Research and Development Supports

Posted in Research on October 20th, 2018 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the extent to which innovation continues to be a feature of enterprise and investment here; if she remains satisfied that new enterprises have adequate access to innovation technology and-or appropriate assistance from the European Union; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 October]

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Third Level Quality Assurance Compliance

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which third level education requires ongoing assessment and updating in line with best practice internationally in order to ensure the ability of graduates to compete internationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 October]

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Third Level Education – Graduate Employment

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which third level education requires ongoing assessment and updating in line with best practice internationally in order to ensure the ability of graduates to compete internationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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Third Level Education – Medical Professions

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which he remains satisfied regarding the inadequate stream of third level graduates to meet the demands of the workplace with particular reference to the medical professions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2017 by steve

IrelandRuth Coppinger (Dublin West, Solidarity): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on increasing public funding of third level colleges to reverse the cuts that have taken place since 2008 and to end reliance on private sector funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 October]

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Higher Education Costs

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the degree to which higher education costs have increased over the past number of years; the extent to which the proportion of the national budget under that heading has varied in the past ten years; his plans to ensure continued access to third level for all students seeking to avail of third level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 October]

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Higher Education Institutions: Broadening the curriculum

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the degree to which he expects NUI Maynooth and the other universities to develop over the next five years with specific reference to catering for increased demand and the broadening of the syllabus thereby enhancing their competitiveness internationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 October]

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Third Level Institutions: IT Tallaght

Posted in Legal issues on January 29th, 2016 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent of legal action current or pending initiated by the Institute of Technology in Tallaght, Dublin 24 whether on behalf of management or at the instigation of staff members as a group or as individuals; the nature and basis for any such action; if the subject matter or matters have or were referred for mediation; if legal costs arising will impact on the taxpayer or on the individual instigators; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 January]

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Order of Business – Technological Universities Bill 2014

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 18th, 2014 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan: What is the position of the Technological Universities Bill 2014 which proposes to amend previous legislation in respect of Dublin Institute of Technology, DIT, and the Higher Education Authority, HEA? … Enda Kenny: We gave authorisation to the Minister for Education and Science in the past couple of weeks on elements of the technological universities Bill 2014. I will supply the Deputy with up to date information on that. It was cleared by Cabinet …” (more)

[Dáil Debates, 17 June]

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Student Universal Support Ireland Administration

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 10th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Bernard J Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which he will re-examine the structures of Student Universal Support Ireland and the inadequacy of the existing structures to deal with the volume of applications; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 9 April]

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80% of first-year student grants paid or approved

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 30th, 2013 by steve

“Around four of every five first-year students expected to get a grant this year are already being paid or have had their payments approved, latest figures reveal …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 November]

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Student Grant Scheme Administration – SUSI

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 27th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Bernard J Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which Student Universal Support Ireland has managed to deal with the total number of applications for higher education grants received in respect of the current academic year; the number of cases approved, refused or as yet undetermined; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 26 November]

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Student Grant Scheme Administration – SUSI – Improved Performance

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Bernard J Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which he expects Student Universal Support Ireland to be in a position to deal with processing of higher education grants for students within a reasonable time; if in the event of the obvious shortcomings so far identified, consideration might be given to reverting to the old system …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 3 July]

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Third Level Participation – Numbers Dropping Out

Posted in Teaching on July 5th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Bernard J Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of students known to have dropped out of third level education in each of the past three years to date for whatever reason; his plans to tackle this issue in the coming year; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 3 July]

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Student Grant Scheme Administration

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 29th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Bernard J Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will indicate having regard to the experience to date, the extent to which particular administrative issues have been identified in the way Student Universal Support Ireland has dealt with higher education grant applications with particular reference to the delays experienced by applicants …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 28 May]

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Croke Park Agreement Issues

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2013 by steve

Deputy Bernard J Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if in the context of cost cutting throughout the public sector arising from the Memorandum of Understanding entered into by his predecessors, it might be possible to take account of those public sector employees who are currently working the longest hours and in some situations under stressful conditions and currently under review in the context of the Croke Park Agreement; if cognisance will be taken of the particular needs of such public servants in front-line services with a view to ensuring the continuity of the service insofar as is possible; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 27 February]

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Public Sector Retirements

Posted in Governance and administration on February 29th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide an estimate of the number of public servants who will retire by the end of February 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 28 February]

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Third Level Retention

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Bernard J Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of students deemed to have dropped out of third level education in each of the past four years and to date in 2012; if the economic situation was deemed to be a factor; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 23 February]

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Third Level Enrolments

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

Deputy Bernard Durkan: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the total number of third level places available at third level institutions in each of the past three years to date in 2012; the extent to which this meets the requirements for third level places; his intentions if any to increase or make provisions for an increased number of places; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 19 January]

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Third Level Courses – retention rates

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

Deputy Bernard Durkan: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of students known to have dropped out of third level education in each of the past three years to date in 2012 for whatever reason; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 19 January]

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