English Language ‘Visa Factories’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fine Gael Senator Anthony Lawlor has said that more monitoring and stronger regulation is needed in the privately delivered English language sector. Disingenuous schools are using the current student visa rules for non-EEA Nationals to setup unsustainable businesses. The standard visa for pursuing an English language programme on the Interim list of Eligible Programmes (ILEP) is 8 months allowing students work up to 20hrs per week and up to 40hrs during the summer months …” (more)

[Senator Anthony Lawlor, 6 December]

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Higher Education Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2015 by steve

IrelandAnthony Lawlor (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the expert group’s report on the future of higher education funding in Ireland will be published; if the continued funding for the National University of Ireland Maynooth to ensure staffing levels will increase in line with plans to expand the student population and resources; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 December]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 17th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Anthony Lawlor: I thank the Ceann Comhairle’s office for giving me the chance to raise this issue. Student Universal Support Ireland, SUSI, has been working well in this, its second year. There have not been too many problems. However, nationality and immigration status pose an anomaly in terms of selecting people for grants …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 16 April]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 6th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Anthony Lawlor asked the Minister for Education and Skills the financial supports available to Irish students studying in third level institutions in other EU member states; if financial assistance is available towards to payment of fees in these EU institutions; if a student is in receipt of back to education allowance and therefore not entitled to the maintenance grant, are supports available to study abroad; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 5 March]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 8th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Anthony Lawlor asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason students in receipt of a bursary from a college are still entitled to a full third level maintenance grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 7 February]

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Student Loan Scheme for Postgraduate Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 4th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Anthony Lawlor asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to establish a student loan scheme for post graduate students who are no longer eligible for a maintenance grant; if so the progress that has been made and when it is expected to have such a scheme in place …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 3 July]

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Maintenance Grants – Nationality

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 27th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Anthony Lawlor asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the separate review of the nationality requirements in respect of third level maintenance support for students will be undertaken; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 26 June]

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University entry requirements must be revised to support job creation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 20th, 2012 by steve

“Fine Gael TD for Kildare North, Anthony Lawlor, has warmly welcomed the Action Plan for Jobs and is today (Monday) commending the Government for recognising the importance of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) as a means of boosting employment …” (more)

[Anthony Lawlor, 20 February]

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NUI Maynooth Students Occupy Fine Gael TD’s Office

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 4th, 2011 by steve

“Nine NUI Maynooth students are this morning entering the third day of their occupation of the constituency office of Kildare TD Anthony Lawlor in Naas …” (more)

[Donie O’Sullivan, College Tribune, 4 December]

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Student leader confronts FG TD outside his occupied constituency office

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 3rd, 2011 by steve

“The leader of the group of students who have occupied the constituency office of a Fine Gael TD in Kildare confronted him as he gave an interview outside his office this afternoon …” (more, video)

[TheJournal.ie, 3 December]

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Maynooth students refuse to leave TDs office

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 3rd, 2011 by steve

“Eight students from NUI Maynooth who have occupied the constituency office of Fine Gael TD Anthony Lawlor in Naas, Co Kildare, have said they are there for the long haul …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 3 December]

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TD ‘reluctant to involve gardaí’ in student occupation of his office

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 3rd, 2011 by steve

“The Fine Gael TD whose offices are being occupied by several Maynooth students in a protest against cuts to third-level grants and increased fees says he does not want to see the group get into trouble over their actions …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 3 December]

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‘We have wood, nails, food, toilet, chimney’: Protesting students occupy TD’s office

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 3rd, 2011 by steve

“Eight students from NUI Maynooth have occupied the constituency office of Fine Gael TD Anthony Lawlor to highlight their fear that student maintenance grants may be cut in next week’s Budget …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 3 November]

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Maynooth students occupy Fine Gael TD’s office in fees protest

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 2nd, 2011 by steve

“Members of the Maynooth Students’ Union have occupied the Naas constituency office of Fine Gael TD Anthony Lawlor in the latest escalation of the wider student movement against the reintroduction of fees and cuts to third-level grants …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 2 December]

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