Education snubbed in FF-FG deal on government, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has said that the demotion of education to a single sentence reference in the ‘Confidence and Supply’ agreement on government between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael is a major snub to education, teachers and students …” (more)

[The text of the agreement is here]
[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 4 May]

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University of Limerick graduates ‘should get the vote’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Newly elected senator Alice-Mary Higgins believes it is ‘imperative’ Limerick college graduates should be allowed vote for the universities panel. Ms Higgins, a daughter of Limerick-born President Michael D Higgins, visited UL during her campaign …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 4 May]

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Who is Lynn Ruane? One of the Seanad’s new faces

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“President of Trinity College Students’ Union, Lynn Ruane, has been elected to the university’s third Seanad seat. Ruane was declared victorious on the 15th count, beating incumbent senator Sean Barrett by 116 votes …” (more)

[Jane O’Faherty, Independent, 28 April]

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Lynn Ruane Defeats Barrett on Fifteenth Count to Secure Third TCD Panel Seat

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In a hotly contested race, current President of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU), Lynn Ruane, has been elected in the University of Dublin constituency of Seanad Éireann. Ruane secured the third and final seat on the 15th count with 3,344 votes, beating her nearest rival, incumbent Senator Sean Barrett, by just 116 votes …” (more)

[Charlotte Ryan, University Times, 27 April]

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Ivana Bacik Re-Elected to Seanad TCD Panel on Thirteenth Count

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Incumbent Senator and Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology Ivana Bacik has been re-elected to the University of Dublin panel of Seanad Éireann with 4,144 votes. During the campaign, Bacik, who has served as senator on the panel since 2007, highlighted her history as a legislator and her connections to Trinity …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker and Charlotte Ryan, University Times, 27 April]

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Norris Re-Elected to Seanad TCD Panel on First Count

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Incumbent Senator David Norris has been re-elected to the Seanad’s TCD panel on the first count having exceeded the quota. During the campaign, Norris, who has served as independent senator on the panel since 1987, highlighted his past political successes as well as his connection with Trinity …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 27 April]

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Five time bombs facing a new minister for education

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Almost a month after the general election and there is still no sign of a minister for education. But the clock has started ticking on a series of sensitive issues that could escalate into time bombs for a future government if they are not defused sooner rather later …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 March]

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In Unprecedented Move, USI Endorses Laura Harmon and Lynn Ruane for Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) this morning announced that they ‘fully support’ the Seanad candidacies of former USI President Laura Harmon and the current Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) President, Lynn Ruane, making it the first time the national union has ever backed candidates in the Seanad elections …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 16 March]

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Uncertain election means third-level reforms may be delayed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Politicians are quick to praise the role of higher education in Ireland. Our universities, they say, are creating jobs, raising living standards and giving Ireland an edge in the global market. But they aren’t so fast when it comes to taking tough decisions to ensure third-level education is properly funded. After seven years of spending cuts, rising student numbers and falling numbers of academic staff, the sector is under pressure as never before …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 March]

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Government will ignore college funding at its peril

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Health and homelessness were the main social issues in the General Election debate which allowed politicians to conveniently ignore the elephant in the room – the crisis in higher education …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 8 March]

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Absence of educational debate during general election?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Is there an appetite among the general public for paying more tax euros for more funding for education? Ireland’s education system has always been underfunded by the State …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Education Matters, 6 March]

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In a Fine Gael–Fianna Fáil Coalition, Student Issues Hang in the Balance

Posted in Governance and administration on February 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“On Thursday, the Editorial Board of The University Times pointed to the students issues at stake in the general election. The repeal of the eighth amendment is an issue that matters deeply to students, and the higher education funding question is easily one of the most important student issues in decades, given the present state of the country’s universities …” (more)

[University Times, 28 February]

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With Little Election Debate on Third-Level, Royal Irish Academy Could Have Role to Play

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Royal Irish Academy’s report, submitted to the government higher education funding working group and published earlier this month, puts the academy considerably out of step with all the major parties with regards to higher education funding, none of whom have committed to any new funding model for third-level education after the election …” (more)

[Christopher McMahon, University Times, 26 February]

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Scandalous neglect of third-level education in party manifestos must be corrected

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Mike Jennings, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), has called on the leaders of the four main political parties to immediately explain and correct the neglect of third-level education following an independent assessment of their Manifestos on national radio today …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 24 February]

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Economists Agree There’s No Magic Bullet to Fund Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“With the general election just days away, political parties have assured students of many commitments, including pledging not to increase fees over the next five years and even advocating for a system of universally free education. These pre-election promises are frequently derided due to the notoriously fickle nature of Irish politics …” (more)

[James Shaw, University Times, 24 February]

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Will DCU graduates have a vote in the Seanad elections?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2016 by steve

IrelandQUESTION: As a graduate of DCU, I have been looking forward to voting in the forthcoming Seanad election. This follows Enda Kenny’s pledge in 2013 to extend voting rights in the Seanad election to all third-level graduates …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 23 February]

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Can Student Voting Keep Its Momentum?

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

Ireland“Last year’s Marriage Equality referendum saw a sharp increase in student voters. Martin Healy wonders whether this momentum will continue into the forthcoming election.The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) states that they have registered over 80,000 new student voters over the last two years …” (more)

[Martin Healy, University Observer, 19 February]

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What the Election 2016 Manifestos say about third-level education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2016 by steve

IrelandFianna Fáil: ‘(xv) Freeze student fees. A particularly cynical addition to the government’s list of broken promises was the increase in student fees which has inflicted great hardship on many students. In addition it placed a further burden on already stretched parents struggling to make ends meet trying to support their children’s education …'” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 17 February]

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Paying for third-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – There has been much speculation regarding the introduction of third-level fees, with the former coalition parties being particularly coy on the matter. This is a sure sign that it is actively being considered and will be sprung on the electorate, assuming re-election …” (more)

[Derek MacHugh, Irish Times, 18 February]

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Election 2016: Fine Gael attacks Fianna Fáil on public pay

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has claimed he has caught Fianna Fáil out on a ‘massive deception’ in its election manifesto, saying the party has made commitments to increase public pay without funding them …” (more)

[Arthur Beesley, Irish Times, 18 February]

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