Bacik expresses support for gender quotas in Academia

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Labour Senator Ivana Bacik has said the third level sector needs to dramatically up its game and take positive action measures to increase the number of women in senior academic positions in Irish universities. It comes after new figures from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) revealed that while over half of all lecturers are women, the numbers in more senior roles fall significantly …” (more)

[Labour Party, 20 July]

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Labour’s Higher Education Failings Make Seanad Motion More Than a Little Infuriating

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There is little point in relitigating one of the most extraordinary U-turns in the history of higher education policy in Ireland: that of then-Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn, who, just weeks after signing a giant pledge on behalf of the Labour Party to freeze the student contribution charge at €1,500, announced that the fee would, after all, have to be increased to €2,000 (and this was just the first in a whole series of increases) …” (more)

[University Times, 16 July]

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‘I couldn’t imagine being able to afford loans of €20,000 for my degree’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The door to the introduction of student fees was left open this week after the government opposed a motion against third level student loans. The Labour motion raised in the Seanad called on the government to affirm its commitment to providing equality of access to education and to reject any move to implement an income contingent loan scheme to fund third level education …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 15 July]

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A Year on from Landmark Funding Report, Labour to Call for Rejection of Loan Schemes in Seanad

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Nearly a year to the day after the publication of a landmark report on Irish higher education funding, Labour Party senators will bring a motion to the Seanad tomorrow calling on the government to oppose a loan scheme for third-level students …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 11 July]

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Galway college students call for support to oppose student loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The students’ unions at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and NUI Galway are calling on senators to support a Labour party motion rejecting the implementation of a student loan scheme …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 11 July]

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Government to leave door open to student loan scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government will leave the door open to the introduction of a student loan scheme on Wednesday when it opposes a motion to abolish student registration fees for third-level education. The Labour Party is due to table a private member’s motion in the Seanad rejecting any move to implement an income-contingent loan scheme and calling for a fully publicly-funded scheme …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 July]

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Education fees and system a barrier for families says Labour Senator

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government has been urged to take the idea of student loans off the table. A report published last year found that there was a funding gap of €5.5bn over the next 15 years in third level education. The Cassels report made a number of recommendations including a deferred payment scheme for students …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 11 July]

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Bacik welcomes USI support for Seanad Motion

Posted in Governance and administration on July 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Labour Leader in the Seanad, Senator Ivana Bacik has welcomed the support from the Union of Students in Ireland for the Labour Party’s motion to be debated on Wednesday evening. Labour’s motion calls on the Government to affirm its commitment to providing equality of access to education for all …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 10 July]

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Students Call On Senators To Reject Loans Scheme In Favour Of Public Investment In Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today called on Senators to support a Labour private members motion this Wednesday, rejecting any move to implement an income-contingent loan scheme but instead to publicly invest in third level education …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, Union of Students in Ireland, 10 July]

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Fianna Fáil and Labour Will Not Back Creation of New Higher Education Cabinet Position

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil and Labour have refused to support the creation of a new cabinet position with responsibility for higher education. A new role set to be filled by Mary Mitchell O’Connor, its creation had been seen as a signal of a renewed government focus on the sector …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 16 June]

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College fees should not rise – they should go

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Good evening, It’s an honour to be here at Tom Johnson for my second time as Labour leader. And I’m particularly pleased that we’re gathering here in Cork …” (more)

[Brendan Howlin, Labour Party, 10 June]

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Minister Bruton must bear responsibility for lack of oversight of Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The recent Prime Time revelations regarding some universities in Ireland highlight the need for more regulatory oversight but responsibility for the current lack of oversight rests firmly with Minister Richard Bruton. ‘In two significant areas he has failed to act to ensure greater compliance during his term as Minister for Education and Skills …'” (more)

[Alan Kelly, Labour Party, 28 May]

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Student Accommodation New Gold Rush For The Construction Industry

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The construction industry has begun to go crazy again. Since the foundation of the State there has never been more than than 100 units of student accommodation in my constituency of Dublin Central. But in the last two years alone, 3,300 units have received planning permission and most are under construction ….” (more)

[Labour Party, 17 January]

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New Minister Fails to Deliver for Education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The failure of Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton to secure any improvement to class sizes or make any meaningful reduction in back to school costs, is a major disappointment to those in the sector according to Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin …” (more)

[Labour Party, 11 October]

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It’s time for equality for part time students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“One of the proposals in the Report of the Export Group on Future Funding for Higher Education (Cassells Report) is that, whatever the funding model chosen, part time students should be funded in the same manner as full time students. The report also proposes an extension of student supports to part time students …” (more)

[Joanna Tuffy, Lifelong Learning Blog, 11 September]

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Tuffy welcomes support for part time learners proposed in Cassells Report

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“It is welcome that the Cassells report is proposing that whatever funding model is chosen for third level education, that part time students would be funded in the same manner as full time students …” (more)

[Joanna Tuffy, Labour Party, 12 July]

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Fianna Fáil needs to rule out supporting the introduction of student loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Labour Youth National Chairperson Grace Williams has called on Fianna Fáil to rule out supporting the introduction of student loans. Williams commented: ‘Fianna Fáil Education and Skills Spokesperson Thomas Byrne said on Morning Ireland his party are open to the idea of introducing student loans. This is a deeply regressive and ill thought out position …” (more)

[Labour Party, 12 July]

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Publicly funded higher education is not an aspiration, it’s a necessity

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

Ireland“Labour Youth has reiterated its call for state funded higher education following the publication of the Cassells Report today presenting options for funding higher education. Labour Youth National Chairperson Grace Williams commented …” (more)

[Labour Party, 11 July]

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The opportunity may now be lost to invest in services and our citizens – O’Sullivan

Posted in Governance and administration on May 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Firstly can I convey my very sincere congratulations to Richard Bruton on his appointment as Minister for Education and Skills. It was the privilege of my political career to serve as Minister for Education and Skills. The new Minister will find an excellent team in Marlborough Street thoroughly committed to public education in its broadest sense …” (more)

[Jan O’Sullivan, Labour Party, 6 May]

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What the Election 2016 Manifestos say about third-level education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2016 by steve

IrelandFianna Fáil: ‘(xv) Freeze student fees. A particularly cynical addition to the government’s list of broken promises was the increase in student fees which has inflicted great hardship on many students. In addition it placed a further burden on already stretched parents struggling to make ends meet trying to support their children’s education …'” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 17 February]

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