News IT Tralee plebiscite on paying additional fees for gym passes

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Institute of Technology Tralee students have passed a plebiscite on paying additional fees to use the new Kerry Sports Academy. On Monday, the college’s 3,500 students had the opportunity to vote on whether or not to accept a €95 annual charge for membership of the new academy …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 20 November]

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Dundalk IT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJan O’Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to plans by management at Dundalk Institute of Technology to develop a fifth school with the working title of new school of flexible and postgraduate provision at the institute arising from a recent report on the Review of Key Functional Areas relating to Admissions July 2019; if his Department has had engagement with the institute on this proposal; his views on the failure of the institute to progress an initiative for technological university status; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 November]

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Higher Education Institutions – Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2019 by steve

IrelandDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount of the additional contribution by the State, exclusive of that funded by employers, in respect of pay restoration; the amount to meet demographic increases; the amount that represented a real additional investment in higher education institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 November]

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Third Level Funding – Discussions

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMichael Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has had meetings with his officials recently to discuss third level policy funding …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 November]

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Third Level Funding – Cassells Report

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a commitment has not been given to address the future funding of third level education; the further reason no response has been given on the Cassells report since it was first published three years ago; the representations he has made to the European Commission regarding its decision on funding options; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 November]

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Third Level Funding – Allocations

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2019 by steve

IrelandDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount of funding provided to the higher education sector in each of the years 2015 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; the projected funding allocated for 2020; the amount of the additional funding allocated funded by employers via increases in the national training fund levy; and the amount funded directly by the Exchequer …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 November]

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Senior academics have little confidence in management of their own colleges – survey

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Senior academics have little confidence in the governance and management capacity of their own higher education institutions, according to a new survey. It also finds many are sceptical over the Government’s ambition to provide the best education system in Europe over the next decade. The findings are contained in a survey of more than 340 senior staff in higher education institutions and agencies by the polling firm Prospectus …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 November]

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Arguing the case for traditional education

Posted in Teaching on November 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“I’ve been thinking a lot about the traditional-progressive divide in the last few days. In particular, I’ve been seeking a nice, concise definition of ‘constructivism’. No luck so far; it seems to mean what you want it to mean. Anyway, during my journey around the web, I came across the following description of traditional education. Here are my comments on what a progressive educator (obviously) thinks of traditional education …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 20 November]

Ulster University ‘frustration’ over delay to Magee Medical School as chronic shortage of doctors causing crisis in Northern Ireland Health Service

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2019 by steve

“Ulster University have spoken of their ‘frustration’ after the first intake of student doctors at the planned Medical School in Derry was delayed for at least another year due to a lack of Ministers to sign off on funding. Ulster University said it has worked tirelessly with partner agencies to progress the project but that the opportunity to recruit the first students for 2020 has now been lost as a result of the vacuum at Stormont …” (more)

[Brendan McDaid, Derry Journal, 19 November]

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TCDSU backs Cut the Rent movement after initial rejection

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Council have this evening voted to mandate the union to support the Cut the Rent campaign, having previously voted not to support the movement last month. The motion to support the movement was passed by a majority at Council, following a discussion where some members retained their reservations, while others supported the amended motion …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 19 November]

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NUI Galway allocates €240,000 in 2018 Annual Report for gender discrimination payments

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A report from the Connacht Tribune revealed that NUI Galway had set aside a sum of €240,000 last year to settle the cost of covering ‘equality’ related settlements. It was reported that, during the summer of 2018, the University had reached an ‘amicable agreement’ with four female lecturers …” (more)

[SIN, 19 November]

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