Senator Ivana Bacik to raise supplemental exam fees in Seanad

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Senators David Norris and Ivana Bacik have criticised Trinity’s decision to introduce supplemental exam charges with a flat fee of €450. Speaking to Trinity News, Norris said that he thinks that the fees are ‘considerable overcharging’. Norris continued by stating: ‘In my view Trinity is completely out of sync with other universities’ …” (more)

[Ciaran Sunderland, Trinity News, 9 March]

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‘Enough is enough’ – Trinity students block access to Book of Kells in exam fees protest

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A number of Trinity College students blocked access to the Book of Kells this afternoon in protest of the college’s decision to introduce supplementary exam fees. Activist group ‘Students against Supplemental Exam Fees’ had been blocking the main entrance, before moving to the Book of Kells, one of the city’s main tourist attractions …” (more)

[Jason Kennedy, Independent, 9 March]

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As Students Protest, Trinity Remains Defiant in Fee Defence

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As students protested outside the Book of Kells, Vice-Provost Chris Morash once again tried to defuse anger over the introduction of supplemental fees, telling students that ‘the decision was taken to make the system fairer rather than to generate money’ …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Aisling Marren, University Times, 9 March]

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Universities must reject any attempt to gag academics – Archibald

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has said academics cannot be gagged in the pursuit of institutional neutrality. Speaking on the response by Queen’s University …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 9 March]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor successfully steers the Technological Universities Bill through the Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Technological Universities Bill has now completed all stages, in both houses of the Oireachtas and will soon be signed into law. Minister Mitchell O’Connor said, ‘This is a transformative piece of legislation and I am delighted that we have got it over the line. The Technological Universities Bill is a high priority for Government and will radically change the higher education landscape …'” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 9 March]

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TU Upgrade Would ‘diminish’ WIT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A new book tracing the development and evolution of Ireland’s Regional Technical Colleges, skillfully written by Sligo IT president emeritus Richard Thorn, has been published at an opportune time in the history of higher education in Ireland …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 9 March]

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Statement from the Technological Higher Education Association on the passing of the Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The passing today by Seanad of the Technological Universities Bill marks a step change in the development of the technological higher education sector with the realization of an even more exciting and diversified higher education landscape in this country. The Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) warmly welcomes the support that the Bill has garnered from TDs and Senators …” (more)

[THEA, 8 March]

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CAO points set to drop as applications decline

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Points requirements for many college courses are likely to fall this year as new figures show a significant drop in the number of CAO applications. Overall, applications are down by almost 5%. One of the key factors behind the fall is a sharp decrease among mature applicants …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 March]

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Technological universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – It is reported that the rules have been reinterpreted to make it easier for the institutes of technology (IOTs) to become universities (‘Alarm over “dumbing down” of criteria for new technological universities’, News, March 5th). This whole enterprise is founded on a misunderstanding of higher education …” (more)

[Patrick Davey, Irish Times, 9 March]

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Big bounce in CAO demand to study teaching

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There is a big leap in demand for teacher training courses this year as school-leavers race to fill well-publicised staff shortages in the nation’s classrooms. Despite negative publicity about pay inequality in the profession, there is a striking surge in CAO applications for both primary and post-primary degree programmes …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 March]

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Growth in jobs likely to be behind CAO points fall

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“During the economic crash, higher education became a refuge for many seeking to carve out new careers as their livelihoods went up in smoke. This was particularly true of mature students who flocked to universities and institutes of technology to up-skill or re-skill …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 March]

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Technological Universities Bill 2015: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2018 by steve

IrelandGerry Horkan (Fianna Fail): I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor, and wish everybody a happy International Women’s Day. I also wish Senator Grace O’Sullivan a happy birthday …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 8 March]

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