IT Tralee spends over €400,000 on consultancy fees for proposed merger with CIT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Institute of Technology Tralee has spent over €400,000 on consultancy fees for its proposed merger with CIT. The project to merge IT Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology, which first began in 2009, is currently ongoing, with a view to enrolling the first students in September of this year …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 11 March]

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Capital investment of €13.7m announced for IT Sligo under Project Ireland 2040

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today announced a €13.7m capital allocation towards significant building upgrades in IT Sligo. The funding is being provided under Project Ireland 2040 which commits to exchequer investments of €2.2 billion in Ireland’s higher education infrastructure over the coming decade …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 March]

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Students’ Union Heads Call for Protests on Higher Education Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of all third-level students’ unions as well as the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have come together to call for protests to demand increased funding for colleges in Ireland in an open letter …” (more)

[Ross Malervy, University Times, 11 March]

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Student loans no way to fund education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – We are representatives of the students across Ireland – students keen to gain skills and qualifications and play our part in building Ireland’s future. The proposal of any kind of student loan scheme in Ireland is wholly unacceptable and is widely understood as an inequitable way to fund education, as well as having been consistently shown to be a failure when implemented in the UK and Australia and contributing to significant deficits in the public purse …” (more)

[Síona Cahill and 27 others, Irish Times, 11 March]

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Unions call for end to ‘staggering’ gender inequality for third-level staff

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions have called for an end to the ‘stark inequalities’ and precarious working environments facing workers, particularly women, in higher and further education roles. Union representatives from third-level institutions across the country gathered in Liberty Hall on International Women’s Day to discuss the ‘staggering’ levels of gender inequality and precarious working conditions which persist among university and college academic and management staff …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 8 March]

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Public service unions to push for pay hike in wake of €35m deal for nurses

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

Ireland“Public service unions are set to demand a pay rise and wage reviews at new Government talks in the wake of a deal worth more than €35m for nurses. Sources said they were likely to make a collective claim for a wage boost after nurses won a package that includes a higher salary scale to halt crippling health service strikes …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 8 March]

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Men have ‘teeny-weeny’ interest in gender equality, says minister

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

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has delivered a blistering attack on male attitudes to gender equality. She described men’s level of interest in equality as ‘small, as in teeny-weeny small, as in this small’, as she gestured to her audience with her thumb and forefinger only centimetres apart …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 March]

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Talks over bus drivers’ refusal to stop at Belfield conclude

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

Ireland“Talks between Dublin Bus and University College Dublin Students’ Union over the refusal of bus drivers to stop at the university’s Belfield campus after 10pm have concluded. Following the talks, students’ union president Barry Murphy said that ‘the meeting was positive and all parties agreed to work together on a number of proposals’. Dublin Bus issued a similarly worded statement …” (more)

[Jack Horgan-Jones, Irish Times, 7 March]

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Poll on third-level fees is a smokescreen

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Your article ‘State and students “should bear cost” of third-level education’ (News, March 4th) raises questions as to why the Higher Education Authority decided to ask the public how higher education should be funded and on the methodology of the opinion poll …” (more)

[Joan Donegan, Irish Times, 8 March]

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Institutes of Technology – Wexford campus

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

IrelandMick Wallace (Wexford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the progress in constructing a new third-level IT Wexford campus; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 March]

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International Students Four Times As Likely to Use Counselling

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“International students are four times more likely to use medical and counselling services than Irish students, the College has said. Speaking to The University Times, Senior Tutor Aidan Seery said: ‘A bit of research has been done and an international student who is here for at least a year is four times more likely to use the services of the medical centre or counselling than a local student …'” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 7 March]

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Céad Oifigeach Gaeilge Riamh Tofa ag QUBSU

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2019 by steve

“Tá Oifigeach Gaeilge tofa in Aontas na Mac Léinn Ollscoil na Banríona (QUBSU) den chéad uair i stair an choláiste. Toghadh Aodhán Ó Baoill oíche Chéadaoin, gan iomaíocht ar bith ina éadan, le 76 faoin gcéad den 1,267 ag vótáil ar a shon …” (more)

[Eoin O’Hare, University Times, 7 March]

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‘Universities at risk if they admit to cash crisis’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2019 by steve

“There are UK universities facing deeper financial problems than at ‘any point in living memory’, warns the head of a higher education think tank. Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, says some universities are ‘close to the wall’ …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 7 March]

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‘It’s scary to walk alone at that hour’ – student’s fear as buses refuse to stop at UCD after 10pm

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin student has told of her frustration at being left stranded at University College Dublin, after night-time bus services were impacted by antisocial behaviour …” (more)

[Fiona Dillon and Denise Calnan, Herald, 7 March]

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Higher education fees for students from Northern Ireland to be frozen

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students from Northern Ireland and Britain will face the same higher education fees as EU students on an ongoing basis in the event of a hard Brexit. While the Government has previously pledged to freeze fees for UK students starting undergraduate courses in 2019 only, an amendment to the Brexit Omnibus Bill would maintain this system indefinitely …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 March]

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Bus drivers ‘left out’ of talks to restore night services to UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCD management and Students’ Union representatives are to meet Dublin Bus on Thursday in a bid to resolve a situation in which bus drivers are refusing to serve the college after 10pm. However the meeting will not be attended by representatives of the drivers’ union, the National Bus and Rail Union, as they have not been invited, NBRU general secretary Dermot O’Leary said on Wednesday …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien and Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 6 March]

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Departmental Legal Costs – Leaving Cert recheck appeal

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 7th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMichael Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount spent to date by his Department and agencies under his remit appealing the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 March]

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Engineer’s body warns of shortage of skills in sector

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The organisation representing engineers here has issued a strong warning about the impact a shortfall in skills within the profession will have over the coming years. Engineers Ireland said the supply of third-level engineering graduates and professional engineering apprentices is simply insufficient to meet the needs of a growing Irish society …” (more)

[Will Goodbody, RTÉ News, 6 March]

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Live horse and you’ll get grass!

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For the past decade higher education institutions, staff and students have been forced to survive on a mantra from government of ‘live horse and you’ll get grass’. But on 20th February last, the Department of Education and Skills held a novel ‘Stakeholders Consultation on Higher Education’, on the site of the newly launched Technological University of Dublin, to discuss a brighter future …” (more)

[IFUT, 6 March]

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UCD student union appeals to Dublin Bus Drivers to stop at Belfield

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCD students union is appealing to Dublin Bus not to tarnish ‘with the one brush’ all 28,500 students on the south county Dublin campus because of the anti social behaviour of ‘a small minority’. The appeal comes after Dublin Bus suspended some bus routes in the vicinity of UCD, due to anti social behaviour issues …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 6 March]

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