Higher Education package ‘smoke and mirrors’ as funding crisis continues – Senator Paul Gavan

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Seanad spokesperson on Education Paul Gavan has strongly criticised the Governments failure to increase the core funding to Third Level Institutions. Senator Gavan said: ‘The current funding crisis in Higher Level institutions has been well flagged in last few years …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 8 October]

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Focusing on rankings will only accelerate Trinity’s decline

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The average Trinity student will work a part time job during the college year and, when hitting a bout of bad mental health, might run into lengthy waiting periods to see a counsellor or psychiatrist with College mental health services. If they’re from outside Dublin, they are paying on average €12,495 per year (including rent) to attend college in the single most expensive city in the eurozone …” (more)

[Adam McQuillan, Trinity News, 8 October]

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€74 million increase in funding for higher education in Budget 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An increase in investment of €74 million for higher education has been announced by the Finance Minister Paschal Donohue in today’s budget statement. The additional funding will be provided by a 0.1% increase to the National Training Fund, a levy on employers …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 8 October]

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Former registrar appeals for UCD to attend canonisation of Cardinal Newman

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A former UCD registrar has described as ‘extraordinarily narrowminded’ a decision by the university that it will not be officially represented at the canonisation of its first rector Cardinal John Henry Newman in Rome next Sunday. A Government spokesman said the Irish Ambassador to the Holy See Derek Hannon would represent the State and Minister for Education Joe McHugh would represent the Government …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 8 October]

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Irish Hotels Federation seek to block student accommodation being rented to tourists in Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Hotels Federation is attempting to block a large student accommodation facility in Cork being rented out on a short-term basis to tourists. The IHF has sought a ruling from An Bord Pleanála on whether the use of Amnis House on Western Road in Cork for year-round, short-term letting represents a material change of use of the building which requires planning permission …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 8 October]

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UCD represent highest level of sign ups to ‘sugar-baby’ website in 2018

Posted in Life on October 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Leading sugar baby website, Seeking Arrangement, has reported that UCD had the highest number of new sign ups to their site in 2018, with 93 students registering stating they attended the university. UCDSU Welfare Officer Úna Carroll has described the surge in sign ups as ‘not surprising at all’ …” (more)

[Gavin Tracey and Aoife Mawn, University Observer, 8 October]

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Newman’s canonisation ceremony

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Patsy McGarry reports that there would be no official Irish (Government) presence at the canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman (‘No official Irish presence at Cardinal Newman canonisation’, News, October 7th). It is unfathomable. John Henry Newman, an important figure in the history of education in this country, was the first rector and president of the Catholic University, forerunner of UCD …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 8 October]

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USI and SIPTU Renew Joint Agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU and the Union of Students of Ireland (USI) have today (Monday, 7th October) announced the renewal of an agreement between the two organisations to facilitate joint campaigns and provide third level students with support in the workplace …” (more)

[USI, 7 October]

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