Lack of Information and Emphasis Highlight UCD’s Problematic Approach to Sexual Assault on Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Several high profile incidents internationally and on campus have seen UCD’s policy and approach to sexual assault and harassment on campus come under question. Do students know how to report an incident with the university if they want to, or do the college need to make it clearer? Should the college take a proactive stance on tackling sexual assault or ‘rape culture’ on campus? …” (more)

[College Tribune, 2 March]

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University of Limerick forced to cancel sexual consent workshops over lack of interest

Posted in Teaching on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick was forced to cancel its planned workshops on sexual consent for students recently – after only a few people signed up to attend …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 2 March]

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Irish colleges reject NI A-Level subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Republic of Ireland’s seven main universities in the will not accept results in four A-Levels taken by students in Northern Ireland this year. The affected subjects are Software Systems Development, Moving Image Arts, Digital Technology and Environmental Technology …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 2 March]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the process and timeframe for the Government’s decision on the options laid out in the Cassells report on funding for third level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Brexit Issues

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on meetings and discussions he or his officials have had with counterparts in other EU states with regard to the impact of Brexit on third level fees that would be charged to Irish or other EU citizens studying in the UK or Northern Ireland and-or other barriers to access for Irish or EU students to studying in the UK or Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Student Grant Scheme – Postgraduate Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if consideration will be given to restoring maintenance grants for postgraduate students; the cost for doing so; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Technological Universities – Wexford

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandMick Wallace (Wexford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the details of any assessment that has been carried out by his Department to establish if there is a need for a higher education institute or university in County Wexford; if such an assessment has not been carried out to date, his plans to initiate one; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Third Level Staff – Precarity

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, United Left): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the rise of precarious employment and short-term contracts in higher education …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Third Level Staff – Trinity College

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandBríd Smith (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on recent plans announced by the board of Trinity College, which will make a secure future or career advancement for many staff an impossibility; the way this might impact on the Government strategy for the third level sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Third Level Reform

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the actions being taken in his Department on third level reform, as outlined in his Department’s strategy statement for 2016 to 2019 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Public Sector Pensions Legislation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandMichael Collins (Cork South West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will restore public service pensions fully by mid-2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 February]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Private Colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will make a decision on maintenance grants for third level students that attend private colleges …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 February]

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Third Level Participation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandNoel Rock (Dublin North West, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department has plans to promote third level education to those attending secondary schools in working class areas; if he will address possible concerns that there are financial barriers to attending third level education for those in working class areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 February]

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UCD and Disabilities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is the only country in the European Union that has not ratified the UN Convention for the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). This is in spite of having over ten years in which to do it. If Ireland has not even ratified disability rights, how do we treat Irish students with disabilities? …” (more)

[Eithne Dodd, University Observer, 2 March]

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CIT Student Services staff suspend tomorrow’s work stoppage to ballot on pay offer

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Staff at Cork Institute of Technology’s (CIT) Student Services centre have suspended their one-day work stoppage scheduled to take place tomorrow. It follows an agreement between Siptu representatives and management to a set of proposed wage increases …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 1 March]

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NUI Galway to name iconic building after first woman to earn an engineering degree

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A ceremony to mark the official naming of the Alice Perry Engineering Building will take place at NUI Galway on Monday next March 6 to honour the woman first woman in Ireland or the UK to have received a degree in engineering …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 2 March]

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Shortage of teachers in key subjects ‘completely ignored’

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There is no way of ensuring that there are enough secondary teachers to meet demand in key subjects, Minister for Education Richard Bruton has acknowledged. Many secondary schools are reporting difficulties finding teachers in subjects such as Irish, home economics, physics and European languages …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 March]

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DASH app ensures all students get safely home

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Galway tech student has come up with an app to ensure that students get safely home at night – even if they are without cash or their bank card. DASH – which stands for ‘Driving All Students Home’ – had its official launch in Galway City last week; it is the brainchild of NUIG Business Information Systems student Richie Commins …” (more)

[Steven Heaney, Connacht Tribune, 2 March]

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Why September will be a watershed moment in Irish education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There are few tasks in our education and skills system more important than sowing the seed, as early as possible, that higher education is the expectation, not the exception. It is the role of Government to enable all the nation’s children to achieve their potential, by providing a universal, standardised, professional and comprehensive guidance counselling service …” (more)

[Betty McLaughlin, Independent, 2 March]

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