Student Grant Scheme Payments – Overpayment of Maintenance Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on February 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Charlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if there have been a number of write-offs with regard to recouping paid funds in each of the years since SUSI was formed in relation to discovered overpayment of maintenance grants by SUSI; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 February]

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Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2016 by steve

IrelandCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills what the mission of new technological universities is proposed to be and how this differs from both a traditional university and from an institute of technology …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 May]

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Labour u-turn on student fees is a new low – McConalogue

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue has accused the Labour Party of having no credibility on education after making yet another u-turn on its education commitments …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 17 February]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2016 by steve

IrelandCharlie McConalogue (Donegal North East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount of routine capital funding or steady State fixed capital investment that will be required for all universities, and for all institutes of technology for the years 2017 to 2020; and the amount of this funding the State will have to incur as a result of routine capital funding being built into the fiscal space for the 2017 to 2020 period …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 February]

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Student Grant Scheme Design: Adjacent Rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 22nd, 2016 by steve

IrelandCharlie McConalogue (Donegal North East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the additional financial cost of including a new 100% adjacent rate of maintenance grant, 45 km or under, payment rate of €1,750 for students whose assessed family income is less than €30,000 per annum under the third level student grant scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 January]

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McConalogue Launches His Party’s Education Policy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has launched his party’s Education policy, Securing the Future, which sets out the party’s vision for education in the next Government. Focusing on primary and second level, the document puts forward what it says is an ambitious strategy to restore and enhance the quality of the Irish education system …” (more)

[Donegal Daily, 14 January]

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Funding crisis: where the political parties stand on a student loan scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Politicians are fond of praising the role of higher education in Ireland. Our universities, they regularly say, are creating jobs, raising living standards and giving Ireland an edge in the global marketplace …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 December]

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Third Level Qualifications Data: Computer Science

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2015 by steve

IrelandCharlie McConalogue (Donegal North East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the measures she has taken in the past number of years to increase the number of computer science graduates; the cost of the €1,000 top-up to block grants to each higher level institute, by computer science student enrolled; if this programme has been a success; the number of additional computer science graduates it has led to; her concerns and those of the Higher Education Authority regarding the reduced quality of computer science graduates as a result of the increased intake …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 December]

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Technological Universities Bill big on spin but lacking in substance – FF

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Education Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue has accused the Government of another election stunt after it published the Technological Universities Bill, despite the fact that not all of the details have been made available …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 4 December]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility: CAO and SUSI

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 26th, 2015 by steve

IrelandCharlie McConalogue (Donegal North East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she has considered amalgamating the Central Applications Office and the Student Universal Support Ireland systems, and introducing the proposals put forward by the St Vincent de Paul Society (details supplied) for aligning the systems to ensure that students know their funding status before the take up their Central Applications Office offer …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 November]

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Third Level Funding: PRTLI

Posted in Research on November 13th, 2015 by steve

IrelandCharlie McConalogue (Donegal North East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the level of funding that will be provided to higher education institutions via the Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions in 2015; and in 2016; her plans to approve a new funding cycle, Cycle 6, for the Programme for the years beyond 2015; and the amount this new cycle of funding will entail …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 November]

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Education Grants: UK Universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 15th, 2015 by steve

IrelandCharlie McConalogue (Donegal North East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount that Student Universal Support Ireland pays to Irish third level degree students attending public and private universities and colleges in the United Kingdom, in each of the years 2013 to date in 2015 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 13 October]

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Student housing price hike ‘extremely crude’, says FF

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil spokesman for Education Charlie McConalogue has described the decision by University College Dublin (UCD) to raise the price of student accommodation as ‘extremely crude’, calling on the university to reverse the price hike …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 20 August]

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Points Rush Proves Minister’s Soft Touch Packs No Punch – McConalogue

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Deputy Charlie McConalogue says the Minister’s hands-off approach in tackling the escalating points race has led to some students being locked out of certain courses because colleges are artificially inflating points …” (more)

[Donegal Daily, 17 August]

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McConalogue calls for release of student accommodation report

Posted in Governance and administration on August 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil is calling on the Minister for Education to immediately release a report into student accommodation. The party says the report – which was carried out by the Higher Education Authority – was due to be published last April …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 16 August]

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TCD applicants issued with ‘pre-assigned’ student IDs to help beat housing rush

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has taken the unusual step of issuing prospective entrants this year with student numbers to help them beat the rush for college accommodation …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 12 August]

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FF accuses Minister of stalling on student accommodation crisis

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

Ireland“Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan is being urged to act on recommendations from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to tackle the student accommodation crisis without delay …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 22 July]

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Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she will address concerns that the combination of rising rental prices and lack of supply of accommodation for students attending third level institutions will prohibit a large proportion of students from living within a reasonable distance of their campus next year; and her plans to address the lack of supply of student accommodation …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 30 June]

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Third Level Charges: Increase in Student Contribution

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 27th, 2015 by steve

IrelandCharlie McConalogue (Donegal North East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her Department’s estimates for the amount of extra revenue that will accrue to universities, colleges and institutes of technology in 2016, as a result of the increase in the student contribution fees to €3,000 for free-fee students …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 June]

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Institutes of Technology – Cork IT and IT Tralee

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

IrelandCharlie McConalogue (Donegal North East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide an update on the proposal to merge Cork Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology Tralee, County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 June]

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