DkIT lecturers inform local politicians on impact of cuts and underfunding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A delegation from the Dundalk Institute of Technology branch of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland visited Dáil Éireann last Wednesday to meet with politicians from the North East region to seek support for the Union’s campaign opposing further cuts to funding at DkIT …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 22 December]

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Third Level Courses Availability – University College Cork

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on May 7th, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she will ensure that there will be no reduction in courses or resources available in University College Cork, pertaining to the study of language and culture in east Asia, which is particularly important in the context of Irish trade promotion in expanding and emerging markets in Asia; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 6 May]

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Government accused of ‘spectacular u-turns’ as education costs surge

Posted in Life on September 17th, 2013 by steve

“A local Fianna Fail deputy has accused the Government of ‘spectacular u-turns’ as the latest Consumer Price Index reveals a surge in the cost of education and highlights the growing pressure on families across Cavan and Monaghan …” (more)

[The Anglo Celt, 16 September]

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More than 1,800 Cavan-Monaghan students still waiting for grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 2nd, 2012 by steve

“Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith has demanded action from the Education Minister following confirmation that more than 1,800 students from across Cavan and Monaghan are still waiting for their student grants to be processed …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 2 November]

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Higher Education Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 10th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the report of the Capital Asset Test Implementation Group regarding higher education grants will be published; if he has received this report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43080/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): The Deputy will be aware that, following agreement in principle by the Government to broaden the current means testing arrangements for student grants by way of inclusion of the value of capital assets, I set up a dedicated implementation group to bring forward detailed proposals for implementation in 2013. I have received a draft report from the implementation group. This is currently under consideration and I will consult further with my cabinet colleagues before the report is published.”

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 9 October]

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Fairness and college grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 11th, 2012 by steve

“A government decision to subject third-level maintenance grants to a new capital asset test for farmers and the self-employed is generating strong resistance within the agricultural community …” (more)

[Irish Times, 11 August]

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Free fees perk worth €1.1m to university workers

Posted in Governance and administration on July 3rd, 2012 by steve

“The full value of a free fees perk enjoyed by university staff amounted to €1.1m this year. Highly paid professors and senior managers are among those exempt from paying fees and the annual student contribution charge for their children, husbands, wives and civil partners …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 July]

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Top-up pay for college staff won’t be handed back to State

Posted in Legal issues on June 24th, 2012 by steve

“Universities who paid out €8m in unauthorised payments to senior staff will not be penalised or have to pay the money back to the State, despite them being ‘bang out of line’, it has emerged …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 24 June]

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Unauthorised Expenditure by Universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 21st, 2012 by steve

Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills the action he will take in relation to unauthorised expenditure by universities; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 19 June]

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Hyland Report

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 21st, 2012 by steve

Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills when he expects reform proposals from the heads of universities following the publication of the Hyland Report last September; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 19 June]

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Funding the Higher Education Sector

Posted in Governance and administration on June 7th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills when he expects to receive a report from the Higher Education Authority on a proposal for funding the higher education sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 6 June]

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Quinn must reconsider damaging changes to third level grant system – Smith

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 25th, 2012 by steve

“Fianna Fáil has once again called on the Education Minister to reconsider his damaging changes to the third level grant system that will discriminate against farmers and self employed workers. Minister Ruairí Quinn has confirmed to Fianna Fáil’s Education Spokesperson Brendan Smith that plans to include capital assets in the means-testing for third level grants are at an advanced stage …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 25 May]

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Project Maths

Posted in Teaching on May 16th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills the engagement he has had or intends to have with teachers in relation to the progress of project maths; if teachers are satisfied with the content of the course and that their professional development is sufficient; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 15 May]

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Minister accused of ‘spin’ on school plan

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2012 by steve

“Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has been accused of ‘over-spinning’ and being ‘disingenuous’ in relation to a €1.5bn school building programme. The claims from Fianna Fáil’s education spokesman Brendan Smith came amid confusion about the resources available …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 13 March]

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National University of Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2012 by steve

Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the future of the National University of Ireland; the costs per annum of this body; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 29 February]

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Third Level Participation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 1st, 2012 by steve

Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills his policy on increasing participation at third level; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 28 February]

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Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2012 by steve

Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills his policy on the relocation of DIT to Grangegorman, Dublin 7; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 28 February]

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Maintenance Grant Scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 1st, 2012 by steve

Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills his policy on the maintenance grant scheme at third level; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 28 February]

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Salaries in the Higher Education Sector above the Pay Cap

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2012 by steve

Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills his policy on the payment of salaries in the higher education sector above the pay cap for the public service; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 28 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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