Third Level Institutions Mergers: Waterford IT and Carlow IT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to progress in talks between Waterford Institute of Technology and Carlow Institute of Technology regarding the proposed merger of the two third level institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 March]

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Third Level Staff – Fixed-term Workers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 11th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if all the recommendations of the Cush report in respect of fixed-term workers in third level colleges have been accepted and implemented by him; and if not, the specific recommendations that remain outstanding …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 March]

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Institutes of Technology – Drop Out Rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the drop out rate in third level institute of technology courses; the measures his Department proposes to remedy the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Third Level Funding – Student Loan Scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has read the USI position paper on the funding of higher education regarding the effects a loan scheme would have on students; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 January]

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Third Level Admissions Assistance

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the specific measures he plans in order to deal with concerns regarding third level student support and funding challenges for third level institutions …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 January]

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Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the Technological Universities Bill; when it is to return to Dáil Éireann; the necessary changes he proposes to make to the draft legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 January]

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Third Level Data – Drop-out rate

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the drop-out rate in third level institute of technology courses; the measures his Department proposes to remedy the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 January]

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Third Level Staff – Promotion

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the measures his Department has put in place to ensure third level institutions adhere to standard public sector promotion procedures in keeping with the Haddington Road agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 January]

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Institutes of Technology – Drop-out Rate

Posted in Teaching on November 18th, 2016 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the drop-out rate in third level institute of technology courses; the measures his Department propose to remedy the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 November]

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Third Level Staff Recruitment – Employment Control Framework

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

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to continue or amend the employment control framework, ECF, currently in place for higher education institutions; if he will consider a phased withdrawal of the ECF to ease the restriction on staffing in higher education institutions; if he will ensure that arts humanities departments have the same capacity to recruit academic staff as science technology engineering and maths departments in any amendment of the ECF; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 November]

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Institutes of Technology – Dropout Rate

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

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the dropout rate in third level institute of technology courses; the measures his Department propose to remedy the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 October]

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Technological Universities

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

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the Technological Universities Bill 2015; when it will return to Dáil Éireann; the amendments he proposes to make to the draft legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 October]

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Lone parents’ access to education must be improved – Brady

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady TD has called on the Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar to reverse changes made by his predecessor Joan Burton TD that deny lone parents access to education …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 8 August]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Private Colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2016 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he is aware of full-time students that applied via the Central Applications Office for a State approved Quality and Qualifications Ireland degree in third level institutions such as Dublin Business School and Griffith College, Dublin that cannot apply for a Student Universal Support Ireland grant; his plans to extend the availability of the grant to students at these third level institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 July]

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3rd Level Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An expert group examining funding for Third Level education has recommended the introduction of a student loan system as one possible option for addressing funding difficulties in the sector. We spoke to Joan Burton and Dr. Ed Walsh.” (audio)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 11 July]

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Third Level Funding – Cassells Report

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

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when he will publish the report (details supplied) into funding of the third level sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 June]

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Government launches Ireland’s National Skills Strategy 2025

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

Ireland“The new Strategy is a key pillar in the Government’s plan to keep the recovery going and build sustainable economic growth. The Taoiseach and Tánaiste today (Wednesday) launched the new National Skills Strategy 2025 – Ireland’s Future, along with Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan, TD, and Minister for Skills, Research, Innovation Damien English, TD, at the Blackrock Further Education Institute, Dublin …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 27 January]

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Tánaiste and Minister O’Sullivan launch new National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The National Access Plan for 2015-19 contains 5 key goals and more than 30 actions that are intended to assist under-represented groups to participate in third level education. It contains a number of targets for specific categories of students, including ‘disadvantaged’ students, students with disabilities, mature students, and members of the Travelling community …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 16 December]

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Tanaiste arrives in Galway to open new NUIG research facility

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

Ireland“Tánaiste Joan Burton is in the city this afternoon, where she’s officially opening a major new research building at NUI Galway. The Institute for Lifecourse and Society is a newly designated research centre for the applied social sciences …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 11 November]

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Public pay talks aimed at curbing strikes

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“New deals aimed at curbing strikes in the public sector have been signalled by Tánaiste Joan Burton. She insisted industrial action was ‘the last thing we want’ as negotiations resume regarding the restoration of pay cuts imposed during the financial crash …” (more)

[Shaun Connolly, Irish Examiner, 16 May]

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