It’s Time for Historic Decisions, USI President Tells 6,000-Strong Crowd at Education March 

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students were called to defy any suggestion of an income-contingent loan scheme today, as speech after speech at the March for Education warned the government of the repercussions of rejecting publicly funded education. For thousands of students marching today, this message is nothing new …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Niamh Egleston, University Times, 4 October]

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Students Shouldn’t Fear ‘Financial Pressure’, Says Higher Education Minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor has made her most strident comments in the higher education funding debate today. As students prepare to march in their thousands for publicly funded education, she warned them not to fear financial pressure. In a statement today before the March for Education makes it way to Leinster House …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 4 October]

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Mary Immaculate College – Library

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

IrelandMaria Byrne (Fine Gael): I welcome the Minister of State and thank her for coming here to take these matters. I wish to highlight the importance of Mary Immaculate College in Limerick in terms of teacher training. The college was founded in 1898 and is the oldest training college in the State for primary school teachers. It was started by the Sisters of Mercy as part of their convent on the South Circular Road and has expanded over many years …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 3 October]

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TUI calls for application of corporation tax levy to highlight higher education funding crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ahead of next week’s Budget, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) is calling for the application of an additional 1% levy to corporation tax to create a dedicated fund for investment in higher education. The union has highlighted how such a measure would have raised an additional €588m in funding for the sector in 2016 …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 4 October]

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Q&A: What’s the student protest about?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

IrelandQ. What’s today’s student protest about? In essence it’s about the need to invest in our cash-strapped third level education system – but it’s also a warning shot by students ahead of the budget to say a loan scheme is not the answer …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 October]

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Students set for Dublin march against loan scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of students are set to march through the capital on Wednesday to voice their opposition to student loan scheme and to call for greater public investment in cash-strapped colleges. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) says many institutes of technology, in particular, are being starved of resources yet there is no long-term plan to tackle the problem …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 October]

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Funding higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Your editorial may inadvertently have given a misleading impression of the scale of the funding challenge in Irish higher education (‘Higher education – time to invest’, October 2nd) …” (more)

[Aedín Doris, Irish Times, 4 October]

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Why hasn’t e-learning transformed education?

Posted in Research on October 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This autumn, you may have seen your child start school with a shiny tablet. Your teenager may have left for university with a slim new laptop. You yourself may have enrolled on a part-time course, accessing digital resources and staying in touch through your phone or computer. Education at all levels has changed in the digital age, but transformation has been slow …” (more)

[Claire McAvinia, RTÉ, 3 October]

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Indecon to study TCD €1.25bn campus plan

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has appointed Indecon Economic Consultants to carry out a cost-benefit analysis on its planned €1.25bn technology campus for the Silicon Docks area of Dublin. The Dublin-based firm has scooped the contract after TCD put the work out to tender earlier this year …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Independent, 4 October]

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Changes to standards for teacher degrees welcomed

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Higher Leaving Certificate standards to get into teacher training degrees should not rule out huge numbers of students, a union has said. The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) has welcomed Education Minister Richard Bruton’s announcement of the first significant changes to entry requirements for primary teaching in decades …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 4 October]