Unite Attacks New Policy on External Contractors, as Dispute with College Continues

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Unite, one of the two trade unions threatening strike action in Trinity, has denounced College’s new policy on the employment of external contractors, as revealed by The University Times this week …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 24 March]

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DIT reverses decision on Garda vetting for Access Foundation Programme students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In response to this week’s controversy over new Garda vetting requirements for DIT’s Access Foundation Programme (AFP), the institute yesterday decided to revoke the new policy. In a statement issued on his behalf by a DIT spokesperson, Head of Admissions Frank Costello has said: ‘there will not now be a requirement for Garda vetting at application stage’ …” (more)

[The Edition, 24 March]

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Revealed: Inside the accommodation where 60 students share four fridges, toilets are blocked and rent increased by 38%

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students at a Dublin university claim they are living in squalid conditions despite seeing their rent increase by 38% this academic year. An undercover investigation reveals that 60 students are sharing each of four houses at St Patrick’s College in Drumcondra, on Dublin city’s northside …” (more)

[Hayley Halpin, Independent, 25 March]

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Research and Development Funding

Posted in Research on March 24th, 2017 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if she is satisfied with the level of funding allocated to the programme for research in third level institutions on an annual basis in 2017; and the amount of funding that has been ring-fenced for research and frontier research in 2017 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 March]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 24th, 2017 by steve

IrelandFiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the similar third level courses (details supplied) in different universities that are not both eligible for SUSI; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 March]

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DIT drops demand for Garda vetting on course

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has abandoned a controversial move to make Garda vetting a condition for adults applying to a ‘second-chance education’ course.The introduction of the requirement provoked criticism from those who said it would act as a deterrent to education …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 March]

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Students Vote to Accept Levy for €7m Student Centre, with 88% in Favour

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is one step closer to a new student centre, after 88% of voters chose to accept an annual levy of €30 to contribute to the construction of a €7 million purpose-built student centre.On a turnout of 1,304, only 11% voted to not support a new student centre …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 23 March]

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WIT to review arrangements relating to spin-off research firms

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A review is being undertaken by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) into arrangements relating to spin-off research companies based there. The situation was outlined at the Dáil Public Accounts Committee, which heard that the Department of Education expects to hear shortly about the findings …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 24 March]

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Trinity professor expresses concern over possible fee increases for NI students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Trinity professor has expressed her ‘horror’ that Northern Irish students, following Brexit, may have to pay non-EU fees in order to study at a third level institution in the Republic of Ireland and vice-versa. Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern Irish History, and Chairperson of the Irish Research Council, Jane Ohlmeyer spoke of her concern at an Oireachtas Education Committee meeting on Tuesday …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 24 March]

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Dublin City Council orders redesign of DIT Grangegorman student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Development plans to increase student accommodation near the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Grangegorman campus have been criticised by Dublin City Council (DCC). The council has rejected two development plans and requested their redesign, arguing they could cause disruption for residents and commuters in the area …” (more)

[Conn de Barra, Trinity News, 23 March]

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What I’m really thinking: A working class student from the country

Posted in Life on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“When I was in Montessori school, my teacher sold me the ‘Disney’ line that I could be whatever I wanted to be and I believed her. I went home and did some digging in the back garden with my dad and decided I was going to do that for a living because it was fun …” (more)

[Stacey Wrenn, Trinity News, 23 March]

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Implications of Brexit for the Irish Educational System: Discussion

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2017 by steve

IrelandFiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): Everybody is in situ. This part of the meeting involves a discussion on the possible impact of Brexit on the Irish educational system. We will have the opportunity to listen to the views of stakeholders in this very important area. I took the opportunity over the weekend to look at statistics regarding Irish students abroad. In 2016, 12,000 Irish students studied in the UK while 2,000 studied in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills, 21 March]

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GMIT ‘Peeping Tom’ faces teaching ban under new vetting policy

Posted in Legal issues on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A lecturer at GMIT – previously the subject of a student toilets ‘Peeping Tom’ investigation – could be banned from teaching under Garda vetting policy introduced at the college. At the time, the investigation did not determine that the lecturer had been responsible for drilling holes in student toilet cubicle walls, or that he had used them as peep holes. He continues to work there …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 24 March]

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DIT vetting procedures amount to discrimination – Byrne

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD says he is alarmed by the decision made by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) to require students participating in access programmes to undergo mandatory Garda vetting. Deputy Byrne has called on management at DIT to clarify why they introduced the new procedures …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 23 March]

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Student Accommodation: Private Purpose Built Units

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the disparity between rents being charged in private purpose built student accommodation (details supplied) and the average rent which DIT estimate students currently pay, which is €348 per month; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 March]

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Institutes of Technology: Mayo campus of GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandLisa Chambers (Mayo, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will allocate direct once-off funding to the Mayo campus in Castlebar of Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, similar to the Killybegs campus in Donegal to the tune of €3 million, in order that the Mayo campus can invest in developing new courses …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 March]

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Third Level Institutions Mergers: Waterford IT and Carlow IT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to progress in talks between Waterford Institute of Technology and Carlow Institute of Technology regarding the proposed merger of the two third level institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 March]

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Higher Education Institutions: Employer’s Contribution

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to outline his plans to increase the employer’s contribution to higher education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 March]

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Third Level Education: Engineering and Technology

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandNoel Rock (Dublin North West, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the drop in the number of students applying for third level courses in engineering and technology; her further views on the future impact it will have on the economy; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 March]

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UK universities’ confusion on Brexit ‘toxic’, says Germany’s U15

Posted in Research on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

“UK higher education institutions have failed to set out a clear strategy for staying in the European Union’s research framework, and this uncertainty is proving ‘toxic’ for new joint projects, the chair of an association of the biggest research universities in Germany has warned …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 23 March]

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