Exemption from Irish to be made easier, education sources say

Posted in Teaching on August 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Pupils will be able to secure exemptions from the study of Irish without requiring psychologists’ reports under new changes being introduced from the start of the school year. It follows a Department of Education review which found evidence that the system was being ‘gamed’, with psychologists being placed under pressure by parents to give exemptions to students who did not qualify for the opt-out …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 August]

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Student loan scheme ruled out, says Minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A formal loan scheme for third-level students will not be introduced and college fees will be frozen, the Government has pledged. Minister for Education Joe McHugh said university registration fees will not go beyond €3,000 per year if Fine Gael is returned to Government after the next general election …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Irish Times, 11 August]

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Minister McHugh announces Capital Investment of €1.8m for Letterkenny IT School of Tourism in Killybegs

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

Ireland“Investment at campus under Project Ireland 2040 for lecture space, library, offices and upgrade works. The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Sunday August 11) announced funding of €1.8m towards significant building upgrades at the School of Tourism at Letterkenny IT (LYIT) Killybegs Campus …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 August]

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Education Minister Vows Not to Increase Fees for Next Five Years

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Joe McHugh has pledged not to raise college fees past €3,000 for the next five years if his party is returned to government in the next general election. In a move that echoes the recent promise by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar not to increase Ireland’s fees …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 11 August]

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Poll: Is the €3,000 cap on college fees too high or too low?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Joe McHugh has told the Sunday Independent that college fees will be frozen for five years if Fine Gael returns to government after the next general election. The cap for annual registration fees is €3,000 per year and McHugh told the paper that the party has ‘no plans’ to increase that …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 August]

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‘We want to ease college costs burden’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The receptionist in the Department of Education almost whispers ‘he’s very down to earth’ as the Sunday Independent waits to be called to Education Minister Joe McHugh’s office for a rare interview with. You would wonder if previous incumbents of the office were possibly not as grounded as the affable Donegal man or indeed ministers in general …” (more)

[Philip Ryan, Independent, 11 August]

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College fees to be ‘frozen for 5 years’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fine Gael is promising not to hike college fees or bring in controversial student loans to be repaid after graduation. Education Minister Joe McHugh has made a significant pledge not to increase university registration fees beyond €3,000 per year if Fine Gael is returned to government after the next general election …” (more)

[Philip Ryan, Independent, 11 August]

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Higher Education Crisis a Risk to Economy, says Government Report

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The ongoing funding crisis in higher education poses a risk to Ireland’s future, according to a new report published by the government. First published in 2014, the annual national risk assessment identifies geopolitical, economic, social, environmental and technological risks that Ireland faces …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 7 August]

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Munster Tech University Raises Many Questions. Answers Are Hard to Find

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Then Minister for Education Joe McHugh this week postponed the creation of Ireland’s second technological university until early 2020, alarm bells may have sounded for some in the higher education sector. For others, though, the news that Cork IT and IT Tralee are not yet ready to merge – despite provisional plans to do so this year – will have come as no surprise …” (more)

[University Times, 28 July]

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Munster technological university bid fails to get green light

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Government plans to award university status to institutes of technology may prove ‘problematic’ due to a lack of clarity over what constitutes research activity, according to an international panel of academics. The comment is contained in a report which found the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and IT Tralee only partially met the criteria required to secure university status. It is likely the bid will be reconsidered in six months …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 July]

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Munster tech university deferred amid financial concerns and ‘lack of clear vision and strategy’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A decision on the long-awaited Munster Technological University, has been set back to early 2020 amid financial concerns and a ‘lack of clear vision and strategy’. A bid by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) seeking to become Munster’s first technological university ‘leaves questions unanswered regarding the specifics of how the two applicant institutions are to become one’, an independent review has found …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 23 July]

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A report on the proposed merger of Cork IT and IT Tralee found financial concerns and ‘a lack of clear vision’

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

Ireland“The creation of a Munster Technological University has been postponed until 2020, amid concerns over the debts of IT Tralee and a ‘lack of clear vision’ for what the new university will look like. An international panel that examined the proposed merger of IT Tralee and Cork IT found a lack of ‘integrated, coherent and effective governance structures’, and said it found ‘questions unanswered’ about ‘how the two applicant institutions are to become one’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 22 July]

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Minister for Education and Skills proposes decision on establishment of Munster Technological University in early 2020

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

Ireland“Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor welcome Report of the Independent Review Panel on Munster Technological University (MTU) Application. Ministers note significant progress made by consortium in meeting eligibility criteria. Establishment of MTU key Government priority to deliver on regional development objectives for South-West region under Project Ireland 2040 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 22 July]

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EU Verdict on Cassells Report Not Expected Until 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s third-level institutes will have to wait until April 2020 to hear the verdict of EU analysis on the Cassells report, Minister for Education Joe McHugh has said. The report, which sets out three options for the future funding of Ireland’s higher education sector, has been with the European Commission since January 2019, when the government applied for economic advice on the report …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 14 July]

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McHugh Quizzed Again On Student Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Joe McHugh has said reducing student contribution charges by a third would cost the government over €76 million, while taking €500 off the charge would set the Department of Education back €38 million …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 12 July]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the results of the economic analysis of the Cassells report on third-level funding referred to the European Commission will be made available …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 July]

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Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of a reduction of €100 to the student contribution at third-level …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 July]

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Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 12th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBrendan Howlin (Wexford, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated first and full-year cost of reducing the student contribution rate by €250, €500 or €1,000; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 July]

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Student Grant Scheme – Non-Adjacent Rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 12th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBrendan Howlin (Wexford, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated first and full-year cost of decreasing the non-adjacent rate of third-level grants from 45 km to 24 km; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 July]

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Technological Universities – Borrowing

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2019 by steve

IrelandEoin Ó Broin (Dublin Mid West, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to allow technical universities to access borrowing for the provision of purpose built student specific accommodation …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 July]

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