Student safety is paramount, as Sligo RAG week kicks off

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As IT Sligo’s RAG week gets underway, the Students’ Union (SU) has a number of measures in place to ensure students are safe at all times. While the purpose of RAG week initially was to raise money for charity, it has long been associated with heavy drinking …” (more)

[Jessica Farry, Sligo Champion, 11 February]

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Funding must match goals in education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Earlier this week, the Action Plan for Education 2017 was published. However, considerable additional investment must be made if the stated aim of the country’s education system being the best in Europe in a decade is to be realised. Over several years, a range of cutbacks has inflicted severe damage …” (more)

[Joanne Irwin, Irish Times, 11 February]

Trinity back on elite university list after ‘really stupid’ error

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has admitted a ‘really stupid mistake’ it made saw it drop down the rankings of the world’s best universities. The university sent data relating to its research funding to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings in the wrong format two years in a row …” (more)

[Ciarán D’Arcy and Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 10 February]

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4000 ecstasy tablets destined for Galway rag week seized by gardaí

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí in Galway have arrested two men in connection with the seizure of cannabis and ecstasy. As part of ongoing joint investigations targeting drug trafficking in the Galway area, a joint intelligence led operation was conducted by Revenue’s Customs Drugs Law Enforcement and the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau supported by officers from the Galway Regional Drugs Unit …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 10 February]

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Student Grant Scheme Payments – Overpayment of Maintenance Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on February 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Charlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if there have been a number of write-offs with regard to recouping paid funds in each of the years since SUSI was formed in relation to discovered overpayment of maintenance grants by SUSI; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 February]

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Third Level Examinations – Examination Appeals

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will consider introducing an independent appeals mechanism for examinations at third level, particularly in the institutes of technology sector, in cases in which a student feels that they were not awarded the mark that reflects their efforts; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 February]

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Legislative Measures – Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 11th, 2017 by steve

IrelandMary Butler (Waterford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the proposed timeframe for the Technological Universities Bill; when it will be before Dáil Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 February]

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