Consideration of student loan scheme for third-level to be delayed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Controversial proposals for a student loan scheme to fund third-level education are being referred by the Government to the European Commission for detailed economic analysis. The move is set to push back any decision on a future funding model for higher education by at least a year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 January]

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Pharmacy Students to Rally Against Unpaid Placement and Fee Hikes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Pharmacy students from all over the country, backed by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), will rally at the Dáil next week in protest at fee increases and unpaid work placement. The protest, which takes place on January 24th, is being organised by USI in conjunction with the Irish Pharmaceutical Students Association …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 18 January]

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Cork Mayor: Student accommodation plan gives ‘two fingers’ to locals

Posted in Governance and administration on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Proposals to increase the scale of a student apartment development overlooking the Lough in Cork city has been described as giving ‘two fingers’ to locals by the Lord Mayor of Cork. Cllr Mick Finn has said that plans to build 57 student apartments, including some 419 student beds, on Bandon Road will create an imbalance that will threaten other communities in the area …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 18 January]

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Trinity to Offer More Places for Students in Direct Provision By September

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The College has established a working group aiming to offer a Trinity undergraduate education to students living in direct provision by next September, The University Times has learned. The working group will explore options for opening up College’s education to those in direct provision …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan and Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 18 January]

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UCC to review building name in light of comments on race by Nobel scientist James Watson

Posted in Governance and administration on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It is expected that University College Cork will sever its ties with a Nobel Prize winner in the coming weeks following his controversial comments about race. Dr James Watson, whose name adorns a building at the Brookfield Health Science Complex at UCC, has been stripped of a host of honorary titles after making the remarks …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 18 January]

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Senator thinks students should get CAO points for ‘civic activities’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A Senator believes school students’ ‘civic activities’ should be included in the CAO Points System. Fine Gael Senator Joe O’Reilly thinks 80 points should be set aside for the personal development of students …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 18 January]

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Trinity students object to pressure of ‘impossible’ exam changes

Posted in Teaching on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of students at Trinity College Dublin say its new system of Christmas exams and continual assessment is putting students under huge pressure and resulting to a steep decline in participation in societies. The university has broken with its 400-year tradition this year by introducing both Christmas and summer exams, along with continual assessment …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 January]

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PRTLI

Posted in Research on January 19th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBilly Kelleher (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the introduction of a new five year cycle with respect to the programme for research in third level institutions; the duration of the cycle in operation; and when it ceases …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 January]

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Research and Development Funding

Posted in Research on January 19th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBilly Kelleher (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the level of public research and development intensity as measured as a percentage of GDP in each of the years 2005 to 2018; and the budgeted figure for 2019, in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 January]

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Legislation Programme – Spring 2019 – Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on January 19th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBills currently before the Dáil and Seanad: Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 [Seanad] – at Seanad Committee Stage. Priority Legislation for Publication: Miscellaneous Provisions (Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 29 March 2019) Bill – Part 5 Education and Skills – Student Support. All Other Legislation: Higher Education (Reform) Bill – To modernise the legislative framework underpinning the governance and functions of the Higher Education Authority and the governance structures of the universities – Heads in preparation. Universities (Amendment) Bill – To ensure compliance with government guidelines on remuneration, allowances, pensions and staffing numbers in the University sector – Work is underway.

(The complete programme is here.)

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