Language Schools

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

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if language schools will be required to provide evidence of financial viability to ensure that closures such as that of a college (details supplied) is not allowed to happen again in view of the fact that non-EU students applying for visas to study English here must produce bank accounts and evidence of financial viability; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 December]

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Ministers welcome plans to bring forward legislation to provide certainty to families on student accommodation costs

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (Tuesday, 11 December) welcomed the publication of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018 by Minister for Housing, planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD. The Ministers confirmed the intention to outline amendments to the legislation to include rent predictability measures for students living in purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) under licence agreements, and in PBSA let by a public authority, for the first time …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 December]

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Language Schools Closures

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2018 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the protections available to students and staff when an English language training school faces financial difficulty in view of media reports (details supplied) and in view of the significant budget that has been set aside to market Ireland as a destination for English language training; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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Third Level Staff Remuneration – WIT

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the decision to intervene in a Workplace Relations Committee ruling regarding staff at Waterford Institute of Technology who were not moved onto a higher lecturer’s scale despite the fact that their colleagues were moved up the scale (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 December]

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Grafton College teachers ‘resolute’ over unpaid wages after being locked out of building

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A group of teachers who had been occupying an English school in Dublin since last night have been locked out of the building. The Portobello school went into liquidation yesterday leaving staff without a job and owed one month’s pay …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 4 December]

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Higher Education Institutions – Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the degree to which he remains satisfied regarding the extent to which the third and fourth-level educational sector here remains adequate to meet competition from overseas; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 November]

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Dáil: Future of funding of third-level education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the future of funding for third-level education here; if he will rule out the introduction of third-level education loans as a means of funding third level education here; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Thomas Pringle, 29 November]

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Application by IT Carlow and Waterford IT for Technological University will be lodged before 2018 ends

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The application by IT Carlow and Waterford IT to become a Technological University is still on track to be lodged before the year’s end. That’s according to the new Education Minister, Joe McHugh who was responding to a Dáil question on the matter …” (more)

[Edwina Grace, KCLR, 26 November]

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Maynooth University – Campus Development Plans

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2018 by steve

IrelandBrendan Ryan (Dublin Fingal, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if Maynooth University has submitted a cost benefit analysis of its campus development plans under the National Development Plan 2018-2027; if the plans have been approved; the details of the projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 November]

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Senior Academic Leadership Initiative

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

IrelandSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the specific thematic areas within the sciences and humanities that will be funded further to the announcement of women-only professorships; and the funding agency that will be tasked with the cost of this policy …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 November]

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The return of history as a core subject?

Posted in Teaching on November 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The decision of the new Minister for Education Joe McHugh to review the decision to make history an optional subject at Junior Certificate is very welcome. History should be restored as a core curriculum subject without delay, as this academic discipline has essential values relevant to modern Ireland and to promoting an understanding of the importance of active citizenship, social inclusion and diversity in our society …” (more)

[Brian Murphy, Irish Times, 20 November]

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Decision to make history optional for the Junior Cert to be reviewed

Posted in Teaching on November 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The decision to make history an optional subject at Junior Cert level is going to be reviewed, according to Education Minister Joe McHugh. Speaking at the party’s Ard Fheis this evening, the Donegal TD said …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 17 November]

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Higher Education Authority is working with Waterford IT to put its budget back on track

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education says the HEA is liaising closely with Waterford IT and has agreed a financial plan to bring the institute back into a balanced budget. The audited accounts for 2015/16 show WIT has a significant accumulated deficit of €4.4m. The draft accounts for last year and projections for next year continue to show an operating deficit which will further impact on the institute …” (more)

[Liz Reddy, WLR FM, 16 November]

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Third Level Funding

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

IrelandJack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to fund the third level education sector; the way in which he will address the recent years of serious underfunding of the sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 13 November]

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Student Grants Data – Costs of Increase

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 10th, 2018 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of increasing the third-level maintenance grant by 10%, 20% and 30%, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 November]

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Technological Universities – The South-East

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2018 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress made to advance a technological university of the south east; the stage at which the process is at; the next steps; the costs associated with the process; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 November]

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Technological Universities – Consultancy Firms

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2018 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the consultancy firms commissioned to carry out work associated with the development of technological universities by his Department, the HEA and each institute of technology, by institute; the name of the consultancy firm; the costs associated and the work involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 November]

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Adjunct Professorships

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2018 by steve

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if persons who hold adjunct professorships but not full professorships are entitled to use the appellation professor …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 November]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2018 by steve

IrelandCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to a national campaign co-ordinated across seven universities regarding a shortfall in funding (details supplied); the steps he is taking to remedy this situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 November]

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Third Level Fees – Cost of Abolition

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 8th, 2018 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated first and full year cost of abolishing third-level fees …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 November]

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