Labour’s Higher Education Failings Make Seanad Motion More Than a Little Infuriating

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There is little point in relitigating one of the most extraordinary U-turns in the history of higher education policy in Ireland: that of then-Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn, who, just weeks after signing a giant pledge on behalf of the Labour Party to freeze the student contribution charge at €1,500, announced that the fee would, after all, have to be increased to €2,000 (and this was just the first in a whole series of increases) …” (more)

[University Times, 16 July]

Tags: , , , ,

Brexit Issues

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 30th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJan O’Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the possible affect of Brexit on fees and access to higher education for Irish students who attend British universities and colleges; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 June]

Tags: , , , , ,

Leaving Cert: More students may now be eligible for higher grant payments

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“More students could receive grants, or higher payments than those they were previously eligible for, this year. In line with recommended changes to the student grant scheme, previous education minister Jan O’Sullivan announced some improvements in April …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 May]

Tags: , , ,

Just two asylum seeking students get grants for third-level accessibility

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Only two asylum-seeking students have benefited from a scheme aimed at making third-level education accessible for those already living here long term. The Department of Education received 39 applications for student supports under the scheme announced last August …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 23 May]

Tags: , , ,

Legislative Programme – Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2016 by steve

IrelandJan O’Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his intentions on progressing the Technological Universities Bill; if he will change the requirement for the merger of institutions in order to achieve technological university status; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 May]

Tags: , , , ,

A good day for the University of the South East campaign – no mergers and no Jan O’Sullivan and Tom Boland

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A good day for the University of the South East campaign – no mergers and no Jan O’Sullivan and Tom Boland. John Halligan announced on Facebook that … ‘I have also secured a commitment that the need to merge with another IT will be taken out of the criteria for Technological University Status’ …” (more)

[The John Halligan Facebook post is here]
[University of the South East Campaign, 7 May]

Tags: , , , , , , ,

The opportunity may now be lost to invest in services and our citizens – O’Sullivan

Posted in Governance and administration on May 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Firstly can I convey my very sincere congratulations to Richard Bruton on his appointment as Minister for Education and Skills. It was the privilege of my political career to serve as Minister for Education and Skills. The new Minister will find an excellent team in Marlborough Street thoroughly committed to public education in its broadest sense …” (more)

[Jan O’Sullivan, Labour Party, 6 May]

Tags: , ,

O’Sullivan to appeal directly to teachers in exam reform row

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

Ireland“Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan has delivered a stinging attack on the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) over how it does its business with members …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 April]

Tags: , ,

25% increase in international students studying in Ireland since 2012

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD is attending the annual ceremony for International Student Ambassadors at Farmleigh today (Thursday 21 April). The event recognises the contribution made by international Student Ambassadors to supporting the work of Education in Ireland, managed by Enterprise Ireland, in attracting international students to Ireland …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 21 April]

Tags: , , ,

Third Level Staff – Rehiring of retired staff

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

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, United Left): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she is satisfied as to the legal permissibility and enforceability of a third level institute enforcing a reduction in the pay of rehired retired staff to an arbitrary level on foot of non-binding written advice from the Higher Education Authority but in the absence of a circular from her advising as to the appropriate level at which such staff should be paid; whether, in the absence of a public sector union agreement as to the appropriate pay level for such staff, she will direct the authority to rescind its advice …” (more)

[Dáil Written answers, 14 April]

Tags: , , , , , ,

Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Irish citizens born abroad

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 16th, 2016 by steve

IrelandSeán Canney (Galway East, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason children born in the US who are Irish citizens face prohibitive costs by comparison with children born here in respect of accessing student grants and free fees; her plans to amend this situation; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Written answers, 14 April]

Tags: , , , , ,

Students Can Now Exclude up to €4,500 in Holiday Earnings When Applying for Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, announced improvements today to the student grant scheme for the upcoming academic year, including an earlier opening date for the scheme. Students can now also exclude up to €4,500 of holiday earnings when applying for grants …” (more)

[John Conway, University Times, 14 April]

Tags: , ,

Minister O’Sullivan announces improvements to Student Grant Scheme for 2016

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, today announced improvements to the student grant scheme for 2016/17. The Minister’s announcement coincides with SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) opening its online application system for grant applications for the 2016/17 academic year …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 14 April]

Tags: , , ,

Very few students attend campus religious services, figures show

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A handful of students are turning up to weekly Masses held in some third-level colleges, new figures show. While colleges and universities spend about €1.5 million in public funds annually to employ chaplains, attendance rates at services in many institutions are in single figures …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 April]

Tags: , , , ,

Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Brendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she is aware of the concerns of many members of the teaching staff in the Tralee Institute of Technology in County Kerry relating to the proposed development of a Munster technological university in conjunction with Cork Institute of Technology; how she will address their many concerns; if she will take an active role in resolving the matter; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 April]

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Listen to our voice on reform plan, teachers tell Education Minister

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Teachers need to have their voice properly heard on educational reforms — and more time to help implement changes and work with their students. These were two main themes running through the presidential address of Máire G Ní Chiarba to almost 400 delegates at the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 March]

Tags: , ,

Reports on School Completion and School Leaving show majority of students entering Higher and Further Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, today welcomed the publication by her Department of two important reports on the 2010/11 cohort of school leavers. One report tracks the next steps taken by students who completed secondary school. The other report identifies and tracks the next steps of students who left school early …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 March]

Tags: , , , ,

Education minister says it’s not up to her to deal with teacher strike plans

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

Ireland“Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said that responsibility for dealing with a planned strike by second-level teachers falls with the next government …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 March]

Tags: , ,

Education minister says ASTI cannot justifiy threatened strike action

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

Ireland“Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan has described the threat of one-day strike action by the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) over Junior Cycle reform as unwarranted and regressive …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 March]

Tags: , ,

Statement by Jan O’Sullivan, Minister for Education and Skills on the Publication by HEA of Institutional Strategic Dialogue Outcomes

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) have today published the outcome of its institutional strategic dialogues. The outcome of these reviews is linked to the performance funding process for Higher Education Institutions. Three Institutions, which did not meet the agreed performance level, now face a potential funding penalty …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 15 March]

Tags: , , ,