‘RTÉ – This Week’ on third level funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As Richard Bruton left the Department of Education this week, he left for his successor one big decision to make: what to do about third level education funding. It’s been two years since the publication of the Cassells Report …” (podcast)

[RTÉ – This Week, 21 October]

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‘We are the ones who are still suffering’: UL whistleblowers to be put on half-pay

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Almost a year after the University of Limerick first lifted the suspensions of two staff members who raised concerns about financial practices, the employees known as Persons B and C have yet to return to work …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 20 October]

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Third Level Admissions Entry Requirements – UCD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 20th, 2018 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention was drawn to the fact that UCD had changed its enrolment policy for the 2018-19 academic year; when his attention was further drawn to the fact that this would impact on the ability of students to commence their studies in this academic year; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 October]

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University of Limerick whistleblowers urge Minister to intervene in dispute

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Two whistleblowers from the University of Limerick’s finance department have urged the Minister for Education to intervene in their ongoing dispute with the university. Almost a year after UL first lifted the suspensions of two staff members who raised concerns about financial practices, the employees known as Persons B and C have yet to return to work …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 19 October]

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Teachers under pressure from ‘initiative overload’, says new Minister for Education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There is a sense of ‘initiative overload’ among teachers who feel pressurised into implementing a range of policies and reforms, according to the new Minister for Education. Speaking at his first public engagement since taking over the brief from his predecessor Richard Bruton, Joe McHugh – a former teacher – told the Oireachtas education committee that …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 October]

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Technological University Dublin – Establishment

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

IrelandJohn Lahart (Dublin South West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the Technological Universities Act 2018 will commence in practical terms; the implications for IT Tallaght; and if it will retain its Tallaght identity in its name …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 October]

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Third Level Quality Assurance Compliance

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which third level education requires ongoing assessment and updating in line with best practice internationally in order to ensure the ability of graduates to compete internationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 October]

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Joe McHugh is Inheriting a Higher Education Sector Riddled With Problems

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It was with relatively little fanfare that Richard Bruton’s tenure as Minister for Education came to a close, with Bruton shifted to the Department of Communications by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and landed with the unenviable task of salvaging the mess that the national broadband plan has become …” (more)

[Matthew Murphy, University Times, 16 October]

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President appoints Joe McHugh as new Education Minister

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Donegal TD Joe McHugh has been appointed the new Minister for Education and Skills following a special ceremony at Áras an Uachtaráin on Tuesday evening. Following a vote in the Dail chamber, President Michael D Higgins officially appointed the new Government ministers at a ceremony at Áras an Uachtaráin …” (more)

[Diarmaid Doherty, Donegal Democrat, 17 October]

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New Minister for Education must make fees funding decision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has said that the new Minister for Education, Joe McHugh, needs to rule out student loan schemes. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘The Government has been sitting on the report carried out by Peter Cassells into the future of higher education funding for months now. Three options were laid on the table, one of which is publicly funded higher education. The onus is on Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor to get the ball rolling on this extremely important issue …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 15 October]

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USI welcome the announcement today that Deputy Joe McHugh will be taking over the position of Minister for Education and Skills

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“We would like to wish Minister Richard Bruton well in his new role. The third level education funding crisis will be the real test for any new Minister in the Department of Education and Skills, and we look forward to working collaboratively and proactively with Deputy McHugh. Minister McHugh’s appointment comes in the aftermath of Budget 2019 …” (more)

[USI, 15 October]

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In Cabinet Reshuffle, Joe McHugh Appointed Minister for Education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Joe McHugh has been appointed Minister for Education and Skills, replacing Richard Bruton, as part of a series of ministerial changes made in the wake of the resignation of Denis Naughten. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today announced that Bruton would replace Naughten …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 13 October]

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LyIT to get €250,000 funding support

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister Joe McHugh has confirmed that LyIT is to benefit from further Government funding of €250,000 to support its cross-border links. The college is to receive the funding shortly and is in line for continued Government support on cross-border links and transformation to Technological University …” (more)

[Donegal Daily, 12 October]

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Delight as LYIT gets green light to apply for University status

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Letterkenny Institute of Technology has reached a huge milestone after it was given the green light to apply for university status. The development comes weeks after the Government unveiled its vision of Letterkenny becoming a city region along with Derry and Strabane as part of Project Ireland 2040 …” (more)

[Donegal Daily, 21 March]

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€3m in funding approved for the LYIT Killybegs Tourism College

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“€3m in funding has been approved for the LYIT Killybegs Tourism College. The School of Tourism of Letterkenny IT has been located in Killybegs since 1969 and is seen as a major focus of the tourism potential and training of the town …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 23 February]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 17th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Anthony Lawlor: I thank the Ceann Comhairle’s office for giving me the chance to raise this issue. Student Universal Support Ireland, SUSI, has been working well in this, its second year. There have not been too many problems. However, nationality and immigration status pose an anomaly in terms of selecting people for grants …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 16 April]

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Third Level Participation – Northern Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on whether third level institutions need to be more ambitious in opening up undergraduate programmes to Northern Ireland residents; if he is concerned about the insubstantial increase in the numbers of third level students here who are from Northern Ireland compared proportionately with 1997; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 3 July]

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Third Level Admissions Entry Requirements – Northern Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 28th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will list, in tabular form, the accredited A Level qualifications that have been obtained at post-primary level in the six counties in the past three years whose status has not been recognised by third level colleges when students have applied for a degree course here …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 28 May]

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Student Grant Scheme Expenditure

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 21st, 2013 by steve

Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will update Dáil Éireann on the student assistance fund; the amount of funding that has been allocated in Budget 2013 for distribution through the fund in 2013-2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 20 March]

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