Teachers threaten industrial action if Government fails to end two-tier pay

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Teachers’ unions are threatening industrial action if the Government does not make a firm commitment over the coming days to restore pay equality for thousands of their members hired since 2011. The warning comes as teachers’ annual conferences get under way this week with pay rates for so-called ‘new entrants’ set to dominate the agenda …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 April]

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State asks appeal court to dismiss ‘right to third level education’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on April 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Court of Appeal has reserved judgment on appeals by the State Examinations Commission and the Minister for Education and over parts of a High Court decision allowing student Rebecca Carter to take up a place at veterinary medicine at UCD …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 12 April]

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University Status Applications: Athlone IT

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2019 by steve

IrelandWillie Penrose (Longford-Westmeath, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of plans for university status to be conferred on institutes of technology and in particular upon Athlone Institute of Technology; the timescale envisaged for such development; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 April]

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IUA welcomes Government announcement of €12m IRC investment in curiosity driven basic research

Posted in Research on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) welcomes the announcement today by Ministers Joe McHugh and John Halligan of €12 million investment by the Irish Research Council in ground-breaking, basic research projects. Twelve researchers will each receive a maximum of €1 million funding under the Irish Research Council’s Advanced Laureate Awards to conduct leading-edge research over four years …” (more)

[IUA, 11 April]

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Minister McHugh hosts Regional Stakeholder Forum in Dundalk Institute of Technology – DkIT

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Thursday 4 April) hosted the fourth in a series of regional forums with stakeholders in the education and skills sector in Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT). Minister McHugh and his officials heard from a wide range of voices across the sector with a focus on Brexit and future skills needs …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 4 April]

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ERASMUS Programme

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2019 by steve

IrelandCatherine Martin (Dublin Rathdown, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to ensure that Irish students domiciled in Northern Ireland will have access to Erasmus programmes here and elsewhere after 2021; if Irish students can study in the UK after 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 March]

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Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD hosts next in a series of Regional Stakeholder Forums

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD hosts the third in a series of five regional forums with stakeholders in the education and skills sector this evening, Wednesday, 27 March 2019, at NUI Galway. The Minister invited a range of stakeholders from the education system, teachers and academics, figures involved in Irish language organisations and passionate voices to gather views about how best to improve the teaching and learning of Irish at all levels in the education system …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 27 March]

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Minister for Education and Skills Announces Development of Shanghai University Irish Studies Centre

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today Wednesday, 20 March, announced the development of an Irish Studies Centre at Shanghai University, deepening further the links between UCC and China. UCC was one of several Irish third level institutions present when the Minister witnessed the signing of Memorandums of Understanding with Chinese education partners during Minister McHugh’s St Patrick’s Day programme …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 March]

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Minister McHugh Witnesses Signings of MoUs between Irish and Chinese Higher Education Institutions in Beijing

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today (Monday March 18th) witnessed the signing of a number of Memorandums of Understanding between Irish higher education institutions and Chinese education partners during his trip to China as part of the Government’s programme of St Patrick’s Day visits …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 March]

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Technological Universities Data

Posted in Governance and administration on March 14th, 2019 by steve

IrelandGerry Adams (Louth, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the name and location of technological universities nationally; and the institutes of technology which merged to form these technological universities …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 March]

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Technological Universities Status – Dundalk IT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 14th, 2019 by steve

IrelandFergus O’Dowd (Louth, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on a motion from a union (details supplied) that Dundalk Institute of Technology should apply to become a technological university under the Technological Universities Act 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 March]

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Technological Universities Status – Dundalk IT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 14th, 2019 by steve

IrelandGerry Adams (Louth, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if an institute of technology (details supplied) is in the process of establishing a formal amalgamation with a college of further and higher education in Northern Ireland; the legislative provision that exists both here and in Northern Ireland for the creation of such an amalgamated institute; if such an amalgamated institute would be able to apply for technological university status here; the implications this may have for staff members; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 March]

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Capital investment of €13.7m announced for IT Sligo under Project Ireland 2040

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today announced a €13.7m capital allocation towards significant building upgrades in IT Sligo. The funding is being provided under Project Ireland 2040 which commits to exchequer investments of €2.2 billion in Ireland’s higher education infrastructure over the coming decade …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 March]

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Institutes of Technology – Wexford campus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMick Wallace (Wexford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the progress in constructing a new third-level IT Wexford campus; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 March]

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Government gives UK students commitment on paying Irish fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government is giving a long-term commitment that, after Brexit, UK students studying in the Republic will continue to be treated as if they were in the EU and will not have to pay higher fees. Until now, the guarantee extended only to students from Northern Ireland and Britain starting a third-level course in the Republic in September 2019, with a promise of review in the context of a wider Brexit agreement …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 March]

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Departmental Legal Costs – Leaving Cert recheck appeal

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 7th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMichael Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount spent to date by his Department and agencies under his remit appealing the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 March]

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Live horse and you’ll get grass!

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For the past decade higher education institutions, staff and students have been forced to survive on a mantra from government of ‘live horse and you’ll get grass’. But on 20th February last, the Department of Education and Skills held a novel ‘Stakeholders Consultation on Higher Education’, on the site of the newly launched Technological University of Dublin, to discuss a brighter future …” (more)

[IFUT, 6 March]

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Junior Cycle Reform

Posted in Teaching on March 2nd, 2019 by steve

IrelandJan O’Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will include other subjects such as geography in the context of the review being carried out on the decision to remove history as a core subject in the junior cycle; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 February]

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Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2019 by steve

IrelandKathleen Funchion (Carlow-Kilkenny, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of higher education student housing units built over the period of 2018 to date in 2019, nationally; the number of student accommodation units built by county; the cost over the same period; the proposed monthly cost to each Irish national student per room for the units; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 February]

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Minister McHugh to visit Limerick to turn the sod on €11.57million investment under Project Ireland 2040 at LIT Coonagh

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today (Friday February 22nd), visited Limerick Institute of Technology to turn the sod on the brownfield site of LIT’s new engineering-focused Coonagh campus as part of Project Ireland 2040 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 22 February]

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