the institutes of technology in Letterkenny, Limerick, Athlone and Dundalk, as they transition into larger technological universities. The move comes after Mitchell O’Connor’s allocation of €11.2 million to third-level institutes in September …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 12 October]

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University of Limerick is currently the only Irish university without a psychiatrist

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick (UL) have not reappointed a consultant psychiatrist, it was reported earlier this week – making it the only Irish university without an on-campus psychiatrist. In a statement, the university said: ‘UL remains fully committed to ensuring an adequate provision of on-campus psychiatry services as part of the wider range of support services to its student community’ …” (more)

[Aisling O’Connor, Limerick Voice, 12 October]

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